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Commentary: A matter of ethos more than ethics

August 31, 2016
Commentary: A matter of ethos more than ethics Pivotal to all social interactions, especially those of a professional nature, is the whole notion of ethics, which may be subcategorised into accountability, professionalism, team work, diversity, open and honest communication, commitment and, most importantly, integrity;

Commentary: History is repeating itself and America may not survive

August 31, 2016
Commentary: History is repeating itself and America may not survive In 2006 a financial crisis of unprecedented magnitude hit America. Wall Street, with at least complicit support from our legislators, the DOJ and regulatory agencies began to create new financial instruments to sell to the American people. Unfortunately, these new investments consisted of...

Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace

August 31, 2016
Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace After 52 years of armed conflict, the Colombian government led by President Juan Manuel Santos and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC) signed a historic agreement last Wednesday ending the country’s civil war.

Commentary: Has politics become delinquent?

August 30, 2016
Commentary: Has politics become delinquent? Caribbean systems of governance have been undergoing serious critique because of their perceived dysfunctionality in delivering economic and social goods, and protecting the lives and property of citizens who are at the core of the social contract. The social contract exists between a...

Commentary: Brown invasive algae in the Caribbean: Origin, concern and opportunities

August 30, 2016
Commentary: Brown invasive algae in the Caribbean: Origin, concern and opportunities Since 2011, most Caribbean countries have complained of the invasion of algae called Sargasso in the beaches. The massive arrival of Sargasso to the shores has an impact on tourism, environment and health. Algae usually found are two species: Sargassum fluitans and Sargassum natans.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The possibilities are endless

August 29, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The possibilities are endless According to the travel industry research firm, Phocuswright, the San Francisco based home sharing platform, Airbnb will become the fourth largest online travel company in the world by the end of this year. They will trail only after Expedia, Priceline and China Ctrip in terms of annual gross...

Commentary: A country in denial; pie in the sky

August 29, 2016
Commentary: A country in denial; pie in the sky The US$2.6 billion investment project titled “Pearl of the Caribbean” framework agreement signed between the government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings (DSH) for a horse racing track, high end hotel and residences, a casino, free trade zone, an equine disease free zone...

Commentary: Forever young... and liberal

August 29, 2016
Commentary: Forever young... and liberal From time to time, but particularly when I watch Family Ties reruns, I ask myself the same question over and over again: why do liberals refuse to grow up? I am always amazed by their obsession to stay forever in their inner younger self. Liberalism is a political philosophy with many...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A new regional context for tourism

August 27, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A new regional context for tourism A few days ago, Karolin Troubetzkoy, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), spoke to the media about some of the challenges that she believes now face the tourism sector in the region; the industry that in recent years has become the single largest...

Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters

August 27, 2016
Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters I have been observing the American election for November 8, 2016, on the sidelines, sometimes making comparison with the forthcoming presidential election in Haiti on October 9, 2016. As one of the operatives of the campaign of the candidate of RCG30, the group of candidates that...

Commentary: Brexit unmasks EU arrogance

August 27, 2016
Commentary: Brexit unmasks EU arrogance Well done, Brexit! Congratulations and thank you. UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) leader, Nigel Farage hailed it as a “victory for real people” and called it Britain's “Independence Day”. Britain, now after your victory, ensure that you never give up your independence again.

Commentary: Forget the Clinton Foundation. Shut down the Trump Organization!

August 26, 2016
Commentary: Forget the Clinton Foundation. Shut down the Trump Organization! No doubt you’ve heard Donald Trump accusing the Clinton Foundation of a pay-for-play scheme, in which foreign donors pay cash in exchange for favors from the US government. Never mind that, for as much as foreign donors paid, Trump has presented no evidence they ever played as alleged.

Commentary: Trump's Mississippi miscalculation

August 26, 2016
Commentary: Trump's Mississippi miscalculation Five years ago, on June 26, 2011, a 47-year-old man, Craig Anderson, was on his way to celebrate his birthday when he was attacked and murdered by ten white teenagers in a parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi. Why? No reason, other than he was black. The ten reportedly first attacked...

Commentary: Police Chief Carbon maybe part of the problem but certainly not the solution

August 26, 2016
Commentary: Police Chief Carbon maybe part of the problem but certainly not the solution Many view Chief Daniel Carbon of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force as the unelected MP of Dominica’s shadow 22nd political constituency – Police Headquarters in Roseau. It is also alleged that Mr Carbon leapfrogged over other more qualified officers to the position. As a result...

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Commentary: This 'per capita' thing - a blessing or a curse?

August 25, 2016
Commentary: This 'per capita' thing - a blessing or a curse? The term “per capita” simply refers to the ratio of occurrences, things, people, money or any other consideration computed as compared to population size. Although a fair formula for statistical purposes, the results can sometimes appear as a blessing or curse, and reflect positively or...

Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn

August 25, 2016
Commentary: NRP took the first step, now it's Team Unity's turn I did not attend the recent party convention of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) last Sunday, but I should have. As someone who has argued for reform in the constitutional arrangements governing the relationship between the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and the...

Commentary: Assertive politics and liberation

August 24, 2016
Commentary: Assertive politics and liberation Caribbean politics has become a matter of routine, and somewhat predictable. There are the usual inter-party struggles, but not in a manner that threatens the stability of the party or political system. When elections approach, there is infighting over who would be selected as candidates...

Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end

August 24, 2016
Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end As Venezuela’s Vice Minister for North America and Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, I often urge my counterparts in the region to look beyond sensational headlines, in favor of a more realistic and nuanced perspective on my country.

Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure

August 24, 2016
Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure On August 15, Uruguayan media released congressional transcripts in which Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa accused Brazilian officials of attempting to “buy” the country’s opposition to Venezuela’s Mercosur presidency. The bribe included an invitation to accompany Brazil as a...

Commentary: School is in

August 23, 2016
Commentary: School is in During my high school years I had an English teacher by the name of Mr Robert Horton, who took a liking to liberal use of red ink in my exercise books. Initially I used to take great offence to his obsession with singling me out for extra classes in the fine art of writing the Queen’s language.

Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff

August 23, 2016
Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff Edison Jules, a man with substantial experience when it comes to law enforcement and also a successful businessman, has announced his decision to challenge current Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for the position as County Sheriff. He announced his bid in the media...

Commentary: Four more years of Trump's phony pompadour and Lochte's epic pee

August 23, 2016
Commentary: Four more years of Trump's phony pompadour and Lochte's epic pee That’s right, my fellow Americans, buck up, because, at a minimum, it’ll be four years before Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s shocking hairdos – Trump’s reddish-fox-paprika hued weave and Lochte’s silvery blue...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: It could never happen on Barbados

August 22, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: It could never happen on Barbados Politics aside, unless I have missed something, there is very little in the budget that will stimulate either domestic or international tourism. Maybe the ability to withdraw up to 15 percent of registered retirement plans at the lower interest rate of 16.5 percent tax rate will free a few...

Commentary: The King is dead, long live the King

August 22, 2016
Commentary: The King is dead, long live the King What should have been the serious business of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly on August 16, 2016, descended into farce as former prime minister Stephenson King tried valiantly but in vain to guide his successor Allen Chastanet, who looked more like a blundering French-born...

Commentary: The church and politics

August 22, 2016
Commentary: The church and politics The churches in the Caribbean and especially those in St Vincent and the Grenadines have a very important role to play in shaping and molding our society. As a predominantly Christian society, we depend on the guiding principles of the pastors, preachers and deacons to steer us in...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship

August 20, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean - What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?’. Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators have observed previously, it is important...

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