Saturday, August 19, 2017

Transparency for Sandals deal, please

Aug. 19, 2017, 1:18 AM AST Comments

The issue of multi-year, all-encompassing tax holidays granted to Sandals Resorts International before that Jamaican company establishes its world-renowned brand anywhere in the Caribbean has generated a great deal of controversy. Four years ago, Barbados agreed to provide Sandals with a 25-year tax

Trump’s gift to Maduro*

Aug. 19, 2017, 1:16 AM AST Comments

Speaking on August 11, at a news conference at one of his golf courses, US President Donald Trump scored the equivalent of a foreign policy own goal. “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” he said, before going on to elabo


Sundays with Peter*

Aug. 19, 2017, 1:13 AM AST Comments

Saint Peter was someone I could get along with. As I sat in what was called First Standard of the village Anglican or EC school, learning to read, write and make the most of the teacher’s frequent absences from class, or in Sunday School, the stories in the compulsory Bible studies were the ma


‘Staycation’ campaign being defeated by crime

Aug. 17, 2017, 8:49 PM AST Comments

EDITORIAL—The Tourism Ministry launched its Stay to Get Away campaign in June to capture July/August vacationers who, under circumstances of limited foreign exchange and overall economic decline, may be inclined to opt for staycations.

The T&T Titanic *

Aug. 17, 2017, 8:48 PM AST Comments

By Darryn Boodan—From the producers of such hits as When Burkie met Marlene, Stop or Faris’ Kids Will Shoot and Shamfa Cudjoe: Million-Dollar Phone Bill Baby...


Jamaica’s Chinese fireworks *

Aug. 17, 2017, 7:54 PM AST Comments

By Mark Wilson—China paid for the fireworks spectacular at Jamaica’s 55th independence anniversary two weeks ago. But flash and thunder do not buy universal love.


Grabbing the headlines *

Aug. 17, 2017, 7:54 PM AST Comments

By Marlon Miller—FOR eight days and nights, most gunmen and haters laid low and kept their powder dry while the rest of us enjoyed ourselves without having to look over our shoulders.


A puzzling probe*

Aug. 16, 2017, 10:10 PM AST Comments

If the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act was in effect, there would be no issue about how any probe into the procurement and leasing of the Cabo Star and the Ocean Flower II was to be conducted. By law, the contractor general would require no instruction from anybody in order to

Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis*

Aug. 16, 2017, 10:8 PM AST Comments

The continuing conflict in Venezuela will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject suggestions that they should adopt preconditions for the facilitating role they want to play bet


In defence of Roget*

Aug. 16, 2017, 10:6 PM AST Comments

For some people, Ancel Roget’s call to the citizenry to boycott some 120 businesses owned by the “one per cent” economy-controlling Syrian/Lebanese community is irresponsible, or excessive, or racist, or stupid, or unenterprising. Two such people are Gary Aboud and Lloyd Ragoo̵


Solution to racial politics in Guyana, T&T*

Aug. 16, 2017, 10:5 PM AST Comments

The following is an excerpt of a research paper I presented recently at the First Diaspora Engagement Conference in Guyana organised by the University of Guyana. There is legitimate suspicion, fear and insecurity among East Indians of the ruling APNU+AFC regime in Guyana.


Rising to the occasion*

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:58 AM AST Comments

At a time of diminishing social well-being and declining disposal income, when compassionate leadership is most needed but scarce, Independent Senator Sophia Chote and double IAAF World Championships medallist Jareem “The Dream” Richards have shown the way. It may have been a small gestu


A tweet from Trump to Maduro*

Aug. 16, 2017, 1:56 AM AST Comments

THE pugnacious real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who happens to be the president of the United States, continues to generate deep apprehension with his persistent and unprovoked threats to resort to military intervention even in countries which have shown no hostility to the world’s sole superp