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Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide

March 1, 2017
Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide Quite recently, there have been reports in particular Caribbean media, and other information sources, of some leaders of a religious/spiritual orientation not living up to expectations. And in instances, these activities have caused the legal authorities to become involved. Of course, these occurrences have...

Commentary: The messy truth, deep inside the 'red' tainted cockpit!

March 1, 2017
Commentary: The messy truth, deep inside the 'red' tainted cockpit! Of all the pilots throughout, you are the worst! You can’t maneuver the cockpit, or you navigate the skies so poorly that you have lost your geographic coordinates. With your limited knowledge of the primary flight display you can barely stabilize the aircraft, and each time you have to revert to...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches!

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches! A continuing conundrum is causing accelerated internal convulsions in the bosoms of Christian churches worldwide over sex, as they still try – and fail -- to bridge the age-old, oceans-deep and miles-wide generational gaps between tradition and modernity. Take Valentine’s Day…

Commentary: Banking best practices compliance

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Banking best practices compliance In some of my recent articles, I have attempted to cover what I believe are the necessary components of an effective AML/CFT compliance program, which must be: (1) Constructed to reduce risk to an acceptable level. (2) Automated, to reduce the requirement for constant, repeated human query.

Commentary: Make Intercol a weekend event in Grenada

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Make Intercol a weekend event in Grenada Last week I expressed a few of my thoughts on the importance of the upcoming Grenada Invitational track and field meet. In doing so, I made a passing remark about our Intercollegiate athletic games. I honestly did not want to revisit that subject but, for some reason, it is not escaping my mind.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Can Barbados be more proactive?

February 27, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Can Barbados be more proactive? Leading UK-based specialist insurer, Columbus Travel Insurance Services Ltd, trading as Columbus Direct, recently published the results of a survey that was picked up and carried in most major British newspapers in print and online, including mass circulation tabloid, The Sun.

Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections

February 27, 2017
Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections There is a growing sense and evidence that lies, darkness and trickery in public life have taken a strong hold in our society and for a long time kept most of us from seeing the “dark money” in circulation. Nonetheless, over the past years, we have heard and seen plentiful corruption, particularly in...

Commentary: World War III: A war that would have no winners

February 27, 2017
Commentary: World War III: A war that would have no winners Just the other day, Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the now defunct Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), warned that "The world is preparing for war”. And the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner, writing in a Time magazine opinion piece, “urge[d] the members of the United Nations...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy

February 25, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy “Tourism is a vital sector to the economies of member states.” So said Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in the communiqué that followed their recent inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. Taken at face value the statement is unremarkable, even obvious; but the...

Commentary: The extraordinary tourism potential of Haiti's cultural calendar

February 25, 2017
Commentary: The extraordinary tourism potential of Haiti's cultural calendar This weekend Carnival climax highlights the immense potential asset of Haiti’s cultural calendar. Haiti has a president, Jovenel Moise; it also has a new prime minister, Dr Jack Guy Lafontant, but it does have to wait until it has a government since the nomination of the new prime minister is...

Commentary: My response to Herbert Volney - An apologist for governmental misconduct on Dominica

February 25, 2017
Commentary: My response to Herbert Volney - An apologist for governmental misconduct on Dominica It is disappointing, dishonest, and evident of the suppression of dissent in Dominica that a former Trinidadian cabinet minister and judge – Mr Herbert Volney – could open an article stating “Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the...

Commentary: Brutal police incite riots in France; ignorant Trump incites riots in Sweden

February 24, 2017
Commentary: Brutal police incite riots in France; ignorant Trump incites riots in Sweden Most news organizations cover riots, terrorist attacks, and natural or manmade disasters more as boon for ratings than tragic events. Now they’re covering the presidency of Donald J. Trump … as both. But one can hardly blame them. After all, his Barnum & Bailey-esque antics are such that...

Commentary: Impact of US travel ban on Caribbean nations

February 24, 2017
Commentary: Impact of US travel ban on Caribbean nations On 28th January 2017, I travelled from London to the United States of America through J.F. Kennedy International airport en route to St Vincent and the Grenadines, my final destination. Upon arrival at JFK, I noticed a lot of law enforcement officers on the inner part of the airport. I came to the conclusion that...

