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Letter: Stop playing games with the lives of people


Dear Sir:

To say that this Rowley-led government is incompetent, out of touch and callous in the aftermath of the current flooding crisis is putting it mildly.

The minister of national security/communications once again showed that he is completely out of depth by saying that the government took the decision that there would be “no national shutdown”, even as hundreds of thousands of people are still reeling from the impact of the worst flooding this country has seen in decades.

A responsible plan of action would have been to activate Section 2 of the Disasters Measures Act as leader of the opposition and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar advised, which would allow law enforcement and agencies of national security to have the ability to save the lives of our…

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Letter: Crime, Caribbean-style: Lessons from St Vincent – Part 3


Dear Sir:

Despite the intense interest in the alleged increase in crime in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in recent years, comprehensive local records are out of date or incomplete. Notwithstanding the unwillingness of the current regime to share information about this important topic with the citizenry in a timely fashion, except for murder statistics – which it cannot easily conceal — Table 1 summarizes the locally available crime records for the nine year 2008-2016 period (with the 2008-2012 data gathered from local records).

  1. The figures refer only to reports made to or by the police. They do not reflect actual arrests or convictions for criminal activity. This is a critical issue that cannot be overemphasized. For example, property crimes involving the theft…

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Letter: A tribute to the contributions of Dr Marva Sprauve-Browne


Dear Sir:

This tribute is to a magnificent, great and absolutely astounding lady who overcame the many odds that confronted her. Born in 1941, Marva Sprauve-Browne was the daughter of Eunice Canton Sprauve and Dr Gehardht Sprauve. Sprauve-Browne graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 1957. She enrolled at Morgan State College and graduated in 1962.

While at Morgan State, Sprauve-Browne participated in various lunch counter sit-in demonstrations. Fighting for equal rights on the mainland using acts of civil disobedience gave her the tools to promote the basis of the Free Beach Movement. She is remembered throughout the Virgin Islands by local peoples for the Free Beach Movement, and the ability for all Virgin Islanders to go to and enjoy local beaches without having…

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Letter: Celebrating 18 editions of a leading Divali magazine


Dear Sir:

Trinidad and Tobago – the land of Carnival, steelband, tassa, calypso and chutney – is the same country that produces a unique brand of Divali to the world. In fact, the annual Hindu Festival of Lights has become Trinidad’s largest, national, open-air festival, second only to Carnival.

Divali is a welcome alternative to the rambunctious indulgence in meat, alcohol, party and “wine”. The festival is arguably the largest vegetarian, alcohol-free festival in the Caribbean, if not the Western Hemisphere. Divali is an event that the ministry of tourism can market as a major attraction in the fastest-growing, international marketplace of spiritual tourism.

Divali is one of the festivals that establish Trinidad as a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society. Hindus…

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Letter: The pain and gain of economic development


Dear Sir:

Over the years when one looks at the responses of certain companies to their economic difficulties which impinged on their employment practices, in particular the need to reduce employment, the reaction of the Trinidad and Tobago Industrial Court tended to ignore the intent to return the companies to competitiveness in favour of short term benefits to current employees.

For example, consider the notable case of Caroni. This Trinidad sugar company owned by the British company Tate and Lyle, in order to remain competitive in the global market indicated its intention to mechanise its production of sugar cane. This view was opposed by the union, a position that was supported by the new industrial court.

However, the court was willing to allow a phased introduction of…

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Letter: Moral absence! – Caribbean News Now


Dear Sir:

After attending the InterAction Council meeting in China and speaking on the local St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) radio Boom FM, on Wednesday October 10, 2018, it is reported that former prime minister of SVG, Sir James Mitchell, told his host that our government and its existing prime minister, has “no moral position” on Venezuela, and is only pursuing financial consideration. No moral position one may ask? Why so?

Morality in conduct surely should be a given! In this case morality could be expressed as a particular system of values and principles of conduct by our government and its prime minister, in relation to our dealings with Venezuela and the unfolding humanitarian crisis there. If reported correctly, according to Sir James Mitchell, our government…

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