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Commentary: Tourism Matters: There has never been a more important time

March 13, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There has never been a more important time According to media reports on the Estimates, the amounts of BDS$87.7 million has been awarded to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) for the fiscal year 2017/2018 and BDS$8.6 million to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA). At first, certainly in the case of the BMTI, these seem...

Commentary: The real reason New York US Attorney Preet Bharara was asked to resign

March 13, 2017
Commentary: The real reason New York US Attorney Preet Bharara was asked to resign Before the inauguration, Donald Trump and Preet Bharara met and an agreement was struck that would keep US Attorney Bharara in his current position in New York under a new Trump administration. New York Senator Charles Schumer was instrumental in getting Bharara appointed.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Responding to the coming trade disorder

March 11, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Responding to the coming trade disorder A few days ago, an astute observer of the US political scene told me: “Watch what the new administration and Congress does, not what the president tweets. That is the secret of understanding future US policy.” If this is correct, the Caribbean should ignore the noise and think hard about the...

Commentary: Contributors' criticism notebook!

March 11, 2017
Commentary: Contributors' criticism notebook! Being a regular contributor, I take time to read the news and the essays on Caribbean News Now with the same passion and attention that I do in reaching out to my news from the Guardian or the New York Times. My criticism with the readers of CNN is very few of them, at least those in the...

Commentary: Russia, Iran, and North Korea making Trump look like a chump

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Russia, Iran, and North Korea making Trump look like a chump Remember the campaign days when Donald Trump used to boast that no country would dare disrespect his presidency the way he claimed so many were disrespecting Obama’s? For example, he routinely ridiculed Obama as weak and pathetic for • Allowing Russian fighter jets to buzz US...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

Commentary: Managing the boss with issues

March 9, 2017
Commentary: Managing the boss with issues As organizations become more complex, greater demands are made on ‘manager bosses’ to perform more proficiently, and realize the corporation’s vision. Those bosses who have not participated in management development programmes, will be left behind in their knowledge and skills, and this...

Commentary: Is the Jamaican Parliament tracking Vision 2030 progress?

March 9, 2017
Commentary: Is the Jamaican Parliament tracking Vision 2030 progress? One responsibility a Member of Parliament (MP) has is to inform and educate his/her constituents of any central government policies that affect them and to receive feedback to guide his/her own actions in carrying out legislative duty in parliament. I won’t regret making the statement that...

Commentary: Trump's travel ban backfires - Mexican passports could soon be worth more than American

March 8, 2017
Commentary: Trump's travel ban backfires - Mexican passports could soon be worth more than American The tit-for-tat passport wars between the European Union and the United States caught fire last week when the EU Parliament voted to impose restrictions on US visitors. The EU is angry that the US still has not introduced the US visa waiver scheme for citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus...

Commentary: Labour Market: The key to women's equality in the Caribbean and Latin America

March 8, 2017
Commentary: Labour Market: The key to women's equality in the Caribbean and Latin America Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the last four decades and without interruption, states have met to debate and commit politically to eradicating gender discrimination and inequality and moving toward guaranteeing the full exercise of women’s...

Commentary: CARICOM should have a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa

March 7, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM should have a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa Not a single Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state has a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and the diplomatic capital of Africa. Instead, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, have missions in Pretoria, South Africa, and diplomats...

Commentary: Crime and the at-risk Caribbean child

March 7, 2017
Commentary: Crime and the at-risk Caribbean child The rise in crime in St Kitts and Nevis is not an unexpected phenomenon. As a matter of fact, it was expected. The Caribbean region is undergoing a massive challenge in the way law enforcement combats crime. An even bigger challenge is that the once docile citizen is now displaying...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Sometimes it is better to let market forces prevail

March 6, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Sometimes it is better to let market forces prevail In an article carried by the midweek Nation on 24th February 2010, the declared value of the then three remaining GEMS hotels were stated at BDS$74 million plus an accumulated debt of $229 million. With a total of 244 rooms that values each room at $303,278 when averaging it across...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future?

March 6, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future? Unless the sugar industry in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can develop in the coming months a coordinated and concerted plan of action, it is quite possible that in a few years’ time there will be little left of an industry that, for evil and good, has played a central role in the...

