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Vacation vs sabbatical

Thursday, March 15, 2018

If all members of the higher judiciary are entitled to similar accrued vacations that the Chief Justice is now invoking, we might be looking at another judicial and financial problem in this country.

Sabbaticals and vacations seem to be interchangeable this week. The definitions appear to apply to those burnt out, who want to study or perhaps those looking at the best possible way to walk away from a situation, complex and overwhelming enough, to hope that when you return, the firestorm you slipped away from has died down.

The team leading the Chief Justice would have anticipated the next steps after the first round of this case. If sabbatical was too controversial, why not vacation? The bottom line—get the client far enough away from the firing line till the fire dies down. But is this quick turnaround of application and approval for accrued leave an entitlement of all members of the higher judiciary, specifically in circumstances like these?

Neither a sabbatical nor a vacation will put an end to questions that have arisen in the matters involving the CJ, already in the public domain.

There is a curious difference—in life in general—between what is permissible and what is right.

Big bad multinationals or naive local negotiators

It’s getting too easy to paint a picture of big bad multinational energy companies taking advantage of nalve little Caribbean islands.

Little Caribbean islands have produced some of the most skilled negotiators, brilliant minds and talented legal experts in almost every field, many of whom have had an impact around the world.

During yesterday’s “Spotlight on Energy” the Prime Minister put his foot down, on—let’s face it—some pretty poor deals which various previous local administrations agreed to, without doing proper long-term analysis.

The Prime Minister is right to insist that we reopen some of the deals this country has made. You can’t exactly blame a multinational negotiating with a country that either chose bad negotiators, or made arrangements in the interest of only a few.

Good luck, Lyle

May Lyle Alexander, the retired Defence Force Commander who has decided to walk the gang plank into the Port Authority, find his way and have better luck than his predecessors. It’s great optics to have a title like that, just as great as the optics of getting a private sector player to look into the mess last year. But we need to sort out the matters affecting our Port and the seabridge urgently. It’s unproductive, old and embarrassing.


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