Oil Prices Fall Sharply: Will Poor Populations benefit?


By Sir Ronald Sanders


To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil-producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome.


Ever since the world’s major oil-producing nations, through the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies of developing countries have struggled.  The purpose of the price increase then was to punish the US and Western European countries for their support of Israel against Arab nations in a war in October 1973.

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Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”





16 October 2014

Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world. They preserve natural resources and agro-biodiversity. They are the cornerstone of inclusive and sustainable agriculture and food systems.

It is fitting that in this International Year of Family Farming, there are 100 million fewer hungry people than just 10 years ago. Sixty-three countries have halved the portion of their population which is undernourished. Our vision of zero hunger is within reach. Continue reading

A Case for Ideological Slavery in the Workplace?

Rohan Walters

ID-- Businessman with hands chanined

The historic timelines for the abolition of slavery by two of our most dominant colonist is set out below.

1. In July 1833, a Bill to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire passed in the House of Commons, followed by the House of Lords on 1st August. There has been a lot of debate over the factors that contributed to the final success of the bill: The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 was repealed in its entirety by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1998.

The repeal has not made slavery legal again, with sections of the Slave Trade Act 1824, Slave Trade Act 1843 and Slave Trade Act 1873 continuing in force.

2. Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln decrees that all slaves in Rebel territory are free on January 1, 1863. 1865 Slavery Abolished the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery.

A definition of slavery is not required here as we are all too versed in its’ scope and definition, suffice it to say though, that one of the striking elements of slavery is the element of “control” that the property owner exercised over his or her property/ chattel as it was classified then. Continue reading

As another youth is killed, is a mother asking “bring who see”?

Russell Williams

This week the death of a 19 year old youth who was shot and later died from his injuries, has left many people traumatised, bewildered and angry. The latter part of this post’s title too may have readers a little confused.See no evil - FDP

I heard the phrase “Bring who See”, almost 13 years ago when my cousin was telling me about his stolen puppies. He found his dogs in the yard of a house in the near by village and informed the mother that her son who was no more than 8 or 9 years old at the time, had taken his dogs. Continue reading

OECS To Hold Climate Change Exhibition in Tortola, Virgin Islands




OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 23/09/2014


School students in the Virgin Islands can expect an educational treat next week when the OECS Commission hosts its first ever climate change exhibition at the Central Administrative Complex in the Government Buildings – East Atrium, Road Town, Tortola.

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