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‘Balancing Public Safety and Economic Inequality: An Ongoing Battle on a Few Troubled Caribbean Islands’
Whose fault is the ricochet?
Locals, visitors, and expatriates are all concerned about the continued deterioration of many portions of the Caribbean landscape as a result of violence and economic uncertainty.
Ongoing reported violent crime against humanity does not discriminate against clergy, women, famous artists children, counselors, law enforcement officers, teachers, sports icons, business people, students, elders, the average faithful worker, or anyone else in its path.
This is not a new paradigm shift, and it appears that every time a new favorite person is gunned down, a child kidnapped, raped, or murdered, and the community faces another year-ending reality of the tremendous number of people murdered, abused, robbed, or subjected to any other criminal act, the trumpet sounds once more.
Even so, everything seems to fade away until another harsh headline arises again.
Being a victim of violence, whether through heritage, culture, family, a friend, or love, can have long-term psychological consequences regardless of location, race, gender, or economic status.
It requires more than a statement.
The world appears to be spinning on an irrational axis right now, and only those with a well-thought-out socioeconomic strategy can keep up.
These issues necessitate a significant paradigm shift through education, resources, and long-term management strategy, rather than a quick fix via a Twitter post or filling a talking point until the next election cycle, without a coherent strategy.
I’m not even going to get into the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Furthermore, geopolitical turmoil seen in many places has resulted in people fleeing for safety and a better life, providing some temporary cover for a few nations.
The Caribbean islands, particularly the dominant ones, and a few Latin and African countries cannot assert unilaterally that an increase in crime and economic deterioration is the result of an erosion of democracy, an influx of migrants, cultural modifications, or weaponry, as stated.
However, in reality, many of those who arrived on these other shores fled or migrated from similar violent and economic issues in search of a more effective way of life, and they are forever bound to the slave ship that once anchored nearby.
The evidence is no longer housed in the backroom’s closed files.
Few will admit that crime and violence cost these shores billions of dollars in investments and other tourist dollars, according to experts, where tourism is the major economic engine, accounting for up to 40% of GDP (GDP).
For decades, the death toll on some of these Caribbean islands has consistently exceeded the number of calendar days and has been extremely high in comparison to the population.
Murders, robberies, assaults, rape, and kidnappings have plagued several communities known for their laid-back vibes and brilliant sunsets reflecting off the green mountains and the blue ocean.
It appears that impoverished neighborhoods are being hit with both criminal and political blows, much like an ocean without a levee to keep the water from overflowing.
Many treasured intimate community associations have eroded, retirement plans have been uprooted, or people have become more isolated, even scattered for safety reasons.
Despite reports that few new policies are being introduced to address these issues, it is frequently viewed through a political lens.
For some leaders, particularly those who govern on popularity, it remains a delicate balance; whether managing high inflation, community political alliances, high unemployment, public safety, inequality, and other social services critical to moving these shores forward.
Maintaining a delicate balance
Managing these criminal elements is difficult, and the Prime Minister alone cannot serve as the sole spokesperson, followed by the head of the law enforcement community, which the vast majority of these criminals continue to regard as a foe.
For more than just delivering a good speech and campaigning for the next election, they elect legislators who will also speak out loudly and together regardless of the political party on these socioeconomic decays
Tackling these issues will need similar steps to those taken elsewhere, such as removing adverse social conditions, reducing the likelihood of crime, and increasing the criminal justice system’s capacity to detect, apprehend, mediate disputes, and rehabilitate criminals.
Minimization or a tendency to correlate with other societies do not resolve these issues, nor do sound bites and selective empathy when victims are in need of support and resources, whether to address ongoing public safety and other socioeconomic issues.
These victims, particularly women and other vulnerable groups, cannot be relieved of their fear and anxiety through the use of pepper spray, condensed social activities, and abnormal living conditions with more steel bars in their homes.
Fortunately, social media today captures their loss of trust and confidence in their leaders, frustration, and neighborhood deterioration, including fatalities, in real-time.
The surviving victims are also telling their stories in order to provide a different picture of reality that avoids inconsistency, divergence, or minimization.
A gunshot or knife wound to the torso eliminates any doubt about the cause of death.
Where other deaths leave questions unanswered: Is it cancer, COVID-19, surgeon negligence, lack of oxygen, diabetes, or a long wait for critical medical care?
The numbers and the well-being of the people in the town.
Few people possessed a licensed firearm along these shores a few decades ago. It was a well-known local business owner and law enforcement, officer.
Taxi, bus, and truck drivers, as well as grocery store baggers and street vendors, are now armed.
I’ve reported these numbers from experts elsewhere, but I’ll repeat them here to hammer home the point, and hopefully, it will change course:
Despite the fact that crime is pervasive, decoupling the data is terrifying. Most of these English-speaking Caribbean countries have crime rates of 30 or higher per 100,000 people.
According to experts, these rates are six times higher in the United States and 15-30 times higher in most European countries.
According to several crime analysis reports, the death rate in these high crime areas is also on the rise and could exceed 39.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
Countries like Venezuela (45.6%), Honduras (37.5%), Mexico (37.2%), Columbia (24.3%), Belize (24.3%) and Belize (1.9%) would have the highest homicide rates in 2020, according to data collected by the Global Insight on Crime and Homicide.
Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Panama have homicide rates that range between 14.6 and 18.6 per 100,000 people
In 2019, Trinidad and Tobago recorded 539 murders, the second-highest number in the country’s history for a single year.
Between January and November of 2021, nearly 1300 killings were reported in Jamaica alone.
These figures are appalling, and no civilized country should dismiss them as one of the highest murder rates per 100,000 people in the world.
As I previously stated, social media and this new generation are watching, and it will have an impact on upward mobility on all socioeconomic levels, whether global or local.
According to one victim, “they are hoping that gangs are annihilating each other, whether over drug turf or vulnerable victims to scam.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t a good way to deal with these gangs. It’s more of a fear-based way to deal with them. Is vigilante justice the best way to get people to feel safe again, even if innocent people are killed?
According to studies, approximately 40% of the Caribbean population considers crime and security issues to be more serious than poverty or inequality in their countries.
As politicians debate, the emotional and physical ramifications of the incident continue to linger, and, unfortunately, more victims will befall.
The question of how long barricades and soldiers may remain on specific streets is an open one until you create an image of a police state till they are willing to declare an emergency, but on time and the economic front, and have tangle result to show from decades of promises.
When history collides with contemporary accountability and authority.
In many parts of the region, the ongoing conflict between law enforcement, legislators, and civilians dates back to the colonial period, when alliances often meant more than policies and power were more about balancing image and reality.
Many residents argue that their rage is not an impediment to the proposed crime-fighting strategy. Some have even proposed reintroducing hanging as a form of punishment, despite opposition from human rights organizations.
According to scholars, public safety has maintained close ties with politicians since the concept of policing was first introduced in the early 1800s in Metropolitan London-England.
Despite a later decentralized system, improved training, and recruits, scholars noted that the Caribbean region’s community safety system has never left the Political Era.
The system requires a comprehensive overhaul, and most of these viewpoints have some validity.
There are both healthy and unhealthy apples in some apple bags. However, it allows criminal enterprises to thrive in the absence of resources and local support.
Despite historical distrust and toxic relationships, some of which are self-inflicted today, the community’s assistance is critical in producing additional intelligence to investigate and solve a significant number of unsolved cases, as reported.
Experts argue that the concept of policing was implemented in the western hemisphere to keep slaves from fleeing their masters, but today some scholars now attribute crime reductions to increased police presence.
Regardless of your point of view, and often or maybe sometimes valid reasons for demanding an answer, many public servants have families to whom they want to return home at the end of their shifts.
