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Trinidad Source of Young Recruits to ISIS

Trinidad and Tobago is measured as 332 kilometres from Barbados. Given the rights of Caricom citizens to freedom of movement under the RTOC we need to put our gloves on in response to the news that Trinidad is a source of recruits for ISIS. BU shares the following article from the New York Times because […]

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Goodbye Derek Walcott

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG One of my absolute favourite poems is Derek Walcott’s “The Schooner Flight”– the opening poem in the Walcott collection entitled “The Star-Apple Kingdom”. This classic Walcott poem is an extended meditation on the predicament and promise of our Caribbean Civilization as manifested in the tragic life story of “Shabine’– a “red […]

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De-Risking: The ‘Perfect Hurricane’ Threatening Caribbean IFCs

by caribbeantradelaw My latest publication is an article entitled “De-Risking: The ‘Perfect Hurricane’ Threatening Caribbean IFCs” in the forthcoming IFC Review 2017. It discusses the implications of the de-risking phenomenon for Caribbean international financial centres (IFCs) and some of the steps they have been taking to fight it. An excerpt from the article is as […]

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Is the Integrity Commission Being Blind Towards CL FINANCIAL?

by AfraRaymond Afra Raymond #14 Highsquare Condominiums, 1a Dere Street, Port-of-Spain 868 625 8168 5 May 2015 The Registrar, Integrity Commission of Trinidad & Tobago, Level 14, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, 1A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain Dear Sir, FORMAL COMPLAINT Non-compliance of Directors of CL Financial Ltd and its subsidiaries with the […]

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Regional News: Digicel to Send Home Hundreds of Employees

Digicel preparing to fire several hundred employees globally Digicel – a major player in the mobile, broadband and tv market across several Caribbean countries – is preparing to fire several hundred employees over the next 18 months. A new org structure will see regional hubs  – two for the Caribbean and Central America and two […]

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Elombe Mottley Presents –How to Build Barbados Over the Next 50 Years

    FATPORK TEN-TEN PRODUCTIONS Present Baba Elombe (Elton D Mottley) In a National Conversation At the Barbados Workers Union Auditorium Hindsbury Road, Bridgetown On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm About the future of your children Your survival as you age, and How to build Barbados over the next 50 Years. DON’T MISS […]

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Cuba and Caricom Reach Agreement to Expand Trade

The following was extracted from Caribbean Trade Law and Development website. It has been a while in coming but today the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat announced in a press release that CARICOM and Cuba have finally agreed to expand the level of preferential access to each other’s markets as part of efforts to update the […]

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Open Letter to Central Bank Governor on CL Financial Bailout

We, the undersigned, have become very concerned about the direction of the “rescue” of CLICO et al after over eight years under the control of the Central Bank and the government. Our principal concern is at the apparent regulatory forbearance being exhibited by the Central Bank in this matter. Our further concerns relate to the […]

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Linden’s Mayor Forges Twinning With US City

Submitted by the CARIBBEAN GUYANA INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY (CGID) BROOKLYN: The Mayor of Guyana’s second most populous municipality, the town of Linden, will on Saturday February 4, apprise Lindeners in New York City of plans to twin Newark City, New Jersey with his town, as well as on his agenda to create jobs and redevelop […]

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Bahamas Ranked Least Corrupt CARICOM Country

Posted to Caribbean Signal website According to our analysis of data released by Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2016, Bahamas is the least corrupt CARICOM country ranked at 24 with a score of 66. After Bahamas, Barbados ranks 31 with a score of 61, and St. Lucia ranks 35 with a score of 60. For […]

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CEMEX TCL Takeover Bid Successful

The following article was extracted from Caribbean Signal website and should be of interest to the wider pubic given the cement debate in Barbados and the region – Barbados Underground Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today [24/1/2016] that its indirect subsidiary Sierra Trading (“Sierra”), having received the Foreign Investment License from the […]

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IMF Projects Low Growth for the Caribbean

The following report was extracted from the website “The IMF released its World Economic Outlook Update for January 2017 earlier today. The organization is projecting growth of between 3.4 and 3.6% in global output between 2017 and 2018, especially in emerging markets and developing economies. For Latin America and the Caribbean, projections range between […]

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David Comissiong Critiques Third World Performance

DAVID COMISSIONG  CRITIQUES  THIRD  WORLD  PERFORMANCE  AND  NATANGA  SMITH’S  REVIEW  OF  THE  CONCERT  IN  THE  NATION  NEWSPAPER As the whole of Barbados knows, I am a passionate believer in the valuableness and beauty of our Caribbean and Pan-African Civilization: and so, when I witness or experience an exemplary manifestation of that Civilization I am obliged […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Race to the Bottom?

As was the Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, I, too, was not overly enthusiastic at first blush about the involvement of some of our neighbouring jurisdictions such as Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St Kitts-Nevis in the Citizenship by Investment [CBI] programme or, as it has been more popularly […]

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Property Matters – State Housing Facts

by AfraRaymond This is a continuation of my examination of the National Housing Policy (2002), its implementation and the associated implications. Over the last year I engaged with HDC’s management who cooperated with me, much like the previous team. I asked about new homes produced by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Housing Development […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Argyle International Airport Will Open for Business Soon

Five years later than planned, Argyle International Airport in nearby St. Vincent will officially open on 14th February 2017 at a cost of EC$700 million (roughly US$260 million) including ‘in-kind contributions’. According to a radio interview with Glen Beache, former Minister of Tourism and currently Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines […]

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Caribbean Wax Museum is the Latest Attraction

Two enterprising entrepreneurs Art Edwards and Frances Ross have introduced the Caribbean Wax Museum to Barbados. Barbadians and visitors alike are now able to visit the Maxwell Road, Christ Church attraction to view life like sculpted characters in the form of Sir Garry, Mighty Gabby, Usain Bolt, Brian Lara, Fidel Castro, Marcus Garvey and many […]

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Building a Strong Caribbean in 2017

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Group “What then is the future of the Caribbean? Given its past history, the future of the Caribbean can only be meaningfully discussed in terms of the possibilities for the emergence of an identity of the Caribbean peoples. The whole history of the Caribbean so far can be viewed as […]

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