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Letter: Let the flowers bloom

September 2, 2017
Letter: Let the flowers bloom A commentator on a radio talk show in Trinidad and Tobago agreed that it is necessary that we diversify our economy. However, he does not see a fundamental role for the government or the need for centres of excellence, which concentrate on the development of a few technologies...

Letter: Government lacks capacity to negotiate effectively with China on development projects

September 2, 2017
Letter: Government lacks capacity to negotiate effectively with China on development projects The memorandum of understanding between the government of Jamaica (GoJ) and China Construction South American Division (CCASA), dated March 9, 2017, sets out the general framework for the development of Centre of Government at National Heroes Park but is structured in such a way that will not...

Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years

September 1, 2017
Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years Some 300 years ago the Caribbean and South and Latin Americas were riddled with communicable and mosquito-borne diseases. It took the gradual introduction of medicines and inoculations to eradicate those diseases. Now today in Venezuela because of lack of all medication in the hospitals...

Letter: Dr Rowley needs to boldly go where no one has gone before!

September 1, 2017
Letter: Dr Rowley needs to boldly go where no one has gone before! The investigation into the procurement steps by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has not yet started but already there are allegations of cover up and incompetence. It is critical to note that there are sectors of our society who will find nothing good about anything proposed or done by this PNM...

Letter: Explaining Argyle airport: A clash of axioms

August 31, 2017
Letter: Explaining Argyle airport: A clash of axioms I concluded my last essay (see essay number 59 below) with the observation that although seemingly unassailable truths (axioms) like “St Vincent Island [SVI] has lots of potential” cannot be directly attacked because this would subvert their definition as self-evident verities, their corollaries (i.e., results that...

Letter: Respect our cosmopolitan history

August 31, 2017
Letter: Respect our cosmopolitan history I verily denounce the current attempts of crooks and dishonest brokers, wherever they exist, to demonize minority groups and peoples in our Republic. Any honest and objective glance at our post-colonial history would show that they are not to blame for the horrible failures of post-colonial reconstruction...

Letter: A country in limbo

August 30, 2017
Letter: A country in limbo Mr Basdeo Panday, one time prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, is calling for a role for the trade unions in the political management of the country. One way he sees is via the tripartite relationship among the government, labour and the private sector. However, the role of the trade unions is...

Letter: The arrival to revenue ratio of tourists to Jamaica is not sustainable

August 30, 2017
Letter: The arrival to revenue ratio of tourists to Jamaica is not sustainable It is this basic economic misalignment that has seriously placed the Jamaican economy in another round of crisis as Chinese-funded infrastructure linked to tourism development won’t have the future revenue streams to support its development. We are dealing with a very clever development partner that...

Poets Corner: The greatest tragedy

August 30, 2017
Poets Corner: The greatest tragedy The greatest tragedy Of life and love, has got to be The infiltration of domestic violence within our society But how could this epidemic silently Become catastrophic When ‘human rights’ has always been a dominant topic? How could the family And by extension the community Live silently While our daughters...

Letter: Here we are once again, having our intelligence insulted

August 29, 2017
Letter: Here we are once again, having our intelligence insulted The prime minister’s decision to appoint Christian Mouttet as sole investigator in the Ferry/Seabridge scandal is nothing short of an attempt of a whitewash because I will not be surprise if this report has already been written and Mouttet’s unpalatable role will be an attempt at sanitization. Keith Rowley’s decision...

Letter: As Washington falls

August 29, 2017
Letter: As Washington falls We live, whether we care to admit it or not, in the era of the Washington Model; an extension of the old European post-feudal imperialist model, which has haunted and pillaged the Americas and most other continents since the late 15th century. This model supports itself through war and genocide.

Letter: The face of our private sector

August 28, 2017
Letter: The face of our private sector Mr Gervase Warner, CEO of Trinidad and Tobago’s Massy, a regional conglomerate, tells us that a Sandals (all inclusive) hotel, proposed for Tobago, would be a game changer for Tobago’s economy; Sandals will transform Trinidad and Tobago! Besides the short term provision of jobs in construction and...

Letter: Venezuela: Trump wants to apply the same failed policy again

August 28, 2017
Letter: Venezuela: Trump wants to apply the same failed policy again It is said that man is the only animal that collides twice with the same stone. Donald Trump, with his aggressive stance against Venezuela, is confirming this. The blockade against Cuba, with all the economic and financial restrictions that it establishes, had its moment, we cannot deny it, but the "blocked ones"...

