Daily Archives: December 12, 2019

Opinion: Dim Future For Caricom Sugar | David Jessop

David Jessop

— By David Jessop – December 8 2019 – Jamaica Gleaner

Last month, Caricom’s Council for Trade and Economic Development, COTED, took a decision that will likely determine whether anglophone Caribbean sugar producers have a sustainable future.

In Georgetown on November 18, trade ministers approved the conditional and incremental enforcement of tariffs on sugar imported from extra-regional sources under widely used exemptions to the region’s Common External Tariff, CET.

What they agreed was that imported refined sugar can continue to be exempted from the CET until white sugar produced in the region satisfies the specifications and quality required by manufacturers and is produced in sufficient quantities within the Caricom Single Market and Economy, CSME.        Continue reading

Video: How Much Money Is Enough? The Story Of The Mexican Fisherman

How Much Money Is Enough? The Story Of The Mexican Fisherman

This is one of my favorite stories. It’s about an American businessman and a Mexican fisherman.

A lot of people want to make more money so they can live a better life. They tell themselves: “Once I make enough money, then I’ll go live the life I want.” But that’s a mistake. Living the life they want should be accomplished now, not later.            Continue reading

U.S: The black vote is not monolithic but there is too much at stake for divisiveness – By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

When the next Democratic presidential debate is held on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, at least six white candidates will be on the stage: Joe Biden, former Vice President under President Barack Obama; Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator; Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator; Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager; and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator. New York tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who is of Taiwanese descent, qualified on Tuesday.

Those likely to be absent include New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, an African American; former housing secretary Julian Castro, a Latino; and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan native. For a joyous moment, the candidates reflected the diversity of the party.    Continue reading

Police and Body Cameras—Action ! Cut!  What about Citizen’s Privacy? – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

Recording police-public encounters are not without accompanying legal hazards.

December 6, 2019 should be listed as a watershed moment in the country’s police history—The day the Guyana Police Force began using body cameras.  In 2014, the then Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee announced during a press briefing that in an effort to effectively tackle the grim crime situation in Guyana,  the use of body worn cameras had become a necessity and  as such would be introduced in 2015.

His prediction failed to reach fruition, until now in a “better late than never” type scenario under the aegis of Assistant Commissioner Edgar Thomas. Police body cameras are currently in use around the world from Australia to Uruguay, representative of a shift in policing practices and influencing the way police officers are perceived by citizens.         Continue reading