Commentary: We can and do help change the world

February 23, 2017
Commentary: We can and do help change the world It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton.

Commentary: Make Russia friend again, return Flynn and defeat ISIS

February 23, 2017
Commentary: Make Russia friend again, return Flynn and defeat ISIS The greatest alliance in history was forged in World War II, when the Soviet Union allied with the US, Britain and others in the fight against Germany. When the war ended, the Soviet Union could have invaded the rest of Europe and taken it for itself, due to its superior fighting power, but instead chose the path of peace.

Commentary: For Dominica

February 22, 2017
Commentary: For Dominica Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Never since the attempted coup by elements of Klu Klu Klux mercenaries early in the first term of Eugenia Charles has Dominica come under attack of its lawful...

Commentary: Fostering meaning and transforming our lives

February 22, 2017
Commentary: Fostering meaning and transforming our lives In Psychology Today, Andy Tix states in a blog titled “Finding the meaning of life today”, that each of the roles we play provides opportunities for regular meaning making, and there are many ways to add meaning and significance in our daily lives if we look further, and that each of us has the...

Commentary: John Steinbeck's road map for resisting Donald Trump

February 22, 2017
Commentary: John Steinbeck's road map for resisting Donald Trump A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their “favorite work of resistance literature.” The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck’s “quietly furious” strike novel In Dubious Battle as...

Commentary: The future of financial services in the Caribbean - Part 2

February 21, 2017
Commentary: The future of financial services in the Caribbean - Part 2 Incidentally, it is worth pointing out that, in 2015, a number of individual states of the US adopted legislation naming Caribbean countries, including my own, as ‘tax havens’. When, as ambassador of my country to the US, I pointed out to the Commissioner of the US Inland Revenue Service that under...

Commentary: Violence against Bermudians

February 21, 2017
Commentary: Violence against Bermudians The premier hosted a press conference a few days after the pepper spray incident on December 2, 2016. Royal Gazette reporter Sam Strangeways asked him if he has spoken with the commissioner. ZBM reporter Gary Moreno asked him if he had spoken with the commissioner.

Commentary: This museum should be a must visit for Africans, Afro-Caribbean and others

February 21, 2017
Commentary: This museum should be a must visit for Africans, Afro-Caribbean and others Reason to visit: If Harriet Tubman got her face on US$20, would her image trigger any curiosity? Let us imagine January 16, 1865; Union General William T. Sherman issued a Special Field Order No 15 according to historians called “40 acres and a mule.” It was the first form of reparation for...

Commentary: The future of financial services in the Caribbean - Part 1

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The future of financial services in the Caribbean - Part 1 I have been asked to speak on “The Future of Financial Services in the Caribbean” in the context of “International Tax Competition, Globalization and Fiscal Sovereignty”. As I speak, that future is bleak. Globalization has been a one-way street of impositions by powerful countries; fiscal sovereignty...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Fake news

February 20, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Fake news Sometimes it is fascinating how numbers can be used to create what at best is a false impression and at worse what can simply be described as ‘fake news’. In one media report a government spokesperson is boasting of the increase one property on the South coast has made to recent arrival numbers.

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Transformational change requires new thinking

February 18, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Transformational change requires new thinking In the last few weeks, Washington think tanks, financial services analysts in New York and London, and publications from the New York Times to the Petroleum Argus, have all found a reason to express a view on Guyana; the Caribbean nation they now see as set to become one of the western hemisphere’s...

Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee!

February 18, 2017
Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee! My love affair with Trinidad and Tobago dates back a few years when I visited that country for Carnival. I had such a ball so strong and so deep that, upon my return home, I made to God the irreverent prayer to send me to Trinidad upon my demise. The women were all beautiful and glamorous.

Commentary: How Caribbean banks can keep their US correspondents by utilizing KYCC technology

February 18, 2017
Commentary: How Caribbean banks can keep their US correspondents by utilizing KYCC technology The potential loss of correspondent banking accounts in the United States is dominating conversations among Caribbean bankers recently, especially since a number of American financial institutions have terminated many of those longtime relationships. It is perhaps the most pressing problem...

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