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Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic The big Caribbean tour bus left the bucolic village of Petionville in Haiti towards Santo Domingo, some one hour late; the custom border’s papers must be filled and put in proper order before departure. It took another hour to meander into the crowded streets of Port au Prince until we get into the...

Commentary: What are we doing in the Caribbean? Productivity vs. busyness (with audio)

October 23, 2014
Commentary: What are we doing in the Caribbean? Productivity vs. busyness (with audio) Government workers are lousy, lazy and dreadfully incompetent. They come to work late, don't produce results of what you asked or paid them for in a timely manner, plus they take three-hour lunch breaks and then leave work more than a half an hour before their scheduled knock off time.

Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington

October 23, 2014
Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington With 181 out of 193 of the United Nations representatives voting yes on Thursday, October 16, the Venezuelan government has gained not only a seat on the UN Security Council, but an affirmation of a leadership role in the Americas. As a result, there are now two strong features of Venezuelan...

Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story

October 22, 2014
Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story Much has been written and debated in the Vincentian media about the plight of Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuel in the suspension of his mining licence by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is alleged that the reasons given for this nefarious act by the government were rather specious...

Commentary: Development means accepting change and making sacrifices

October 22, 2014
Commentary: Development means accepting change and making sacrifices Anyone who bought a vehicle in April would have gotten a registration number in the DC series. Six months later, DC and DD series are finished and we are into DE. That means more than 20,000 vehicles were sold and licensed in the country in that period, which only exacerbates the daily traffic...

Sports Commentary: Sports need independent oversight

October 22, 2014
Sports Commentary: Sports need independent oversight If sports organizations, leagues and teams want to insure equal disciplinary justice when athletes, coaches and administrators behave badly they need to create independent committees to take this responsibility. Sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, DUI and other violent and disreputable acts...

Commentary: Law and Politics: More chaos and confusion

October 21, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: More chaos and confusion The public gathering that was held by the constitution reformation committee at the Trade Centre in Grand Anse last week Wednesday attracted a very loud and agitated crowd in attendance. The intention of the meeting was for the increase of the number of issues to be placed as guidelines on the...

Commentary: High on Ebola, low on chikungunya

October 21, 2014
Commentary: High on Ebola, low on chikungunya Since the recent outbreak of chikungunya in the Caribbean, four individuals with close connections who arrived back to into the US from the Caribbean region were hospitalized immediately and diagnosed with the virus. In addition, a few medical center employees communicated that they have seen...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers

October 20, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers A quoted eight percent increase in long stay visitors from the UK over the same period last year is very encouraging news. As often highlighted, it’s not just about the numbers, but the fact that the average British visitor stays longer and spends more, which is an equally important factor.

Commentary: The Caribbean needs national consciousness awakening

October 20, 2014
Commentary: The Caribbean needs national consciousness awakening I submit that national consciousness and awareness is the quintessential sector of the new economy. I will attempt to demonstrate how that consciousness, which I speak of, positively affects our nation’s economy. It is that consciousness that will encourage us to eat what we grow and grow what we eat.

Commentary: No heroes on October 19, 1983

October 18, 2014
Commentary: No heroes on October 19, 1983 Mr Arley Gill wrote an article (Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry, October 15, 2014). However, although I do not support the American Thanksgiving Holiday in Grenada on October 25, I think Mr Gill is trying to promote something that was/is not good for the majority of Grenadians.

Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary

October 18, 2014
Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary In our attempt to limit the impact of the impending Ebola virus on our fragile Jamaican healthcare system and more importantly the people, we have finally come to decision to follow Colombia and St Lucia with a ban on foreign travellers who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the last 28 days.

Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba

October 17, 2014
Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba The Editorial Board of the New York Times made news on Saturday, when it published a special editorial calling on President Obama to “End the US Embargo on Cuba:” Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral...

Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?

October 17, 2014
Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit? To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil-producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome. Ever since the world’s major oil-producing nations, through the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies...