Only you know what it will take to break some of the mental anguish noted in historic rusty chains.
This onion is being peeled in preparation for a decent economical meal.
Repeatedly implementing an analogous approach and expecting a remarkable result will continue to fail. It’s as if many impoverished people are betting on the lottery as their only hope of getting out of poverty.
Today, it appears that an economic blueprint to lift families out of poverty, improve the quality of life, or invite companies to locate or expand their operations in order to attract a skilled labor force is critical.
However, it cannot be solved by blaming the previous administration from decades ago on all political parties.
Leaders are elected to move forward regardless of a political party, and they consistently blame previous leaders or managers for the nation’s future.
According to economic experts, inequality is on the rise and has been a cancer in the region, as well as other places, for decades.
The harsh reality is not only the social divide it has created, which breeds additional violence due to a lack of opportunities but also the failure to recognize and address it head-on.
It has made it more difficult for many locals to strike a balance between personal autonomy and getting to the root of the more pressing problem on a daily basis, regardless of which administration is in power.
According to reports, the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots has made it difficult to address the well-being of individuals, the elderly, or families in order to provide adequate care.
Additionally, assistance in areas such as counseling, fighting discrimination, job training, or limited financial assistance to create stability or upward mobility.
With each passing day, the downtrodden struggle to stay afloat in the face of the relentless rough tides.
It appears that with each new leadership, they gain more authority from the chaos and mayhem that divides people along party lines and social class, which has been woven into decades of stratification.
Sadly, another failed year of systemic violent crime and economic problems appears to re-emerge for many impoverished nations, much like any other business that must evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
When these systematic failures continue, the locals who are affected must watch a different news narrative.
Legislators’ own wealth often looks to be the only thing that prospers. In order to amass wealth and influence, criminals appear to follow a pattern.
Prominent fight for safety and economic balance
The fact that indications of some positive growth in crucial areas have emerged must benefit all residents, not just the wealthy, who frequently wield considerable power in shaping the public discourse.
Since the British, Dutch, French, and Spanish once controlled most of these shores, the question “What if they were still in control?” has long plagued many in the region.
Even though several of those countries have since gained independence, their imprints on the sand remain visible.
Many individuals are beginning to lose faith in established institutions of higher learning and banking.
Several of these unstable islands have academics and citizens debating whether or not the British Pound and now the Eurodollar should remain the official currencies.
What would become of these nations’ educational system, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and crime rate if they were to exist today?
This is a hotly debated topic, from reparation to taking a step back and analyzing some of these nations’ current adherence to the old colonial rule.
However, this is not an argument to cut ties with a country or region; rather, I am examining the impact of economic and criminal factors.
There are a growing number of young individuals graduating from college or university with high student loan debts.
In addition, students who drop out of school without completing their education or believing in their own abilities will only contribute to an increase in violence and a decrease in the number of people who are able to rise in the ranks of society.
How do social disadvantages, economic constraints, developmental structures, juvenile delinquency, mental health difficulties, conflict resolution, substance addiction, and a lack of work all play a role in these communities?
What is more appealing to the majority of young people: gang membership or total disregard for the rule of law?
This is a first step toward identifying the source of the problem, not just a single blanket statement or a few nights of curfew, even if the intentions are good.
Several people appear to be roaming the streets asking for handouts, looking for a way to prosper, while others wait for the next soft target to commit a crime.
Through a narrow lens, the complexity of governance
Numerous leaders appear to excel at campaigning but lack the necessary knowledge and abilities to deal with these complex issues.
With each newly appointed public safety official, top security personnel, and pledges to reduce crime, improve safety, and promote economic growth in order to lift people out of poverty, the communities that elected them remain perplexed as to what has changed.
Furthermore, if no one accepts responsibility, those in charge of enforcing regulations and providing resources are seen as part of the problem.
For example, in comparison to other nations, as experts argued, your corruption index remains in the top 4-5, such as crime?
Where do you begin if you truly want to set an example?
The intricacies of personal liberty, safety, new and reinvigorated crime-fighting techniques and an economic foundation to move these nations forward appear to be inextricably linked in an image in which the blame game trumps strategy.s.
As I previously noted, many elections in these towns appear to have been won or lost simply on the basis of blaming the previous administration for decades.
Despite the tranquil nature of the power transition, it is a contact sport with continual trades.
Each new blueprint is frequently met with opposition, and the question of which party is better qualified to address these public health or economic issues remains unresolved.
What is the purpose of the revolving, and what problem does it solve?
The grip on power in these concentric communities, particularly in some impoverished and developing countries, is a revolving door with no exit.
Players who fail to win a game appear to be benched after the final political whistle has blown, although they are often still on the field.
Many of these socially wounded leaders resurfaced under various titles and from well-connected networks.
The argument goes that “you are more likely to be penalized for dissenting opinions” even though poor performance, corruption, inept management, and requests to change course have been documented.
Several dissatisfied residents claim that critical socioeconomic concerns are being pushed or redirected down the road for the next generation as a result of territorial wars.
As far as I can see, there are continual problems in creating a more sustainable community where everyone can live a successful life. Who should enforce regulations and provide resources, and who should be held accountable for their actions?
What comes next in policymaking?
Achieving prosperity for all should be the primary goal of social and economic policies. In order to break out of the bureaucratic and dysfunctional power struggles between political positions, collaboration is required.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron made a comment on the Centenary of World War I in 2014. He emphasized the willingness and value of combining local ideas with national initiatives and government actions.
Social workers, school teachers, youth leaders, civic leaders, law enforcement officials, offenders, and counselors must all be present at the table, much as a surgeon plans a necessary surgery with other professionals inside the operating room.
Rebuilding the middle class includes tackling concerns such as health care affordability, job security, and even the formation of a medical bill of rights. These steps promote confidence in the system among all stakeholders, not just local residents.
Additionally, among those who may prefer to return to the country during their retirement years in order to enjoy life while sharing their knowledge and skills obtained while living abroad—as ex-pats—with a sense of protection and security.
For both economic growth and environmental preservation, it is imperative that funds be allocated to improving the educational system, protecting victims and teachers, rehabilitating offenders, and expanding locally produced goods and services.
Make your voice heard in the name of a better tomorrow.
If there was a term limit on power in the area, it would lead to new ideas and long-term success for the next generation of people.
Leadership should act the same way as someone who needs help getting better. It is very important for a person to admit that they have a problem with drugs in order to be successful in drug rehab,
Fortunately, the majority of these communities still have pride and tenacity, and even some of those looking in, as advisors, though they may not admit it, are still optimistic that the economic sun will rise, and the crime wave will set even on the few remaining non-fee beaches in the area.
The late pop star Michael Jackson’s song “The Man in the Mirror” serves as the starting point for upward mobility.
Beyond October, more menshould recognize the significance of pink.
BY RD Miller
This silent killer affects dudes too
Throughout the month of October, countless women of all races, cultures, and economic backgrounds gathered in pink across the globe in a variety of awareness platforms.
As one friend put it, it’s not about girls gaining power. Simply put, it is to eradicate a silent killer known as “Breast Cancer,” which affects both men and women.
Our health is more than just a walk, run, and wearing pink once a year in October. It is assisting families who have lost a loved one, are still fighting, or have survived, as well as raising funds for research to find a cure.
Every year on November 19, which is recognized as International Men’s Day, more than a few tweets are sent.
Though it focuses on men’s health, enlightens gender relations, emphasizes the importance of male role models, and promotes positive masculinity languages, it must also address the barriers and taboos that some males face when it comes to their health.
Cancer is still a personal issue, not a water cooler topic, and I believe more men need to form bonds in order to learn about their medical issues.
