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Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science

September 22, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science While I can see the attraction of corporate Barbados offering Caribbean cruises as competition prizes or sales inducements, it is difficult to accept what if any real benefit the country gleans from the exercise. Payment almost certainly would ultimately be made in foreign currency (FX) to ship operators...

Commentary: Student loans, unemployment, low wages and interest rates killing our citizens in America

September 22, 2014
Commentary: Student loans, unemployment, low wages and interest rates killing our citizens in America In most countries in the world, including the United States of America, many people believe that their lives will become better if they go to college and further their education. The difference is that in some countries, like Cuba, the cost of education is free but in America, depending on the student’s...

Commentary: Haiti and the politics of education

September 20, 2014
Commentary: Haiti and the politics of education September used to be one of the best months of the year when I was a lad in Haiti. It was the time when the abundant crop of coffee and coco was ready to be harvested. The chain of people in production from the grower to the consolidator to the shipper and the receiver was happy making...

Commentary: For the healing of this nation

September 20, 2014
Commentary: For the healing of this nation As we mark the 31st anniversary of independence of St Kitts and Nevis, my fervent prayer is that our torn and much violated nation will be healed. And while I celebrate the fact of independence, I see no reason to celebrate the state of our nation, or the way in which its affairs have been...

Commentary: UPDATE: Scotland votes resounding 'No' to independence

September 19, 2014
Commentary: UPDATE: Scotland votes resounding 'No' to independence Why? Well, with due respect to all of the pundits spouting hind-sight wisdom today, Harry Potter author JK Rowling provided the best answer earlier this week, when she restated her abiding support for the “No” with this tweet: My head says no and my heart shouts it – but whatever happens...

Commentary: The Scotland Referendum: Democracy won

September 19, 2014
Commentary: The Scotland Referendum: Democracy won The winner of Scotland’s agonising referendum on September 18 was undoubtedly and impressively democracy. By the manner in which the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) and its leaders approached the fight for the independence of Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom (UK)...

Commentary: Moral values are based on post slave society, not Christianity

September 19, 2014
Commentary: Moral values are based on post slave society, not Christianity Casino gambling is the big topic in Grenada since the government passed a law in parliament to legalise it, as part of the tourist industry within large hotels. However, with this new law on gambling, some people are showing their concern against such activity. For example, we see former...

Commentary: Village Life - Part 1 (Milk with Suresh)

September 19, 2014
Commentary: Village Life - Part 1 (Milk with Suresh) Tap, tap, tap. "Miss Jean! Miss Jean!" She could not believe someone was knocking on her back window now, not when she 'now' get in the bed, and Lord knows getting in the bed and getting out the bed nowadays was a production by itself, old bones and old muscles not being what they used to be.

Commentary: A new look at violence against women

September 18, 2014
Commentary: A new look at violence against women There are several definitions of domestic violence. Here is the simplest one: “If it feels wrong, it is.”  One legal definition of domestic violence: It consists of acts committed in the context of an adult intimate relationship. It is a continuance of aggressive and controlling behaviours, including physical...

Commentary: Grenada: The destruction of a revolutionary heritage

September 18, 2014
Commentary: Grenada: The destruction of a revolutionary heritage It is quite normal and prudent for any civilized society to preserve, promote and harness its history for the benefit of its people and future generations despite how painful and surreal it may be. If we lack the ability to do it then who will do it for us? Moreover, preserving and promoting one’s history...

Commentary: Believe in miracles

September 17, 2014
Commentary: Believe in miracles He sat there in his long sleeved white doctor's coat, looking every inch the part of the respectable elder surgeon. To hear his peers and patients, he was probably the best in the world; to hear his students, he was a gentle man whose kindness had no limit, but that is not why I was here.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 14

September 17, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 14 We have gone through quite a bit of information as we discussed the benefits of keeping our Vigie Airport in the hands of the St Lucian public. It is suggested as we, hopefully, publicly debate the benefits and disadvantages of public /private partnerships or the total privatization of our national assets...

Commentary: Law and Politics: More flights for tourism product

September 16, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: More flights for tourism product In two articles in Caribbean News Now last week, the subjects of increased tourism attraction and additional daily flight to Grenada made headline news. The article about additional flights to Grenada by American Airlines on a daily basis from next December simply said that the decision...

Commentary: Value added tax in The Bahamas: Fears and solutions!

