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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Making an absolute nonsense out of self regulation

April 24, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Making an absolute nonsense out of self regulation According to a recent UK Telegraph newspaper article, almost 80,000 British home owners are earning income by renting part or all of their homes through Airbnb – “and this number is doubling by the year”. The popularity of the short term rentals website was boosted further in last April’s budget.

Commentary: St Lucia sliding into 'economic terrorism' and 'treason'

April 24, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia sliding into 'economic terrorism' and 'treason' To the extent that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet invokes the terms ‘economic terrorism’ and ‘treason’, it seems clear that this administration is consumed by an atmosphere of distrust and disquiet, manifested by suspicions of subterranean plots and bizarre surveillance tactics that are wrongheaded.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The new dimensions of regional security

April 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The new dimensions of regional security It is no secret that governments around the world regularly practice their response to security threats. The objective is to prepare for eventualities that those concerned hope will never occur, and to demonstrate publicly a readiness and capacity to respond effectively with others. It should therefore...

Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica

April 22, 2017
Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of...

Commentary: South African cartoonist captures president raping state. 'Zuma must go!'

April 21, 2017
Commentary: South African cartoonist captures president raping state. 'Zuma must go!' Scandals of all types have characterized Jacob Zuma’s presidency. I have decried those scandals in far too many commentaries. A case in point is “Jacob Zuma Issues Professional Fatwa against Cartoonist Zapiro,” December 22, 2008, which includes this prophetic cry: It is a fact, however...

Commentary: Women as political leaders - not a gender issue

April 21, 2017
Commentary: Women as political leaders - not a gender issue Modern history is showered with women as political leaders and heads of government. When women first emerged in these roles, it was regarded as ‘breaking a glass ceiling’ – a breakthrough for the female gender in occupying high positions once regarded as the preserve of men.

Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry I was having a conversation recently with some entertainment industry practitioners at a meeting convened by the film commissioner of the creative unit at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), when someone said that Jamaica has a film industry – one that persons earned from...

Commentary: Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate The founder of the West Indian Greatheed families was John Greatheed (d. 1739). He and his wife, Francis Greatheed, emigrated to St Kitts, purchased land from the Crown, bought slaves to work on their sugar plantation and, as a result, amassed a considerable fortune, which enabled them to buy...

Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers?

April 19, 2017
Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers? Throughout the Caribbean, the hospitality industry is regarded more than ever as one of the main revenue earners, and employment providers. Some countries take this for granted, as they have experienced the service sector to a greater extent than others. But if the hospitality industry is not...

Commentary: What have we benefited from being 'politically correct'?

April 19, 2017
Commentary: What have we benefited from being 'politically correct'? Political correctness has evolved quite interestingly into a common media practice and a cardinal feature of journalistic writing/urban verbal expression. In recent times, you call into a radio or TV program to air your view on certain issues of interest, and you're confined to a restricted freedom...

Commentary: Assessing the disparity and neglect at the PAH in Grenada one year later

April 18, 2017
Commentary: Assessing the disparity and neglect at the PAH in Grenada one year later After writing a commentary where I addressed the disparity and the neglect at the (Mirabeau) Princess Alice Hospital (PAH) and highlighted the vast differences between the PAH’s inability to provide proper healthcare compared to the General Hospital (despite the fact that the PAH services a large cross-section...

Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching

April 18, 2017
Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching Teachers need to become partners in and ultimately responsible for their own learning. The process whereby this is achieved is through professional development. Professional development is an ongoing, continuous process. Teachers should be desirous of constantly improving themselves.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Bridging currency disparity

April 17, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Bridging currency disparity As we enter the long eight-month summer period, I would imagine that our tourism planners have increased their focus on how to maintain both visitor arrival numbers, duration of stay and equally importantly, the average spend. As the chairman of the main trade association recently pointed out...