This issue does not need to be postponed until a prominent individual comes forward to inspect our bodies- (man’s parts).
Because men do not wear bras or have breasts like women, they are not immune to breast cancer, and we must dispel this myth.
Awareness is essential for changing patterns, but a willingness to change is even more important.
When the “Me-Too” movement against sexual harassment and assault gained traction, many powerful men resigned. Some became deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafening.
Despite the fact that some denied and minimized their actions, this topic has brought more attention to this once-hidden subject.
However, regardless of the opinions expressed, “consciousness” is essential in any society in order to develop new road maps for a more suitable quality standard of living, which includes physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, freedom, tolerance, the environment, and safety.
Awareness is essential regardless of where you live, but you must also make changes to improve your lifestyle. It could be as simple as working together to develop a shared understanding of what you put into your body.
Furthermore, ensure that you have access to a valuable-healthy grocery store as well as a good healthcare system.
Despite the fact that male breast cancer is extremely rare, medical reports show that 350 males are diagnosed each year, and it affects adolescents as well as men between the ages of 60 and 70. Early detection remains critical, and vital examinations may save lives.
According to medical experts, it is a malignant tumor that develops from breast cells. “A malignant tumor is a collection of cancer cells that can invade surrounding tissues and spread to other parts of the body.”
If you are reading this, I am not a celebrity who was diagnosed with the disease in order to persuade you to see a doctor within the next 24 hours. I do, however, have family members and a friend of a friend who has died as a result of this disease.
People of color, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have a higher risk of contracting this illness, as well as other cancers.
Know the signs and ask questions, and follow the science
Males have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women, according to the International Journal of Caring Science and other leading oncology studies. However, it remains high, particularly among men with a history of testicular pain, as well as those with a genetic predisposition, radiation, excessive alcohol consumption, liver disease, and obesity.”
Unfortunately, if you have less access to a decent and affordable health care system, you may be one of several families who are still looking for answers as to the exact cause of death for a loved one.
Medical professionals classify breast cancer symptoms such as nipple swelling, discharge, and rashes around the boob. It also houses millions of cells and hormones in both boys and girls during puberty, as well as swelling of the chest and lymph nodes under the arms.
Often, by the time some patients realize they have this disease, it has already progressed to its terminal stage. Not everyone has the financial means to travel outside of their communities to receive excellent care.
Simply changing the word “Women Issues” to “Men Issues,”, particularly for black men, will result in a plethora of other socioeconomic topics dominating, such as criminal justice, higher unemployment, poverty, violence, and less access to healthcare.
Cancer was associated with and regarded as a “lady” disease that affected their woman’s parts, the breast, and womb, according to medical experts. And that belief is still a dangerous weapon in the fight against one’s health problems.
Underneath that tough-guy persona, he frequently requires your assistance. Yielding our vulnerability makes us appear weak in the face of societal pressures and the way culture and modernization have led us to believe.
Many men, for example, would openly admit that they relied on Viagra for sexual dysfunction because their self-esteem was as important as their influence.
This attitude sometimes prevents some people from visiting even female doctors or from participating in pink or a walk to raise awareness.
Addressing men’s breast cancer and other medical issues quietly remains a taboo entwined with social stratification, illiteracy, and medical disparities.
Many leading Cancer Societies recommend the following basic questions for your doctor to ask:
Do you have breast pain?
Do you have a lump?
Nipple retraction, or skin changes?
How equipped is your doctor?
How informed is your physician?
Where does he or she receive their training?
The success percentage of treating this disorder or any other?
Collaboration with other practitioners?
Do you have an external evaluation of your labs?
Access to high-quality, low-cost health care saves lives.
The lack of social responsibility by several elected leaders whose economic agendas in all political parties failed to confer inadequacies, and where under-funding of critical facilities only added to the burden.
Access to proper healthcare remains a barrier in many communities today, separating the haves and have-nots.
Distance to adequate facilities, like the high rate of unsolved crimes in closed files, is a source of distrust in many impoverished and developing countries. Alternative medicine is frequently used by these patients, not only for breast cancer but also for other diseases.
The ongoing debates about the cost and quality of care, as well as how many patients’ life savings have been depleted by years of medical office visits with no clear answer?
The lack of accountability, resources, and the sheer number of people under one doctor’s care, as well as the high cost of treatment and accurate referrals, can all discourage others from seeking medical attention.
Furthermore, given the lengthy wait to be seen or admitted for treatment, “why bother showing up?” one person argues.
Failing to recognize professional limitations can result in other barriers, such as the need for appropriate medical equipment to diagnose these symptoms to well-trained staff. And, before they can admit one, they must address the issue of upfront payments.
Equally important, an assurance that decent treatment is being provided should take precedence over profit, as personal ethics should not conflict with care and accountability. When someone dies as a result of a misdiagnosis or delayed treatment, it only raises more questions.
Accurate analysis is required to ensure that these medical systems provide precise answers in order to build trust in many of these medical systems, particularly in impoverished communities.
Many bereaved families are frequently often left with unanswered questions or are abandoned as a result of these tragic events.
Today are unsure whether it was cancer, a heart attack, malpractice, diabetes, high blood pressure, or the prescribed medication that caused their loved one’s death.
The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has developed standards that many countries have adopted, and some of these rural facilities may implement more stringent oversights in the delivery of competence services along these shores.
Creating a brotherhood to aid in early detection.
Today, I believe that more men should take a moment to reflect on their health, form a brotherhood to fight breast cancer and other diseases, and provide a platform for engagement rather than isolation due to fear.
Furthermore, design similar approaches, such as political campaigns commonly used to advance the agendas of local political leaders to elected offices, which frequently fail to address community healthcare issues that are critical to the quality of life.
This month and beyond, I encourage more men to take a stand for good health, including colon cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, mental health, heart disease, substance abuse, and other illnesses.
Despite the fact that uninsured people are less likely to receive medical care and are more likely to have poor health status, studies show that there are a few excellent physicians tucked away in many small communities.
Accept even if today’s medical check will be performed by a female doctor. Local home-grown and self-medication may alleviate symptoms, but it will not cure this disease, which will affect many more men in our lifetime.
Male Breast Cancer – awareness and beyond the nipples
Men’s health will continue to face challenges as they navigate the socioeconomic divide, taboos, disparities, distrust, and access, and breast cancer isn’t the only potential medical check that should be on your list this year:
They may be limited in terms of resources, but they play an important role in situations where early detection is critical in saving lives and avoiding unnecessary financial burdens when it is too late to change course.
Making an appointment with a knowledgeable physician is the first step toward a healthier tomorrow.
The next Father’s Day gift could be to accompany a loved one to the doctor.
We are all connected, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, culture, religious belief, gender, or location, and cancer does not discriminate.
Finally, allow the doctor to acknowledge your concerns, even if it is only for the purpose of providing a psychological intervention until the next exam.
COVID-19: Vaccine, Politics, and Socio-Economics: Are some Caribbean islands pricing themselves out of future visits?
The hidden economic engines that left town
Tourism has historically been the Caribbean region’s economic motor in former colonial rulers left more of the region.
It is the world’s most tourism-dependent country region, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
According to analysts, this business contributes to as much as 40% of the Gross Domestic Product on some islands (GDP). Since COVID-19, travel expenditures have decreased by an astonishing 42% (about $500 billion).
International travel and business travel had the biggest losses, with analysts estimating that international travel spending decreased by 76% and business travel spending decreased by 70%, respectively.
As unemployment rose and the domino effect continued to be witnessed around the world, local businesses that had benefited from tourists were forced to close their doors even further.
It appears that every small business operation has dried up, and only a few of the fittest have a chance to maintain a normal standard of living.