Letter: Tribalism in Guyana

August 26, 2017
Letter: Tribalism in Guyana The sustained collaborative foreign and local bombardment of the PPP Government succeeded and Dr Jagan was forced to accept constitutional changes on the basis of which elections were held in early December 1964 resulting in the PPP winning 45.8 per cent of the total vote, the PNC 40 per cent...

Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 2

August 26, 2017
Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 2 The solution too much of the problems of violence and crime is for our black brothers and sister, old and young, to become conscious of who we are. If young black people were to understand white supremacy they would behave differently. It is for intelligent elder persons to learn the true history...

Letter: Is the Grenada government responsible for the increase in rape crimes?

August 25, 2017
Letter: Is the Grenada government responsible for the increase in rape crimes? Although Grenada can be called “a democracy” it has made no progress when it comes to reforming its criminal justice system. The court system stinks and it’s not dedicated to the protection of children. Why has the moral character of our society deteriorated to such an extent? In this process of moral...

Letter: Brutal police arrest of Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad)

August 25, 2017
Letter: Brutal police arrest of Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad) At or about 2pm on Wednesday evening Abdul Wakeel (Avinash Seepersad) of Enterprise Chagaunas was on his way to visit his deceased wife's mother when he was stopped and harassed by a group of police officers headed by Sgt. Jordan. They alighted from a marked police vehicle Reg. # PCZ 9266...

Poets Corner: PUDP Apartheid

August 25, 2017
Poets Corner: PUDP Apartheid From slavery to apartheid Since 1981 this cannot be denied Political, economic and educationally deprived The entire country is polarized Inter-connectivity is still not realized Consecutive governments have done power consolidation There is still no proportionate representation One party and...

Letter: Global competitiveness is not simply about investment in plant and machinery

August 24, 2017
Letter: Global competitiveness is not simply about investment in plant and machinery The Trinidad and Tobago newspapers report that the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) is requesting export incentives from the government, which could encourage the manufacturers to create additional foreign exchange revenue streams for the economy. This, according to the...

Letter: Take over

August 24, 2017
Letter: Take over Ellen Bishop Spielman claims to be Maurice Bishop’s sister. In fact, she was adopted by Maurice Bishop’s parents and has never been mentioned by Maurice’s sisters to me nor by Maurice although I only saw him on rare occasions. A contemporary tells me he can remember this rather...

Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 1

August 24, 2017
Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 1 The CBC radio programme Q FM’s Walter-Point-Two of Sunday, August 6, with the Attorney General Mr Adriel Brathwaite as a guest, caught my attention. The focus of the discussion was the ongoing violence and crime, not only in Barbados but across the Caribbean. The issues of whether or not marijuana...

Letter: Sandals vs Turks and Caicos government

August 23, 2017
Letter: Sandals vs Turks and Caicos government Butch Stewart is the founder and chairman of the board of Sandals International, the parent company of Beaches Resorts, the world’s leading all-inclusive chain of resorts. Beaches is also the largest single employer in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). When Mr Stewart and his development team came to...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago national awards

August 23, 2017
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago national awards There is still much talk for and against the shifting of the National Awards Ceremony from Independence Day – August 31, to Republic Day – September 24. For me, the announcement was a welcome one and long overdue. I struggle to appreciate the arguments being offered against the shift.

Letter: Touch not North Korea

August 23, 2017
Letter: Touch not North Korea The Vietnamese film industry did not forget the US-Vietnam war of the 1960s and 1970s. For one generation after the US soldiers fled this war in 1975, the Vietnamese writers and film-makers have created a plethora of beautiful, poignant, graphic stories, showing how ordinary victims managed...

Letter: Reckless driving in Grenada is ruining too many lives

August 22, 2017
Letter: Reckless driving in Grenada is ruining too many lives Reckless driving in Grenada is highly dangerous; it’s about time to stop prioritizing speed over safety. Some drivers, especially bus drivers are going at speeds that defy belief, and such drivers are the cause of grave accidents, which inevitably results in death. Recently, the driving by a young man whose...

Letter: Hollow assurance

August 22, 2017
Letter: Hollow assurance The assurance of education minister Anthony Garcia that all schools are ready for the start of the academic year is hollow in light of his track record on this important matter. Mr Garcia’s previous guarantees turned out to be worthless and insincere after a number of schools faced major construction...

Letter: Caribbean Unity

August 22, 2017
Letter: Caribbean Unity Please permit me to pay tribute to the government and the organizers of the CARIFESTA 13, towards Caribbean Unity. To have been a Barbadians in attendance at the official launch of CARIFESTA 13 on Sunday, 20th August was to take part in an event where you witness representatives from across...

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