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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our marketing people have a mountain to climb

August 3, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our marketing people have a mountain to climb With Sterling reaching an eight year high against the Euro, making most European countries dramatically less expensive as holiday destinations and the Canadian dollar below 80 cents when compared with its southern neighbour, the pressure is on to make Barbados perceived as offering value-for money.

Commentary: Fly the flag and fight for the exoneration of Marcus Garvey

August 3, 2015
Commentary: Fly the flag and fight for the exoneration of Marcus Garvey August 17 will mark the 128th birthday of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the visionary Jamaican-born leader who built the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) into the largest mass movement for liberation in the history of Africans in America.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2 When it comes to Cuba what is often missed is that its government’s primary focus is not on the process of normalising its relationship with the US, but on the far more fundamental domestic reforms that are gradually changing the country’s political and economic model in ways that are intended...

Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up After 54 years of hostility between Cuba and the United States of America, the former opened its embassy in Washington, DC, the US capital of course, on Monday July 20. For all those years, Americans were restricted from traveling to Cuba, although many did so using circuitous routes through...

Commentary: Obama's historic trip to Kenya

July 31, 2015
Commentary: Obama's historic trip to Kenya On Friday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to visit Kenya. For Kenyans, it was a long time coming. But Obama finally gave them the love and recognition they longed for since 2008, when Americans elected this “son of Kenya” president, making him the most powerful man in the...

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law

July 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law A search of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s statements posted on his official website shows no mention of anything he said after a meeting last week with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro about the Guyana-Venezuela controversy. But, according to President Maduro...

Commentary: Bright light shines in a campaign theatre crowded with nightmares

July 30, 2015
Commentary: Bright light shines in a campaign theatre crowded with nightmares In the face of global forces and volatility, democracy is under constant challenge. But for the concerned, responsible common good and belief in true power does not come from the assertion of unjust rules and threats, but the honesty and sincere voices that are uncorrupted. But what can be done to...

Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave?

July 30, 2015
Commentary: The Caribbean and the International Criminal Court: Time to leave? The international debate that has opened up regarding the International Criminal Court as a consequence of South Africa's decision not to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir while he was attending the recent African Union summit in Johannesburg and Palestine's successful application...

Commentary: Emancipation

July 29, 2015
Commentary: Emancipation Emancipation Day, August 1, 1834, the day the English “granted” freedom to the Africans they had enslaved for four centuries. Freedom that they never had any moral justification to take from our ancestors in the first place. Emancipation Day, August 1, 1834, the day the English took our ancestors out of...

Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia

July 29, 2015
Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia This past April, in a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Barbados announced the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Cave Hill. This institute is one of over 400 Confucius Institutes established in schools across 115 countries.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Dispelling the myth of an expensive destination

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Dispelling the myth of an expensive destination Last week I used a couple of web based hotel booking sites to reserve some accommodation in Charlotte and Kentucky for an upcoming trip. One of them, Hotwire, offers a variety of star rated lodging where you do not actually know exactly which property you are staying at until pre-payment is made in full.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...

Commentary: What's the fear over the IMPACS investigation?

July 27, 2015
Commentary: What's the fear over the IMPACS investigation? National security and immigration are two major components of sovereignty that the region can do with much better regulations and enforcement. If not, the pristine innocence of ‘every ting irie, man’ will remain open for the profit of crime and the underworld to take advantage of.  Most worrisome will be aftermath of...

Commentary: Divided they stood, together they fell; if transformed they can rise

July 27, 2015
Commentary: Divided they stood, together they fell; if transformed they can rise The public airing of a recorded one-hour private conversation that was held in confidence between Orange Walk East representative and former PUP party leader, John Briceño and his close colleagues, in which he detailed numerous corrupt practices of his party while in government, was a damning...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet - Part 1

July 25, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet - Part 1 In the last seven months much has been written about Cuba and the reopening of full diplomatic relations with the US. For the most part media interest has outpaced reality, demonstrating little understanding of the difficulty of what comes next; how it implies that two geographically proximate nations...

Commentary: Central Jamaican Conference of SDA leads the way!

July 25, 2015
Commentary: Central Jamaican Conference of SDA leads the way! Over the past years I have been writing commentaries sometimes criticizing what I see as the nonchalant attitude towards crime and violence in the Caribbean by agencies, governments, NGOs, school boards and even the faith community. In the presence of the media, great speeches...

Commentary: Black lives matter? Sandra Bland is an example, not a martyr

July 24, 2015
Commentary: Black lives matter? Sandra Bland is an example, not a martyr You have probably seen police dashcam video of the July 10 traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s arrest. Shockingly, she died of an alleged suicide in a Texas jail, under plainly suspicious circumstances, just three days later. I shall leave it to others to propagate racially motivated speculation about...

Commentary: Climate change: Time for talking is over

July 24, 2015
Commentary: Climate change: Time for talking is over Imagine if, on the anniversary of its independence, the friendliest message your nation gets is that, if your country sinks underwater, a nearby island is willing to give your people refuge. That means picking up whatever you might salvage and leaving behind your homeland, your possessions and your entire...

Commentary: The St Vincent government's small business regulations and its tax-driven economy

July 23, 2015
Commentary: The St Vincent government's small business regulations and its tax-driven economy The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is too tax-driven! Largely, this small and vulnerable economy is run by taxes – substituting austerity measures for the absence of industries. In fact, tax laws are constantly increasing and revised, making it increasingly difficult for new small...

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

July 23, 2015
Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight...

Commentary: Why the People's United Party is declining in Belize

July 22, 2015
Commentary: Why the People's United Party is declining in Belize First, I would like to commend Mr Steven Okeke for his views on why he thinks the People's United Party are in the current state that they are in. It takes people like him with guts to state their views openly and more Belizeans should follow him. As a person who is a born Belizean I have a different view.

Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest

July 22, 2015
Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest After years of delays and political deadlock, Haiti is finally preparing to hold its long-overdue general elections, leaving international observers to breathe a sigh of relief. But within the small Caribbean nation’s borders, the atmosphere is one of heavy skepticism.  Years of brutal dictatorship and multiple...

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: United Nations position

July 21, 2015
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: United Nations position The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been associated with the Grenada Constitution Reform Project in one form or another over the past years. Together with the Organisation of American States (OAS), the UNDP has provided financial and technical assistance and has also...

Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future

July 21, 2015
Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future If the cavern-like walls of the Sodeth Clinique Hospitaliere on Rue Tamarin, situated in Croix-des-Bouquets in the outskirts of Port au Prince, could talk, they would surely scream.  With over 250,000 consultations per year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook our nation to its foundations...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: All work and no pay!

July 20, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: All work and no pay! A recent survey released through the US Travel Association (USTA) and conducted by Oxford Economics concluded that, last year, American workers walked away from US$52.4 billion in unused vacation time, forfeiting a total of 169 million paid days off. The amount of vacation time Americans take...

Commentary: The non debate of the 'great debate'

July 20, 2015
Commentary: The non debate of the 'great debate' Finding a political middle ground is never an easy task. This time, the indecision to negotiate a solution in Trinidad and Tobago that is workable to both the People's National Movement (PNM) political leader Dr Keith Rowley and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar echoes the theories of political philosophers...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change and the Caribbean voice

July 18, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change and the Caribbean voice Climate change is an issue on which the Caribbean has every reason to have its voice heard and be taken very seriously. Not only does its position on changing sea levels genuinely reflect the interests of every Caribbean state – 50 percent of its population and the majority of the region’s productive...

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