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Commentary: The next Commonwealth secretary general

November 22, 2014
Commentary: The next Commonwealth secretary general In November 2015 the Commonwealth will have to choose a new secretary general. The position, once occupied by high-profile globally known figures, has in recent years lost much of its lustre as the organisation has become less central as its office holders have failed to rise to the vital international role...

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Democracy and finance

November 22, 2014
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Democracy and finance Finance always poses a disadvantage and danger to democracy, when power and control is sought at all cost. Whilst it is welcome news that monies will be amassed to aid with the constitution reform project in Grenada, it must be of grave concern about the plans and procedures for the use of the monies.

Commentary: Bill Cosby's (all too belated) fall from grace

November 21, 2014
Commentary: Bill Cosby's (all too belated) fall from grace I became convinced almost a decade ago that Cosby paid off many women over the years to uphold his wholesome “Dr Huxtable” (or Dr Jeckyll) image. I deduced, however, that, as part of the deal, he required each of them to sign a confidentiality agreement promising to keep their mouths shut.

Commentary: Inadequate response to Ebola should not be repeated with chickungunya

November 21, 2014
Commentary: Inadequate response to Ebola should not be repeated with chickungunya The good news is that a prophylactic vaccine against chikungunya, developed by the Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH, is reported to induce a significant neutralizing immune response to the disease and is confirmed as safe. The not so good news is two-fold.

Commentary: Elective value or overcrowding

November 20, 2014
Commentary: Elective value or overcrowding Once again the question of what to do with George F.L. Charles Airport in the city of Castries and how best to pursue the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) redevelopment in Vieux Fort is consuming policymakers, the business community and the people of Saint Lucia.

Commentary: A media dictator censors comments, but cries that government censors him

November 20, 2014
Commentary: A media dictator censors comments, but cries that government censors him There are more similarities between those Grenadians who are politically active on both sides of the political fence than differences, except that they belong to opposite political parties. And it is amazing to hear some folks who control media houses that are not pro-government cry out about media freedom.

Commentary: Will Chester Humphrey be a fair arbiter in the Grenada senate?

November 19, 2014
Commentary: Will Chester Humphrey be a fair arbiter in the Grenada senate? The surprise announcement of Chester Humphrey as a New National Party (NNP) senator raised many eyebrows after more than 15 years of vociferous opposition to that party. Many rank and file supporters listened in shock and amazement when Prime Minister Mitchell made the announcement.

Commentary: The rabbi is gay, now what?

November 19, 2014
Commentary: The rabbi is gay, now what? The Location Gay: Recently, Gil Steinlauf, a senior rabbi of Adas Israel in Washington, DC, one of the largest conservative movement-affiliated synagogues came out as gay. Soon after, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced he is gay. One blogger wrote, “You don't just leave your wife to "go be gay...

Commentary: Human rights in Haiti

November 19, 2014
Commentary: Human rights in Haiti In the past five decades, Haitian people have suffered systematic human rights violations that were rarely condemned, thus preventing any state from having real democratic institutions and impeding any democratic political regime to exist. From 1957 to 1986, the Duvalier family exerted a harsh dictatorship.

Commentary: Repatriation: The trail of tears and fears (with video)

November 18, 2014
Commentary: Repatriation: The trail of tears and fears (with video) No doubt the new immigration policies in The Bahamas have caused an uproar. It's not been a pretty sight to see the vitriolic comments and ethnic slurs go to and fro, particularly on social media. An example of this was when US State Representative for Florida, Mrs Daphne Campbell, attacked The Bahamas...

Commentary: Telecoms acquisition ignites monopoly fears in the Caribbean

November 18, 2014
Commentary: Telecoms acquisition ignites monopoly fears in the Caribbean When Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) announced an agreement to acquire Columbus International, news of the deal sparked widespread concerns about the impact of reduced competition on consumer pricing, infrastructure investment and wider economic development in the Caribbean.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to get more involved

November 17, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to get more involved It seems almost inconceivable to accept that the dreaded APD (Advanced Passenger Duty) was implemented in the United Kingdom, or others would say thrust upon the industry, some twenty years ago. There has been a lot of recent misinformation spread in the media, so I think it is time to clarify...

Commentary: Reopening of Guyana's parliament should be unconditional

November 17, 2014
Commentary: Reopening of Guyana's parliament should be unconditional Since the suspension of Guyana’s parliament almost a week ago the Parliamentary majority, in particular the APNU, has been making the right sounds and the right moves. They have vowed to build a national movement to restore parliamentary democracy. They have internationalized the issue.

Commentary: SOS: Cap Haitien a city of some one million inhabitants inundated by water!

