EYE OF THE STORM Economic Winds of Post COVID-19 Impact Being Felt in Grenada

Strategic economic decisions taken by successive governments have made the economy of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique heavily dependent on tourism. The most recent figures state that agriculture contributes 11% of GDP, with industry and services responsible for 20% and 69% respectively. The services element of the economy is made up, in large part, of … Continue reading EYE OF THE STORM Economic Winds of Post COVID-19 Impact Being Felt in Grenada

Union slams ‘lax enforcement; of pay, health, safety rules

Deputy General Secretary of the BWU Dwaine Paul by Emmanuel Joseph In a strongly-worded rebuke, the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) today charged local Government authorities with failing to prosecute employers who it claims continue to commit crimes against their employees. Deputy General Secretary of the BWU Dwaine Paul, who drew specific reference to the cutting … Continue reading Union slams ‘lax enforcement; of pay, health, safety rules

MSJ: The problem with the Rio Treaty; and how gov’t, opposition and media got Venezuela imbroglio wrong

The following statement on the imbroglio involving Venezuela, the United States of America and Trinidad and Tobago was issued to Wired868 by David Abdulah, the political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ): Photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley (left) and Venezuela President Nicholás Maduro during a meeting in Port of Spain on 23 … Continue reading MSJ: The problem with the Rio Treaty; and how gov’t, opposition and media got Venezuela imbroglio wrong

St Lucia minister to cut the public service: IMF conditions

Mr Victor Poyotte is a retired public officer with twenty-six years public service experience, a decade of regional project management work with the CIDA funded OECS Eastern Caribbean Economic Management Programme (ECEMP) and the British funded Caribbean Overseas Territories Government Accounting Reform (COTGAR) Project, both of which were implemented by the firm CRC Sogema of … Continue reading St Lucia minister to cut the public service: IMF conditions

Cuba Develops Effective Peptide Against COVID-19

Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) laboratories, La Habana, Cuba. | Photo: Twitter/@bohemiaonline This protein increases its concentration during viral infections and inflammatory processes. Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) developed the CIGB-258, a new protein effective in Covid-19 treatment. “It is an immunomodulatory peptide, derived from the cellular stress response protein, … Continue reading Cuba Develops Effective Peptide Against COVID-19

ADRIAN LOVERIDGE COLUMN – DISHONEST TOUR OPERATORS

The following article highlights the way in which the huge foreign monopoly tour operators dominate the tourism sector in the Caribbean and how they use this dominance to plunder the economies of the Caribbean through both legal and not so legal means.  Will the traditional model of largely being a tour operator dependent tourism destination … Continue reading ADRIAN LOVERIDGE COLUMN – DISHONEST TOUR OPERATORS

DEFEND YOUR HEALTH AGAINST THE EMPLOYER

Kathleen Davis (NWU Health and Safety Officer) As the lock down is gradually lifted in phases, more and more people will be travelling and businesses will be opening. The threat of Covid-19 remains and the public health authorities have published Guidelines for Businesses/Facilities/Institutions Reopening after lifting of Restrictions Post COVID-19. They have highlighted three key … Continue reading DEFEND YOUR HEALTH AGAINST THE EMPLOYER

When the ‘right wing’ and the ‘left wing’ sing from the same hymn sheet

By A.T. Freeman Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St Lucia and Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados The United Workers’ Party government in St Lucia led by Allen Chastanet, is generally considered to be a ‘right wing’ government in the region. On coming to power, Chastanet declared that he intended to run St Lucia … Continue reading When the ‘right wing’ and the ‘left wing’ sing from the same hymn sheet

The case of Remdesivir

How an unproven and potentially dangerous Covid19 drug treatment could be unleashed on the Caribbean On 12 May the US Big Pharma corporation, Gilead Sciences Inc. announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with a number of drug manufacturers to produce the drug Remdesivir as a treatment for Covid 19 in what it described … Continue reading The case of Remdesivir

Unions sound alarm over pay cut ‘by another name’

by Kareem Smith May 16, 2020, http://www.barbadostoday.bb General Secretary of the Unity Workers’ Union and Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn condemns the government's proposed salary cut Trade union leaders have already started comparing a proposal for “forced savings” in the public sector with the eight per cent salary cuts rolled out by the Erskine Sandiford administration … Continue reading Unions sound alarm over pay cut ‘by another name’