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Commentary: Fumbling forward in Trinidad and Tobago: A conspiracy of indecency

April 16, 2014
Commentary: Fumbling forward in Trinidad and Tobago: A conspiracy of indecency “Highly irresponsible!” “Reckless!” “Treasonous!” These are some of the words that have been used to describe People's National Movement (PNM) Senator Faris al Rawi's decision to utilize a highly sensitive document from an ongoing investigation into high level matters of national security in...

Commentary: A mandate for a Garifuna nation

April 16, 2014
Commentary: A mandate for a Garifuna nation On the 11th, 12th and 13th of April 2014, Garifuna people from the countries of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States, came in large numbers for the first Garifuna Nation Summit. The purposes of this summit was...

Commentary: Law and Politics: We can only wait and hope

April 15, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: We can only wait and hope The IMF conditions that were laid down by the organization for helping our government – and contained in the structural adjustment program (SAP) – should have been signed by the prime minister when he visited the USA last week for that purpose. And if it was, then the release of the $21 million from the...

Commentary: The Caribbean: Respecting a country's dignity

April 15, 2014
Commentary: The Caribbean: Respecting a country's dignity Independence for Caribbean states brought to its citizens a sense of liberation, feelings of self-regard and self-worth, and of being somebody in a world previously dominated politically by great power groups, some of which were the previous colonial powers. We envisioned independence as meaning...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Lacking comprehensive analysis

April 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Lacking comprehensive analysis I have been following the various expressed views, whether vested or otherwise, over the last few weeks comparing the merits of proceeding with the stated non-binding memorandum of understanding signed between the Sandals group of companies and government, or allowing the current operator of...

Commentary: Smoke and mirrors: A closer look at Guyana's looming debt crisis

April 14, 2014
Commentary: Smoke and mirrors: A closer look at Guyana's looming debt crisis According to World Bank data, Guyana's external debt has risen over 117%, US$850,393,000 in 2008 to US$1,845,561,000 in 2012. During that same time period gross national income per capita (purchasing power parity) has increased only 25% from US$2,720 to US$3,400. Furthermore, personal remittances...

Commentary: The American Empire

April 12, 2014
Commentary: The American Empire Vladimir Putin might be profiting from the crisis in Ukraine to ascertain the strength of the lost Russian Empire. And China, with more than $700 billion in its sovereign reserve fund could flex its muscle to attempt to implant the Chinese empire into the world but the American Empire is today...

Commentary: Japanese whaling: Technical and development assistance

April 12, 2014
Commentary: Japanese whaling: Technical and development assistance An article published in Caribbean News Now, attributed to the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), headlined St Lucian government challenged on continued Japanese aid, attempts to link the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Japanese whaling in the Antarctic with future...

Commentary: Sexually transmitted disease prevention begins with you

April 12, 2014
Commentary: Sexually transmitted disease prevention begins with you In some countries across the globe, the month of April is observed as Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD Awareness month. The month is used to heighten public awareness about STDs, the negative impact they can have on our lives, and the importance of taking the necessary prevention measures.

Commentary: Keep your selfies to yourself ... Pleeeease!

April 11, 2014
Commentary: Keep your selfies to yourself ... Pleeeease! As it happened, a couple of my selfie-posting, real friends could not wait to see me in person to give me a piece their mind about my anti-selfie screed. Their opportunity came last weekend -- fueled no less by drinking alcohol and watching their teams flame out of the NCAA Basketball tournament.

Commentary: Sri Lanka - straining the Commonwealth

April 11, 2014
Commentary: Sri Lanka - straining the Commonwealth The Commonwealth of 53 nations is facing yet another ordeal because of the government of Sri Lanka. This time the Sri Lankan government is refusing to co-operate with a UN-mandated investigation. On March 21 the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution requesting...

Commentary: The violent universal baby sitter

April 10, 2014
Commentary: The violent universal baby sitter Many parents and policy makers in the Caribbean seem oblivious to the psychosocial, socio-economic and cultural impacts of the television (s) in their homes. Unaware, many seem to be, about the potential downsides of an ever increasing dependence on, or use of the television as a form of babysitting.

Commentary: Powerful nations are making choices that are affecting weaker nations

April 10, 2014
Commentary: Powerful nations are making choices that are affecting weaker nations There are so many things that make the world a troubled place without any real solution to the problems. And if we as human beings were living on a planet that was flat, maybe we would have been able to find a solution. Unfortunately the earth is round and we have to deal with so many deceptions.