Commentary: A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation

March 6, 2017
Commentary: A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation Ernest Renan in his treatise on how to build a good nation could as well preface his essay: how to build a good family. Indeed, Renan implied a nation is like a family where the members are linked by blood and by consent as in the case of the in-laws to worship the past, enjoy the present...

Commentary: Trump's three-card monte of an address to joint session of Congress

March 3, 2017
Commentary: Trump's three-card monte of an address to joint session of Congress Idle bluster, abject ignorance, bald-faced lies, and thin-skinned petulance characterized Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The same, alas, are characterizing his presidency.  But it’s one thing for the media to cover his campaign as little more than reality TV. It’s quite another for them to...

Commentary: Perversion in paradise

March 3, 2017
Commentary: Perversion in paradise On the night of December 28, 2016, police officers patrolling the town of Santa Cruz in the Jamaican parish of St Elizabeth in approached a parked car which aroused their suspicions. Upon investigating, authorities reportedly found 64-year-old Rupert Clarke, the pastor of a church...

Commentary: FBI continues to obstruct justice to hide Puerto Rico bond fraud

March 2, 2017
Commentary: FBI continues to obstruct justice to hide Puerto Rico bond fraud Almost two years ago, the FBI was presented with significant and wide reaching evidence that credit rating agencies were selling fraudulent credit ratings to technically bankrupt companies and that the major banks on Wall Street were knowingly selling these worthless bonds to innocent...

Commentary: Immigration hearings in Belize will not change enforcement of our laws

March 2, 2017
Commentary: Immigration hearings in Belize will not change enforcement of our laws Years ago when I was a police officer in my country of Belize, up until my departure to the United States in 1978, we were responsible for the enforcement of our immigration laws including the issuing of passports. Now, the Immigration Department is run by civilian civil servants. For many years...

Commentary: Trump's immigration policy imperils the public

March 2, 2017
Commentary: Trump's immigration policy imperils the public Standing stiffly in overly-starched police blues it was obvious, even before he admitted so himself, that officer Sean Dinse wished he wasn't addressing the congregation of the Community Church in Woodland Hills, California, USA. But, in the tremulous wake of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic and...

Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide

March 1, 2017
Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide Quite recently, there have been reports in particular Caribbean media, and other information sources, of some leaders of a religious/spiritual orientation not living up to expectations. And in instances, these activities have caused the legal authorities to become involved. Of course, these occurrences have...

Commentary: The messy truth, deep inside the 'red' tainted cockpit!

March 1, 2017
Commentary: The messy truth, deep inside the 'red' tainted cockpit! Of all the pilots throughout, you are the worst! You can’t maneuver the cockpit, or you navigate the skies so poorly that you have lost your geographic coordinates. With your limited knowledge of the primary flight display you can barely stabilize the aircraft, and each time you have to revert to...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches!

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches! A continuing conundrum is causing accelerated internal convulsions in the bosoms of Christian churches worldwide over sex, as they still try – and fail -- to bridge the age-old, oceans-deep and miles-wide generational gaps between tradition and modernity. Take Valentine’s Day…

Commentary: Banking best practices compliance

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Banking best practices compliance In some of my recent articles, I have attempted to cover what I believe are the necessary components of an effective AML/CFT compliance program, which must be: (1) Constructed to reduce risk to an acceptable level. (2) Automated, to reduce the requirement for constant, repeated human query.

Commentary: Make Intercol a weekend event in Grenada

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Make Intercol a weekend event in Grenada Last week I expressed a few of my thoughts on the importance of the upcoming Grenada Invitational track and field meet. In doing so, I made a passing remark about our Intercollegiate athletic games. I honestly did not want to revisit that subject but, for some reason, it is not escaping my mind.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Can Barbados be more proactive?

February 27, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Can Barbados be more proactive? Leading UK-based specialist insurer, Columbus Travel Insurance Services Ltd, trading as Columbus Direct, recently published the results of a survey that was picked up and carried in most major British newspapers in print and online, including mass circulation tabloid, The Sun.

Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections

February 27, 2017
Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections There is a growing sense and evidence that lies, darkness and trickery in public life have taken a strong hold in our society and for a long time kept most of us from seeing the “dark money” in circulation. Nonetheless, over the past years, we have heard and seen plentiful corruption, particularly in...

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