Elections and national issues

by Dr. Brian Francis Anyone following the lead up to the Presidential elections in the United States has to agree with the pundits that that election is likely to be one of the most bitterly contested in recent times. That conclusion is based in part on the extent of negativity in some of the advertisements taken out thus far on both sides – the Democrats and Republicans. Fortunately, last weekend the soon-to-be confirmed Republican Presidential candidate has announced Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate and immediately many in the media have concluded that the Vice-presidential candidate will force a … Continue reading

A Single Caribbean Sports Academy – Part 2

The success of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London has created an illusion of the greatness of athleticism throughout the region. The brutal truth is that it is athletes from only four countries, principally Jamaica, who were responsible for the Caribbean’s success. Jamaica won 12 medals (4 gold) and was number 18 of the 79 counties that won medals. Trinidad and Tobago at number 47 was next with 5 medals (one gold) followed by the Bahamas and Grenada jointly at number 50 with I medal each (gold). Unfortunately, the other 9 participating CARICOM countries won … Continue reading

That 6th August gold stands supreme

On Monday, Sixth August, 2012, when our national Hero, Kirani James, won the 2012 Olympic 400M Men’s Final at the Stratford Stadium, in East London in England – the record established by that victory, in my humble – (but for the occasion) – very bold opinion, will very, very likely, never be equalled or broken again. By that I mean no Independent Country or Island dependency, of the size and population of the Independent State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, will ever again produce a Son of its soil to equal or better that achievement at this or any … Continue reading

The red nastiness and his crew plan to boycott

By Stone Crusher The gang is so much on the run these days that they are now so much far apart from each other and can best be described as nothing but a splintered group. Reports are coming out from their cronies that upon personal reflection, some of the members have realized the mistake made because of bad advice from the “little boy” union man and the convicted mass murderer that was given to the Chief Rebel who then handed it down to them. What a pity that the infidels did not realise that they were only part of an … Continue reading

A Single Caribbean Sports Academy to ensure future World Champions

On the basis of the size of populations and medals won, the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada would be ranked in first place in the 2012 Olympic Games in London with another Caribbean island, Jamaica, in second place – though with a larger number of medals.  Officially, Jamaica is ranked at 18 and Grenada at 42. At the time of writing at the end of Day 13 of the 16-days Olympic Games, the United States is officially ranked number one with China in second place. But the medal haul of the US and China is drawn from populations of 312 … Continue reading

GLOBAL INSECURITY

Given the difficulties that Caribbean countries have had to try to overcome following the global financial and economic crisis that began around the end of 2007, the last thing any country in the region would wish to confront at this time is a major disruption on the international front that could lead towards more global insecurity. And for that reason alone, the financial and economic data that are emerging from the international arena have to be not only worrying for us in the region but also rather depressing. Whether the financial and economic data released globally pertain to the United … Continue reading

So be it Mr. Gang Man!

By Stone Crusher Thank God the political blood-letting have subsided at least for now, since the renegades within the ruling party have been advised to lie low with the hope of attracting reconciliation. All democrats know the terrible effect this group of power hungry RMC/OREL thugs has had on the nation’s ability to progress.  They can only be referred to by their right name – INFIDELS as Sadham Hussein would have referred to such animals in his time.  It is now irrefutable that these elements crept into the ruling party as far back as the turn of the century with … Continue reading

Long rope for ‘marga’ goat!

By Stone Crusher Old people always say – long rope for “marga” goat. Now that the gang man is on the run with the PM  in control, an olive branch must be sent out to most of those who were misguided by the red nastiness. However, this olive branch should not include persons like the big head casino man, drunkard, and false prophet/pastor whose claim to fame is that he can’t speak English and dunce as the back of a spoon. They must go with the gang leader and form their own party and leave NDC to NDC’ites. Both he … Continue reading

Holding up a Torch for Life: regulating weapons

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries joined dozens of other nations in fighting for a robust and comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) during negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 2 to 27 July, but their efforts were frustrated by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign team. The Caribbean countries have very good reason for wanting a strong ATT. In recent years, these countries have become the hapless victims of the illegal trade in guns associated with drug trafficking. There has been an overwhelming escalation in violent killings even in the smallest of the Caribbean countries; some of them directed at … Continue reading

Rum parting the ways between US and the Caribbean

The rum industry in the non-US countries in the Caribbean is now under serious threat. At risk are the jobs of 15,000 workers directly employed in the industry and another 60,000 jobs that benefit from it. Apart from employment, non-US Caribbean countries face the loss, annually, of US$700 million in foreign exchange and over US$250 million in tax revenues at a time they can ill afford it. There is evidence that Barbados is already being adversely affected and the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago are under immediate threat. As I pointed out in a commentary in May this … Continue reading