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Only people power can save us! – By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Only people power can save us!

February 16, 2015 • Stabroek News

David Comissiong

David Comissiong

By David Comissiong – (Barbados)

Virtually the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is in crisis, and at the heart of the crisis are dysfunctional and corrupt Governments. It has now become plain for all to see that the so-called “Westminster two party political system” that was conferred upon our Caribbean nations as they moved into Independence has turned out to be fundamentally flawed.

The fundamental flaw consists of the fact that the system permits the powerful institution of Government to be held hostage and used as an instrument of personal financial profiteering by venal politicians, without adequate provision being made for interventions by the citizenry to hold politicians accountable or to punish them with dismissal when their behaviour so merits. Indeed, the only intervention that the Westminster system permits is a once every five-year intervention at General Election time, and this is clearly not good enough.  Continue reading

Recent uploads by Nigel Durant – photos from Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica etc

Recent uploads by Nigel Durant – photos from Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica etc
  NigelDurrant has uploaded at least 5 items in the last 5 months.
A man shows off a large stingray that he and his partners have caught. Kingston seawall, georgetown, Guyana, South America. by NigelDurrant
Fishing is a regular activity on the sea wall and on Sundays even more so. The man in the background to the left if pulling a trawling net, very hard work indeed. Georgetown, Guyana, South America. by NigelDurrant
A group commemorating the African Holocaust on October 12, 2014, at the Seawall Bandstand, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. by NigelDurrant
A limpkin (Aramus guarauna) in the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. by NigelDurrant
A Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) in the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. by NigelDurrant
A man shows… Fishing is a… A group… A limpkin… A Great…
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Guyana wins Caribbean Motor Racing Title: CMRC 2014

Jeffrey, Seereeram, Thompson cop top awards in CMRC

November 19, 2014 | By Glitz and glamour inaundate Parc Rayne

The kings of the Caribbean (from left)- Superbike champion Nikhil Seereeram, Group 4 and overall champion Kristian Jeffrey and Group 2 champion Mark Thompson pose for a photo op with their hardware..

Photo: The kings of the Caribbean (from left)- Superbike champion Nikhil Seereeram, Group 4 and overall champion Kristian Jeffrey and Group 2 champion Mark Thompson pose for a photo op with their hardware.. 

Amidst the glitz and glamour that inundated the impressive Parc Rayne Hall with motor racing royalty in attendance, host Guyana easily retained the Caribbean title after amassing the highest aggregate of points over the three legs that the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship was contested in.

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Jamun or Jamoon – a very useful fruit

It’s purple, it’s grape-like – it’s Jamun!

Posted By Cynthia Nelson On October 17, 2009 –  Stabroek News |  Comments

According to Hindu tradition, Rama subsisted on the Jamun fruit in the forest for 14 years during his exile from Ayodhya. Because of this, many Hindus regard this as the ‘fruit of the Gods’ especially in Gujarat, India page1&8C(NEW):pg3&6c.qxdHi Everyone, from the bark, to the leaves, to the fruit and its seeds – the Jamun tree is another of nature’s wonderful gifts. I had not eaten Jamun in over a decade, until last week. And, it took my friend Sonia who is visiting from overseas, to point me to a Jamun tree here in Barbados where I could have Jamun to my heart’s content. Located on a stretch of road behind the Pine housing area and where parking is almost non-existent, I pulled off the road and together we walked over to the Jamun tree.   Continue reading

UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

(News Americas) LONDON, England, Thurs. Mar. 20, 2014:

British-Airways-Aircraft A tourist flying to the Caribbean from the UK will soon shell out less to get there, thanks to reforms of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD)  announced by British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Wednesday, March 19,2014.

Right now, flying to the Caribbean costs an additional £83 to £166 in taxes to the British government on an outbound ticket. Little wonder that visitor arrivals to the Caribbean from Britain has been on a decline since 2011.

But all that could change come April 1, 2015. That’s the date Chancellor Osborne announced that all long-haul flights will be moved into ‘Band B,’ meaning customers travelling to the Caribbean will pay the same as if they were travelling to the US.   Continue reading

Tourism: The Caribbean’s ten sexiest bars

The Caribbean’s ten sexiest bars

image< Fisherman’s Pub. Speightstown, Barbados.

NEW YORK, United States, Monday February 17, 2014 – “Cocktails are the champions of the Caribbean and although every island and every beach bar boasts its own boozy claim to fame, a really fine drink can morph a great holiday into a grand one.”

So says Melanie Reffes writing in USA Today in her Sexiest Bars in the Caribbean roundup, adding: “And the right watering hole can keep you lingering long after your thirst is quenched.”

Following is the writer’s list of some of the best boozers under the sun:   Continue reading

BBC: Top Gear Festival Barbados May 17-18, 2014

 BBC: Top Gear Festival Barbados May 17-18, 2014

Top GearFebruary 6, 2014 – Caribbean News Now – Barbados

Top Gear Festival Barbados will host an international round of this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship adding to the already impressive line-up of motoring entertainment taking place at the festival on May 17 and 18 this year.

The action-packed weekend, which takes place at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados, will be the first time both parties have partnered on a live event as well as their first visit to the Caribbean.

The Top Gear Festival Barbados round will be the first event of the 2014 championship and will set the scene for Red Bull GRC’s most exciting year yet. Top Gear Festival Barbados will be the only Red Bull Global Rallycross event taking place outside of the US this year.   Continue reading

Six Caribbean countries eligible for US visa programme

caribbean map

 Petitions for nationals of unlisted countries may be approved if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday January 28, 2014, CMC – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says six Caribbean countries are among 63 countries worldwide that are eligible to participate in two visa programmes this year.

The H-2A and H-2A and H-2B petition H-2B Visa programmes allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, respectively.   Continue reading

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

by Sir Ronald Sanders –   published Caribbean360.com

imageSt Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony charged that governments are “engaged in one form or another of self-denial” while the Caribbean is “in the throes of a major crisis like it has never ever experienced before”.

Thursday November 7, 2013 – St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward – each busy with their own agenda rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution to the economic crisis”. Not for the first time Dr Anthony has dared to tred where many other Caribbean leaders have shied away.    Continue reading

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case
Published on October 5, 2013

By Marcia Braveboy – Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Email: marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com Twitter: @mbraveboy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) — In a landmark judgment, delivered at the court’s headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarded Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, Bds$75,000 (US$37,500) damages to be paid by the government of Barbados. The CCJ found that Myrie had been wrongfully denied entry into Barbados, subjected to a humiliating cavity search and unlawfully detained overnight in a cell and expelled from Barbados.

Shanique Myrie

Shanique Myrie (Jamaica Gleaner Photo)

Myrie had instituted proceedings in May 2012, alleging that Barbados had violated her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She also claimed that she was subjected to discrimination on the ground of her nationality when Barbadian officials refused her entry into Barbados on March 14, 2011. The government of Jamaica joined in the proceedings and at the trial supported Myrie’s claims.

Myrie claimed that in the course of refusing her entry into Barbados she was subjected to a body cavity search and to deplorable detention conditions. She gave evidence, which was corroborated by Jamaican medical practitioners, that the treatment she received continues to cause her post-traumatic stress.      Continue reading


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