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Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is no profit in an empty seat or vacant room

July 28, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is no profit in an empty seat or vacant room While still a month away, September presents one of the most challenging times of the year from a tourism perspective, especially from our second largest market, the United States. With three flights daily, two from Miami, and one from New York, unless the scheduled aircraft type is changed...

Commentary: Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana

July 28, 2014
Commentary: Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana Islam reached the shores of Guyana during slavery, when Muslim slaves from West Africa were shipped to work on the plantations and, after the abolition of slavery, Islam was reintroduced in Guyana with the arrival of indentured immigrants from British India, when more than 90 Muslims of the immigrants...

Commentary: I cry for you Malaysia!

July 26, 2014
Commentary: I cry for you Malaysia! I have not visited Kuala Lumpur as yet, but I am a fan of Malaysia and its neighbor city-state of Singapore. I have often featured in this column my admiration for the fact that Malaysia and Singapore might be the only nations in the world that systematically applied the concept of development as prescribed by...

Commentary: Hail Carriacou - land we love

July 26, 2014
Commentary: Hail Carriacou - land we love If you are knowledgeable of the great national anthems of the Caribbean, you will realize that the caption to this article “Hail Carriacou - land we love” was coined to salute the people and leaders of two islands, which I have over the past eight weeks come to love greatly.

Commentary: Russia reopening base in Cuba? Whoopty friggin' doo

July 25, 2014
Commentary: Russia reopening base in Cuba? Whoopty friggin' doo The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming (back to Cuba)! There’s nothing quiet about media reports on this agreement of course. My opening line alludes to the 1966 comedy film, which depicts the Cold-War hysteria that ensues after a Soviet submarine beaches...

Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM

July 25, 2014
Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM The word will not be spoken in any formal speeches and it won’t be mentioned in final statements and declarations, but it will be talked about in the corridors and it will be at the back of everyone’s mind as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits five Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations from July 25 to August 2.

Commentary: Both trapped and protected by the blue

July 24, 2014
Commentary: Both trapped and protected by the blue Recently our news cycles have been dominated by conflicts, both global and local. It seems most of our sports and social events have diminished, as tanks, rockets, drones, gun-violence at border crossings, and humanitarian crises have become the norms. Even our skies are not safe anymore.

Commentary: Education: Cake or just the icing? Form or substance? Work-horse or toy?

July 24, 2014
Commentary: Education: Cake or just the icing? Form or substance? Work-horse or toy? What will it be for you? When it comes to personal education, the cake has to come first -- one has to know something to shine -- and if one knows a lot more then that is the icing on the cake. The same should apply to educational methods: a solid foundation, a strong structure at all levels...

Commentary: The Grenada revolution was hijacked from its rural base

July 23, 2014
Commentary: The Grenada revolution was hijacked from its rural base I read Helen Grenade’s letters and how she describes Maurice Bishop as a political saint and I not impressed with her opinion of the deceased Grenadian leader. However, it seems as though Ms Grenade is not aware of the origins of the Grenada revolution and the trickery method Maurice Bishop...

Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda

July 23, 2014
Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda Parliament recently approved an historic motion calling on the governor to establish a commission of inquiry into the historic theft and dispossession of land from vulnerable Bermudians during the latter half of the last century. We now have an opportunity to commence a process that could bring closure...

Commentary: Cross purposes: Guerrero vs Pknight

July 22, 2014
Commentary: Cross purposes: Guerrero vs Pknight In his “Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM,” the main points of Mr Joseph Guerrero’s argument are quite clear: 1. The Garinagu in “Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the United States .... were not consulted nor were they included in the reparations claim now underway”;

Commentary: Two countries I love

July 22, 2014
Commentary: Two countries I love Make no mistake about it, the two countries I love most are Canada, my adopted homeland which has done a lot to expand my horizons and improve my quality of life, and Trinidad and Tobago, the country of my birth. Canada’s per capita GDP is US$43,400 while Trinidad and Tobago’s is US$16,320.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability

July 21, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability Trawling through the Internet, when it has been available this last week, I have been almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of beautifully presented and creative local world class websites, clearly built by what appear to be mostly small Barbadian entrepreneurs. Often with stunning images.