Commentary: A public relations disaster in Bermuda

April 10, 2014
Commentary: A public relations disaster in Bermuda On April 5, Minister Fahy claimed that in an effort to avoid “potential reputational risks to Bermuda”, he used his ministerial discretion and denied temporary work permits to an overseas film crew who wanted to make a documentary on the Rebecca Middleton murder. As forewarned by many...

Commentary: Chief public servant, huh! The prime minister?

April 9, 2014
Commentary: Chief public servant, huh! The prime minister? Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell’s appearance on a local talk show was heralded by a reference to him being the “chief public servant”. Indeed, in the last 40 years of independence, no other sitting prime minister has ventured to reconfigure in the minds of citizens the role and function of this office.

Commentary: Caribbean men's health

April 9, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean men's health Today I wish to speak specifically to the men of the Caribbean. Over last weekend two men that I knew, have moved on to the afterlife, due to the dreaded thing we have named cancer. Their passing did not come suddenly or without expectations. Both had been diagnosed with specific forms of cancer.

Commentary: It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

April 9, 2014
Commentary: It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for...

Commentary: Law and Politics: Never a dull period in government

April 8, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Never a dull period in government In the corridors of power in our tri-island state, some action or distraction is always taking place to make the news headlines – and thereby turn our attention from the daily economic problems, to the more stressful and repetitive national ups and downs that have now infected our politics.

Commentary: Desperately seeking bad news in Trinidad and Tobago

April 8, 2014
Commentary: Desperately seeking bad news in Trinidad and Tobago Reading the newspapers should not require the further effort of sifting fact from fiction, but it seems this is precisely what the reader is being asked to do. There was a time that words like journalistic integrity was so important, one would not dare question what was put in print in the dailies.

Commentary: The Lord is my Shepherd and He knows that I am gay (Part 1)

April 8, 2014
Commentary: The Lord is my Shepherd and He knows that I am gay (Part 1) The title of the article, “The Lord is my Shepherd and He knows that I am gay,” encapsulates homosexual confessions of a Christianity that is compromised. It does not refer to me because I am not gay. The article addresses the claims of homosexual churchgoers and the value-judgment statements of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Smart partnerships

April 7, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Smart partnerships While it is probably most hotelier’s dream to fill their property every night of the year at published rack rates, the reality is quite different and that is where marketing creativity becomes even more crucial. Our larger hotels are predominately tour operator-dependent but that comes at a price.

Commentary: The men of the Caribbean

April 7, 2014
Commentary: The men of the Caribbean Thank you all for your continued support. It means much to us to have our fellow Caribbean nationals share their views and wishes with us. Our most precious resources are the people of this region. So today I would like to specifically address the men of the Caribbean. Generation Golden

Commentary: The gathering storm in the Caribbean

April 5, 2014
Commentary: The gathering storm in the Caribbean Pretty soon, the meteorologists will designate the names and the number of the gathering storms that will inflict their damage on the paradise-like but fragile and battered Caribbean. Coming from the continent of Africa, the wind that takes strength in its voyage across the Atlantic will become...

Commentary: Schooling positively in Trinidad and Tobago...

April 5, 2014
Commentary: Schooling positively in Trinidad and Tobago... Now that we've all had our reactive say regarding the sudden wave of violence and bullying in our nation's schools being recorded and shared, perhaps it might be a good time to go a little further with the conversation if only to arrive at something more than talk. First off, there seems to be a spike due to...

Commentary: Japanese whaling harpooned by Western cultural bias

April 4, 2014
Commentary: Japanese whaling harpooned by Western cultural bias For decades, despite international political condemnation and belligerent environmental protests, Japan insisted that it engaged in whaling for cultural as well as scientific purposes. In fact, it was so committed to continuing its whaling practices that Japan began inducing more venal members of the United Nations...

Commentary: Japan's yen for whales blown

April 4, 2014
Commentary: Japan's yen for whales blown It’s not often that, apart from funerals, grown men are seen to shed tears openly, and certainly not tough men who have fought hard political campaigns in the relentless battleground of the United States and served on the staff of John Kerry, now US Secretary of State. Yet, that is precisely what happened in the court room...

Commentary: Health care in St Lucia

April 3, 2014
Commentary: Health care in St Lucia The Soufriere hospital in Saint Lucia was built in 1946. From humble beginnings the hospital flourished as a gem as time went by, serving the community 24 hours daily. There were full time doctors, nutritional staff, full time nurses, and ambulance service, x-ray facilities, male and female wards, delivery rooms...

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