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Letter: Going forward or moonwalking? Lessons for Argyle International Airport

April 24, 2017
Letter: Going forward or moonwalking? Lessons for Argyle International Airport An opinion piece titled “Going forward” in the March 24, 2017 edition of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) Searchlight newspaper, in which respected former senior civil servant, Christian I. Martin, a long-time advocate of big government, presented an argument for the need to enhance...

Letter: The moral character of Grenada's society has deteriorated

April 24, 2017
Letter: The moral character of Grenada's society has deteriorated Two years ago, an innocent child was allegedly raped by a 22-year-old (now 24) man, Kim Smart from St Agnes in St David’s, who was acquitted of the rape charge by a jury after two years of legal wrangling. When does the madness stop? If Smart is not guilty, who is guilty of this sexual...

Letter: Let West Papuans vote

April 24, 2017
Letter: Let West Papuans vote This letter serves as an appeal to the governments of Barbados and other CARICOM member states to give their support to the movement #LetWestPapuansVote, so that it becomes a global movement. In the Midweek Nation of Wednesday, December 19, 2012, an article (people) entitled...

Letter: Congratulations BNTU on a successful convention

April 22, 2017
Letter: Congratulations BNTU on a successful convention The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), in keeping with its social-oriented moorings, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) on hosting a successful convention, which saw the smooth transition of leadership. The BPP recognises the significant role embodied by...

Letter: America should stop squealing about being fed a dose of its own medicine

April 22, 2017
Letter: America should stop squealing about being fed a dose of its own medicine The United States is clearly upset about what it sees a Russian interference in its internal affairs, when according to the American government; Moscow used sophisticated means to influence the way Americans voted in the last elections. If this American protest isn’t the kettle calling the...

Letter: St Vincent's 2016 tourism numbers are nothing to brag about

April 21, 2017
Letter: St Vincent's 2016 tourism numbers are nothing to brag about The construction of Argyle International Airport (AIA), which began operating on February 14, 2017, was premised on a 2005 assertion made by the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Honourable Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, that “Our country’s tourism potential would not be fully...

Letter: Time for order in our society

April 21, 2017
Letter: Time for order in our society It was exceedingly disappointing to hear a radio talk show host on the evening drive home condemning the present administration for not distributing the wealth of the nation. This radio personality, a supporter of the present administration, was condemning the PNM administration for not living up to...

Letter: Economic diversification - short to medium term

April 20, 2017
Letter: Economic diversification - short to medium term In small open economies, with the advent of a recession, a drop in foreign exchange earnings, it is impossible immediately to export new goods/services or replace imports by local production – diversify. Still, diversification of an economy in the short to medium term will not depend in general on new...

Letter: Darkest hour

April 19, 2017
Letter: Darkest hour If one reads the commentaries carefully these are some of the darkest times for immigrants in America as President Donald Trump seems bent on breaking Obama's benchmark for deportations. (Real news; not alternative news!). Obama's administration had the highest volume of deportations.

Letter: Degrade North Korean economy

April 19, 2017
Letter: Degrade North Korean economy President Trump has pointed out the strong linkage between China and North Korea, and he correctly assumes China can influence North Korea's weapons development program. We must work with China on resolving this situation, and also on the Chinese encroachment in the South China Sea.

Letter: Response to Fred Mitchell's legal threats

April 18, 2017
Letter: Response to Fred Mitchell's legal threats I find it so strange that Mr Mitchell would take the time to give a supposed elaborate explanation about the funding for the community center, yet without once denying that he received $2 million from the Chinese. Well amidst the threats of legal action against me, maybe Mr Mitchell could explain to the Bahamian...

Letter: Fixing labour in Trinidad and Tobago

April 18, 2017
Letter: Fixing labour in Trinidad and Tobago It has been over five years and spanning two administrations and to date no one can get the workers at the Licensing Department on Wrightson Road to work for a full day. The labour situation in Trinidad and Tobago is in a terrible place. Working conditions are substandard, wages are inadequate...

Poets Corner: Strength of women in unions

April 18, 2017
Poets Corner: Strength of women in unions Everyone looks at the big elections But its small elections that builds traction One, one okra full basket Be on your mark get set Teechaz please no mek The UDP wi presidency teck Someone made a pronunciation Regarding the BNTU elections Political interference they will withdraw their participation...