Commentary: Bermuda governor speaks with forked tongue

July 21, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda governor speaks with forked tongue On July 4, 2014, a motion was passed in the House of Assembly of Bermuda requesting a commission of inquiry on “theft of property, dispossession of property and adverse possession claims” and “to recommendations for any victims of wrongful action to receive compensation and justice.”

Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season!

July 19, 2014
Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season! I remembered the exact date I had my encounter with chikunguya fever; it was on May 1st, I have just returned from the May Day agricultural fair organized every year in Haiti by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Agriculture. The first symptom was a diarrhea, I took it in stride because I figured out...

Commentary: United Nations sued for Haitian cholera outbreak

July 19, 2014
On June 20, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was served papers for a lawsuit against him and the United Nations for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Cholera, a bacterial infection of the small intestine, still plagues Haiti today, and has now spread to...

Commentary: On second thoughts, keep your tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free

July 18, 2014
Commentary: On second thoughts, keep your tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free It’s arguable that these final lines of Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus,” is as much a guarantee of an immigrant’s right of entry to the United States as the US Constitution is of a citizen’s Bill of Rights. What’s more, since this poem was engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903...

Commentary: The new bank of BRICS: What's in it for small economies?

July 18, 2014
Commentary: The new bank of BRICS: What's in it for small economies? It is news that should awaken the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from their complacent attitude toward developing countries. It is also news that should confirm to the G20 that what used to be the G7 – a group of the seven industrialised nations -- no longer controls the world’s...

Commentary: Our unknown ancestry

July 17, 2014
Commentary: Our unknown ancestry This is a list of names of Vincentian Plantation Owners in 1829 as provided by Charles Shepard in An Historical Account of the Island of Syet. Vincent. As anyone can see, the vast majority of names on this list are still commonplace in St Vincent and the Grenadines. I’ve taken the liberty of arranging the information...

Commentary: The creative industry and intellectual property

July 17, 2014
Commentary: The creative industry and intellectual property Over the past two months, we have shared our plan to Make New York City the Epicenter of the Garifuna Arts and Culture. We also mentioned that the plan would be based on a three-pronged approach: expand our strategic marketing efforts, organize the Garifuna Arts and Culture sector, and find ways to...

Commentary: Have you been polled lately?

July 16, 2014
Commentary: Have you been polled lately? Opinion polls mean nothing to most of us until an election season. They have been around for over 150 years in the US. For example, in 1936, during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election, the polls targeted citizens from telephone books and car registrations. It was believed that this demographic were well-off...

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 6

July 16, 2014
Most of us have seen crabs, caught them, cooked and eaten them. We love the big gandy, for it is full of meat. Right? The big gandy of a crab functions as a defensive weapon as well as to capture its food. As is seen in the above map, the crab illustration has the big finger of the larger gandy (claw)...

Commentary: Culture and other violence against women...

July 15, 2014
Commentary: Culture and other violence against women... I find that I have to keep returning to this growing theme of violence against women rearing its Neanderthal head in our political exchange, and I find again that one of the things I am most surprised at is the silence of civil and even feminist groups over a matter that ought not to be ignored.

Commentary: LGBT rights under review in Jamaica

July 15, 2014
Over the past several months a series of protests, demonstrations, and court dates have caused Jamaicans to revisit their existing anti-sodomy laws; which were first enforced in 1861. Currently, these laws “[criminalize] consensual homosexual relations between adults,” and as a result...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again When my now wife and I ‘discovered’ a then virtually derelict Arawak Inn back in 1988, we never really set out to become seasoned hoteliers. More like having the privilege of living in a big ‘house’ right on the ocean and sharing it with a few friends and the many clients who followed us over the years.

Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti?

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti? Since the death of the former president, great intellectual and illustrious professor, Leslie Manigat, politicians of all stripes, scientists, intellectuals, professionals, academics, historians, journalists, merge into a chorus of praise to greet the great man they have known in the person of the deceased.

Commentary: The economics of homosexuality without ethics

July 14, 2014
Commentary: The economics of homosexuality without ethics I now turn my attention to a letter on Caribbean News Now entitled “The costs of homophobia in CARICOM” by Sean Macleish (Director of Caribbean Alliance for Equality). This letter is pugnacious in what it proposes and repulsive in what it overlooks. Sean writes a combative letter to Caribbean leaders.

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