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Afra Raymond

Privacy Pros & Cons

The recent high-level of public concern over the SSA Amendment Bill was of limited concern to me, until I started listening properly. In the event, the proposed law was passed by the Parliament and there is some threat from the Opposition of a lawsuit to test its constitutionality. We will see. Two very interesting stances […]

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The Business Blog – Offshore Sector Sends Mixed Signal Post Panama Papers Scandal

We often blame poor communication by stakeholders in society and a lack of investigative reporting by local media houses. The result is that the people are left to ponder where is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the 15 April 2016 the Panama Papers scandal was born. In the week […]

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Business as Usual Approach by Caribbean Leaders a Worry

The following Editorial was written by the Dr. Malcom Grant who is the founder of the popular Facebook Group SURVIVING OUR HARSH ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (SOHEE 20,806 members). I just have this uneasy feeling in “my bones” with regards to the future of OUR children and their children, here in the Caribbean. THIS IS NOT THE […]

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Are Citizenship by Investment Programmes Sustainable?

Reposted from the Caribbean Trade Law and Development website. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its end of mission press release following its recently concluded Article IV Consultation mission in St. Kitts & Nevis highlighted that strong construction activity, driven in part by large real estate projects funded under the island’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) […]

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CL Financial Bailout – Duprey’s Gambit

Last week we learned that Lawrence Duprey and his fellow CL Financial shareholders are victims of a badly-handled bailout. According to the Duprey version, the State must halt all asset disposals a… Source: CL Financial Bailout – Duprey’s Gambit

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Cuba Rising

Posted to the Suck Salt blog Mainstream media is describing today’s visit by a U.S. cruise ship to Cuba as historic. This visit, as well as other events, are a clear sign that relations between the U.S. and Cuba continue to warm up. Recall: 2008 Fidel hands over power to Raul, 2009 Obama Lifts Travel […]

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Afra Raymond

Telling Truths

“…The first responsibility that devolves upon you is the protection and promotion of your democracy. Democracy means more, much more, than the right to vote and one vote for every man and eve… Source: Telling Truths

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Influx of ‘foreigners’ Changing the Region

The following is an extract from a Yahoo T&T Group Forum BU is a member. It details a commentary on the rise across the Caribbean. In fact, a flavour of the commentary is playing out in the EU exacerbated by the refugee crisis. The old question is one the regionalist – and the ideologues – […]

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Submitted by Robert MacLellan LIAT Airlines has been a vital factor in the commercial and tourism life blood of the Caribbean for decades. However, the company has now had three CEO’s and two Acting CEO’s in the last seven years, evidence of LIAT’s challenges. Commentary on its unfathomable financial strategy, its lack of published accounts […]

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Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland Has Links to the Dark World

One has to marvel at the lack of due diligence Caribbean governments and others in authority exercise when making decisions on behalf of the people they serve. There is the perception by the developed world that we are a bunch of banana republics, yet we continue by our decision-making to give truth to the belief. […]

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Afra Raymond

Property Matters – Housing Issues – part 6

On Thursday 17th March 2016, the Office of the Prime Minster confirmed that the appointment of Housing & Urban Development Minister, Marlene McDonald, had been revoked. On Tuesday 22nd March 20… Source: Property Matters – Housing Issues – part 6

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Caribbean Countries Should Integrate or be Left Behind

Alicia Nicholls – Caribbean Trade Law and Development blog A few days ago I had the pleasure of being on the Regional Integration panel at the 17th Annual SALISES Conference held this year in Barbados where I presented a paper co-authored with founder and president of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP […]

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Cuba and Cricket

Cuba Cricket Connection – Improving Cuba Barbados Relationship

Now that the powers have deemed that the legacy of lame duck President Barrack Obama must be anchored to the return of Cuba to the fold, it has opened the floodgates for pundits all to spew the ideological and political rhetoric like there is no tomorrow. Although the froth has not receded with the exit […]

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Call for OPEN DATA for Parliamentary Expenses

No More Secret Spending! Public Money is Our Money! This is an open call for the Administration of our Parliament to take the lead in publishing all the details of Parliamentarian’s expenses for the past ten years – 1st January 2005 to 31st December 2015. Recent revelations have sparked a national discussion on the use […]

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Afra Raymond

Pursuing Anti Corruption Measures MUST be a Priority

VIDEO: TTTI Couch session with Reginald Armour, SC. by AfraRaymond This is the ‘On the Couch’ session at the T&T Transparency Institute’s 2016 Anti-Corruption Conference held on Tuesday 8th March 2016. The moderator was Reginald Armour SC, President of the Law Association; Michael Harris, Tapia Member and Express columnist; Mark Regis of Shell Trinidad; and […]

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David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement

David Comissiong to File Court Action (Biometrics) Against Government

Citizen advocacy against The IMMIGRATION (BIOMETRICS) REGULATIONS 2015 are NULL, VOID and Un-Constitutional led by David Comissiong and other parties has met with some success. The Acting Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall declared last week that the rollout of the fingerprinting project has been deferred to allow for certain legal clarifications to be done. In […]

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debt to gdp

A Problem of Debt

During the just concluded 2016 Estimates Debate former Prime Minister Pwen Arthur in one of a few intelligent interventions shared his perspective on the debt problem. It is no secret Barbados has achieved the ‘ranking’ of one of the highest public debt to GDP countries in the world. In the study- Public Sector Debt in […]

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Barbados Estimates

Barbados Estimates 2016 – 2017

The Barbados Estimates Debate for 2016 – 2017 is currently being debated in Parliament. Although many Barbadians are sucked into the theatrics of the annual budget presentation, the more meaningful debate about ordering the country’s finances is meant to be discussed in our system of government in the Estimates debate. It is now evident that […]

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