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Commentary: The View from Europe: A messy divorce - Brexit, the EU and the Caribbean

February 13, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A messy divorce - Brexit, the EU and the Caribbean Sometime this year, most probably in June or September, the UK electorate will be asked if they want to remain in, or leave the European Union (EU). Although common sense would suggest that there should be no fundamental change in the relationship, the outcome could be a messy...

Commentary: The revolt of the voters!

February 13, 2016
Commentary: The revolt of the voters! There is a sentiment of malaise amongst the voters worldwide, whether they are Americans in the big old United States or Haitians in tiny Haiti in the Caribbean. This frustration has been encapsulated in an essay in the New York Times written recently by Ross Douthat entitled “Trump...

Commentary: Broncos tame Panthers to win Super Bowl 50

February 12, 2016
Commentary: Broncos tame Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 Whitney Houston set what might be an unsurpassable bar with her rendition at Super Bowl 25 in 1991. But, arguably, Lady Gaga came as close as any singer has since then. Of course, you can be forgiven if you were surprised – not just by how elegant she looked, but also by how well she sang.

Commentary: Can Sanders trump Trump?

February 12, 2016
Commentary: Can Sanders trump Trump? In the United States, particularly in Washington DC, the nation’s capital, it is impossible to escape the current elections by the Republican and Democratic parties to choose a candidate to represent them in the contest for a new president later this year. Today, in a DC restaurant...

Commentary: Children's rights and the justice system in St Lucia

February 12, 2016
Commentary: Children's rights and the justice system in St Lucia Saint Lucia, like other Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) nations, is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Age capability provides guidelines for the determination of whether minors under the age of 18 can be held legally culpable for their crimes.

Commentary: Grenadians, with vigilance, we can defeat violent crime in society

February 11, 2016
Commentary: Grenadians, with vigilance, we can defeat violent crime in society Over 90 percent of Grenadians, who are very successful in whatever professional field they are in presently, went away to foreign countries to achieve their skills. Therefore, it is very important for those at home and the Diaspora to respect foreigners who visit the tri-island nation for vacation.

Commentary: Two Moses for Haiti

February 11, 2016
Commentary: Two Moses for Haiti Last year, all of the major political parties in Haiti agreed to participate in elections that were promised to be fair and inclusive. A record number of 54 candidates, of which only four had a serious chance of being elected, eyed the presidential seat and toured the country to present their ideas...

Commentary: What is the colour of good governance after an election, Jamaica?

February 10, 2016
Commentary: What is the colour of good governance after an election, Jamaica? Every election has consequences, and regardless of what colour one identifies with, after the paint job has been completed, the nation has to deal with it until the rust emerges again. The people will always be the body shop to select the right paint and hope the dents are fixed from years...

Commentary: The United Democratic Party convention in Belize will bring no change

February 10, 2016
Commentary: The United Democratic Party convention in Belize will bring no change On March 20, 2016, the United Democratic Party (UDP), which is currently governing the country of Belize, will be having a national convention for some of their leadership positions. The positions of party leader, deputy party leader, party chairman and first deputy party chairman are...

Commentary: Hypocrites, traitors or patriots?

February 9, 2016
Commentary: Hypocrites, traitors or patriots? The former prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, has disclosed that former prime minister of Dominica, Edison Chenfeld James, came to him after he lost the 2000 election to sell a citizenship program on behalf of Henley & Partners. Dr Denzil Douglas also said that...

Commentary: Michel Joseph Martelly adieu! The last spasms of the beast

February 9, 2016
Commentary: Michel Joseph Martelly adieu! The last spasms of the beast He was elected! Yes by those who voted for him, and especially by those who did not vote at all. Guilty! I did not vote in 2010 because I thought none of the candidates really interpolated me with programs that could drastically change the tragic situation of the vast majority of Haitians.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: One of the best presented meetings

February 8, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: One of the best presented meetings I was fortunate enough to be invited to the recently held minister of tourism breakfast press conference and, trying to put partisan politics aside, in my humble opinion it was one of the best presented meetings of its kind that I have ever attended on Barbados. Apart from the many...

Commentary: Misleading 'pro-voting' preaching in Jamaica

February 8, 2016
Commentary: Misleading 'pro-voting' preaching in Jamaica During the election season, "pro-voting" media content and conversations become almost unbearable trying to save "nonvoters" and "undecided" from everlasting torture in pit of Hell-ocracy, with everyone reading from the same bible. Vote evangelists want you to put an X beside something.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Citizenship programmes - more work to be done

February 6, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Citizenship programmes - more work to be done Last July, the Financial Times contained as a paid for insert, a glossy brochure offering citizenship-by-investment in the Caribbean. It was little different in style to the advertising one sees for mega yachts, expensive real estate, private jet charters, and other expressions of the so called ‘good life’.