Letter: I am the self-appointed opposition leader of SVG

April 17, 2017
Letter: I am the self-appointed opposition leader of SVG The hooray went up, the Canouan investors, after they were granted and have been granted government permission, which went over the head of the planning department. And without consultation with the residents of Canouan; the Canouan investors have completed and had a grand opening...

Letter: Act on Syria

April 17, 2017
Letter: Act on Syria The Trump-ordered strikes on the Syrian government airbase suspected of carrying out the lethal chemical attack on the citizens in Idlib, Syria, may have been an off the handle decision by a less than popular president, who continues to be even less predictable in his ways. But I found in that moment...

Letter: Recession - debt - austerity

April 15, 2017
Letter: Recession - debt - austerity Dr Valmiki Arjoon, a UWI economist, drew attention to the increasing debt burden of Trinidad and Tobago, now some 60 percent of GDP and claims that it is beginning to enter the danger zone. If this continues he expects that the international rating agencies would downgrade our debt to junk.

Letter: Sports: an alternative to crime

April 14, 2017
Letter: Sports: an alternative to crime Preventing individuals from turning to a life of crime must be a better option that trying to deal with criminals. Over the weekend, I attended a meeting of the Jabloteh Sports club in San Juan, where the challenges of proper sporting facilities were brought up. After over 30 years of providing...

Letter: 'Death' of the Spy Bill a huge win for Bahamas civil society

April 14, 2017
Letter: 'Death' of the Spy Bill a huge win for Bahamas civil society The decision to scrap the dangerous and anti-democratic Interception of Communications Bill 2017 could point to a new era for civil society and public interest activism in The Bahamas. The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) considers this is a huge win for the concept of...

Letter: Progress in Barbados

April 13, 2017
Letter: Progress in Barbados How have we accepted that progress is taking money from persons’ pensions and telling them to work longer? Progress is allowing persons to retire earlier not pushing the pensionable age out longer and asking persons to wait longer to retire. The IMF is telling us the following about the...

Letter: Continued government of Belize mismanagement

April 13, 2017
Letter: Continued government of Belize mismanagement The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) decries the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB), which expressed the intent to provide “an honourarium” to teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 industrial action. Apart from the Barrow administration’s blatant attempt at union-busting...

Open response to Turks and Caicos Islands governor

April 13, 2017
Attacking the messenger and denying the message without proper investigation is routine operating procedure for the British FCO. Turks & Caicos Islanders are familiar with this FCO tactic and David Moore’s comments are typical of the FCO by accusing a TCI citizen of...

Letter: Youth and the economic situation in Belize

April 12, 2017
Letter: Youth and the economic situation in Belize Is Belize the new Colombia? Belize is the only Central American corridor open. Is there any wonder why Guatemala has annexed Sarstoon Island where Guatemala, Honduras and Belize are benefiting from drug transshipment. Is this the reason why Southern Command is here?

Open letter to the president of Dominica

April 12, 2017
In our letter to you dated March 9th, 2017, we sought urgent action from the Head of State to rid Dominica of the disgrace to its international image occasioned by the corrupt and roguish conduct of Roosevelt Skerrit as Prime Minister. We also took issue with the misrepresentations...

Letter: The cause of poverty

April 11, 2017
Letter: The cause of poverty Jesus said the “the poor you will always have” and he was right, but only if we do nothing about it. Poverty is manmade, and as such can be eliminated by us. To do so, we must understand it and design a system to eliminate it. Poverty is a derivative of a combined political, monetary and education...

Open letter to the prime minister of Denmark

April 11, 2017
I hereby make this formal appeal to the people of Denmark for the granting of automatic Danish citizenship to Virgin Islanders officially residing in the Virgin Islands of the United States who can, with documentation, trace their ancestry in the islands to the Danish era (1671-1917).

Open letter to Dr John Freeman, governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

April 11, 2017
The inaugural speech that you delivered to the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly on October 17, 2016, was encouraging to those of us who fully understand the true economic value and importance of inward investment to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Letter: Competitiveness rides on work ethic

April 10, 2017
Letter: Competitiveness rides on work ethic The fabrication yard at La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago, is a joint venture between a local company, Welfab Ltd. and Chet Morrison Contractors of the US. It is as well equipped as similar yards in the US and is situated in the midst of the Trinidad and Tobago petroleum fields. Further, with Guyana...

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