Firstly I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased fisherman, Hong Shi-cheng and by extension the entire nation of Taiwan as they mourn the loss of one of their own in what I see as an incident that could have and indeed, should have been avoided at all costs. Though I personally was not present on May 9th all information provided so far via the media indicates the use of excess force by the crew of the Philippine vessel.
(The writer is a Visiting Fellow at London University and a former Caribbean Diplomat)
Tension is developing toward the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) from some quarters in Jamaica. This was exemplified by a column in the Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper written by an Immigration Attorney, Mr. Ronald Mason.
In our modern life many of us are busy with our work and domestic lives with hardly any time to break away from the ceaseless noise of our material existence. We are bombarded by various amounts of external stimulation from television, computers and myriad gadgets, tools and trappings of the new high-tech age. We continually absorb and process all this stimuli which takes up a lot of energy and as a result our brains become overloaded, dull and drained of energy. Through experience, I have discovered is a good idea to take a rest from all this technology and the ceaseless chatter of life in order to calm and nourish my inner self.
. First, we congratulate Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, for the high profile position he will hold. He will chair and head a debt reduction initiative that is hoped will impact small states.
Rob Steen, sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton (England), reports in a May 9 Cricinfo article “A classic turns fifty”, that scores of delegates and speakers gathered at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (May 9-11) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary, regarded as one of the greatest sports books ever written.
Greg Slagon who fired his licensed gun and wounded two alleged attackers who allegedly pulled guns at his wife and their guests is a hero in his own right.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is now set to appoint a new Director-General. He is Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, Brazil’s long-serving Ambassador to the Organisation.
The way I see it, in these ‘harsh, economic times,’ we have to be creative as human beings. Even in job creation exercises, we have to keep coming up with novel ideas.
On Monday, Members of Parliament from both the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) engaged in a healthy parliamentary debate over the 2013 budget.
Since 1970, April 22nd has been designated Earth Day. Twenty million in the USA demonstrated for the environment that first year and brought about several critical pieces of US legislation including The Clean Air Act, The Water Quality Improvement Act and The Toxic Substances Control Act. Also the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970, charged with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment – air, water and land. Other countries developed their own regulations.
Concerns surrounding State-owned airlines in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries clearly exist amongst a wide cross section of the Community. Evidence of this arose not only from the fact that fellow writer on Caribbean affairs, David Jessop, tackled this issue in the same week that I did, but also from the comments that have been sent to me.
By Sir Ronald Sanders
(The writer is a Consultant, Visiting Fellow at London University and former Caribbean Diplomat)
The way I see it, it does not take a lot to kill human beings. As a matter of fact, we are doing a good job of killing ourselves. I have thought about this long and hard. You know, most of us would state very boldly that we will never kill ourselves—I mean commit suicide, but after I attended a recent health session, I realized that we are doing just that.
Do the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis laws allow Chantelica’s family to take civil action such as the one taken in O.J Simpson case? Simpson, a former professional football player and well-known sports commentator was prosecuted for the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman in 1995. In 1995, the Jury found Simpson “not guilty” of the murders.
Earth Day is this Monday, April 22, 2013. It is a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy. It is a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It is a day to commit to protect the environment, take action and learn – teach – share.
By Sir Ronald Sanders
(The writer is a Consultant, former Caribbean Diplomat and Visiting Fellow, London University)
In his address at Wednesday’s rally to launch the Stop Child Sexual Abuse and Gender Based Campaign, the US Ambassador, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Larry Palmer, called on offenders to come to the realization that offences of this nature are not cultural but criminal.