Commentary: St Lucia's strategic realignment

April 17, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's strategic realignment For Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s impressive amount of ineptitude, immense lack of credibility and thin covering of respectability, one would have thought, after ten months in office, he would perhaps smarten-up a bit on the institution of democracy. Avid readers will remember my article...

Commentary: Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas mass execution schedule

April 17, 2017
Commentary: Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas mass execution schedule Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been stayed and a temporary restraining order has been issued as to the remaining six, the state plans an emergency appeal.

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation In just under a year’s time, if President Castro keeps to his previously announced timetable, he will step down and cease to lead Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers. Others in his generation are also expected to demit office.  Unless a constitutional change occurs, he will also cease...

Commentary: Some former Grenadian revolutionaries playing snake to catch the people as zandolie

April 15, 2017
Commentary: Some former Grenadian revolutionaries playing snake to catch the people as zandolie Because the older Grenadians speak French Creole patois, whenever they see a lizard they called it a zandolie. However, they told us that whenever a zandolie forgets itself, snake does catch it and eat it for a meal, but still the other zandolie lizards never learn their lesson. They continue to...

Letter: America be warned: North Korea is not Syria

April 15, 2017
Letter: America be warned: North Korea is not Syria After America attacked that Syrian airbase with her cruise missiles recently, she moved a large naval force consisting of an aircraft carrier, support ships and, according to some reports, even submarines, to the Korean peninsula. If the US is planning to attack North Korea, she should...

Commentary: My Good Friday Sermon

April 14, 2017
Commentary: My Good Friday Sermon I grew up the son of a preacher man. One of the things I found most dispiriting about this was having to listen to the same sermon over and over again, knowing full well that my Daddy expected me to be moved by the Holy Spirit anew each time. In fact, by the time I was ten, my mind, body, and soul...

Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup

April 14, 2017
Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup At 4 a.m. on June 28, 2009, a battalion of 150 masked Honduran soldiers under orders from Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez initiated a shootout with the Presidential Honor Guard. Honduras’s President Manuel Zelaya was then dragged in his pajamas onto a plane at gunpoint and left...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary Originally writing this column on the actual date of the bicentenary of the death of Saint Lucia-born Hero of Venezuela’s Independence Jean Baptiste Bideau, my mind raced back down Memory Lane to 2015, when I visited the place his bones remained buried where he died in battle.

Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go Skerrit must go because he has betrayed the will of the people of Dominica. Skerrit must go because he has disturbed global peace and security with the sale of diplomatic passports to scoundrels, fugitives, and money launderers fleeing justice. Skerrit must go because after nearly two decades...

Commentary: The Caribbean airlift dilemma

April 12, 2017
Commentary: The Caribbean airlift dilemma The Caribbean region is suffering from a borderline airlift disorder that produces the most intense chronic agony and distress in those who suffer from this condition which encompasses the functions of tourism, trade, commerce and social interaction. Airlift in the region appears to be in a...

Commentary: Domestic violence/abuse: Shouldn't women share a mini-portion of the blame?

April 12, 2017
Commentary: Domestic violence/abuse: Shouldn't women share a mini-portion of the blame? It's all our prayers that men who are domestic abusers "burn in hell and rot away in agony!" Oh yeah, I totally do agree with the vengeful prayer request, but hit the brakes for a moment... I think there's probably another way to look at it. With the flourishing rate of domestic violence in almost all...

Commentary: Native US Virgin Islanders should be entitled to Danish citizenship

April 11, 2017
Commentary: Native US Virgin Islanders should be entitled to Danish citizenship US Virgin Islanders who officially reside in the islands and can trace their ancestry back to the Danish era (1671 – 1917) should be entitled to automatic Danish citizenship, whether they decide to renounce their United States citizenship or obtain dual citizenship of Denmark and the United States.

Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love

April 11, 2017
Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love The alarming incidences of violence in Jamaica should be a cause for deep cultural introspection for all citizens on the causes of violence. I launched a #noviolenceinlove campaign, which aims to decode and decrease ideas causal to violence in our society. My team and I have created films...

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