Trinidad and Tobago – Oil Spills Affect Work of Fishers

Hundreds of spills off Gulf of Paria having ‘dire’ impact on local fishing in one of the most biodiverse areas of Trinidad and Tobago. The region’s oil industry has come under increasing fire as the Gulf of Paria has been plagued by spills over the past few years. A freedom of information request carried out in April by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea [FFOS] revealed there have been 498 reported oil spills on land and at sea since the beginning of 2018.

Trinidad and Tobago – Workers Leaders Cautious On Covid 19 Edict

The most important voice in the debate on Covid19, vaccines and re-opening the economy are the workers who have maintained, defended and protected the foundations of the economy and the society, especially since Lockdown began in March 2020. Their voice, concerns and proposals for opening up or not and how to do so are paramount. To vaccinate or not is secondary debate and a personal matter for each individual and not the reason for a manufactured controversy manipulated to create splits and tension in the society when calm, rationality and objectivity is vital. Apparently disingenuous arguments of the government whilst seeming to violate the right to a livelihood of workers seems to be behind Union leaders skepticism on vaccines. Reports that the governments apparent ultimatums are mirrored in practice with the business community imposing vaccine ultimatums on workers attest to this. Same companies who reportedly prioritise profit over employees health safety and workers right to a livelihood. Workers TU leaders are obliged to take a stand in defence of their members rights.

Tobago – Budgeting Without A Political Authority

With almost half a year elapsed since the start of an ongoing political impasse in Tobago economist Vanus James explores the legislative intricacies of the relationship between the central authority of the Trinidad and Tobago State and the limited powers of the Tobago House of Assembly. Reviewing the actual consequences and likely ramifications of the political stalemate James' observations also seem to show that the budget process, even if operating as it should, is an arms length operation in which the population's input is minimal.

Language and Culture Preservation: The Impact of Creole on Dominica’s Education System

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Non-Communicable Diseases at Epidemic Proportions in Barbados

It is estimated that 83 per cent of deaths in Barbados are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and one in three children in Barbados is overweight or obese. Research also shows that 1 in 5 adult Barbadians has diabetes, 66 per cent of adults are overweight, and 33 per cent are obese. These alarming statistics have been major causes of concern for those in the medical fraternity, as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.