Commentary: A fascinating man we still don't know

February 6, 2016
Commentary: A fascinating man we still don't know I have watched Naz up close and personal for many years. I have listened to him from afar. My first interfacing with him in local politics was when he was the public relations officer of the National Democratic Congress. We used to have one-on-ones. I was told that I should get to know him.

Commentary: Lie, lie; that is lie!

February 6, 2016
Commentary: Lie, lie; that is lie! For five unbroken years, Lennox Linton proclaimed on a privately owned radio station, the Q95, that he has a paved and unmistakable concrete track of the money trail to show that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrrit financed the construction of villas in Dominica. This particular allegation and...

Commentary: Super Bowl Sunday: AFC Broncos vs. NFC Panthers

February 5, 2016
Commentary: Super Bowl Sunday: AFC Broncos vs. NFC Panthers The media hyped the American Conference Championship (AFC) game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos as a bout between their respective quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  Arguably, Brady and Manning have been the two best quarterbacks...

Commentary: A memorandum for the OAS to facilitate its understanding of the Haitian political imbroglio

February 5, 2016
Commentary: A memorandum for the OAS to facilitate its understanding of the Haitian political imbroglio The Haitian nation is facing today a crucial period in its history. It must overcome a political transition marred with widely published controversy in which the sitting president cannot transfer power to an incoming president as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution. This situation is due to the fact that...

Commentary: In due course, there will be some defections from Grenada's two main political parties

February 4, 2016
Commentary: In due course, there will be some defections from Grenada's two main political parties As was expected for some time now, another important event took place in Grenada’s politics again. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) under the leadership of Nazim Burke held its party convention January 24, 2016, in the northern parish of St Patrick. Based on the news...

Commentary: From Russia with love

February 4, 2016
Commentary: From Russia with love 2015 was a remarkable year for Russia and Jamaica: on 12th March both countries celebrated 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. On that day, the Foreign Ministers Sergey V. Lavrov and Arnold J. Nicholson exchanged congratulatory messages. From the Russian side...

Commentary: My New Life... Being a mother (My Mommy Chronicles Part 5)

February 4, 2016
Commentary: My New Life... Being a mother (My Mommy Chronicles Part 5) Before my prince was born, I remember being scared out of my mind. How would I take care of this precious little human being? I had no idea what to do and my mind was plagued with doubts. What if I starved my child because I didn’t know how much to feed him? What if I didn’t know how...

Commentary: When toddlers rule

February 3, 2016
Commentary: When toddlers rule The cross currents have moved into 2016, knowing all too well that small island states and emerging markets are challenged politically and economically with growing concerns. Saint Lucia is no expectation, as life is about to get harder and living standards will take a further hit.

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Unconstitutional acts

February 3, 2016
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Unconstitutional acts Section 38 of the Grenada 1974 independence constitution states that, subject to its provisions, “Parliament may make laws for the peace, order and good government of Grenada”; and Section 23 defines Parliament as consisting of Her Majesty, a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Tourism Enhancement Month

February 2, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Tourism Enhancement Month Some years ago we pioneered a concept that was dubbed Tourism Enhancement Month. The simple idea was to persuade our paint manufacturers and suppliers, hardware, equipment rental and landscape companies to extend an extra discount to what was then our 100-plus small hotels.

Commentary: As I close this column

February 2, 2016
Commentary: As I close this column Today marks the final installment of this series of articles/ commentaries that began in April 2014 and faithfully presented the perspectives of the non-Port of Spain elite. That elite, in many ways seen and unseen, determines which orthodoxies and world view will prevail in this beautiful land.

Commentary: Latin American and Caribbean economies face slower growth this year

February 1, 2016
Commentary: Latin American and Caribbean economies face slower growth this year Latin American and Caribbean economies will grow just 0.2 percent in 2016, according to new projections made in early January by the Chile-based Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). In its annual report, “Preliminary Overview of the Economies of...

Commentary: How to get rid of this terrible suffering that gnaws my body and my heart?

February 1, 2016
Commentary: How to get rid of this terrible suffering that gnaws my body and my heart? I had decided no longer to write about the political situation in Haiti, until I read the press release issued on January 12, 2016 by the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti: "The EOM welcomes the steps taken by the Provisional Electoral...

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