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Commentary: The leaks that rocked the nation!

April 21, 2015
Commentary: The leaks that rocked the nation! I think it's safe to say that the current government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has more holes in it than a colander. Never in my short lifespan watching politics and governments come and go in The Bahamas have I seen so many leaked documents and information being thrown...

Commentary: Act now to deal with errant police

April 21, 2015
Commentary: Act now to deal with errant police The good news is that the Police Service Commission (PSC) is convening a special meeting to try to get answers from the leaders of the police service about the “Day of Total Policing” event on March 23, which, according to the police report on the matter, appears to have been a sort of coup d’état.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promoting a wider choice

April 20, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promoting a wider choice Let me be among the first to congratulate a minister of tourism for embarking on a personal visit to all the hotels in his domain. He was quick to point out that this was not meant to be an inspection visit but rather a “familiarisation exercise” to view “each and every tourism establishment first hand...

Commentary: Obama and Castro did what big men should do

April 20, 2015
Commentary: Obama and Castro did what big men should do For two nations that are only 90 miles apart, for over 50 years the relations between Cuba and the United States were characterized by hostility, nuclear missile threats, terrorism allegations, economic warfare and open hatred for each other. Now, after all of this, it was only a table with a vase of flowers...

Commentary: Haiti - the land where discarded material is turned into chef d'oeuvre pieces of art!

April 18, 2015
Commentary: Haiti - the land where discarded material is turned into chef d'oeuvre pieces of art! I was invited two weeks ago to attend the press conference launching the seventh forum on Transcultural Contemporary Art taking place from April 2 to April 11, 2015 in Port au Prince, Haiti. In the garden of the ministry of culture, the sponsoring agency Africa-America organization led by the ebullient...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The EPA and the private sector

April 18, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: The EPA and the private sector A little over five years ago the countries of CARIFORUM signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe. This asymmetrical free trade arrangement was meant to improve exports of CARIFORUM goods and services to Europe and to encourage regional integration.

Commentary: My new life's journey: Becoming a mother (Mommy Chronicles Part 1)

April 18, 2015
Commentary: My new life's journey: Becoming a mother (Mommy Chronicles Part 1) The thought of becoming a mother truly never crossed my mind in my earlier years. Driven by career, and a sense of wanting to give back to my nation and making it even better were all that seemed to matter to me. I enjoyed my motivational speeches as they gave me such joy to see the light bulbs go off...

Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China It was a curious thing to see Jamaicans hailing Barack Obama on Thursday more like a returning “son of the soil” than a visiting president of the United States. Even more curious was seeing CARICOM leaders jostle like UWI students for a photo op. But don’t get me started on the way Jamaican...

Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy?

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy? Undoubtedly both Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba and Barack Obama warrant credit for breaking the 54-year old barrier to the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries. But, President Obama deserves greater praise because he took greater risks and bucked strong...

Commentary: Workers' rights, workers' plight

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Workers' rights, workers' plight Certain bad practices have been taking place in St Kitts for a long time. How widespread these practices are, I can’t say, but they pose a problem and, in my opinion, even a threat. One of such practice is this: some businesses operating here recruit workers from India. They do so through agents in India.

Commentary: The MVP from Obama's Jamaica trip

April 16, 2015
Commentary: The MVP from Obama's Jamaica trip The Starting Team: April 8, 2015, President Barack Obama's trip to Jamaica, the anticipation seemed like a World Cup football game where Jamaica made the play-off. The 24-hours ticket created a nostalgic vibe across all strata of fans. Some even took credit for his visit. Some of what was highlighted...

Commentary: Uniformity in the Royal Grenada Police Force

April 16, 2015
Commentary: Uniformity in the Royal Grenada Police Force Despite the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) servicing the citizens and visitors of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique reasonably well over the years, and must be highly commended for maintaining a low level of crime on the islands in comparison with others in the region, there is still...

Commentary: Kenny Anthony's new election masquerade

April 15, 2015
Commentary: Kenny Anthony's new election masquerade The proclamation by prime minister and minister for finance, Dr Kenny Anthony, that the 2015/16 budget will be a ‘remedial’ fiscal package, with new investment in construction is really bent on pulling the wool over somebody's eyes. This is against the backdrop of no government policy implementation...

