Monday, September 25, 2017

Are we heading into clutches of the IMF again?*

Sep. 24, 2017, 9:24 PM AST Comments

As we anxiously await the presentation of next year's budget, it may be worthwhile to consider a more conservative approach to this fiscal package. For years now across different administrations, we have been having deficit budgets. In other words, we are living beyond our means. This shortfall is m

Preserve human capital in Dominica*

Sep. 24, 2017, 9:23 PM AST Comments

This unilateral decision taken by Prime Minister Keith Rowley that is inconsistent with our Immigration Act to open our ports and country to an unregulated influx of Hurricane Maria refugees from Dominica will have the effect of decimating and draining the much-needed current human resource capital


Be a good customer*

Sep. 24, 2017, 9:21 PM AST Comments

If working in a customer service capacity, one greets their potential customer by saying, “How may I help you?” “May” in this instance is uber courteous, and is asking the potential customer if they would allow you to be of assistance to them, work-related. “How can I h


Preserving the dignity of Caribbean people

Sep. 22, 2017, 9:51 PM AST Comments

Very commendable and timely the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago announced on Thursday any resident or citizen from storm-ravaged Dominica who could find accommodation and sustenance in this country would be welcome for an initial period of six months. Dominica-born people who are currently res

Use Brian Lara Stadium, Couva Hospital for Dominica residents*

Sep. 22, 2017, 9:49 PM AST Comments

Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s announcement that the Government will offer Dominican citizens affected by Hurricane Maria at least six months’ asylum in T&T confirms the caring, compassion and empathy we all know he possesses. Minister Anthony Garcia chimed in by offering to make “s


Reckless move by prime minister*

Sep. 22, 2017, 9:48 PM AST Comments

Dr Keith Rowley is reported to have questioned and unwisely blurted “what law did I break?” in relation to phone calls made to his friends in the oil fiasco. Perhaps now is the time for minister at large Stuart Young to whisper into the ears of Rowley that he is the Prime Minister and he


Poor customer service just the norm in T&T*

Sep. 22, 2017, 9:46 PM AST Comments

I must vent a little about an ongoing problem with one of our mobile service providers. First to begin with, when you visit their head office to make a complaint, your name is taken and you are asked to wait in an area until a customer care representative calls you. The problem is there are always m


A budget proposal

Sep. 20, 2017, 10:44 PM AST Comments

The Hon Minister of Finance, sir, the ­following is my submission for the ­current budget: 1. The 62 State enterprises should be reduced, similar disciplines can be amalgamated. It should be noted, however, many are delinquent in submitting annual audited financial statements. Others have failed to

Region needs our help*

Sep. 20, 2017, 10:43 PM AST Comments

We have reached out spontaneously to our neighbours and friends in the region. Well done. It is important that we do not stop now. Here, once again, another island has been hit by another storm. From reports, it is bad in Dominica and they too need our support. None of us can truly imagine what thes


Sport instead of shelter*

Sep. 20, 2017, 10:41 PM AST Comments

I write on behalf of Trendsetter Hawks, a children’s football club from East Port of Spain run by community stalwart Anthony “Dada” Wickham and some volunteer directors. Since 2015, I have been writing to lease Housing Development Corporation-owned land behind the Nipdec car park t


Cherish your loved ones*

Sep. 20, 2017, 10:39 PM AST Comments

We all have friends, family members, co-workers and neighbours with whom we have developed relationships. We should cherish every opportunity we have with them. Life is like a vapour—today you are here and tomorrow you are gone. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. We can never tell when our lo


Making poverty invisible

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:45 PM AST Comments

The Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, is quoted as saying the 2014 poverty report does not make sense. Based on advice received from UNECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)and UNDP (United Nations Development P


CXC should get its house in order before e-testing*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:42 PM AST Comments

I wish to commend the Ministry of Education for not running headlong into e-testing just because the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is requesting such a step. Before CXC asks the Caribbean territories which use its service to take such a step, the examination body should put its own house in o