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Full appreciation is due to Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, A J Nicholson, for taking the initiative to invite Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran for talks over travel and trade issues
Relations between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are becoming increasingly difficult. This deterioration in relations between two of the most influential countries in the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) does not serve the interests of either country or the Community as a whole.
Seemingly concerned about offending the principles of “non-interference in the internal affairs of States” and the “sovereignty” of States, the ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that are members of the 53-nation Commonwealth have not spoken out in condemnation of the government of Sri Lanka which the UN Secretary-General’s Expert Panel said is guilty of war
In a commentary on the statement by St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution”, I drew attention to several possible areas of practical action that governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could take immediately.
The renowned evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher Charles Rozell Swindoll is credited with the quote: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Recently, I have been led to seriously ponder those words particularly in light of the many crises we are caused to face today. Just over the past three weeks, I have been actively dealing with numerous challenges that range from the relatively ridiculous to the ominously life-threatening.
St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward – each busy with their own agenda rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution to the economic crisis”. Not for the first time Dr Anthony has dared to tred where many other Caribbean leaders have shied away.
How long is the list of national honours conferred on diverse deserving creatures since Antigua and Barbuda achieved political independence in 1981? I have seen the list – our list – the complete recognized list and it is mind-boggling, to say the least. I hasten to share with you a French saying which particularly fascinates me: “vous pouvez toujours trouver une raison pour les choses que vous faites” – in English it is rendered: “you can always find a reason for doing the things you do”. Many are yet left to wonder, and pardon my impertinence; – Who really are all
There might be numerous reasons why people have expressed dissatisfaction over national awards bestowed or not bestowed upon certain individuals. These may have arisen out of systemic bias within a hand-picked Committee, influenced by an environment hostile to individuals and seemingly without considerations to “…meritoriousness.” Unlike legendary cricketer Anderson Montgomery Roberts who may have been persistently snubbed for Knighthood, when the nation’s
There was no doubt that ever since its establishment, the ABE Commission has been hit by administrative snags and rocked by controversies. Among its membership are “…a Public Auctioneer; …an Accountant; …former educators and a former Company PRO/Consultant and host of a fledgling Television programme called “…The Paula Lee Show.” While members appeared to have possessed varying degree of intellect, some members appeared to have been “…Mind-bogglingly Ignorant” of the provisions contained in the Representation of the People Act”
Tis the season for political candidates seeking the favours of the electorate, along with other activists and political party supporters to come into their halcyon days with these words: Don’t forget to register! Don’t forget to vote!
The internal politics of Venezuela is playing a big part in the sudden deterioration of that country’s relations with its smaller neighbour Guyana after a period of steady improvement.
Attaining Independence on November 1st 1981, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda and its population, estimated to be approximately 80, 000 peace-loving people, are now on the threshold of celebrating its “…32nd Anniversary of Independence.” Interestingly, if not coincidentally, this year’s Independence theme speaks, somewhat, strangely to “…Antigua and Barbuda; …
At intervals during the course my day, I usually take some time to interact with the wider church community by way of our Facebook ministry. An initiative is regularly taken early in the morning as I post a Devotional Message and a Love Quote For The Day.
Recognizing the “…the complexities of life; …unpredictable nature of man; …power and influence of women and for companionship; their love and affection; …caring attitude; …patience, tolerance; their understanding; …inspiring presence and soothing human touch.” Endeavouring to inculcate a deep sense of manhood and responsibility, former Commissioner of Police, Wright Fitzgerald George MVO, QPM, CPM, sought to impress something of grave importance upon the “…minds of young and inexperienced officers.” Advisedly, he cautioned “…Never underestimate the Power of a Woman,” Thus, in order to maintain some degree of professional behavior,
A few weeks ago, I led a group of young people at the Christian Ministries Center in a session on purity which caught their attention beyond my expectations.
For years nationals of the 15 nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have complained of the discrimination they’ve experienced at the border controls of each other’s countries. This discrimination has ranged in many cases from extensive questioning before being allowed entry for a limited period, to arbitrary refusal of entry and immediate expulsion.
Today, 2013 October 10, is the 11th World Day Against the Death Penalty. This year the day is dedicated to the Caribbean. To mark this occasion I reproduce a speech I made at a conference at UWI St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago on 2013 October 1st. The theme of the conference was the title to this column.