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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...

Commentary: Mas' all over the Caribbean

August 2, 2017
Commentary: Mas' all over the Caribbean During the months of July and August each year, persons all over the world head off on holidays. It is summer time in the western world, with school on holidays. Many families who can afford the financial burden take the children on tours to different countries. Ibiza in Spain, and Bali in Indonesia, are two...

Commentary: Passenger tax - a tax on all their dreams

August 1, 2017
Commentary: Passenger tax - a tax on all their dreams What the Caribbean region needs is so simple: rapid, reliable mobility at reasonable rates. What makes it so difficult? It is almost as short and simple to explain. There are two players; the aviation industry and the governments. The aviation industry is not really the problem. They have the equipment...

Commentary: Iris Cleola Stubbs - A Turks and Caicos Islands stalwart in education

August 1, 2017
Commentary: Iris Cleola Stubbs - A Turks and Caicos Islands stalwart in education South Caicos has produced several individuals, who dedicated their lives to service – particularly in the field of education. One of these individuals was the late Iris Cleola Lightbourne (affectionately known as Tita). She was born on 8th March 1925. Unfortunately for her, due to her father’s death when she...

Commentary: How stupid is the FBI; you must read this!

August 1, 2017
Commentary: How stupid is the FBI; you must read this! Unfortunately, my company, along with tens of thousands of other individuals and corporations, was caught off-guard by Puerto Rico’s financial collapse. To make sure that it doesn’t happen to us again, my company launched an investigation into the causes of this tragedy so we wouldn’t become a...

Editorial: St Lucia and the Leahy Law dilemma

July 31, 2017
Editorial: St Lucia and the Leahy Law dilemma It is well known that the United States suspended assistance to the Saint Lucia security forces in 2013, pursuant to the provisions of the so-called Leahy Law, as a result of credible evidence of gross human rights violations in relation to a number of alleged extra judicial killings by the police between...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Perhaps this represents an enormous opportunity

July 31, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Perhaps this represents an enormous opportunity Our British and many of our Continental European holidaymakers look like they are in for a little relief next year. The current annoying and described by HM Treasury as ‘rip-off ‘ surcharges that apply to a large percentage of flight and holiday bookings both in-store and online are scheduled to be...

Commentary: Africa: The next global economic frontier?

July 31, 2017
Commentary: Africa: The next global economic frontier? As the West continues to be assailed by authoritarian capitalism, political fragmentation and polarization, and the problems of post industrialism, Africa is seen as offering boundless prospects for wealth creation. Despite the fact, that, dependence on foreign aid and neo-liberalism are the prime...

Commentary: Does the United States care about democracy in Venezuela?

July 31, 2017
Commentary: Does the United States care about democracy in Venezuela? On July 17, President Trump declared that “The US once again calls for free and fair elections and stands with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy.” Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also has called for a “transition to democracy” in the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Should it matter who pays for Caribbean development?

July 29, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Should it matter who pays for Caribbean development? By any measure, the Caribbean’s infrastructure requirements are substantial. If the region is to be able to increase its competitiveness and give citizens the quality of life they desire, its transformation has become a matter of urgency. In 2014, Dr Warren Smith, the then new president of the CDB...

Commentary: Whatever we want has already happened

July 29, 2017
Commentary: Whatever we want has already happened We have not yet realized it. Neither are we conscious of it. But we need to know that everything we have always wanted, want now, or in the future, has already happened. Already come to pass. Whatever we want, we can give birth to it. Cause it to unfold. To believe that we want something to happen...

Commentary: Sports and politics

July 29, 2017
Commentary: Sports and politics I promised myself not to write on West Indies cricket anytime soon, because most of the issues are always so negative. As an Arsenal football fan, and a Rafa Nadal supporter, I go through enough emotional trauma without having to deal with writing about my favourite cricket team. For those readers...

Commentary: Russians arming Taliban to fight Americans...? Duh

July 28, 2017
Commentary: Russians arming Taliban to fight Americans...? Duh The Taliban have received improved weaponry in Afghanistan that appears to have been supplied by the Russian government, according to exclusive videos obtained by CNN, adding weight to accusations by Afghan and American officials that Moscow is arming their one-time foe in the war-torn country.

Commentary: The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations - Part 3

July 28, 2017
Commentary: The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations - Part 3 This is the final of a three-part commentary discussing the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled, “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”.

Commentary: The road map for peace and prosperity for any and all nations on earth!

July 28, 2017
Commentary: The road map for peace and prosperity for any and all nations on earth! I will use examples from different nations on earth to illustrate my point. Living now in Haiti has taught me several truths one of them is: you harvest what you have sowed! For the past 60 years – 30 years under a dictatorial regime and 30 years under different regimes of faux democracy – the majority of the...

Commentary: It's happening in Venezuela; at least we can all agree!

July 27, 2017
Commentary: It's happening in Venezuela; at least we can all agree! In response to the Venezuelan ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Raúl LiCausi, I’m thrilled at the notion that the ambassador saw fit to respond to my submission on the state of his country. To me, and several other observers, we claimed it to be a failing state at worst and...

Commentary: 'Community Policing': An antidote for crime reduction in St. Kitts-Nevis

July 27, 2017
Commentary: 'Community Policing': An antidote for crime reduction in St. Kitts-Nevis What went wrong with our lovely Caribbean islands? Places that were known as the safest and most relaxing destinations with the friendliest and most welcoming people in the western hemisphere are now tipping the crime scales and registering ridiculous homicide rates. I remember as a teenager in the...

Commentary: Venezuela turmoil implies an uncertain future for ALBA

July 27, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela turmoil implies an uncertain future for ALBA The declared exit of Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS), the suspension of Venezuela from Mercosur in 2016 for its failure to “conform” to the bloc’s “democratic principles,” and the unification of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in defiance of a United States...

Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of St Lucia - Part 1

July 26, 2017
Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of St Lucia - Part 1 There is a great deal that I do not understand about the world. However, I fully understand the complexities of poverty and its effects. According, to a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) report, “The fundament of all definitions of poverty is the notion of a deficiency of resources.” But more particularly...

Commentary: Does anyone really care?

July 26, 2017
Commentary: Does anyone really care? The year was 1980 when Lech Walesa, a laid off electrician with a handlebar moustache and disheveled hair, faced down the mightiest guns of the Moscow controlled government, in Gdansk, Poland. Thirty-six-year old Lech Walesa was the voice and aspirations of Poland’s workers.

Commentary: Gov. Kasich: 'Amazing Grace' starts with you!

July 26, 2017
Commentary: Gov. Kasich: 'Amazing Grace' starts with you! Recently, at the Community Church in Woodland Hills, California, a woman sang “Amazing Grace.” She sang slow, with sweet, lilting sorrow, letting each dolorous, weighty note saturate the space with sound. She sang right in front of the same pulpit where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., once preached, on his...

Editorial: How much longer can Baroness Scotland continue as Commonwealth secretary-general?

July 25, 2017
Editorial: How much longer can Baroness Scotland continue as Commonwealth secretary-general? Baroness Patricia Scotland was elected Commonwealth secretary-general in November 2015 in a very tight minority vote, on the pretext of being a Caribbean candidate, apparently on the strength of spending the first two years of her life in Dominica where she was born. She took up the post in...

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