The levy that was previously in place has been relocated.
A few decades ago, some of these countries had robust economies. Sugar, banana, coffee, poultry, and bauxite companies, as well as a variety of other businesses, were critical to the area’s economic existence.
These jobs served as an economic engine, providing a safety net for what would have been the middle-class today, which no longer exists, as well as others from a local mom and pop store strategically tucked on a tight road.
In the wake of globalization and technical improvement, a large number of businesses were sold to foreign investors, and jobs were relocated.
However, as several reports have demonstrated and as has been observed by the worldwide shift, there were some that were self-inflicted, as a few in leadership would concede.
Lower labor costs, greater tax advantages, the facility no longer has enough room to satisfy their requirements, unforeseen business issues, staff safety concerns, and discovering better talents, according to experts, all contributed to the disinvestment. Millennials, for example, are young, creative talents.
Many of the businesses which had survived for a decade at the expense of these communities, products were either no longer competitively priced or had collapsed due to massive imports, poor management, reduced production, and corruption.
These industrial closures have impacted neighborhoods that rely on small enterprises such as retail establishments, restaurants, taverns, and street vendors.
It has expanded the wealth divide and increased unemployment, particularly in the Caribbean’s dominating islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Haiti, Dominica, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, as well as in other parts of Latin America that were already in desperate need of economic stimulus.
Additionally, regardless of which political party is in power, a significant social divide has grown with each subsequent generation, as has poverty and inequality.
Today, it looks like a lot of charitable organizations are asking for money rather than giving the next generation a place to come up with new ideas, which is important for the long-term survival of these shores.
Taking from Peter to Pay Paul: A fine line to walk in terms of their own economic servitude:
COVID-19, according to economists, has caused a threefold economic shock when compared to the 2008 financial crisis.
According to the IOM UN Migration, visiting and spending outside protected tourist zones is comparable to direct remittance, with nations such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Jamaica accounting for almost (USD 10 Billion) annually. However, as a result of the worldwide shock, that number has been lowered as well.
Since the pandemic, commodity prices have risen globally, as have the prices of building materials and even school supplies.
Furthermore, as evidenced by a slew of leading economic data, supply chains exacerbated volatility in import, export, and producer prices.
Nations that were unprepared, on the other hand, continued to suffer the most. Many people blame lockdown for their ongoing financial difficulties, but it is not the only issue.
There have been reports of massive fare increases when taking a local taxi from an airport to a hotel since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many local food banks have been unable to meet needs in a system where unemployment and the service industry have been severely impacted since the pandemic.
I’m not here to report on who should have done more to help where it was needed, but rather on what this reality has resulted in and how it has affected people.
The cost of excursion trips has nearly doubled, according to reports. Some of these businesses were already struggling financially prior to the outbreak.
It’s as if you’re simply covering the expenses of those who are afraid to travel.
A simple COVID-19 test, which few argue is required for travel, usually costs between $20 and $35 USD.
According to recent visitors who visited Jamaica, returning on a flight can cost around US$80.00, though this varies depending on location.
Many travelers have expressed concern that local customs officials appear to be using luggage fines to generate extra revenue while targeting citizens strategically.
A few ex-pats expressed concerns about shipping items ahead of time, citing increased hassle and the extremely high cost of customs clearance.
Several fines appear to have been imposed to make up for lost revenue from other activities as a result of the pandemic.
Furthermore, after inspecting luggage, report any missing items to clear check out.
One traveler reported being fined for leaving items with a sale tag at the airport checkout, which discouraged her and her family from returning anytime soon.
It is not unusual for a group of locals to take a vacation to shop for new clothes.
These visitors who have families on these shores, frequently purchased items with the intention of giving them away or returning them if they were not worn.
Furthermore, even bringing a few extra boxes of protected masks to help aunt Jane was considered a business trip, and the imported ones at some local stores are significantly more expensive than she had paid elsewhere.
Prices can frequently differ from those of a nearby store a few steps away, particularly for basic food supplies, with little enforcement exacerbating the economic difficulties.
Regrettably, it appears to be a missed opportunity for previously lost revenue and will discourage future trips, particularly for budget-conscious many travelers willing to take the risk during this period of uncertainty and anxiety.
The truth or reality behind the masks
According to experts, as the global cost of living rises, the pandemic remains unpredictable, and vaccine skepticism persists, even among those who may have received the first dose, more families will fall further into poverty.
The issue may not be with the number of persons still on the road who are violating established restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of this disease.
COVID-19 survival is comparable to running a clandestine company. As a result, a sizable audience marches in time with the beat of their drums.
Many argued that the risk is worth taking in order to feed their children and pay their bills in the face of insufficient government assistance.
A few residents observed that only well-connected, wealthy politicians can afford self-quarantine, have access to healthcare, and living a normal life.
Numerous impoverished individuals who were previously excluded from the local economy now face the fury of an outsider, particularly those who resist vaccination.
Some people are frustrated because the added division is between those who have access and are almost certainly already vaccinated, and they appear to be pointing fingers at those who violate rules or demonstrate an extreme need for economic assistance, or who brought the virus to the region or spread it locally.
It is difficult to balance the need to open resorts and ports for economic gain with the need to avoid responsibility for the potential risk of the virus, regardless of who is carrying it.
While adhering to the guidelines is critical for visitors and residents alike, I feel that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has other medical conditions and is aware of potential medical complications would not jeopardize their lives.
Additionally, as previously reported, there is a lack of vital resources, ranging from enough ventilation to adequate bed space, navigating healthcare systems that have outlived their elderly population, and the unpredictable nature of healthcare expenses.
Some local residents are concerned that healthcare systems are already overburdened in order to meet critical demands.
Additionally, while this influx has tested many local hospitals, the pandemic has uncovered inefficiencies in other critical areas that existed before COVID-19.
If families are vaccinated as recommended, these countries will be able to recover considerably sooner, scientists say.
The difficulty in striking the right balance
The pandemic has divided many communities, with local officials debating whether businesses should remain open or temporarily close.
Managing pandemic danger while maintaining economic viability requires a delicate balancing act.
Some people said the confusion was exacerbated by the lack of consistency in local guidelines, which ranged from determining which companies would be closed to enforcing curfews and closing streets.
As I previously stated, tourism is a significant driver of many of these local economies. Managing the influx of visitors, some of whom may be unvaccinated, as well as the economic impact on the local economy if all are barred from landing, according to numerous local reports, is a difficult task.
When it comes to decision-making, the pandemic has put authorities in a bind. Closing the local economy necessitates a delicate balancing act, as others will perish due to the lack of an economic vaccine.
Even though many residents have observed social distance, wear masks, and have been vaccinated, frustration persists.
According to reports, some visitors were restricted, whereas others were free to move around and party, not following safety protocols and were leaving secured areas.
Furthermore, many argue that leaders are using these times of fear, anxiety, and economic uncertainty to gradually push toward despotic political power through restrictions.
Though it may not be a call to limit democracy for public health, freedom comes only from knowledge, and reasonableness is only possible if talk leads to agreement.
Behind the mask are the unseen victims of unvaccinated economics.
Local communities are coughing up an economic virus that has been dormant for decades, on top of a fragile system that had a bad cold for decades.
The pandemic has cast a spotlight on the region’s governance, exposing the region’s vulnerable labor force, mismanagement, and poverty.
Even though the whole region can’t be blamed for today’s inflation, supply chain problems, or COVID-19, it looks like some leaders have been playing economic poker, though.
It’s only that no one predicted the outcome of the hand dealt or how their nation’s economic problem would be resolved. On the other hand, with the same deck of cards, each election cycle delivers a more secure promised hand.
