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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Yet another opportunistic land grab?

August 21, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Yet another opportunistic land grab? If I have one single regret over the last 30 years, it is that, after former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was gracious enough to grant a personal meeting to discuss our small hotel sector and, in particular, the then planned GEMS project, I did not push hard enough to persuade the PM to abandon what was...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space

August 21, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space Speaking on August 11, at a press conference at one of his golf courses, the US president, Donald Trump, scored the equivalent of a foreign policy own goal. “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option”, he said, before going on to elaborate on US...

Commentary: The Purdue University experiment in Haiti

August 21, 2017
Commentary: The Purdue University experiment in Haiti I must thank Joel Lorquet for his brilliant public relations billboard informing internet users about the latest events and about the most comprehensive news on Haiti garnered from the major news outlets. As soon that I learned about the report of Purdue University on its weeklong visit to Haiti, I cleared my...

Commentary: White supremacy: the tragedy and folly of Charlottesville

August 18, 2017
Commentary: White supremacy: the tragedy and folly of Charlottesville Unsurprisingly, the media are still covering that mayhem in Charlottesville as if it were a latter-day version of the Battle of Gettysburg. Yet, if North Korea were to test-fire another missile today (or if Muslim jihadists were to launch another terrorist attack), they would move on as if it were ancient news.

Commentary: Lessons from India's partition and Charlottesville's strife

August 18, 2017
Commentary: Lessons from India's partition and Charlottesville's strife On August 14 and 15, Pakistan and India, respectively, celebrated the 70th anniversary of their independence from Britain, a country whose policies, as an occupier, fomented -- and then bequeathed to them -- the hostile communalism that led to their partition and their continuing antagonism.

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 1

August 16, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 1 In this three-part series Saint Lucia needs a renaissance, I endeavour to take a look at intelligence and the modern triangle; the art of the bluff and polarization in Saint Lucia and conclude with Saint Lucia’s foreign policy dilemma. This is of utmost necessity following the Caribbean News Now...

Commentary: Haitian wage protests and the future of the international textile industry

August 16, 2017
Commentary: Haitian wage protests and the future of the international textile industry On Monday June 26, 2017, Haitian garment workers marched towards the ministry of social affairs in Port-au-Prince to protest their profoundly low wages. As the workers walked, they held signs with slogans such as “long live the independent fight for factory workers.” Union leaders began protests in May.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Let's make the dream a reality

August 14, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Let's make the dream a reality Every time I drive through Oistins and pass the now demolished former District Hospital and its environs, from a tourism perspective, it’s difficult not to think what an incredible opportunity we have missed. While the Fish Fry over the years has become one, if not the most visited island attractions...

Commentary: Forensic science evidence trending towards less reliable

August 14, 2017
Commentary: Forensic science evidence trending towards less reliable In January 2016, bemoaning that "the more people talk about improving the use of forensic science in the courtroom, the more things stay the same," I blogged in bold in The Huffington Post: "Not nearly enough steps have been taken (in the District of Columbia, or I respectfully submit, across the country)...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Has rail a future in the Caribbean?

August 12, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Has rail a future in the Caribbean? Historically Caribbean railways existed to carry cane to factories, or raw sugar and molasses to ports. Later they were used to transport other agricultural crops, minerals, and, as urban populations grew, provided passenger services. However, the demise of sugar, high operating and maintenance costs...

Commentary: The serpent's egg

August 12, 2017
Commentary: The serpent's egg While I may be the least informed or knowledgeable amongst my peers in many regards especially as it relates to the social sciences; I find it quite odd that everyone is still so flabbergasted that Trump is and remains at the helm of the United States. The socially positioned, globally regarded...

Commentary: Gatlin wins 100m, becomes skunk at Bolt's farewell party

August 11, 2017
Commentary: Gatlin wins 100m, becomes skunk at Bolt's farewell party Bolt insisted this would be the final individual race of his storied career – his swan song. This is why everyone was so anxious for him to go out on a high note. Alas: Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt finished third in the men’s 100 meters in 9.95 seconds at the IAAF World Championships.

Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

August 11, 2017
Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis Continuing conflict in Venezuela between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition political parties will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject suggestions that...

Commentary: Prime minister of St Lucia on the Leahy Law: I've done everything I can do

August 10, 2017
Commentary: Prime minister of St Lucia on the Leahy Law: I've done everything I can do In the third and final part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, he apparently admitted he can do no with regard to more Leahy Law sanctions on Saint Lucia. The issues arising from Operation Restore Confidence (ORC), the Leahy Law...

