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Commentary: People of the Caribbean, beware of Minister Farrakhan

October 31, 2014
Commentary: People of the Caribbean, beware of Minister Farrakhan Minister Louis Farrakhan began preaching about black empowerment and self-reliance long before President Barack Obama was born. And, based on his appearance at last week’s crusade in Jamaica to mark the 19th anniversary of his Million Man March, the eighty-one-year-old Farrakhan will...

Commentary: Not only cricket but West Indian self-worth at stake

October 31, 2014
Commentary: Not only cricket but West Indian self-worth at stake In a letter to the president of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (WICB), Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves made a compelling statement about the existential threat to West Indian cricket. He said “I do not think this huge, complicated...

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The CCJ issue

October 30, 2014
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The CCJ issue Undoubtedly the goal for reforming the constitution of Grenada is to clear the way for replacing the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This is not the case only for Grenada but for all of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that do not have the CCJ...

Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place?

October 30, 2014
Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place? Every October 27, the big question surfaces – how far have we come? According to history, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) declared independence on October 27, 1979 – a 35-year journey that has brought us nowhere. The nation came into being from oppressive British dictatorship...

Commentary: What's in a name?

October 29, 2014
Commentary: What's in a name? Without so much as a 'by your leave' the Port of Spain mayor erased 80 years of this nation's history and renamed the King George the Fifth Park the Nelson Mandela Park for no reason that anyone else can fathom by the stroke of a pen, causing his immediate predecessor to question not only...

Commentary: Is Cuba caring too much?

October 29, 2014
Commentary: Is Cuba caring too much? While Ebola is threatening some economic giants away from the African continent, brigades of Cuban doctors have boldly marched to the frontline. Already 165 health professionals (63 nurses and 102 doctors) have been deployed in Sierra Leone to help fight the virulent epidemic.

Commentary: More on tax reform, please! (with audio)

October 28, 2014
Commentary: More on tax reform, please! (with audio) I guess the entire world knows by now that The Bahamas is looking forward to implementing Value Added Tax in January, 2015. Everyone except the former chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Robert Myers, who also stood as the chairman of the Coalition for Tax Reform...

Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth

October 28, 2014
Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth The recession in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) ended in 2012, but the recovery remains subdued as economic activity is still well below pre-crisis levels. In our recent Regional Economic Outlook Update, we revised our growth projections for the ECCU region downward, to 1.1 percent.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is the purpose of the new board?

October 27, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is the purpose of the new board? If the media reporting on the recently selected board members of the newly formed Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc is accurate then I have to express enormous surprise at the apparent absence of a senior impartial member of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

Commentary: A common fight must have a common strategy: The fate of Guyana's no-confidence vote

October 27, 2014
Commentary: A common fight must have a common strategy: The fate of Guyana's no-confidence vote Many people have asked me why, despite their legislative majority, the opposition in Guyana has, since 2001, allowed the PPP and its executive government to out-maneuver them. They are of course referring to the latest confusion surrounding the AFC-sponsored no-confidence vote.

Commentary: A renewal of patriotic sentiment in Haiti

October 25, 2014
Commentary: A renewal of patriotic sentiment in Haiti I was in Cape Haitian recently and I was surprised to find the magnificent and huge cathedral of the city filled like an egg by school students for the commemoration of the death of King Henry Christophe, who ruled the northern part of Haiti from 1806 to 1820. It was not a national holiday but...

Commentary: If Americans allow Republicans to win the senate they will suffer serious consequences

October 25, 2014
Commentary: If Americans allow Republicans to win the senate they will suffer serious consequences The United States government is divided into three branches, which are the executive, judicial and legislative. The executive branch is under the control of the Democrats, with their President Barack Obama. The judiciary is under the control of the Republicans, with a five to four majority and...

Commentary: Gunman terrorizes Canada. Keep calm and carry on

October 24, 2014
Commentary: Gunman terrorizes Canada. Keep calm and carry on Frankly, reaction in Canada to one lunatic opening fire and killing one soldier is every bit as hysterical as reaction in the United States to one Ebola victim traveling there and infecting two healthcare nurses. I feel obliged to repeat my wonder that such attacks are so relatively rare.

Commentary: Economic sentiments and the reality of the market

October 24, 2014
Commentary: Economic sentiments and the reality of the market It is difficult to predict without fail when and, for that matter, how the trends in the market will change. Recent spikes in stock market prices and market volatility suggest that a ‘bear market’ is likely. However, the preference is for the market to remain upwards where confidence and expectation...

Commentary: Looking for a leader in the Caribbean

October 24, 2014
Commentary: Looking for a leader in the Caribbean It takes a strong leader to sit up and take notice when the tides of public opinion are turning. Often the idea of real change can be concerning to politicians. However, in Trinidad and Tobago people are crying out for their rights to be recognised, as a whole section of society suffers continued...

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.

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