Comments for Caribbean360 http://www.caribbean360.com Caribbean news coverage impacting society, business, politics, travel, lifestyle, health and personalities. Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Comment on British Legislator Calls on Bermuda to Scrap Law Banning Gay Marriage by NightHawk/Marriage Guardian http://www.caribbean360.com/news/british-mp-calls-bermuda-reverse-move-ban-gay-marriage#comment-13048 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145861#comment-13048 I will never respect gay marriage

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Comment on State of Emergency in Jamaica Extended For Three More Months by Owen Everard James http://www.caribbean360.com/news/jamaica_news/state-emergency-jamaica-extended-three-months#comment-13047 Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:39:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145852#comment-13047 I have a single question for our Prime Minister and the Government of Jamaica: WHERE IS THE NATIONAL PLAN TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL SCOURGE OF CRIME & CORRUPTION IN JAMAICA?

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Comment on Barbados Health Officials Insist Water is Safe to Drink After US Embassy Issues Alert by Bo London http://www.caribbean360.com/news/barbados-health-officials-insist-water-safe-drink-us-embassy-issues-alert-water-quality#comment-13045 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:41:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145786#comment-13045 Dear responsible civil servants of Barbados,
Due to the lack of action and the focusing on own political interests, the sewage issue has now hit the international media which means that the Tourism Sector (which finances Barbados) is jeopardized. The short sight and lack of strategic thinking and action is amazing. The very financial foundation of the island is at risk and you are sitting with your hands in your pockets. We are talking employment-income-export here… WAKE UP !!!!! before it’s too late..

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Comment on Scheme to Get Rid of Corrupt Cops in Jamaica by Owen Everard James http://www.caribbean360.com/news/scheme-get-rid-corrupt-cops-jamaica#comment-13040 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:43:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145783#comment-13040 There seems to be a very secret plan to address crime that no one but the government is aware of. There may or may not be such a plan but whatever is intended as the vehicle to address crime&corruption in Jamaica had better not be the piecemeal attempts now being witnessed in dealing with the scourge.

Crime&Corruption in Jamaica is unquestionably a national problem and MUST be addressed accordingly. There is no virtue in saying that it took us 40 years to get to where we are so we cannot, and should not be expected to, fix our problem quickly. So how long do we think it should take to address the problem effectively? We must set priorities and objectives as well as indicate nationally the outcomes we expect along with timelines and a clear declaration of who the accountable parties are for these things. Anything less is essentially a promise to fail or an attempt deceive – again!

In the end, of course, the proverbial buck stops at the desk of the PM. At times I wonder if he understands or accepts this.

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Comment on Is The OAS’ Credibility in Doubt? | Sir Ronald Sanders by Mirna Vegas-Hughes http://www.caribbean360.com/opinion/oas-credibility-doubt-sir-ronald-sanders#comment-13039 Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:31:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145772#comment-13039 The only credibility in doubt is yours.

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Comment on Jamaica Sees Record Tourist Arrivals for 2017 by Owen Everard James http://www.caribbean360.com/news/jamaica_news/jamaica-sees-record-tourist-arrivals-2017#comment-13034 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:51:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145671#comment-13034 Caribbean Air now provides an additional way to get to Cuba. Bravo! And Jamaica brakes the 4 million visitors threshold.! Both are admirable and noteworthy.

Now Jamaica needs to pay as much attention to Crime&Corruption, Agriculture and Education as overarching national priorities if is to become a break-out Developing Nation. No economy can make sustained progress on the back of a one trick pony. The break-out can happen only if Jamaica understands that it cannot address all of its intractable problems at once but MUST establish, publicize and ACT on agreed priorities with boldness and imagination. There is no doubt such a strategy will be catalytic and have visible impact on other critical, directly related aspects of the overall economy. This demands bold, imaginative and committed leadership.

The necessary transformation of Jamaica’s economy will never come from political meandering but from insightful leadership acting against agreed priorities. There is no doubt that the skills required to do this exist in Jamaica. However, it is cause for alarm that we need to ask the question: Does the political leadership have the will?