Commentary: The Walter Scott shooting: Driving while black? (with audio)

April 15, 2015
Commentary: The Walter Scott shooting: Driving while black? (with audio) The shooting death of a middle aged black man, Walter Scott, at the hands of a South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, after a routine traffic stop for a broken tail light, has yet again added another shocking ripple into the debate about excessive force used by police officers in America.

Commentary: Law and Politics: So many issues on hold

April 14, 2015
Commentary: Law and Politics: So many issues on hold There was no doubting that the plans and programs presented by the New National Party leading up to the general elections in February 2013 were fully accepted by the voters in those elections when they returned a full NNP team to take charge of the nation’s affairs for the next five years.

Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines' rough path to political maturity

April 14, 2015
Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines' rough path to political maturity The long-awaited day for general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is dawning! SVG is just a few months away from election day and, to Vincentians of a democracy, election day is meaningful for its propensity to engender hope in all aspects of Vincentian society.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Revenue control

April 13, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Revenue control Over the years, airlines and most cruise ship and train operators, together with many hotel brands have understood and in the main applied the concept of ‘revenue control’ very effectively. It’s almost a given that, when you board a plane, even when you are in the same designated seating class...

Commentary: Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese political legend turns 90

April 13, 2015
Commentary: Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese political legend turns 90 On April 4, 2015, Eusi Kwayana turned 90. It is difficult to properly analyze modern Guyanese politics without taking into consideration Eusi Kwayana’s wide ranging contributions. His political career has spanned the seven decades that mirror the period normally referred to as the modern phase...

Commentary: Haiti, the elections and the question of colour

April 11, 2015
Commentary: Haiti, the elections and the question of colour The question of colour, re-introduced by former Senator Moise Jean Charles (Pitit Dessalines against Pitit Pétion) now a probable candidate to become president of Haiti, to the political discourse and rejoined by Daly Valet, an influential opinion maker in the Haitian media, might become the hot topic in...

Commentary: The View from Europe: New financial institutions for a changing world

April 11, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: New financial institutions for a changing world It is probably true to say that the average person has little idea what international financial institutions like the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF) do, beyond knowing that they are in some way responsible for having governments impose tough austerity measures and conditions.

Commentary: Garifuna Nation: Justifications for long overdue Garifuna reparations

April 11, 2015
Commentary: Garifuna Nation: Justifications for long overdue Garifuna reparations When studying the history of our Garifuna people there are several theories that are known to us and they are as follows: Theory 1 -- Thousands of years before the Europeans came to this part of the world, a group of Africans migrated to the Caribbean known as the “Mende” people.

Commentary: US and the Caribbean: Brief summits not enough

April 10, 2015
Commentary: US and the Caribbean: Brief summits not enough US President Barack Obama and Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller have pronounced his visit to Jamaica and their bilateral discussions to be a success. What is certain is that media coverage of Obama’s visit and his late night call at the Bob Marley museum where the president declared...

Commentary: Our bank, our money

April 10, 2015
Commentary: Our bank, our money This history of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank is an interesting one. And there are persons in and of this country who are quite capable of writing that history, a history which I believe needs to be taught to our children at an early age. I believe that knowledge of the history and workings of the Bank...

Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela

April 10, 2015
Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela On March 3, the Guyana government announced its intention to opt out of the United Nations Good Offices process – a mechanism anticipated to assist in resolving the renewed claim that Venezuela had made on a portion of the Essequibo region of Guyana.  In explaining the country’s decision...

Commentary: The uncommon reality in Soufriere, St Lucia

April 9, 2015
Commentary: The uncommon reality in Soufriere, St Lucia Soufriere/Fond St Jacques is the gem of Saint Lucia’s tourism product, showcasing five world renowned resorts [another is under construction], world renowned landmarks, a world heritage site and serves as the agriculture breadbasket of Saint Lucia. Despite all of this, residents of the town are not...

Commentary: Protection of rape victims

April 9, 2015
Commentary: Protection of rape victims Rape and other forms of gender-based violence have continued to be a major hindrance to the holistic development of women and girls in a safe, respectful and caring place. The increase in the levels of human rights violations, especially as it relates to women and girls in our society has signaled...

Commentary: We should not allow political dinosaurs to demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity

April 9, 2015
Commentary: We should not allow political dinosaurs to demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity We should not allow the evil of racism, Guyana's frustrating politics and the political dinosaurs in the PPP to drive us to border on demeaning or denying some uplifting aspects of our identity. Identity is complex; it is partly who we say we are and partly how others perceive us. Identity is also a...

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