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

Grenada-born lawyer seeks seat on NY Civil Court bench

By John Alexander Derefim Neckles is currently running for Civil Court judge in Kings County’s Sixth Municipal Court District. Neckles was born and raised in Munich, St. Andrew’s in Grenada. She came to the United States and received her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and her Juris doctor degree from Miami School of Law. She was admitted to the bar in New York and Florida, and has over 18 years of legal experience in private practice and public service. For the past 13 years, Neckles has been serving as volunteer arbitrator in the Small Claims part of Brooklyn’s Civil Court. … Continue reading

Financial Sense… Fathers Matter!!!

I recently read a book titled “Breeders Not Fathers.” The title of the book disturbed me initially, but I got the point the writer is trying to convey. In the book, the writer sought to distinguish what good fathers do as opposed to what “Breeders” do regarding the rearing of their children. I do have a difficulty with the term “Breeders,” even though some males just sow their seeds for the sake of sowing, with no intention of taking the responsibility that comes along with it. It is my view that our males are in a serious crisis as it … Continue reading

Boycotted for a Knighthood

Geoffrey Boycott is a BBC cricket commentator. He was an England cricketer for 24 years. Over that period, he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches for England and was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs. For this accomplishment, he received the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty The Queen, through the UK National Honours Committee. But, he clearly felt that the award was not of a sufficiently high rank and he merited more. It is not a secret that Boycott hankers after a Knighthood and he has publicly … Continue reading