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Commentary: SOS, Cape Haitian, a city of some one million citizens without water!

August 30, 2014
Commentary: SOS, Cape Haitian, a city of some one million citizens without water! I had the suspicion that Cape Haitian was one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That suspicion was confirmed by the American ambassador to Haiti, Mrs Pamela White who made the same observation in a speech recently. Built by the French colonists with perpendicular lines going from one to 26...

Commentary: G8 Summits: Failing paradigm of global governance

August 30, 2014
Commentary: G8 Summits: Failing paradigm of global governance The G8 Summit is only empty promises, enormous power and influence! Moreover, this forum comprises governments from eight of the world’s most powerful economies relative to nominal gross domestic product (GDP) with higher human development index: Great Britain, Germany, Japan...

Commentary: Imprecise timetable for Cuban currency conversion

August 30, 2014
Commentary: Imprecise timetable for Cuban currency conversion The Cuban government’s timetable for conversion from two currencies to one is inexact, but not of marginal importance. Since the government announced the end of the dual currency in October 2013, Cubans have been waiting for clarification about the process. Resolutions 19, 20 and 21 of 2014...

Commentary: Just what 'Fifty Shades...' movie needs: A bad scientific review

August 29, 2014
Commentary: Just what 'Fifty Shades...' movie needs: A bad scientific review Nothing betrays what cynical and exploitative regard the producers of Fifty Shades of Grey have for loving relationships quite like their scheduling the release of this movie for “Valentine’s Day 2015.” But they could not have anticipated the “premature” release of a scientific study on the deleterious...

Commentary: Fifty-one years later Dr King's dream remains unfulfilled

August 29, 2014
Commentary: Fifty-one years later Dr King's dream remains unfulfilled I write this commentary on August 28, 2014 – 51 years after the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr made his famous speech, “I have a dream”, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It was not only a speech for its time, but a speech for all time. Half a century later, Dr King’s reminder...

Commentary: Chavistas debate economic and institutional reform in Venezuela

August 29, 2014
Commentary: Chavistas debate economic and institutional reform in Venezuela The Bolivarian project in Venezuela has warded off the latest counter revolutionary offensive and is now engaged in a profound debate over the next phase of the revolution. Though the smoke over the barricades has settled, neither President Nicolas Maduro nor the popular sectors labor under...

Commentary; Grenada Constitutional Reform: Emerging embarrassments!

August 28, 2014
Commentary; Grenada Constitutional Reform: Emerging embarrassments! Legal Affairs Minister Honourable Elvin Nimrod pronounced in the House of Representatives of Grenada on Thursday 14th August 2014 that the date for the national referendum on constitutional reform would be sometime in March 2015. This is a change to the previous date.

Commentary: To serve and protect with a virus

August 28, 2014
Commentary: To serve and protect with a virus The Outbreak: Since the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, and despite a few editorials that describe the scope of the problem as if was an isolated incident, it has recalibrated several nerve cells. Why are we here again?

Commentary: Towards a single Caribbean ICT space: Political will not technology needed for success

August 27, 2014
Commentary: Towards a single Caribbean ICT space: Political will not technology needed for success In the face of the mounting economic and social challenges, the Caribbean urgently needs to tap into new sources of growth. Across the region, the search is on for areas that will create new job opportunities, improve its competitiveness and drive innovation. Creation of a single ICT space in the...

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11

August 27, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11 Before we consider the art of right decision making, we should look at the necessity of our national protection. Right decision making within the outline that will be discussed in this essay may be best within this context. All nations, as far as is known, have a military, a form of protection and defence.

Commentary: Law and Politics: Forty years after February 1974 more changes

August 26, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Forty years after February 1974 more changes The Associated State of Grenada – as it then was in December, 1973 – passed a resolution earlier that year for The Grenada Constitution Order to come into effect in Grenada in February 1974, with the consent and approval of the Queen in England and the advice of her Privy Council.

Commentary: Developing capabilities for innovation in the Caribbean: An Agenda for Action - Part 2

August 26, 2014
Commentary: Developing capabilities for innovation in the Caribbean: An Agenda for Action - Part 2 An agenda for stimulating improved innovation performance in the Caribbean will require investment across a number of areas. In terms of skills and attitudes the current education system, with its focus on developing static capabilities, i.e. absorbing information about existing tools, techniques and worldviews...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Instant solutions

August 25, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Instant solutions Even if the repeatedly broken promises confirming that all registered hotels will qualify for the same concessions given to Sandals last year came into practical effect this week, it is now far too late for the vast majority of properties to make any meaningful use of them this year, at least in terms of major upgrading.

