Large numbers of Caribbean nationals, who claimed to have voted against Donald Trump, may not yet be ready to eagerly embrace him. But theyâ€™re finally coming to grips with the inevitability of him as president of the United States. Generally, those in and outside the U.S. have taken a wait-and-see approach regarding how the billionaire businessman will perform in the White House. Theyâ€™re hoping a Trump administration will not disrupt their quest for the American Dream, starting with his scheduled swearing into office Jan. 20.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados â€“ Caribbean politicians and academics last month reacted to the election of billionaire Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, expressing hope for continued good relations with Washington even as they acknowledged the region should be prepared for an influx of nationals returning home. Sir Hilary Beckles, chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), warned the Caribbean to be prepared for returning nationals and other migrants from North America. Sir Hilary said Trumpâ€™s philosophies and policies could lead to a demographic change in the Caribbean overtime.
Fidel Castro, a Caribbean leader who cast a massive political shadow that was warmly embraced by some and bitterly rejected by others, is dead. He was 90.
Castro, who died on Nov. 25, steered Cuba into the path of communism by helping to lead a revolution, which overthrew an American-supported capitalistic regime in 1959. He became a hero to many in the Caribbean while being despised as a tyrant by nations such as the United States.
Barbados prides itself on independence and the will of its people, which form the backbone of the Caribbean nation. Yet it willingly admits that visitors to the island make a massive contribution as well. â€œBy a considerable margin, tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner,â€ declared Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy. â€œIn terms of contribution to GDP (gross domestic product), the direct contribution of tourism, when you look at it with the indirect and induced benefits, itâ€™s certainly way over 50 percent.â€