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Barbados Economic Crisis: Solutions

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Submitted by William Skinner As the clock ticks, those of us who refuse to be drawn into the web of deception that is now the main engine driving the ambitions of the Barbados Labor Party and the Democratic Labor Party, can do nothing more than rely on a dwindling number of independent thinkers to save our country. Fifty years of non- creativity, excessive dillydallying and two parties that are now totally lost, have brought us to the brink of what some have now gleefully determined as doom. The armchair economists are regurgitating figures with almost gay abandon; the trade unionists want increases that we cannot afford and unfortunately, the new third parties seem to be struggling with producing exciting alternative policies to capture the imagination of a populace that is looking for leadership in all the wrong places. A Prime Minister who once hijacked the salaries of public servants has asked us with a straight face: How did we get back here?  Well Sir, w…

Food Culture Technology and Health

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There Is now emerging evidence, that many of our young citizens, are encountering health challenges, that were once thought to be the experience of older members of our societies. These trends are placing considerable pressure on our limited resources. While we accept that modern life styles and the steady proliferation of American styled fast food outlets, are to be blamed for some of these problems, we are also convinced that our food culture is at the root of our current debacle. Obesity is one of the major problems confronting Caribbean health agencies. It is generally accepted that many of the non-communicable diseases, are the direct result of poor eating habits, that lead to obesity and can also be the reasons for higher levels, of heart related illnesses including heart attacks. Obesity and the ailments that accompany it, are the result of changing cultural habits, technology and the lack of good old fashioned exercise. The drift away from ground prov…

Caribbean Women Are Moving Ahead

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We at the Mahogany Coconut have been in the forefront of calling for better treatment of our women and children, especially our female children, who are the victims of increasing acts of: violence, sexual abuse and, in the case of women domestic and spousal abuse. We have noted a dramatic increase in basically all forms of crime and disrespect of our women. As we reflect on International Women’s Day, which was observed on March 8th. 2017, we are not quite sure that our regional governments, are doing enough to ensure that our women, are being given the opportunities and indeed protection that they badly need. In many instances, legislation is very weakk and the law enforcement agencies seem to be acting extremely slowly in dealing with violence against women and our female children. We are aware that the law enforcement agencies, are sometimes hamstrung, by the archaic and often ineffective laws that are supposed to  assist in the protection of our women. The…

Derek Walcott Passes

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The Mahogany Coconut Group joins with the Caribbean Nation in expressing our profound condolences to the good people of St. Lucia on the passing of poet and playwright Derek Walcott. Walcott proved that size is no impediment to excellence, and long ago earned the status of a true Caribbean Nation icon. We do not believe that being awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature, was important in considering him a Caribbean Nation icon; we hasten to suggest that he became an icon because his work would have been equally inspiring without any award or validation from outside the region. We are certainly not denigrating the Nobel Prize but there must come a time when our distinguished sons and daughters are judged beyond what others see as some global validation.
We hope that Walcott’s work will continue to inspire us. Here we present a passage from Walcott's: "The Schooner Flight"

Fall gently, rain, on the sea’s upturned face like a girl showering; make …

Guyana Has Major Oil Discovery

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by Clifford Krauss HOUSTON — Guyana, the tiny English-speaking South American country, is poised to become the next big oil producer in the Western Hemisphere, attracting the attention and investment dollars of some of the biggest oil companies in the world. This week, Exxon Mobil and Hess announced the successful drilling of a deepwater exploration well that may soon confirm that the seafloor beneath Guyana’s coastal waters contains one of the richest oil and natural gas discoveries in decades. Experts now estimate that one of its offshore fields alone, known as Liza, could contain 1.4 billion barrels of oil mixed with natural gas, comparable to some of the larger fields drilled in South America. With a population of fewer than one million people, Guyana — Venezuela’s eastern neighbor on the continent’s north coast — would be able to export nearly all of the oil that it will begin producing, probably starting around 2020. The company announcements came only da…

Trinidad Footballer Dwight Yorke Denied Entry to USA

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FORMER Manchester United striker and Trinidad and Tobago sport ambassador Dwight Yorke was expected to arrive in Trinidad last night after being denied entry to the United States on Friday morning. He later travelled to the United Kingdom, then booked a flight directly to Trini­dad, where he was scheduled to arrive last night, a source close to the former professional footballer said. Yorke was barred from entering the US due to an Iranian stamp on his passport, where he travelled to participate in a ­charity match in Tehran in 2015. Iran was one of the seven “Muslim-­majority” countries listed in an executive order passed by US President Donald Trump, prohibiting entry to the US for 90 days. Also included in the ban were citizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The ban was eventually halted by a US federal court. Yorke recounted his experience to UK media, saying he was made to feel like a criminal. “I couldn't quite believe what wa…

Calypso Rose Blooms In France

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Submitted by Mahogany Coconut Group



The first woman to win the Road March and Calypso Monarch titles, Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, performed her smash hit, “Leave Me Alone”, yesterday at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique awards in Paris, France, mere minutes before receiving the award for Album of the Year in the World Music category. 
“Praise be to God Almighty for this wonderful and historic achievement!” she told the Express via telephone, just after receiving the award last night. “I am overjoyed to bring this back to Trinidad and Tobago!
“I want to thank my agent, Jean-Michel,” she said onstage after receiving the award. “I want to thank my Government of Trinidad and Tobago and all my fans...they have kept me going with the beautiful music and the vibrations I give them! I want to thank Stonetree Records from Belize and Ivan Duran. I want to thank you all... May God bless you...and you know something...I am the Qu…