Commentary: Family farming: Nourishing the world

October 17, 2014
Commentary: Family farming: Nourishing the world The fight against hunger forges ahead around the world, but with about 805 million people who still do not have enough to eat, a lot more still needs to be done. Sixty-three developing countries have already reached the Millennium Development Goal hunger target of halving the proportion of...

Commentary: The tragic fate of Jacqueline Creft

October 16, 2014
Commentary: The tragic fate of Jacqueline Creft Jacqueline Creft could not believe that her own comrades were going to execute her and other leaders of the revolution, including Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman, co-founder with Bishop of the New JEWEL Movement, the party that led the revolution, and Norris Bain, minister of housing...

Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio)

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio) As Jimmy McMillan would say, as a slogan when running for governor of New York back in 2010 with the political party of the same name: "The rent is too damn high!" We feel you, Jimmy. We can also say here in The Bahamas that the price of property is too damn high. Just too damn high!

Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y In late December 2012, seemingly mild-mannered Senator Michael Fahy was appointed as minister of home affairs with responsibility for Immigration for Bermuda. In early October 2014, seemingly mild-mannered Tropical Storm Fay headed to Bermuda. No one could imagine the widespread damage...

Commentary: Our image, responsibility and missing chair

October 15, 2014
Commentary: Our image, responsibility and missing chair The Image: October 13 marked another Columbus Day in the US and some countries in the Caribbean. For many, especially in the Caribbean, Columbus remains an imaginary shadow such as the Santa Maria ship the Encyclopedia Britannica claimed ran aground and has been missing since...

Commentary: Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry

October 15, 2014
Commentary: Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry October 25 will be another holiday to commemorate “Thanksgiving Day” in Grenada. In an October 2 Caribupdate Weekly editorial, the editor put forward sound reasons why Grenadians should give thanks. The editor cited our gratitude for surviving natural disasters that have occurred in the month of September.

Commentary: My advice to the PM...

October 15, 2014
Commentary: My advice to the PM... I am not an advisor to the prime minister but, if I were, I would be guiding her towards the grand gesture this last year of her first term, so that her governance would not only be done, but it would be seen to be done, and it would be remembered for having been done.  Madame Prime Minister...

Commentary: Law and Politics: Where are we heading - and how soon?

October 14, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Where are we heading - and how soon? We are moving speedily towards the two years dateline since the government in total control of the nation’s affairs gained power – and the question posed above is crying out for an answer. Despite the many promises, and projects, and development schemes that were put out to the electorate...

Commentary: Black History Month in Britain

October 14, 2014
Commentary: Black History Month in Britain October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom. There has been an African presence in Britain for centuries, although we are led to believe that Africans arrived in Britain as enslaved people during the dreadful Maafa when millions were kidnapped and dragged out of the African continent.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility?

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility? Sadly it would appear we are losing the summer weekly Thomas Cook (TC) Manchester flight from early May 2015. Perhaps there is sufficient surplus capacity on the Virgin Atlantic Monday flights, but TC provided a lower cost option for many and, while we are lacking in empirical evidence...

Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs Since May 2013, I have written numerous columns in the Bermuda Sun, warning that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) will attempt to privatize and outsource many government departments and services here in Bermuda. This was confirmed by OBA Finance Minister Bob Richards on February 21.

Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti

October 11, 2014
Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti The first stone was laid in 1952 under President Paul Eugene Magloire. It took 62 years for the airport to finally allow the first commercial airline, American Airlines, to land in the northern part of Haiti on October 2, 2014, with 141 passengers on a Boeing 757, flight 1662. President Michel Martelly...

Commentary: Why Guatemalans continue to cross the Belize border at will and how we can stop them

October 11, 2014
Commentary: Why Guatemalans continue to cross the Belize border at will and how we can stop them Guatemalans have been coming across Belize’s border and Belizeans have been going across their borders for centuries as well. The difference is that Guatemalans and Belizean people’s attitude and feeling towards their bordering country and people are different. The country of Guatemala has been educating...

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