Many politicians and other well-connected individuals in these emerging and poor countries are like casino dealers; they always win. Thus, the pandemic has less of an impact on them because they are salaried employees paid by the public.
COVID-19 funds have been the subject of several reports detailing how they were spent, managed, and overall accountability. When there is a history of reported corruption woven into public service decisions, the reality is that this is what happens.
It’s not uncommon to see some leaders minimize or deflect when they have to justify numbers or compare audits to other countries in order to ease accountability concerns. However, the investigation is left to the country’s own independent accounting system.
As the cost of food, utilities, public transportation, and even government services like vehicle registration and taxes go up, many families are already having a hard time because they can’t afford to pay for these things.
In many poor and developing countries, wages haven’t changed for years, so families have to make some sacrifices to keep up with rising costs.
Today, more individuals are concerned about inflation, growing living costs, job shortages, and food insecurity, all of which have contributed to increased economic fever and financial issues.
Today, not only do privately owned taxi and bus drivers require a booster shot but so does a local shop outside of the tourist protected zone.
The dynamics of youth and how to best serve them:
According to specialists, this is beyond the time when a vaccination will be available for that demographic, or when students will be ready to return to a sense of normalcy in the classroom, which is crucial for their education and mental health.
Due to a shortage of resources, many students are unable to meet crucial academic standards, and some are forced to return to already overcrowded classrooms.
According to some estimations, three out of every four young adults are unemployed.
One of the few areas to find work is in contact centers, where many educated young people queue up to work.
Because of high unemployment and a weak currency, fewer middle-class people and more people living in poverty, crimes like robbery, murder, and assault are on the rise.
Others are saddled with enormous student loan debt and a dearth of professional prospects.
A small off-grid house from a low-paying job is becoming more and more difficult, and COVID-19 seems to have made it even more difficult.
Who is speaking for you at the table?
Nurses, doctors, and scientists have a critical role to play in educating the public about vaccination and vaccine safety. Rather than politicians, they are the ones who are on the front lines.
In addition to informing patients and their caretakers about the advantages and safety of vaccinations, they also provide information on the dangers.
Some people who are reluctant to get vaccinated because of religious views, distrust of their leaders, or ignorance may benefit from talking to a small support group about the vaccine.
According to reports, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) met to discuss a global coordinated partnership on the impact of the Coronavirus on global travel and tourism, but who at the table represents impoverished nations?
We can only hope that this vaccine will not be sold or used as a political platform in future elections regardless of location
If the equity in the vaccine is not obtained as most experts advised to avoid the virus’ spread, the outcome will be terrible. I agree that Heard Immunity may be the only solution to mistrust and bad leadership.
Here comes the sun
The sun will rise again on these lands, and price increases may not be necessary if people follow the science and recommendations.
Many people will continue to travel to reconnect with their history, for cultural reasons, business, vacation, or just a mental break, despite the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Travel reports say that before COVID-19, a lot of people were going to places like the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and parts of Asia.
Additionally, trips to historic sites and cultural events in big cities are becoming increasingly popular as an addition to traditional beach vacations.
There must be a balance that allows everyone to negotiate this recent big change; locals and incoming and departing visitors must work cooperatively to ensure that no one feels excluded or pressured to maintain a sense of normalcy.
After duty, I’ll see you soon, with or without this mask! .. Keep yourself safe!
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Is it time for a Rastafarian to lead Jamaica and other countries as Prime Minister?
The unexpected recognition
“First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” Mahatma Gandhi.
On Monday, April 5, 2021, the Jamaica Observer reported that “Minister of Security Dr. Horace Chang claims that if more people replicate the respect that “true” Rastafarian men show to females, it will reduce recent reported heinous acts of violence against women.”
Even though recognizing Rastafarians for peace, safety, self-sufficiency, or humanism was a symbolic act. However, it has the potential to open a previously closed door to a far broader discussion about this culture that is long overdue.
Even if you’re not wearing dreadlocks and looking from the outside into this culture, it is, however, much more than just “One Love,” which has frequently eclipsed a continuing desire for absolute amalgamation.
Furthermore, the Jamaican government acknowledgment did not imply that any Rastafarians (Rasta) would take a more active communal role in a task force dedicated to violence prevention or any other safety measures that are desperately needed in many communities.
Many locals argued that the administration had run out of public safety options to deal with the rising crime rate. Others argued that it was long past time for their way of life to be recognized as a model.
Even though the fact that this acknowledgment could have a domino effect and appeared welcomed news, it falls short on many fronts in terms of what needs to happen next to open the doors for upward mobility for this culture.
What next, and who holds the key to a seat at the table.
According to reports, Antigua and Barbuda West Indies also apologized for decades of hostility and exclusion of this culture in the Americas during a 2019 speech
However, little has changed in terms of more Rastafarians playing a prominent and expanded role in the political system since then. As a result, like many others, I began to wonder, “What next?”
Is it time for a Rasta to run for the highest office in Jamaica, as well as other regions of the Caribbean, potentially CARICOM, and other difficult nations plagued with violence and economic stagnation?
Furthermore, regardless of which side of the issue you are on, they certainly can provide another road to socioeconomic growth and crime reduction for all people, particularly the disadvantaged.
Despite their predicament, it appears that it needed an increase in violent headlines to notice them and their way of existence, as well as a blueprint for change.
I believe it is critical to include the Rastafarian culture in an economic upward mobility panel since poverty and social division are frequently accompanied by areas of violence and, as a result, community breakdown.
However, I will attempt and present my case beyond the chatter.
Outside of Ras’s kitchen, it’s time to take a closer look
Poverty and inequality rage like high tides on the ocean, particularly. decades of failed economic policies, injustice, classism, social disadvantage, and corruption according to many reports had made it difficult for many looking for a safe and balanced place to land in order to survive on some of the most dominant islands.
As seen in many impoverished and developing countries, each new or rotating elected leader appears to hold the previous administration accountable for the advancement of these countries, regardless of the political party.
Unfortunately, economic uncertainties have plagued these communities for decades; including many victims of crime. It has widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
As many scholars have pointed out, the only consistent gains seem to be only these leaders to emerge financially wealthy, while the oppressed future remains stagnant with each passing day.
Is it time for Ras to pass through the leadership house in order to bring in a new way of governance, a new generation of leaders that aim for inclusion, peace, and economic prosperity for all?
Beyond the dreadlocks, there is a reality.
Though the public announcement is being viewed through a political lens, I see it as awareness. For example, an increase in domestic abuse awareness or public safety in general, tolerance, or equality should be applauded regardless of the messenger.
Recognizing Rastafarianism, on the other hand, is not something that can be summed up in a tweet, advertisement, or sound bite. There must be a secondary fundamental plan for inclusion.
For decades, the Rastafarian culture has persisted, and beneath the locks and systematic isolation for decades, they have been a force in the arts, medicine, and academia, making significant contributions to our society.
Despite Rastafarians’ popularity, many people who wear natural hair on these islands, and even outside of Jamaica, face discrimination.
After a century of fighting and struggle a quick trip to Ras’s house
I am not a philosopher, nor am I attempting to explain the origins of my opinion, but please take your R**s) hand out of their hairstyle and foot off the man’s neck
Rastafarians in Jamaica began promoting the authority of Selassie’s teachings over King George V in the mid-1930s, shortly after the inauguration of Ras Tafari as Ethiopia’s Negus, or “King of Kings”.
Jamaica was formerly an English colony, and the movements faced enormous resistance, according to scholars).
In the 1940s and 1950s, many branches were established, led by Leonard Howell, a former member of Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association who was imprisoned for preaching its culture.
Unfortunately, reports indicated that the Jamaican government viewed Rastafarian ideology as dangerous, subversive, and a threat to social norms at the time.
