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Commentary: A new Marriott with a Haitian touch opens in Port au Prince

February 28, 2015
Commentary: A new Marriott with a Haitian touch opens in Port au Prince I, along with a group of media workers, was invited by the Clinton Foundation to a two-day tour trekking with President Bill Clinton, visiting some sites that were unfamiliar to most of the seasoned Haitian journalists. First, it was a community named Coupe Gorge in the rural village of Sarazin.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Going its own way - the Dominican Republic

February 28, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Going its own way - the Dominican Republic Last month, Danilo Medina, the president of the Dominican Republic, made clear that it was time to reset his country’s foreign policy to better reflect its development objectives and the process of change and modernisation now underway. His views reflect the fact that the Dominican economy...

Commentary: Air traffic controllers in Belize need to be dealt with

February 28, 2015
Commentary: Air traffic controllers in Belize need to be dealt with According to the Minister of Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. from the Government of Belize, 19 flights that were scheduled to depart and a few that were to arrive on Saturday 21st February 2015 experienced problems. This occurred because the air traffic controllers who were supposed...

Commentary: Netanyahu's call for Jewish exodus more Sharpton than Moses

February 27, 2015
Commentary: Netanyahu's call for Jewish exodus more Sharpton than Moses Frankly, the best way to get my disdain for Netanyahu’s politics is to understand that there’s no event too farcical or solemn for him to exploit for political gain or self-aggrandizement. This exploitation invariably has him playing the Holocaust card, which is why he can be fairly thought of as...

Commentary: Email from Jamaica

February 27, 2015
Commentary: Email from Jamaica Two days ago, I got an email from a friend of mine who is a well known and highly respected person in Jamaica, both in the conduct of elections and otherwise. In response to the St Kitts and Nevis general elections of Monday, February 16, my friend stated: “I followed the unfolding of the proceedings...

Commentary: The Blue Economy offers rich rewards to countries that seize the moment

February 27, 2015
Commentary: The Blue Economy offers rich rewards to countries that seize the moment Caribbean countries face a variety of serious economic challenges which act as major impediments to their growth and development. The continued reliance on one major export product with associated vulnerability to economic shocks as well as natural disasters places many in this region in...

Commentary: Exchange controls and the Bahamian dollar (with audio)

February 26, 2015
Commentary: Exchange controls and the Bahamian dollar (with audio) Since the introduction of value added tax (VAT) in The Bahamas in January 2015, there has been some turbulence. As expected, it's a new initiative, one that places an additional cost on goods and services, so it was expected. One can only hope that, with this additional cost to Bahamians...

Commentary: Selection of Elisabeth Harper cannot conceal racism and corruption in the PPP's DNA

February 26, 2015
Commentary: Selection of Elisabeth Harper cannot conceal racism and corruption in the PPP's DNA The Indian dominated People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) has come down with schizophrenia and is in panic over the merger of the main opposition APNU and AFC, which will contest the May 11, 2015, general elections as a single party. Their panic is not misplaced. The coalition portends an end...

Commentary: My brother's keeper

February 26, 2015
Commentary: My brother's keeper The dawn of Monday, January 12, 2015 brought heavy dark clouds of grief, sadness and hopelessness over the northern coastal community of Fancy in the beautiful island paradise of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The driver of a minibus destined for the capital city of Kingstown with 21 souls on board...

Commentary: Guyana remains firmly with PetroCaribe

February 25, 2015
Commentary: Guyana remains firmly with PetroCaribe Ever since the inception of PetroCaribe in 2005, Guyana has remained firmly committed to the agreement. This staunch assertion flies in the face of urgings from some analysts in the Caribbean region who opine that Venezuela would be unable to sustain the program of providing concessionary oil...

Commentary: Guyana: The PPP has simply chosen a party member-supporter as its PM candidate

February 25, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The PPP has simply chosen a party member-supporter as its PM candidate The PPP stunned the country by naming foreign service officer, Ms Elisabeth Harper, as its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming election. All the pundits speculated that one of the party members would have been the preferred candidates. The reaction from non-PPP quarters has not been complimentary.

Commentary: The Happy Hour: A socio-historical discourse

February 25, 2015
Commentary: The Happy Hour: A socio-historical discourse It may not be historically accurate to say that the “happy hour” tradition, held after funerals in Grenada, existed from time immemorial. However, it is a fact, as confirmed by the leading funeral director in Grenada, that over the last 10 to 15 years, it has become traditional in Grenada that...

Commentary: Law and Politics: We are on the waiting wagon

February 24, 2015
Commentary: Law and Politics: We are on the waiting wagon As a people always in need, we are used to waiting on help and here we are again – two years after that clean sweep victory at the polls in 2013 – on the waiting wagon to begin to set the wheels in motion, to bring our people the many promises that won the controllers that last unanimous victory two years ago.

