The ire of two Prime Ministers

On May 29, two former Prime Ministers and leaders of opposing political parties in Antigua and Barbuda presented their nation’s parliament with one of those rare occasions in which in a fiery debate, they were ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ as the saying goes. The occasion was the introduction in the House of Assembly of a Bill that sought to make it compulsory for the beneficial shareholders of vehicles for financial transactions, including companies and Trusts, to be known and registered, and for severe penalties to be applied when such information is withheld from regulatory authorities. The requirement for … Continue reading

CARICOM unified at the OAS – a moment for unbridled pride

Contrary to all who dismissed it as impossible, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) displayed strong solidarity at the Organisation of American States on Wednesday, May 31. In doing so, the CARICOM countries showed the ‘soft power’ that they can wield on the hemispheric stage when they maintain solidarity and unity of purpose.  It was a moment for unbridled CARICOM pride. The occasion was a ‘Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs’ of the 34-member group at its headquarters in Washington, the US Capital. The convocation of the meeting to discuss ‘the situation in Venezuela’ … Continue reading

Financial Sense… Do You Need A Wife?

In her book, Every Woman Needs a Wife, author Naleighna Kai packs a powerful, inspiring, and empowering message to women everywhere. Even though the story is fictional and at the same time hilarious, it’s telling women to believe in who they are and that it matters not whether there’s a man in their life, it does not make them less of a woman. The novel talks about marriage and infidelity and the length some men will go to cheat. In the book, the wife decided that since she was paying for half of the affair she had some say in … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Show Me Yours First!!

I’ve never liked games, maybe if I did, I would be more active and my waistline a little less expanded; but it just seems that relationships these days are more complicated than ever. There appears to be all this game playing to get each other’s attention. While I think mystery is good and keep things exciting, I don’t like the games people play in relationships. This includes the games people play with money, whether it be using it as a tool to keep someone or squandering it to impress others. When I was growing up marriages lasted forever and people … Continue reading

Competition for benefits of second citizenship is global

Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) in the Caribbean have been the subject of much criticism, even though the financial and economic benefits of the programmes are undeniable.  These programmes are operated by Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia. Are those detractors right to decry the CIP?  Do they pose dangers to other nations? And, are any such dangers potentially worse from Caribbean countries than from others that operate similar programmes? To answer these questions, a tour of CIP’s – by whatever name they are called – might be useful. People all over the world have always … Continue reading

OAS compromised by its Secretary-General

The Organisation of American States (OAS) has lost credibility as a multilateral institution capable of contributing to a resolution of the growing conflict in Venezuela. There are two reasons for this. The primary one is the hostile behaviour toward the Venezuelan government by the Secretary-General, Luis Almagro. The other is the strong position, adopted by a handful but powerful group of countries in the Organisation, that has been consistently and openly vexed with the Chavez/Maduro government. Despite the caution of other member states, the small but powerful group of countries has repeatedly issued statements that lack balance and portrays them … Continue reading

Eating green!!!

As a child, you may have been told to eat your vegetables because they’re good you. Ever wonder why vegetables are so highly rated? People who eat vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic non-communicable diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer and obesity. In their most natural form vegetables provide nutrients that are important for the health and maintenance of your body. One important vegetable fact is that most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and contain no cholesterol. Good news for those of … Continue reading

I.M.O – Pure Grenada Music Festival

Well it’s a wrap folks, the Pure Grenada Music Festival 2017 has come and gone. I had a grand ole time at the festival and judging from the facebook posts and tweets, people had a great time overall, but there was some disappointment among the masses. At last year’s festival as well as this year’s, I was blown away by the friendliness of the greeters and ushers, you were welcomed every step of the way and that feeling of welcome makes quite a difference. As always, the Port Louis Greens is a great location and the festival committee did a … Continue reading

BLACK SKIN WHITE MASKS

The headline of this Sentinel article is borrowed from the book of the same title, written by Frantz Fanon and published in 1952, which has sold over one million English language copies and translated into twenty-five languages. Frantz Fanon was a Martiniquan medical doctor who specialised in psychiatry. He was educated in France, and as a black Antillian he had the unique advantage of studying the black physic in a white world as a product of slavery, colonialism and the evolving black consciousness, both as a Martiniquan and as a medical practitioner working in France and Algeria, North Africa, from … Continue reading

BRF brings new opportunities for International Cooperation

By Mr. Xu Jian On May 14-15, 2017, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) was successfully held in Beijing. The theme of the forum is “Belt and Road: Cooperation for Common Prosperity”. The two-day BRF had wide attendance of over 1500 officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and journalists from more than 130 countries and 70 international organisations. Among them there were 29 heads of states and governments such as Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, Argentine President, Mauricio Macri and 3 heads of leading international organisations such as UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, World … Continue reading