December 4, 2020

Caribbean nations cling to British court’s coattails

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By Bertram Niles From CGTN.COM More than 50 years after Britain began divesting itself of its Caribbean colonies, most of them still look to London for justice. Despite the Caribbean Community (Caricom) of mainly English-speaking nations inaugurating its own supreme court in 2005, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, effectively a branch of the […]

OUR CARIBBEAN: Independent but tied to Privy Council

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By Rickey Singh From Barbados Nation News AS THE first two CARICOM member states to part company with British colonial rule within weeks of each other back in August 1962, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago continue to reveal similarities that are to be deeply regretted. Hopefully, this will cease to be the case when they celebrate […]

OUR CARIBBEAN: Mottley’s unique call to PM Stuart

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By Rickey Singh, Fro Barbados Nation News The opposition Leader of Barbados, Mia Mottley, issued a most unusual, if not unique political call in the country’s post-independence governance politics last week. She wants Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s governing Democratic Party (DLP) and her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to “put heads together” for a “Joint Think-Tank” […]

OUR CARIBBEAN: Fresh optimism for unity

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By Ricky Singh From Barbados Nation News WHILE WE AWAIT this evening’s communiqué on decisions from the three-day 37th annual summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, the prime ministers of Jamaica (Andrew Holness) and Trinidad and Tobago (Keith Rowley) have already generated fresh optimism for regional unity against the backdrop of recurring negative complaints involving […]

OUR CARIBBEAN: Decisive challenge for Caricom

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By Rickey Singh, From Nationnews Barbados IN RESPONSE to the governance challenges his fledgling Jamaica Labour Party administration faces as it cautiously navigates the country out of very difficult economic and social challenges, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has opted to engage in an old political device used during British colonial rule. In this case, the […]

Jamaican PM Andrew Holness to be sworn in Thursday

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By Balford Henry From Jamaican Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister-designate Andrew Holness is scheduled to be sworn in at King’s House in St Andrew on Thursday. The ceremony is set to begin at 4:00 pm. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica Labour Party spokesperson, confirmed the date of the swearing-in ceremony for OBSERVER ONLINE a short while […]

OUR CARIBBEAN: ‘Ole’ politics in Guyana, Barbados

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By Rickey Singh, From Nation News Barbados In today’s column, my first since health challenges compelled me to suspend my writings while abiding with medical advice at home, I have opted to reflect with readers on a few topical social and political issues of national and regional interest. For instance, for all the brouhahas about […]

PNP wins additional seat following official recount of ballots

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From Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 28, CMC – The People’s National Party (PNP) has secured another seat in the aftermath of the just concluded general election. Late Saturday, Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher said the party’s candidate in the constituency of South Eastern St. Mary, Dr. Winston Green, was officially declared the winner of […]

SSP McGregor: Schoolboys among 4 suspects in JLP motorcade shooting

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From Jamaica Observer ST JAMES, Jamaica — Four suspects believed to have been involved in Tuesday’s attack on a Jamaica Labour Party motorcade, which made its way through the Flanker community in St James, have been identified. Head of the St James Division Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor told OBSERVER ONLINE that two schoolboys […]