Commentary: The Insular Caribbean: Are we splendidly isolated?

February 24, 2015
Commentary: The Insular Caribbean: Are we splendidly isolated? In the last two decades or so, the great wave of globalization seemed to have lifted several low-income and emerging economies out of economic despondency; and may have even given them a new lease on life. The “Asian Tigers”, as well as several other emerging economies, through...

Commentary: Bermuda Copygate

February 24, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda Copygate On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Hon. Leah Scott, JP, MP, released an op-ed by way of a letter to the editor in the Royal Gazette entitled “Women must try to be allies, not enemies”. The letter attempted to discuss unity between women. Ironically, MP Scott started and ended her article attacking...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is work to be done

February 23, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is work to be done I am frequently surprised and occasionally humbled by some of the people who read this column. Out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, I had a call from a senior executive of the Illinois-based third largest credit card issuer in the United States, with a quoted 47 million cardholders.

Commentary: Bermuda's minister of plagiarism

February 23, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's minister of plagiarism On Friday February 20, 2015, junior minister of education of Bermuda, One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) MP Leah Scott decided to attack Bermuda’s number one radio host, Mrs Sherri Simmons aka Sherri J. In her letter to the editor she attempted to utilize a ‘passive-aggressive-passive’ approach.

Commentary: Sweet Micky's Generation X

February 21, 2015
Commentary: Sweet Micky's Generation X Michel Joseph Martelly, the president of the Republic of Haiti, is pregnant with a host of detractors that include those with sour grapes for losing the last presidential election. It includes also those with immense privilege in the last governments who find themselves out of the ring.

Commentary: Soufriere's tourism is relatively untapped

February 21, 2015
Commentary: Soufriere's tourism is relatively untapped Soufriere is not a new player in global tourism; however its challenge is to retain profitability while holding onto a relevant share of visitors who travel near and far to visit a gem nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. As we know, Soufriere has world renowned landmarks, local products and success stories.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Three issues to measure CARICOM heads by

February 21, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Three issues to measure CARICOM heads by When the prime minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie, opens the 26th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government intercessional meeting on February 26 in Nassau, one might be forgiven for wondering if this regional summit will be perceived any more positively than those in the recent past.

Commentary: African migrants turning Mediterranean into vast cemetery

February 20, 2015
Commentary: African migrants turning Mediterranean into vast cemetery History is replete with episodes of people migrating in droves from one place to another in search of a better life. And, in far too many cases, their migration challenged them to make it through a known hell to get to an uncertain heaven. Hispanics/Haitians migrating to America blighted the...

Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis election fiasco: Symptom of a bigger problem

February 20, 2015
Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis election fiasco: Symptom of a bigger problem Concern was rightly raised over the failure of the supervisor of elections in St Kitts-Nevis, Wingrove George, to declare the results of the February 16 general elections until two days afterwards. There were only 30,000 voters in the elections. Even if George had the votes counted twice for accuracy...

Commentary: Grenadian children should learn from adults during independence celebration events

February 19, 2015
Commentary: Grenadian children should learn from adults during independence celebration events Based on what I see on the various social media in Grenada as cultural events for our 41st independence celebration, it seems as though the organisers of the celebrations focus too much on small children’s participation in the cultural activities. And if Eric Gairy had the power to rise from his grave...

Commentary: Geothermal exploration in SVG: The game changer

February 19, 2015
Commentary: Geothermal exploration in SVG: The game changer St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) should pursue geothermal energy exploration and development. A couple of years ago SVG’s prime minister announced the government’s intention for geothermal energy exploration deep within the La Soufriere volcano and described the new phenomenon as...

Editorial: Sir Ron Sanders' challenge for Commonwealth secretary-general

February 18, 2015
Editorial: Sir Ron Sanders' challenge for Commonwealth secretary-general Sir Ronald Sanders' candidature for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general has been restored. Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has now written his colleagues, saying that, after withdrawal of Sir Ronald's candidature on the principled stand that the region...

Commentary: APNU/AFC opposition pre-election coalition in Guyana is both breakthrough and gamble

February 18, 2015
Commentary: APNU/AFC opposition pre-election coalition in Guyana is both breakthrough and gamble Although I remain skeptical about the coalition strategy, I do welcome the compact between the two parties as a reflection of a hitherto elusive political maturity on the part of the leaderships of the APNU and the AFC. The leaderships of the APNU and the AFC should be commended for this brave step,

Commentary: The Bahamas mid-term budget: Let's give it justice! (with audio)

February 18, 2015
Commentary: The Bahamas mid-term budget: Let's give it justice! (with audio) On February 11, the prime minister of The Bahamas, Perry G. Christie, who also serves as the substantive minister of finance, gave what we call a "mid-term budget" to advise the public and the parliament of the performance of the government on their fiscal management and their economic planning.

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