November 15, 2014
Commentary: SOS: Cap Haitien a city of some one million inhabitants inundated by water! I could be rightly be dubbed a voodoo columnist: water you see, water you no see! A month ago in a column I launched an SOS for Cap Haitien, a city with no water, and here I am launching this time another SOS for the same city under inundation. Indeed, I was in Cap Haitien for the voodoo/lwa ceremony...

Commentary: The G20 Summit

November 15, 2014
Commentary: The G20 Summit Almost a year ago, when Australia assumed the presidency of the G20, I said that the world needed less talk and more action. The arrival of leaders in Brisbane at the end of this week will mark the culmination of a year of action. The Brisbane Summit is an opportunity to finalise our commitments to...

Commentary: I'm a doctor and a father; and I say: Stay in school!

November 15, 2014
Commentary: I'm a doctor and a father; and I say: Stay in school! The International Labor Organization (ILO) is an agency of the United Nations (UN). And Article 23 of UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to just and favourable conditions of work, while Article 25 states that motherhood and childhood are entitled to...

Commentary: Rosetta comet mission: The robot has landed. Great! Now what?

November 14, 2014
Commentary: Rosetta comet mission: The robot has landed. Great! Now what? Today, scientists at the European Space Agency hailed the successful landing of their Rosetta Spacecraft’s robotic probe (named Philae), after a ten-year journey, on a comet (named 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko), which is hurtling through space, 317 million miles from Earth, at 41,000 mph.

Commentary: Anti-Obama forces cloud global stability

November 14, 2014
Commentary: Anti-Obama forces cloud global stability With just two years effectively left in Barack Obama’s presidency of the United States, the world suddenly looks set to face even more danger than it does currently. Control of the US Congress by the Republican Party, following the November 4 mid-term elections, has emboldened...

Commentary: The modern socialist

November 13, 2014
Commentary: The modern socialist One of the legacies of the Grenada Revolution is a strong residue of anti-communist anti-socialist rhetoric. For the most part, persons who were hurt by, or otherwise disagreed with the Grenada 1979 to 1983 experiment, continue to dislike or hate those who were involved with the Revolution.

Commentary: Opportunist or visionary for peace: Comprehending Colombia's president

November 13, 2014
Commentary: Opportunist or visionary for peace: Comprehending Colombia's president Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, 2010-present, celebrated his second successful presidential campaign on June 15. Perhaps much of his victory can be attributed to his persistent advocacy for peaceful negotiations, initiated on August 27, 2012, with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Commentary: The suspension of Guyana's parliament: Democracy has been subverted

November 12, 2014
Commentary: The suspension of Guyana's parliament: Democracy has been subverted The president of Guyana in his sole, deliberate judgment has suspended Guyana’s parliament. He was avoiding a no-confidence motion brought by one of the parliamentary parties. Guyanese leaders seem stunned. The rest of the Caribbean establishment is unperturbed. After all, the president...

Commentary: PNM's OJT candidates

November 12, 2014
Let me state from the beginning that I have nothing against on-the-job training (OJT). I was once one myself and it played a significant role in my growth and development as it has done for many throughout the world. In medicine, the term internship is used to describe the vital learning experience...

Commentary: Law and Politics: Where to from hereon?

November 11, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Where to from hereon? Now that the committee for advising the government on the issues to be included in the constitution reformation document to be voted on in March next year have had the public input at the Trade Centre last month, and would have made the necessary additions to the original number...

Commentary: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

November 11, 2014
Commentary: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory... This weekend at least one of the daily newspapers quoted a political poll without publishing the actual poll, and while all of us were caught up reacting to the poll, it is only when someone asked me to send them a copy of the poll did I realize that I had not yet seen the actual poll.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Intra-Caribbean travel

November 10, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Intra-Caribbean travel As someone who has championed intra-Caribbean travel for over 40 years and invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of our own money promoting, what for Barbados is still just about our third largest source market, it gives me no pleasure in witnessing the dramatic decline.

Commentary: A fine mess: The Bank of The Bahamas (with audio)

November 10, 2014
Commentary: A fine mess: The Bank of The Bahamas (with audio) Through a newly established government corporation, Bahamas Resolve Ltd, the government of The Bahamas has stepped in to save a failing bank: The Bank of The Bahamas. For all intents and purposes, the bank failed. A failed bank that needed to be saved by the government.

Commentary: The Catholic Church and the Republic of Haiti

November 8, 2014
Commentary: The Catholic Church and the Republic of Haiti The history of humanity, at least in the frame of the Christian Catholic kaleidoscope, started with the story of Adam making his own mind to follow his companion Eve, who was induced by the snake to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. The consequences of this action were immediate.

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