Many were marginalized rather than accepted as determined, valuable citizens linked to the same slave ship.
As a result, people became even more cut off from education, employment, land, and housing.
Rastafarians were relegated to be seen as deviants who should be rounded up like slaves from another planet. Until now, cultural isolation has created an oppressive mentality that has created tension and mistrust in authority.
For over a century, their opposition to imperial power and refusal to be marginalized have kept them in the shadows as social outcasts throughout the Caribbean and other parts of the world.
According to research, Rasta made many black people’s anguish a focal point of their consciousness in order to break free from slavery and neocolonialist chains and return to Africa.
Fortunately, they did not resort to rioting or violence, as Paul Bogle, one of Jamaica’s most beloved national heroes, fought for liberty, equality, and justice in the Morant Bay Uprising on October 11, 1865, when he fought against law enforcement under a colonial government.
This is by no way one should imply that this hero was a violent man. It was good trouble as John Robert Lewis, an American statesman and former civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until he died in 2020, is one of my heroes.
He was such a supporter of good trouble that he dedicated his entire life to fighting segregation from the 1880s to the 1960s “Jim Crow” laws. Looking back, the Rasterfreian movements were ahead fighting for equality, such as Paul Bogle’s 1865 uprising.
Sadly reversing these quiet decades’ mentality of social distancing will not be possible overnight, and total autonomy from colonial rule necessitates more than just scholarly papers; it necessitates a paradigm shift:
The struggle for mental shift and the drumbeat of equality continues to this day.
The foot on the Rastafarian culture, as I have noted is not simply an outward image, but also a mental ideology by some as shown in a reported “British Insignia.”
Many found it offensive, not only to the Rastafarian culture but also to the population and the dignitaries who wore it as a badge of honor.
Some of these local leaders may not have even looked at what they were wearing since they were so concerned with their image, but it’s never too late to make a mental adjustment.
Unfortunately, some institutions across the region still operate in the manner of a scene from George Orwell’s best-known novel, 1984: Animal Farm: “All are equal, but some are more.”
History has given the once-colonial state of Jamaica and others in its system a pass on how they were humiliated and treated on these shores and in other places that may have been exposed to the decade of hostility.
Unfortunately, full acceptance of the architectural class system necessitates a mental shift back to the classroom.
Some argue that there is a rationale for keeping them as outcasts, not because of what they know and can contribute to society, but because of their outward appearance.
The Supreme Court of Jamaica, according to sources, ruled in July 2020 that a student could not attend school unless she clipped her dreadlocks.
This rule undermines public trust and, in my opinion, contributes to the perpetuation of the class system.
Rasta, it appears, must speak far too often to demonstrate his intelligence and is frequently seen by their dreadlocks before exploring their brains.
According to some sources, even the education minister, Karl Samuda, refrained to comment on the verdict, which occurred on the eve of Emancipation Day, a day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, which is honored in Jamaica and elsewhere.
Taking a step back and feeling the Rasta vibes:
Unfortunately, more recognition is needed, but where do they begin if the majority of these islands can’t even agree on reparation, let alone an economic package for the next generation that addresses education, jobs, and overall upward mobility for all?
Rastafarians have been a pillar of social equality, peace, brotherhood, environmental preservation, liberty, resistance, independence, and universal love. They have been a critical voice for poor, black-oppressed Jamaicans, and others globally.
Though local cultural struggles persist, it is clear that Rastafarianism is not a clearly defined area, but many people across all races can identify with their passionate vibes that have gravitated to their values and peaceful lifestyle.
Since the 18th century, when Ethiopians emphasized an idealized Africa, Rastafarianism has come a long way. It rose to international prominence as a result of the music of devoted Rastafarian Bob Marley and others he influenced.
“Rasta is passing through,” reggae superstar (Jah Crew) said in one of his songs.
Morgan Heritage of the reggae band said in one of his songs, “you don’t hiffi dread to be Rasta.”
Though some of us have invested in razors or barbershops, we do not wear dreads because we live in a world where some rules are defined for us, which we accepted with a signature for our economic stability, but we are Rastas in our approach to life, where peace, love, and humility remain.
Any visit to one of their locations is a testament to their perseverance, tenacity, and unwavering love in situations where others would have given up.
Rasta will greet you when you arrive at his or her home. You don’t need to look around because a sense of respect, hospitality, and calm has washed over you.
There are numerous stories about how comfortable the accommodations they frequently provide for an extended or temporary stay on these shores are.
The Rastafarian rules would be useful from these data:
Although violence is common in the region, it is a public health concern.
Reports have shown for more than a decade that some Caribbean and African nations that have embraced the culture are among the top ten most violent, with an average of more than 30 deaths per 100,000 citizens.
Rastafarians possess a wide range of abilities, qualifications, dispositions, and competencies, ready to make a difference.
Furthermore, their way of life by spreading peace and love can have a larger influence on areas that are plagued by socioeconomic hardship, political dogma, and violence.
Before I conclude, I’d like to return to the utility of this culture and the positive impact it could have on some of the systemic issues that plague some of these troubled nations.
If the government invests more in this community, their skills may be used to mentor the next politician, doctor, police officer, teacher, counselor, or investment banker.
Like any other institution in the world, it does not require a crisis to recognize that wherever Rasta people live and work, there will always be some level of peace (One Love).
Another method of attribution is to compare the number of Rastafarians with criminal records or who are incarcerated to their population.
According to reports, even when some Rastas are incarcerated, their recidivism rate is lower.
Violence, on the other hand, can only be pursued if it is reported, so RAS will continue to require community support and will have to look internally if and when it has internal issues ranging from domestic violence, robbery, murder, and even to mitigate cronyism.
Often addressing crime and other social-economic issues is frequently entwined in the complexities of politics, law, culture, and economic status.
Rastafarian movement culture and context are more than just growing political dreadlocks or smoking marijuana. Today, their peace-making practices may be the most effective way to calm these turbulent seas.
Welcome Honorable Prime Minister, Ras
Should these islands hope to soon be able to say, “Welcome First Lady Queen, someone like “Ifrica” to the Nyabinghi Mansion, which serves all communities?”?
What might the Right Honorable Prime Minister (Ras administration) look like?
At the very least, I plan to distinguish Rasta’s first 100 days at work.
I don’t think The Honorable Prime Minister (Ras) will be able to rapidly resolve the remnants of colonialism, poverty, social disadvantage, and oppression, but how would you know if you don’t give them a chance?
Many of the local jobs on these coasts have been established primarily through foreign investments and imports, according to economic data, and where self-reliance and locally manufactured items have dwindled, and replaced by processed foods.
Many experts have expressed concern that some could result in long-term community health issues.
What might Prime Minister RAS’ agricultural legislation look like today?
I believe The Rasta administration will implement a bottom-up approach, encouraging local production and restoring greater self-sufficiency.
In order to eliminate bias, and corruption, and promote diversity and public safety, a diverse board that represents everyone at the table, from the farmer to the sanitation worker, academia, and those concerns a top priority
There may be debates about lighting marijuana in the House of Commons.
I doubt that a black figure of God or Haile Selassie’s divinity would replace some of what is now in local churches, but there will be increased sociopolitical awareness.
Their message of change will be consistent with their agenda, not merely what is popular in sound bites to get elected and alter direction.
Many leaders continue to look at the “Reparation” debate through a monetary lens.
The approach of Prime Minister Ras may not be about the size of a bank account, but about a mental shift away from hopelessness, crime, and women’s upward mobility for the next generation especially the youths.
The ground will be made holy again, protecting not only life but also economic growth by promoting peace and prosperity, honesty, stability, calm for all, and respect for humanity.
