GRENADA’S GOVERNMENT PENSION PROPOSAL IS ABSURD

By J. K. Roberts The Pension Proposal for Public Officers, purported to be submitted to the Public Workers Union (PWU) by the Secretary to the Cabinet of Grenada via letter dated 6th October 2017, must be declared ‘absurd and deceptive and unbecoming’. The Proposal is laced with complications, red-herrings, loopholes and conditionalities; integrating the ‘compensatory’ State pension-benefits with the ‘contributory’ National Insurance Scheme (NIS) pension-benefits. With this inference, the officials of PWU must not consider the proposal; and it should not be expected for them to meet with the Government for discussions on such submissions. It would not be surprising … Continue reading

No winners in secession – in Europe or the Caribbean

Should areas of countries break away and govern themselves as they see fit? That’s a question that has been debated in several parts of the world, and is in focus now between Catalonia and Spain; Scotland and the United Kingdom, and to a lesser extent Barbuda and Antigua. It should be noted that throughout history, communities which have been separated by religion, ethnicity, and distance (most especially water), have experienced movements for separation. In the Caribbean, Anguilla broke away from St Kitts-Nevis in 1971 during the British colonial era; Tobago agitated for years for secession from Trinidad; as recently as … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Are you allergic to money?

You would think the way some people behaved with their money, that they had a money allergy. It’s almost as if they have a production line, as the money comes in it goes out. A fool and his money are soon parted, is an old proverb which speaks directly to the unceremonious way some people dispose of their money – overspending, overindulging, and spending just for the sake of spending. The Good News Translation Bible (GNT), expresses Proverb 21:20 as, “Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it.” While … Continue reading

Insuring the Caribbean’s future

Insurers and re-insurers are facing major losses in the wake of the damage done in the Caribbean and the United States by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These losses will have a direct and immediate impact on insurance premiums across the entire Caribbean and the Eastern seaboard of the US. Higher building and flood insurance costs coming on top of the costs of rebuilding damaged properties will prove to be too expensive to many home owners and proprietors of businesses. Consequently, even as reconstruction takes place in the several islands that were hammered by these violent storms, there will be … Continue reading

Caribbean states will not shut up or be shut out

The rights of Caribbean states in the international community are once again being threatened. This time the spokesman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, Benjamin N. Gedan, who wrote an Opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal on September 25 entitled: “For Venezuela’s Sake, Dismantle the Organisation of American States. Tiny Caribbean states have outsize power, and many are in thrall to the Caracas regime”. Ordinarily, Mr Gedan’s view, to which he is fully entitled, would attract little attention or response. But the fact that it was published in The Wall Street Journal, suggests a high level … Continue reading

Caribbean bowed but far from beaten

This week I was asked to provide an answer to a question posed by an influential Washington-based publication regarding the future of tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the damage wreaked, in quick succession, by two Category 5 hurricanes. The question was disturbing. Its inference was that tourism in the Caribbean could be fatally affected by the recent storms and by more frequent and intense storms in the future, and, further, tourists would now have to consider alternative destinations. I did not regard the question as idle speculation and I pondered whose interests would be served by spreading … Continue reading

Reduce or Multiply: You Decide

By William Joseph The process from nothing to something is one that is Creator-made for human existence. Whether one takes pleasure in doing or having nothing or is indifferent; or drives oneself for more, depends on one’s beliefs and decisions. In all aspects of life whether personal, social, spiritual or political, people are challenged to reduce or to multiply. It’s a choice or judgment thing. To reduce is to be so closed and negative that one virtually takes away from life. To multiply is to be so open and positive that one lives life to the fullest. The Scriptures abound … Continue reading

Lessons from Hurricane Irma

Since September 6 when Hurricane Irma, the most monstrous storm that the Atlantic has endured in history, thundered-up to the tiny island of Barbuda and devastated it, I have been telling audiences in Washington DC, and, through the media, to the wider world that Climate Change and global warming are a reality and here to stay. The 1,700 persons who inhabited Barbuda until September 9, including 500 children of school-age, would need no convincing that the weather is far from normal, and that, increasingly over the last 25 years, hurricanes have become larger, stronger and more brutal in the damage … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Stepping Away Gracefully!!

Every week I learn something new. As I was preparing to write this article on retirement and what it means for the divorced older woman, I came across something called the “Grey Divorce Revolution”. This had me thinking about marriages and their relevance. A recent study shows that the rate of couples divorcing in their 50’s doubled between 1990 and 2010 and that today one in every four divorces is a couple in their 50’s. What are these numbers saying to us? Are women finally deciding to break the bonds of unhappiness and live the life they desire? While getting … Continue reading

Doctoral student studies archaeology/community in Grenada

By Jonathan Hanna “You want pot-trie? Look, I got loads!” The half-naked man was yelling out the window of a small, dilapidated board-house, shaking a bowl full of prehistoric ceramic sherds. I looked up. “No, no, I’m just trying to find the boundaries of the site, thanks.” The man mumbled something as his face turned sour. “Eh, so ya pay dat man and not me?” A machete appeared next to his bowl of ceramics. I apologised, but he kept yelling as I walked away. The man was right: I did pay the landowner a few dollars to survey a site … Continue reading