A backward step

Please permit me to say briefly that I am an Educator with a track record of 100% success working with my daughters, and children (of other families) including some who were written off by the education system as hopeless. Accordingly, I speak with grand authority on education. For the last couple weeks I’ve strongly resisted writing on the performance of the ruling NNP administration particularly as it relates to education; however, their education policies amount to such a vexation of the spirit to the extent that my pen has sprung a leak almost out of control way beyond midnight. The … Continue reading

That Is Man

Nelson Mandela would celebrate his 95th birthday next month (July), God willing he survives the physical challenges that he has been experiencing in recent years, that necessitated that he be admitted again to a South African hospital this month. Madiba, (his Xhosa name) in my opinion, is the personification of the term man. An uncompromising activist against the brutal apartheid regime in his homeland, South Africa. Nelson Mandela sacrificed the prime years of his life whilst involved in the struggle to free his people from the yoke of prejudice and oppression. Nelson Mandela is no doubt a living legend. His … Continue reading

The hundred days have come and gone

‘There is none so blind that would not see’. That statement bothers me deeply as I realise that we are a people grouping blindly for we know not what! We cannot identify what we want; no vision of where we ought to go, nor direction how to get there; no idea of what is substance nor what is ether or ephemeral. On the contrary we have become a me-too nation growing a copy-cat generation, willing slaves to American TV and addicts of cell phone and Digicel gadgets, great at pushing buttons and viewing garbage or unable to think and carry … Continue reading

The Marina project in Carriacou

I write with concern regarding the proposed re start of the marina project at Tyrell Bay on Carriacou. Whilst I confess that I am not a Grenadian resident, I visit Carriacou as often as I can and have watched the development of the marina with some interest. I should also admit that as a visitor but not one of the yachting fraternity I was quite worried about what this development would do to the environment and ecology of the island. However, when work started I hoped that the project would be finished as soon as possible but when the work … Continue reading

Treatment of Ministers on Labour Day

Please someone tell me what is wrong with our society. Every May Day as far back as I can remember the Ministers are booed while making their presentations. This is a matter that must be addressed urgently and in a serious way. Is it the correct thing for members of the unions to be doing? I strongly believe that it is wrong and should be stopped immediately. There is no place in our society for such action by professionals. An apology should be sent to the Minister by the T.U.C. Teachers, how will you feel to be in front of … Continue reading

Declare the GOC elections void!!!

Three weeks have passed since the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) held its 2013 Special Quadrennial General Meetings for Elections (SQGM) and it seems to me that only a handful of Grenadians are seriously concerned about the future of our sports men and women, based on our seemingly lack of interest in condemning the Elections which were undoubtedly conducted in a shady, corrupt and unconstitutionally manner. Over the past two decades millions of dollars have been spent on Sports Policy, Sports Administration, Officiating and Coaching Courses, Athletes Development Programs including foreign and local athletes. What has been the return on our … Continue reading

The abused and forgotten youth

“A lesson in hypocrisy 101.1” The scene outside courthouses at any parish in Grenada tells a troubling and sad story about the life of “Grenada’s abused and forgotten youth” – the harsh, shameful truth – a story of denial, and confusion. Many stand alone shaking with fear, others with the pseudo gangland style macho image that instantly vanishes before a Magistrate. With no parent, no guardian, no legal counsel, it’s no bail and more jail. The preoccupation with material things: new electronic gadgetry, upmarket telephones, exotic cars, and a life of luxury are the “Children of Modern Day parents.” Many … Continue reading

The greatest weapons of our politicians are often lies

  Recently in Barbados, in delivering the annual Errol Barrow lecture, Dr. Frank Alleyne, a top Barbadian economist, stressed the importance of small Caribbean states, developing what he referred to as an intelligent population, for the development of self-sufficient economies. In saying this, Dr. Alleyne was quick to point out what he meant by an intelligent population was not being merely certificated, but having the ability to analyse issues, which to my mind would include the willingness to do self analysis and be self-critical. He lamented that our economies were still too structurally dependent on those of the developed world, … Continue reading

What democracy is at stake?

After reading the article published in a number of weeklies under a similar title written in the affirmative, I must confess that it left me and I am sure many others in a state of astonishment. Presumably the same feeling a large number of devotees of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) felt after the result of the February 19, 2013 election was announced. The heading is not only utterly misleading but speaks directly to the state of paranoia which existed in Grenada over the past 4 1⁄2 years, something the majority of Grenadians decided they wanted no part of. According … Continue reading

The attitude of public officers

The million-dollar question that can be asked about public officers is what can be done to change their work ethics. I must confess, there are some of them that display excellent qualities on the job day after day. However, the vast majority of them leave a lot to be desired. They come to work any time and they leave when they feel like. At times during the working day they disappear for long periods unknown to their Supervisors. Their behaviour towards the public is like you are disturbing them from their sleep in the middle of the night. They generally … Continue reading