Yes, the movements existed and grew prior to August 20, 2012, when rapper Snoop Dog changed his name to Snoop Lion in response to his interest in Rastafarianism.
Yes, there are reports of some things happening from the modernization of roads, technology, and infrastructures being built, but are you moving forward and who benefits?
Maybe it’s time to call RAS.
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COVID-19 Vaccine: A Delicate Dance Decisions Especially in the Caribbean and other Poor and Developing Countries`
BY R.D MILLER
Confronting reality for a quick shot in the arm.
COVID-19 has had an unexpected and profound impact on everyone, despite the fact that several vaccines are being developed globally by companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna.
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COVID-19: The long-term socio-economic gap facing poor and developing countries.
The humanity of education:
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the transmission of disease and attempts at quarantine or social distance. Thousands of people have been made unemployed, companies have gone out of business, or sales have decreased dramatically.
The unknown consequences of more than a million people dying and an estimated 50 million others becoming ill, with the number of infected people continuing to rise.
Unfortunately, many low-income families in impoverished communities in poor and developing countries lack access to the global distance learning space, preventing them from catching up to the wealthier towns, counties, states, in these school districts.
Many are already overcrowded, low-performing, run-down structures that are deemed unsafe for both students and teachers due to a high student-to-teacher ratio. Students in several of these educational systems were required to attend classes in the morning and afternoon shifts.
Though it is not an easy task, the pandemic has revealed how fragile economies were prior to the pandemic, as well as the lack of focus on the educational system.
According to experts, these students will miss out on the critical face-to-face socializing process for a child’s development until the global health pandemic has passed.
Several schools that followed the guidelines of social distancing and masking had to close due to new infections, according to reports. Furthermore, these schools have the necessary resources, such as adequate classroom size and proper ventilation.
While communities debate the best course of action to mitigate the effects of science, politics, vaccination, and equitable distribution of resources.
The reality is that for many impoverished countries, this is still a complex issue, and some students may not be able to return to school due to a lack of critical resources.
Aside from that, many people will object to vaccinations for cultural and religious reasons, as well as a history of mistrust, fearing that they will be used in their development.
Hunger, poverty, and malnutrition, on the other hand, are killing millions, and this disaster appears to have taken a back seat or been eclipsed by many communities, hidden behind clinical trials, vaccination, reservations, rising death tolls, and infections.
This pandemic has taught us that education is about teaching all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, culture, or socioeconomic status, and about building a nation and humanity that will bring our society closer together.
Beyond the vaccine, science, and politics.
COVID-19 exists in two worlds: behind a camera, on a computer screen hidden behind a kitchen counter, in a cafe, or in a corner office, and beyond the articles, opinions, and though it may not be related to a teacher’s engagement.
This new normal distance learning, hybrid, behind a camera, computer screen tucked away on a kitchen counter, at a cafe, or in a corner office, it’s a fight between the haves and have-nots once more.
While there have been political debates and promises about the COVID-19 stimulus package or money distributed, there has been no accountability or mismanagement of funds, as has been reported.
Many areas have seen distribution along political lines, with the fun lasting only as long as a trip to the local grocery store for those who needed it the most.
As a result, many future local elections will be won or lost based on the amount of money distributed, with overall pandemic management becoming lost in these debates.
Unfortunately, many politicians excel at winning elections before they understand the difference between campaigning and governing. Government is about getting things done, which is far more difficult than being a politician.
We give some people more work than they can handle because they have limited skills.
Several political leaders have issued tablets in many of these impoverished and developing regions, which is a step in the right direction, but it is not the end of the story. There is no internet access, nor are there any resources to pay for it.
Many of these leaders failed to recognize the technological and educational gap, which is especially important for many poor and developing countries, which can no longer wait for recycled or older computers to become competitive. The wisdom of these students goes beyond the dial-up mentality that has held several communities back.
Experts in the field of technology say that while these devices can be used to access education from a distance, they lack a keyboard and mouse, have a slow processor, and have limited research capabilities. Increasing numbers of young people are abandoning the classroom in search of a better life on the streets.
The economic reality that cannot be masked
When it comes to uploading and downloading life’s journey, poverty is like dial-up internet, and it has held many students back.
According to experts, COVID-19 has already begun to have an impact on academic achievement. Students have been failing at an alarming rate since COVID-19, according to reports. A recent test resulted in lower math, reading, and science scores.
Prior to COVID-19, many poor and developing countries were struggling and risking high tides across the perilous ocean as refugees looked for economic anchorage in any empty classroom.
These systemic disparities necessitate a new fiber-optic connection to combine hunger, education, and the pandemic into a single long-term social contract, similar to what your local cable company provides with broadband internet, television, and telephone.
According to the World Bank, the middle class has been equally affected, and the dreadful long-term reality of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty is appalling, as they anticipated an increase in poverty.
According to the report, between 70 and 80 million people will be pushed into deeper poverty. There were significant disparities in many areas prior to the pandemic, including education, employment, and access to good, affordable health care.
Is it a matter of budget whether you study on campus or not?
Rich school districts, on the other hand, have implemented an excellent strategy that includes resources, new technology platforms, increased speed, computers, and continuous access, whether virtual, in-classroom, or hybrid.
Parents in these affluent districts are frequently more engaged, have more flexibility, and have connections that can influence the next learning platforms that work with their schedules.
And, while there are legitimate concerns about student and teacher safety, as evidenced by the teachers and their union’s picket lines, these are usually resolved through the school’s budget.
Even with access, this pandemic has devastated many families on the other side of the city, particularly minorities and people of color who have lost many families as a result of this disease.
Healthcare disparities have resulted in more deaths in these communities, and any new classroom format, whether online or in person, will not fill the emotional sadness and gaps.
Who will be there to console a student who has lost a parent or another family member to the disease? In reality, COVID-19 has already widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
As experts pointed out, students unquestionably missed their senior proms, hanging out with friends, homecoming, and sports, all of which are critical to a student’s social and emotional needs.
However, the impact of this pandemic will be measured not by these factors alone, nor by political polls, but by the gaps, it will leave in our society.
Furthermore, they will face further setbacks in their educational, social, and economic development; many may not even be vaccinated due to location, and access will remain a barrier.
The only people who could win are well-connected politicians, where questions about the accounting of COVID-19 donated funds have been raised, according to reports.
In addition, the investors as shares of pharmaceutical companies skyrocketed, but one still must give credit to the scientist who has been working and got society to this point.
Today’s teachers wear many hats, including counselors, technical support, financial resource, and attendance advocate.
Teachers have a lifelong effect on schoolchildren, helping them believe in themselves, according to studies, but parents will continue to be the most influential individuals in a child’s education and development.
COVID-19 has thrown many teachers into this unknown glass room, where everyone is watching, hoping to get to know these kids through their often foggy gadgets while keeping 20-35 students alert.
The online environment does not provide an ideal platform for recognizing all students’ unique strengths, weaknesses, and motivation levels, which is essential for keeping them all engaged virtually. However, there is a trade-off given the risk of new infections because no one knows how the vaccine will react to new variants.
We can argue that these students do not have the responsibility to go to work; their only commitment is to wake up, log in, and participate, but I can see how many students’ grades may suffer, even if they had a high GPA prior to the Pandemic.
For a few days, the personal check-in was disguised.
I’ve been observing a few classes over the last three months and have come to realize just how difficult it is for teachers to adapt to this new normal.
COVID-19 exposure provides some parents who can afford to stay home with immediate access to their children, which is undeniably beneficial for the parents involved.
You get that “I’ll be right back” a lot when you’re wearing two hats, but I understand.