Commentary: The NDP in SVG: Opening thoughts

August 25, 2014
Commentary: The NDP in SVG: Opening thoughts Given that an election in St Vincent and the Grenadines is not far distant and that the New Democratic Party (NDP) has convinced itself that it can win the upcoming election, many people will claim that this is not the time to be raising what will be perceived as negative matters about the party.

Commentary: Debunking the myths that impede Haiti's development

August 23, 2014
Commentary: Debunking the myths that impede Haiti's development The Haitian case of underdevelopment has been the subject of several studies and initiatives on the national and international level that has brought little relief to the majority of the population. Haiti, albeit not a nation at war, can be compared, in fact, not in size, to Iraq or Afghanistan, in terms of...

Commentary: Garifuna ethnicity vs. nationalism

August 23, 2014
Commentary: Garifuna ethnicity vs. nationalism In most countries in the world people are accustomed to identifying themselves based on the country where they were born to display their national pride. This is despite the fact that, even though many people were born in a country, they are seen as different and discriminated against by other...

Commentary: Bermuda is at a pivotal political and social crossroad

August 23, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda is at a pivotal political and social crossroad On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Minister Michael Fahy, without any consultation or open dialogue, made an announcement that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) would drop the Permanent Resident’s Certificate (PRC) appeal. Having read MP Sylvan Richards’ recent opinion piece dated July 29, 2014...

Commentary: Why are they still protesting in Ferguson? And who are they?

August 22, 2014
Commentary: Why are they still protesting in Ferguson? And who are they? Unsurprisingly, calls for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson only became more restive on Monday, after lawyers for Michael’s parents released results of an autopsy they commissioned, which show that Wilson shot him at least six times. More importantly, here’s the truly poignant way these lawyers used...

Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis

August 22, 2014
Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is right to have called for a special meeting of leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “to take pre-emptive measures to ensure the safety, health and well-being of millions of citizens of the Caribbean region”.

Commentary: Developing capabilities for innovation in the Caribbean: An agenda for action - Part 1

August 22, 2014
Innovation as a vital source of private and social gains has been recognised the world over. Global policy debates, most recently at the OECD Global Forum on Development (GfD), have taken keen interest in the policy implications of innovation for inclusive development.

Commentary: The OBA fight against Bermudians

August 21, 2014
Commentary: The OBA fight against Bermudians On July 23, 2014, the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) did exactly as many have been predicted by announcing its plan to grant status to thousands of non-Bermudians. Having been on the United Bermuda Party (UBP) wish list for decades, the OBA has finally boldly declared its true intentions.

Commentary: Argyle International Airport: St Vincent and the Grenadines first 'amusement park'

August 21, 2014
Commentary: Argyle International Airport: St Vincent and the Grenadines first 'amusement park' For two elections now the Argyle international airport has been used as a prerequisite for votes! Each year voters and taxpayers alike have been promised a completed and fully operated international airport. To us, this is a never ending promise, which seemed distant – like a ship being driven by...

Commentary: The Royal Grenada Police Force needs assistance to recognize a major crime

August 21, 2014
Commentary: The Royal Grenada Police Force needs assistance to recognize a major crime Routinely, after the carnival is over, the Royal Grenada Police Force puts out a press release giving the nation a briefing of what its officers had to contend with over the period of the largest national event. Call our post-carnival briefing a “bacchanal blotter”, the kind of crime report all police departments...

Commentary: Shirtless equals prison gang... slaves?

August 20, 2014
Commentary: Shirtless equals prison gang... slaves? We have become a set of individuals who always, no matter the situation, ensure that each positive be coupled with some sort of negativity. We have become individuals who don't like to see our brothers and sisters prosper; well, sometimes we do but not until we have dragged them through the dirt.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 10

August 20, 2014
The website centreforaviation.com carried this headline: Brazil To Build More Than 800 New Airports. The short article states that the Brazilian government considers that “Air connectivity is of ‘strategic importance’ to the interior regions.” Isn’t this an avenue that we should explore for LIAT?

Commentary: The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

August 20, 2014
Commentary: The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Mosiah Garvey, born on August 17, 1887, is considered the father of the modern Pan-African movement. Garvey was a man before his time who urged Africans worldwide to be proud of their skin colour, the texture of their hair, the fullness of their lips, the shape of their noses, bodies and...

Commentary: Law and Politics: The years are passing by

August 19, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: The years are passing by The controllers’ total responsibility of the nation’s affairs is steadily moving on, as the months go by – but so far the people who voted them into that position keep on waiting and hoping that some positive changes would come before much later. Before the elections last year, all the talk was about investors.

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