December 12, 2018

The Editor speaks: Drug mules

A mule is often described as a stupid animal and it is an apt name given to someone who acts as a courier who smuggles drugs into a foreign country, usually by swallowing it. This is after the drugs have been emptied into a ballon eg. condom, or latex glove. A drug mule may swallow […]

The Editor speaks: Human rights

Stand up for human rights! Today (December 10) is International Human Rights Day. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“the UDHR”). To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, the United Nations (“the UN”) has launched a year-long campaign building on its existing ‘Stand Up for Human Rights’ […]

Caribbean ‘frontier societies’ like St Vincent are defined by the ever-present interplay between the civilised and the wild

By Philip Nanton From LSE Historical shifts and contemporary changes in St Vincent and the Grenadines reveal how the frontier between the wild and the civilised is ever-present and continually shifting in the Caribbean and beyond. Colonisers once recoiled from untameable peoples and landscapes, as did the establishment from “out of control” self-organising religious movements like the […]

The Editor speaks: Beauty surrounds us

The great 13th-century Persian poet,Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more popularly known as Rumi, said “beauty surrounds us but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it”. Our garden, or gardens, are our three Islands where we live.  Last Saturday (8) I wasn’t feeling very happy – frustrated would be a better […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: The Caribbean – Confronting its demons

By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now Had the meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) been the only event affecting the Caribbean in the first week of December, it would have been a week to celebrate. But, it was also a week when global emissions of […]

The View from Europe: A new approach to tourism analysis is long overdue

By David Jessop From Dominican Today Since the mid-2000s the ability of the Caribbean tourism sector to  generate rapid economic growth has been widely accepted by international financial institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. This seems to have occurred at the point at which it became apparent that services […]

The Editor speaks: Since when was “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” a controversial holiday favourite ?

Since a couple of months ago! OK. Maybe two years ago…?* The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was written in 1944 and at no time ever was any question raised that the lyrics could be interpreted as a man trying to lace another unwilling lady’s drink so he could rape her! That has all changed […]

President George H.W Bush. A personal reflection (and chili, too)

By Dody Denman Houston, Texas, United States, and the World has lost an incredible leader and caring man with the death of President George H.W. Bush. While listening to the news the day after our 41st President died, the newscaster said, “Everyone is talking of their memories and stories of President Bush.” “I’m not,” Mike […]

Swan song

By Paul McGowan From PS Audio “Music is so powerful that it can even avert death” is an ancient notion popularized by the Greeks in legends and fairy tales centered around the swan. In Aesop’s, The Swan and the Goose, a beautiful swan, mistaken by its owner for a goose, was saved from the chopping […]

Better governments for better lives: A road map for enhancing Civil Service Management in six Caribbean Countries

By Mariano Lafuente From BID Mejorando vidas High-quality human resources are the centerpiece of state capacity. The ways in which the civil service is managed—human resource planning policies, recruitment and selection, pay, and professional development, among other factors—are critical for attracting, retaining, and motivating the right people. These are the people delivering services to us […]