Category Archives: Caribbean News

La Soufriere Volcano Erupts

La Soufriere

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green An aspect that should get people asking questions is whether drilling into areas of active magmatism might cause volcanism. That controversy was sparked in the Philippines when 20 earthquakes were felt soon after drilling for a new geothermal prospect on Canlaon Volcano. A congressional enquiry has been suggested, an inquiry into the tremors and their

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Op-ED by Alicia Bárcena – Another Lost Decade

Submitted by Denise Balgobin, Senior Public Information Assistant, Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit. ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean – Op-ED from ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena The recent call to action by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Janet Yellen, to the G-20 for a new issue of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), which the G-20

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Trinidad’s, Guyana’s and Suriname’s current relations with Venezuela

In March last year, Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T’s) relation with Venezuela shot into the spotlight. It was sparked by a secretive and suspicious meeting by Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Another controversy was sparked by the fuel shipment from T&T’s Paria Fuel Trading Company to Aruba, which was then surprisingly sent to Venezuela. In

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Saint Vincent Judas Style

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green Let us discuss Judas Law, Judas Politics, and Judas Business. The Vincentian Judas syndrome. Pontious Pilate and Herod were murderous statesmen, but unlike today’s political leaders they were then and are now historically called statesmen. Today in Saint Vincent, few political leaders can be classed as statesmen or even stateswomen. Today’s Saint Vincent leader is

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Regional Response Required to Extradition Requests for Caribbean Nationals

Submitted by Caleb Pilgrim Honourable Blogmaster: Re the narrow extradition issue, raised by some bloggers, will you not kindly use your good offices to prevail upon P.M Mottley, Her A.G, and the Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM, that there is need for a comprehensive regional response to all demands to extradite Caribbean nationals? This issue ought to be seriously debated and

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Sinful Leaders, Sinful Followers

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green Alert raised as SVG’s volcano oozes magma, watch out 2021. Like Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, has the leadership of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines brought the wrath of God upon the heads of those who support such leadership? Jeremiah 23:1-4 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares

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Geopolitics and Spying on Friends (Satellites?)

Submitted by Kammie Holder David, does our Defence Force still get computers from the Chinese and other foreign governments? I remember in either 2016 or 2017 laptops were donated to our parliamentarians. Unfortunately, they were lapped up by our grateful  representatives with the most excitement like kids getting a candy treat. My concern was expressed and I was assured by

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LIAT 1974 Flying Under the Radar

Barbadian taxpayers have for years acted as lender of last resort for LIAT 1974 Ltd. Since the public and contentious relaunch of LIAT 2020 Barbadians down millions are none the wiser the current state of the deal. The local Opposition parties and other civil society actors appear to be unable to walk and chew gum at the same time. The

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General Election in St. Vincent Next Week – Oh! Leave it out Comrade; Enough is Enough

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green A written reply to IWitness story Gonsalves says NDP strategists cyber spying, tapping phone Comrade, have you gone completely mad? Are you starting to imagine things, are there people peering in your bedroom windows while you are sleeping? Are your room and telephones bugged? Since the 1970’s the comrade has during times of personal stress

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Becoming the SINGAPORE of the Caribbean

The pace at which Singapore has achieved so-called first world status- in a generation- has ensured mention in case studies to be found in any management volume of standing. By every account it is a well managed country directed by a relevant strategic plan, disciplined society, adequate workforce with required skill sets to execute plans, routine enforcement of laws etc.

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Adrian Loveridge Column – Target Bubble Countries

Just over two months ago (10th August), I questioned the wisdom of granting four airlines either new to Barbados or restoring previous services, permission to operate inter-Caribbean routes, presumably to help soak up any loss created by the failure of LIAT (1974) Ltd. What was even more surprising is that all four carriers responded positively to the invitation before the

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