A Financial Plan of Sorts!!!

We can’t all be independently wealthy, but we can all be financially secure – all it takes is a financial plan and a strong commitment to that plan. We cannot take the same attitude towards our financial future as we do towards our New Year’s Resolution. Building a secure financial future starts with creating a sound financial plan. It’s pretty much like building a house: the stronger the foundation the more solid and sturdy the house will be. It does not matter what stage you are at; it only matters that you start and stay on course. Financial planning is … Continue reading

Financial Sense…About raising strong daughters!!!

A woman called me bitch the other day over a comment I made, and I was really amused by it. I was thinking, well she’s not my friend so who gave her the privilege to call me that, so since she was not my friend, I asked her to call me Ms Bitch. I’m a little bit peeved though, not by the name calling, but by the example, we as mothers set, for our daughters. Times have changed drastically from when I was a little girl growing up, I knew how to climb a tree, pitch marbles and generally do … Continue reading

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations – Part 3

This is the final of a three-part commentary discussing the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled, “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”. CSIS deserves the Caribbean’s thanks for addressing the issue which has been ignored for decades by US agencies, except in the context of their preoccupation with drug trafficking and refugees. The withdrawal of correspondent banking relations was identified by the CSIS publication as a serious issue in US-Caribbean relations. It is not the only one in the financial services … Continue reading

UNDEFINED PENSION REFORM TOUTED IN GRENADA

[By J. K. Roberts (Sound Public Policies Advocate); Circulated on Sunday 30th July 2017] Pension Reform has been touted animatedly by Keith Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) Government, as a reasonable and realistic solution to the problem of reinstating pensions to public officers. But, is there really a genuine problem with the overdue and lingering reinstatement of the constitutional State pensions? The answer is a Resounding No; since the Pensions (Disqualification) Act can be repealed as easy as 1-2-3. Furthermore, is there any justification for what is being peddled as tough consequences or as financial challenges on the reinstatement of … Continue reading

Urbanisation as a new economic frontier

In 1994 when the Willie Redhead Foundation (tWRF) was established, it had as its mantra: “For the development and renewal of Urban St. George”. Over the years as the foundation began to evolve the mantra was changed to: “For the Preservation & Renewal of the National Heritage of Grenada”. Despite tWRF ‘s extended vision the main focus remained the conservation and enhancement of our Capital City. This is so-because the foundation is convinced – despite unfavourable challenges, of the enormous economic and cultural potential that the City on a Hill possesses, just waiting to be explored. This potential, sad to … Continue reading

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations – Part 2

This commentary continues the discussion on the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled, “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”. In the discussion of the security relationship between the US and the Caribbean, Evan Ellis, identifies China as a problem, presumably for the US. He rightly says that expanding loans and equity investment in the Caribbean will give China “increasing leverage in the region of critical issues”. The latter point is true. And, it should have been obvious to US government policy … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Sudden Wealth Syndrome – Do You Want It?

You wake up one morning and you are suddenly wealthy beyond your wildest dreams – you’ve won the lottery or come into an inheritance. How do you deal with such an occurrence? I remember a friend telling me that when his kids graduated, the only problem he wanted to have was which colour car he should buy them. I think that’s a fantastic position to be in and I am sure that in some way or the other, we all want to be in a similar position, maybe not necessarily to buy them a car, but to know that we … Continue reading

A power hungry Prime Minister in the Gardens

By Helen Grenade Grenada’s New National Party (NNP) is about to burst, just like a balloon, with a thin wall in many spots, the balloon will burst as soon as the weakest spot fails to hold pressure. Since word of Terry Forrester distancing himself from Keith C. Mitchell and his NNP government broke, Mitchell unloaded on his former public relations officer (PRO), who has been with him forever, confirming reports that the former PRO is no longer associated with his campaign, and saying, “As you can imagine, I’m sorry to see that he has fallen short.” No, Mr Mitchell, you … Continue reading

The Evelyn “Brat” Bullen Story!

By Brian Lindsay-Campbell Anytime I hear Pamela Bullen-Cherubin making strong and meaningful representation for our youthful national swimmers I always say to myself that the mango did not fall far from the tree, because she is an extension of her father….Evelyn “Brat” Bullen… It is very true that I always wanted to pay tribute to Evelyn “Brat” Bullen, for his extraordinary contribution towards our community and by extension Grenada. ‘Brat” was the father of Pamela Cherubin who was the manager and PRO of the very successful Grenada swimming team for many years now, and whose daughter, Oreoluwa Cherubin is an … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Does Your Marriage Still Feels Like a Gift?

Ours is a culture of over-tolerance; we tolerate bad behaviour and bad marriages and relationships for far too long. We get praised for sticking it out no matter how bad the situation becomes, and we are criticised if we even have a thought of separation or divorce. Religion, as well as our early socialisation play a big part in defining for us what a good versus a bad marriage or relationship should be. To me, it’s quite simple – one makes you happy, the other one makes you miserable. Why do we stay? There are many reasons and we talk … Continue reading