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Commentary: How African countries can ‘leapfrog’ the fossil-fuel based growth strategies of developed countries | N…

How African countries can ‘leapfrog’ the fossil-fuel based growth strategies of developed countries

By Carlos Lopes

This article was originally published in CNBC Africa. 

Carlos Lopes is a professor at the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, High Representative of the African Union for partnerships with Europe post-2020, and a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

This week, heads of African states are convening at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they will discuss the African Union’s strategy for socio-economic development, known as Agenda 2063. This agenda casts a vision of inclusive growth and sustainability, in the face of the growing risk of climate change. It is true: rising global…

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Commentary: African delegates urged to oppose exit plans

By the Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota
Feb. 13, 2019 | Edmonton, Alberta (UMNS)


The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

As we approach the special session of General Conference, I believe the exit plans before the delegates are an attempt to dissolve The United Methodist Church.

Given the significance of the African vote at this conference, there is widespread misinformation going around about exit plans. In the past few days, I have come across messages sent to delegates claiming that exit plans should be passed first. Some advocacy groups have supported this, while others have argued that all exit plans should be deferred until 2020.

I find it shocking and see this as a backdoor to the dissolution of the church. At this time, it is helpful…

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Commentary: Is Saint Lucia a Sandals colony?

Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant, a long-standing senior correspondent and a contributing columnist to Caribbean News Now. His areas of focus include political, economic and global security developments, and on the latest news and opinion. His philanthropic interests include advocating for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality. He contributes to special programming on Radio Free Iyanola, RFI 102.1FM and News Now Global analysis. He can be reached at melanius@newsnowglobal.com

By Melanius Alphonse

In what has been previously described as the “liquidation of the nation”, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) could end up owning nine or ten properties in Saint Lucia, including a new Sandals project on hold, pending the…

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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Improved value-for-money is not a fanciful concept

Adrian Loveridge has spent 52 years in the tourism industry across 67 countries, as a travel agent, tour director, tour operator and for the last 24 years as a small hotel owner on Barbados. He served as a director of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, and as chairman of the Marketing Committee. He also served as a director of the Barbados Tourism Authority and is a frequent writer on tourism

By Adrian Loveridge

While there has been enormous negative feedback mostly through the social media by repeat and first time visitors to Barbados concerning the imposition of several new taxes, it may not all be bad news.

The decision to ‘blend’ the former Barbados Tourism Product Authority into the ministry of tourism could enable additional resources, once and for all,…

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Commentary: From sea to shining sea: America a divided nation

Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at jeanhcharles@aol.com

By Jean H Charles

I watched the speech of President Donald Trump on the State of the Union last week; I thought it was a great speech, a unifying moment when America was standing as one to push forward the manifest destiny of a great nation. But reading later the comments of pundits and respectable media you could find mostly the distortion of facts as the big news of the night. I am observing from afar the United States transforming itself into a banana republic more common to the situations seen in Latin America, Africa or the country I hail from — Haiti.

It is true the United States was built on July 4, 1776, as a divided nation…

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Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuelan crisis requires a planned humanitarian response

David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted at
david.jessop@caribbean-council.org. Previous columns can be found at www.caribbean-council.org

By David Jessop

In the years following the Arab Spring, Europe learnt that, without prior planning and consideration, large numbers of people fleeing instability can rapidly create political, social and economic tensions in ways that polarise national discourse, change politics, affect foreign relations, and redefine social thinking.

Without clear policies and a well-planned response to the accelerating humanitarian disaster in Venezuela there are good reasons to believe that similar consequences could follow in the Caribbean.

Read the February 1 report produced by the International Federation of the Red…

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