Category: Commentary

Covid-19 and your poor neighbor

Covid-19 and your poor neighbor

| October 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The pandemic is driving poverty and wealth inequality Thirty years from today in the 2050s, a new world powered by robotics, artificial intelligence, and quantum physics will be upon us. In that future, if a person incidentally ventures into a virtual library, looks for a digital history book on the 2020s, the reader will surely […]

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Why Donald Trump is in soup

Why Donald Trump is in soup

| October 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Covid-19 and why Donald Trump will likely lose the November 3 Election, and the Republicans the Senate Just under a year ago the biggest news story was trade wars, especially the USA versus China. Trade tensions between the super powers threatened the global economy. Before the advent of COVID-19 the USA appeared to have its […]

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Can mineral extraction ever be environmentally acceptable?

Can mineral extraction ever be environmentally acceptable?

| October 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

As gold prices surge, increased attention is being paid to its extraction across the Guiana Shield and in the Dominican Republic. David Jessop asks whether it is possible to reconcile the very different concerns of investors, environmentalists and governments?  In August, the price of gold reached a record high of US$2,073 per ounce. It did […]

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Naomi Osaka shines light for the oppressed

Naomi Osaka shines light for the oppressed

| October 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka speaks of her struggles and how she intends to use her powerful and influential platform to engineer positive change for Black people the world over.

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The Road to independence is a process

The Road to independence is a process

| October 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The road to Virgin Islands independence is a game of chess, not dominoes Now, one reason it appears any talk of independence swiftly dissipates into farce, is the very nature of the beast. To begin with, the winding, bushy, and thorny path, to independence is further strewn with traps, obstacles, and deep holes. The road […]

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MP David Lammy’s appeal on behalf of Windrush generation

MP David Lammy’s appeal on behalf of Windrush generation

| October 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

MP David Lammy appeals to the descendants of the Windrush era to take full advantage of the government’s scheme to assist them.

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Washington consolidates it position in the Caribbean

Washington consolidates it position in the Caribbean

| September 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recent statements by the US Secretary of State suggest that the Washington is moving to increase its economic dominance in the Caribbean. David Jessop writes that the Caribbean would do well to consider the implications of this new and likely long-lived version of the Monroe doctrine that offers benefit, but at a price.  Speaking recently […]

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Pandemic offers opportunity to transform tourism’s role

Pandemic offers opportunity to transform tourism’s role

| September 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The timing of Caribbean tourism’s return to normality remains uncertain. David Jessop suggests that the pandemic has validated the case for transforming the Caribbean model so that the industry is better integrated, and more socially relevant.  Despite the understandable desire by some in tourism to talk up a ‘return to normal’, it is hard to […]

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COVID-19 and fearful times for BVI businesses

COVID-19 and fearful times for BVI businesses

| September 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is light at the end of the tunnel on the COVID-19 Pandemic with an approved vaccine expected shortly, and new super swift testing and tracing capabilities. However businesses remain desperate and fearful, and that is to be expected. Ok. This Virgin Islands swimming instructor met his key sponsor on another breezy day in paradise, […]

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Fear The Destiny Killer

Fear The Destiny Killer

| September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today’s Word with Amanda I can’t do this, I’m too fat, I’m too skinny, I’m Black, I’m a woman, I’ve no education, I was born on the wrong side of the fence, if only I came from, it goes on and on and on, that predominate negative voice that goes around in our head telling […]

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