Commentary: The 'triangle' between China, Latin America-Caribbean and the United States

August 10, 2017
Commentary: The 'triangle' between China, Latin America-Caribbean and the United States This article provides a general outlook on the current state and perspectives of the triangular relation between China, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and the United States, regarding a series of geopolitical and economic implications for LAC. In recent years, there has been a clear retreat of the US...

Commentary: The reality of crime in St Lucia

August 9, 2017
Commentary: The reality of crime in St Lucia The second part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with Allen Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, discussed the problem of increased crime, which is pertinent to the economic viability of his 100 percent tourism focus, as well as the ability to attract offshore financial services.

Commentary: President Granger does not have the political authority to fire Ramjattan or any AFC minister

August 9, 2017
Commentary: President Granger does not have the political authority to fire Ramjattan or any AFC minister Just over a week ago, I was stuck in the middle of a ‘rum-shop’ argument that practically yielded no winning results on either side of the table. In reality, I personally have no political allegiance to any party and, generally, do not vote. Hence I would only side with policies, and not necessarily...

Commentary: Can Jamaica fix the crime problem by issuing more guns to its citizens?

August 9, 2017
Commentary: Can Jamaica fix the crime problem by issuing more guns to its citizens? The role of law enforcement has always been a tough task. It remains a struggle between perception and reality. An officer, as I have argued, takes on work that many could not fathom. At the end of each shift, they only want to get back home to their family like everyone else. Today, on some of these troubled islands...

Commentary: Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia

August 8, 2017
Commentary: Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet’s tourism-led strategy has come to the fore once again, as the economic centrality for the island, following the agreement between the government of Saint Lucia, Range Developments and Marriott International to establish and operate a luxury Ritz...

Commentary: Convoluted article on the Pensions (Disqualification) Act in Grenada

August 8, 2017
Commentary: Convoluted article on the Pensions (Disqualification) Act in Grenada Sir Lawrence A. Joseph, constitutional lawyer and consultant to the government of Dr Keith Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP), inquires in his July’s public writing “Is the Pensions (Disqualification) Act valid?” Joseph then answered his question by stating that the Act (PDA) became clothed with validity...

Commentary: Examining the eight million: An analysis of Venezuela's constituent assembly vote

August 8, 2017
Commentary: Examining the eight million: An analysis of Venezuela's constituent assembly vote On Sunday July 30, Venezuela held the vote for its Constituent Assembly. The National Electoral Council (CNE) has claimed a turnout of just over eight million people. This is over 40 percent of the electorate and, considering the main opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) boycotted...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Pioneers of the airline sector

August 7, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Pioneers of the airline sector As I approach my 52nd year involved in the tourism industry, I have been privileged to work either directly or indirectly with two persons, who I consider pioneers of the airline sector in modern times. The first, Max Ward of the Canadian carrier Wardair Canada Limited (later Wardair International)...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Visitor arrivals numbers are not the whole story

August 7, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Visitor arrivals numbers are not the whole story When it comes to valuing tourism’s economic contribution, most Caribbean governments share publicly only arrivals numbers and the country of origin of their visitors. Then, usually at budget time, they produce generalised figures that indicate overall spend and contribution to GDP.

Commentary: A new church is erected in Haiti on the ashes of the old one

August 7, 2017
Commentary: A new church is erected in Haiti on the ashes of the old one The Gingerbread Church of St Louis King of France in Turgeau, Port au Prince, destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 has been at last rebuilt, seven years after the catastrophe that took the lives of some 300,000 people including seven of them in the very church. St Louis King of France’s...

Commentary: The inconvenient truth about Gore's sequel

August 4, 2017
Commentary: The inconvenient truth about Gore's sequel Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his crusade against climate change. This, notwithstanding that his crusade amounted to little more than a “Powerpoint presentation” of alarming weather projections, which he marketed as an apocalyptic thriller titled An Inconvenient Truth. But it was...

Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia - Part 2

August 4, 2017
Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia - Part 2 Last week’s publication of, “The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia – Part I,” in my opinion, could not have been done more timely. There are a few historical moments in our recent history when the politics of poverty, democracy, economics, and leadership have been...

Commentary: St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking

August 2, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking The economic expediency and political honeymoon of the government of Saint Lucia, expected to work systematically to sort-out the underlying problems facing the country, is thus far impractical to offer a persuasive response to substantive matters. Overwhelmed on matters of national concern is...

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