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Comment on Vincentian Native Breaking Stereotypes in Caribbean Law Enforcement by shana http://www.caribbean360.com/news/vincentian-native-breaking-stereotypes-caribbean-law-enforcement#comment-13033 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:41:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145603#comment-13033 In no what am I here to cause any disrespect to this young officer but what contribution has she made to the development and or advancement of the St Vincent Police Force to attain such rank in such short space of time? What has she done with her Psychology and Criminology degrees to actively reduce the spate of murders and other grave crimes in the country? There are many others with a degree, yet they cannot benefit from such instant political accelerated promotion. The police force as usual is operating in an ad hoc manner, there are no policies whatsoever governing promotion every single promotion is politically aligned. Given the following analogy is a great way of showing how terrible things have become in the rank and file of the organization; if the best detective from Scotland Yard migrates to SVG and joins the Criminal Investigation Unit, then solves all of the unsolved murders there and just happen to support the NDP, he also will be sidelined in the doldrums of this pitiful organization. The main issue here is that there needs to be some clear outlined policies, as it relates to promotion in the FORCE, another case in point; the chief bodyguard of the PM ASP F……..S, only has one pass at CXC level and has benefited immensely from his close connection to the PM. He continuously carries news on other officers for his position, how can he effectively be in a leadership position with no knowledge, skills and qualifications about the job, the crime rate in SVG is a clear reflection of the officers who play a pivotal role in leadership positions. Apart from the new acting COP who else in those positions are adequately qualified to execute any sort of independent decisions without consulting the PM or getting approval from the PM. In my estimated opinion the Commissioner’s position not only in SVG but in the region, should be a contractual one for about three years. The officers from the rank of Assistant Superintend up, should take part in both a ridged and stringent vetting/ interview process, once he/r she is successful, they should be given the top position for a 3-year period renewable at the end of that period. If he fails, he would be reverted to his substantive rank thereby repeating the process with the next suitably qualified person getting a chance to assume the role of COP. On the other hand, if he does a reasonably good job, he should be given an extension of that position. This process should be a transparent one free from any sort of political interference and should be administered by other regional bodies comprising of creditable retired or serving Commissioners who have attained either of the top 3 tier COP positions.

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Comment on Vincentian Native Breaking Stereotypes in Caribbean Law Enforcement by shana http://www.caribbean360.com/news/vincentian-native-breaking-stereotypes-caribbean-law-enforcement#comment-13032 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:43:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145603#comment-13032 Not intending any disrespect to the young lady

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Comment on Eastern Caribbean Currency Union Growth Hit by Hurricanes by Pat Robinson Commissiong http://www.caribbean360.com/business/eastern-caribbean-currency-union-growth-hit-hurricanes#comment-13031 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:47:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145370#comment-13031 I am not sure that Mr Lake understands the currency to which this article refers. (1) The islands involved in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union do not have separate currencies. They all use the Eastern Caribbean dollar. Mr Lake says that on independence they should have formulated their own currency. The EC dollar is their own currency. It is not controlled by Britain, notwithstanding the head of the Queen on the currency. (2) The EC$ is pegged to the US dollar. (3) The reason for retaining the Queen’s head on the currency is that the islands who use this dollar are either still realms of the British monarch with Governors General as their local Heads of State, or British Overseas Territories. There are no republics in the group, like Trinidad or Guyana (both of which are now republics with their own currencies, and no longer use the Eastern Caribbean dollar as they once did). But the Queen has no control over the EC currency. (4) The EC dollar actually has a higher value than the currencies of Trinidad, Jamaica or Guyana. The rate of exchange is EC$2.70 to the US dollar. Barbados, with a separate currency was the only Eastern Caribbean former British colony which had a more favorable rate of exchange with the US dollar – and Barbados has been experiencing some rocky economic times recently. (5) The fact that the Queen’s Head is on the dollar bills (and also the coins) really has nothing to do with the value of the currency, nor with the economic development of the islands involved. That is merely a figurehead. The islands determine their own economic development. So it really matters little how one decorates the dollar bill. The Co-operative Republic of Guyana has notable historic buildings, local flora and fauna, and noteworthy natural sites like the Kaiteur Falls on their dollar bills; but the Guy$ is worth less than 2 cents EC, and Guyana’s economy is struggling. Jamaica, as he pointed out, has devalued its currency over the years since independence. So clearly the presence or absence of the Queen’s portrait on a dollar bill is not a factor driving either the strength of the currency or the state of the economy.

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Comment on Two Girls Die As Fire Guts Children’s Home in Jamaica by FlawlessAndFancy http://www.caribbean360.com/news/two-girls-die-fire-guts-childrens-home-jamaica#comment-13030 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:52:00 +0000 http://www.caribbean360.com/?p=1145594#comment-13030 Oh gawwwddd! I eh like dis at all! I feel so bad reading this!

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