September 16, 2014
Commentary: Value added tax in The Bahamas: Fears and solutions! The value added tax (VAT) initiative in The Bahamas has taken some interesting twists and turns down the road of reform, from the VAT Bill tabled in the House of Assembly in late August 2014, with an implementation date of January 2015 -- a change from the initial July 2014 date for implementation.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is a lot of work to do

September 15, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is a lot of work to do While this may not be universally accepted by all, can and should the private sector tourism industry do more to help itself? The simple answer must be yes! I firmly believe there are so many more ways that we can build smart partnerships to build our destination awareness in all the key markets.

Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination

September 15, 2014
Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination Ever since it was reported that there was discrimination taking place against Ms Uwahnie Martinez, an employee of FirstCaribbean Bank International, for speaking her Garifuna language, the Garifuna people in Belize and in the Diaspora have been outraged. Why? Because in the countries of...

Commentary: The fiesta of St Philomena (the saint who is no longer saint) in Bord de Mer Limonade, Haiti

September 13, 2014
Commentary: The fiesta of St Philomena (the saint who is no longer saint) in Bord de Mer Limonade, Haiti	St Philomena, after her death in 304 and especially after the discovery of her relics in 1802, was so prolific in accomplishing miracles by the ton that the people declared her a saint before she went through the process of canonisation by the church. She had been honored and revered by Christendom...

Commentary: Apple's sexist and racist employment policies: 'As American as apple pie?'

September 13, 2014
Commentary: Apple's sexist and racist employment policies: 'As American as apple pie?' Here, in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area of northern California many of the world's largest technology corporations thrive in earnest. Here, in the leading nucleus for high-tech innovation and progress, the worldwide headquarters for Apple Inc is mirrored in all its technological glory...

Commentary: Demystifying ISIS: The case against Obama's Bush-lite war on terrorism

September 12, 2014
Commentary: Demystifying ISIS: The case against Obama's Bush-lite war on terrorism This is a very complicated and convoluted issue; therefore, I shall begin with a few clarifying points: • Despite the media inciting hysterical calls for war against them, the jihadists rampaging across the Middle East, who call themselves ISIS/ISIL (hereinafter ISIS), pose no security threat to the United States.

Commentary: Scotland's September 18 Referendum: Its consequences

September 12, 2014
Commentary: Scotland's September 18 Referendum: Its consequences If the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18, they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, and with consequences that will go beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Notwithstanding the arguments of the Scottish National Party...

Commentary: Bermuda pole dancer

September 12, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda pole dancer It is ironic that One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) MP Sylvan Richards has decided to “take one for the team,” and write an op-ed in Caribbean News Now. Ironic, as it was he who ranted and raved that it was "unpatriotic" for Bermudian politics to be discussed in the Caribbean media, by allowing his name...

Commentary: No to casino gambling in Grenada: A biblical approach

September 11, 2014
Commentary: No to casino gambling in Grenada: A biblical approach Gambling – the act of using chance to gain money at the expense, loss or suffering of others. An investment/entertainment based on luck or chance. Scripture reminds us, however, that “Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off” (Proverbs 13:11 The Message). It goes against the biblical values of...

Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception

September 11, 2014
Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) downward spiral is frighteningly steep! Every government prates about its various grandiose infrastructural plans that will be the envy of the other political party and the reform of the country’s status quo for years to come, but in reality these are fake and empty promises.

Commentary: Let our young roses bloom

September 11, 2014
Commentary: Let our young roses bloom I happened to be in Nevis on the afternoon of Saturday 6th September, enjoying a breathtaking scenic tour of the island’s landscape with a friend, when my friend received a call that not only forced my tour to be abruptly discontinued, but which quickly changed our lively conversation to one of shock.

Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game is ongoing

September 10, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game is ongoing The controllers have now completed 18 months in the driving seats of their five years total control of the reins of power in the tri-island state. And after all the grand promises of major investments and jobs provision for the thousands of unemployed young and elder folks who voted them into office...

Commentary: Never ever judge...

September 10, 2014
Commentary: Never ever judge... With so much going on at the same time clamouring for my attention, one thing happened to me that crystallised life and offered so many lessons at the same time, I thought I would share it. Driving home early one morning last week I saw the same doubles man I bought doubles from just two hours ago.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 13

September 10, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 13 (a) Rhabdomancy involves the use of rods or stalks to discover springs of water, iron ore, minerals, oil, as well as other ores; (b) In Joshua 2:2 we see that the prostitute’s name is Rahab (observe the similarity with the word rhabnomancy); (c) in verses 2 and 3 we see that the Moses’ spies came to...

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