Even though I work in an environment where I am protecting the public and using cutting-edge technology, my somewhat unlimited budget platform has its bad days. However, as the week progressed, it became less painful, and now and then someone appears in this visual space, possibly a school counselor or based on parental feedback.
Students’ opinions, which may be formed for a lifetime, may not have any outside discussion of one’s political beliefs, socioeconomic status, culture, race, national origin, and how few view other groups.
Often, there is a sense of a misguided history from some of these selective lectures, where it appears key decades in our/their history have been painstakingly painted in a much rosier light.
There is no need to be alarmed here, but it may point to broader intersectionality in our community and why there is a continued socioeconomic and racial divide, but given the diversity, I remain optimistic.
Some teachers are extremely helpful and understanding, whereas others, once the slide is completed, please check the folder to respond. What about those who may not have access to a closed online slide from that day’s class to refresh because their connection is at a McDonald’s, far from home?
Let us hope that COVID-19 does not further divide us once we are all vaccinated and can return to normalcy.
Many questionable sections of these PowerPoints will be critical to their development outside of the classroom, such as at lunch, on the field, or while walking to their locker.
Where is Mum when the internet connection is down?
Because of the pandemic, many people are unemployed, searching for a child, caring for their parents, becoming the breadwinner, looking for work, having no support when the WIFI goes down, and the list goes on.
These parents are entitled to additional assistance and resources, such as community groups. Even to help with a homework assignment Recognizing and respecting the fact that each family and child has unique needs is critical.
Many parents have taken on the role of substitute night teachers due to the abundance of assignments and emails. How will they help their child with homework if they can’t explain what’s being taught?
Mental health problems in children, adolescents, and college students are on the rise, according to experts.
More reclusive than usual
Excessive or insufficient eating or sleeping;
Most days, I’m in an irritable mood.
They are uninterested in the activities they normally enjoy.
Parents should be aware of several pop-up learning platforms that offer free computers and dedicated support as an alternative.
They must investigate, as with any sequence-based surveillance, laboratory studies, and epidemiological findings, to ensure that it does not place an enormous financial burden on them and does not fail to prepare the child for the future.
Furthermore, the increase in fishing to lure students away from the virtual classroom to inappropriate websites and even the best internet security can’t keep track of these sites.
I’m logging out for the day with reservations, but I’m still optimistic.
As society rebalances, I hope this pandemic provides a second chance for everyone to close these systematic gaps. Times are tough right now, but I am optimistic if we prepare with a new balanced approach because education belongs to humanity, not a country.
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Is there a time in the Caribbean for racial equality, economic fairness, and justice from slavery?”
The unexpected phone call, but will it create momentum?
After the killing of George Floyd, an African American, in a police interaction in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a global social consciousness erupted, accompanied by large protests.
Many organizations, led by Black Lives Matter use the occasion to seek a wide reversal of laws and policies that they said had damaged local communities of color socially and economically for decades.
This global reckoning on race relations has become deeply nationalized once more, but this time much beyond one race or group, which has resulted in seismic transformations.
The question of how long it will persist is still unanswered.
Nevertheless, the domino effect, some corporations that benefited from discriminatory practices dating back to slave ships have embraced symbolic gestures to acknowledge their past.
Scholars have identified many financial and insurance corporations throughout the world, and it is no secret that slavery was at the heart of capitalism.
After 130 years, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s Rice, and Mrs. Butterworth all changed their logos, which many argued were a racial stereotype of blacks.
Today’s global racial equity cry, on the other hand, is not the same as the recent women’s me-too campaign, in which women spoke up about inappropriate pervasive sexual approaches, harassment, and rape by prominent men, and swift action was taken.
Storm North finally made it to the beach.
Many parts of the Caribbean catch a cold when other large economies sneeze, but even if they are the only few droplets of sniffles or selective outrage, others argue that it is past time.
Despite the fact that many Caribbean islanders bravely replied to the world media’s recommendations, it was a positive step forward; but, what will it take to generate momentum and maintain a sturdy anchor that can be drifted?
The terrible colonial history of the Caribbean, which still bears its effect on many of the islands and towns today, cannot be obliterated with a rope, stones, or fire, as seen by the tearing down of historic generals or former slaves owners’ sculptures.
Furthermore, local managers who generally oversee enterprises in the region that once benefited from these ships have been called to resign as a result of criticism, fury, and inaction.
Unfortunately, despite educational and economic progress, many people on these beaches remain socially disadvantaged, and they cannot afford to tear down, block, burn, or vandalize, demand a meeting, or block some access to a building.
Many people would like to participate in these activities, but these few remaining locations are the only source of survival. Some risk their lives to eliminate an attempt to project a departure from its past.
Few will admit that the ongoing fight for equality and equity is not only against the impact of colonialism but also against class stratification, local poverty, inequality, which still exists on many of these coasts among persons of the same skin tone.
Colonial occupation has left a legacy in which only a new path of economic reconciliation for all will establish the first step.
Unfortunately, some leaders are unable to decide whether or not to protest, with whom to protest, or what structure to erect in order to steer this ship toward necessary reform.
As it stands, there is still a generational divide and a battle over who will benefit the most from not only an apology but also other forms of compensation.
However, it appears that addressing this issue will necessitate more than tweets, likes, and attempts to silence messengers based on political affiliation.
Youths, the community, and political alliances will need to provide fundamental support, education on this troubled history, as well as accountability to ensure that elected leaders do not lose hope, remain objective.
Furthermore, stay motivated off camera and to make the best decision for all, because change can only happen when people speak up together.
A delicate dance for equity:
If any of today’s buildings, contracts for imported goods and services, ports, and manufacturing are owned by foreign investors who will sit at the reparation table, me-too may not represent the oppressed.
Though there appear to be echoes of microphones, this does not imply that a closer look at its past is not planned; however, who is willing to speak up or be invited remains an open question.
Can they all afford to protest vehemently and how do you bite off the nervous hands that are only sustaining you?
And, if, as reported many of these islands’ debt levels exceed their economic output, with significant inflation and unemployment, where do you begin to negotiate, do you criticize them, or do you strike a deal?
If the Caribbean’s “me-too” response is for “reparation” or a unilateral economic package for better schools, education, acceptable healthcare, higher salaries for public workers, infrastructure, and new manufacturing businesses, it will be a great start.
However, like the ocean, openly addressing reparations for enslaved men and women is a matter of ideological waves as to where, who, and when any economic tides would touch its beaches that needed a new course first.
Some argued that, while eliminating several debts for many Caribbean islands would be beneficial, mental rehabilitation from slavery, regardless of independence or financial compensation, would continue to be a psychological drain.
Another example: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing insufficient healthcare system, the rising gulf between the haves and the have-nots, access to competent healthcare, and massive disparities since it arrived on the beaches.
Many lives would have been saved by a cost-effective and collaborative me-too for the opportunity to travel to other islands for correct diagnosis and necessary medical care rather than waiting weeks for urgent surgery or test results.
This pandemic has had an impact on tourism, which is one of the Caribbean’s most important economic and cultural businesses, and if one wins in fighting these issues and is willing to help the less fortunate, everyone will win on many other issues.
However, it demonstrates a lack of cooperation in the economy and security. It appears that who has a firmer grasp on the pandemic for the next terrorist money, or who had the most slaves, or who was the first to have a larger piece of this illusive reparation pie.
Unfortunately, if local reports continue to show widespread corruption, mismanagement of COVID-19 funds, and a system in which no one can agree on whether it will rain or which party is less corrupt in controlling these islands, it will complicate any future settlement.
Furthermore, with reported millions of dollars in debt owed to foreign investors, it’s almost as if you’re in a football game down 3-4 touchdowns with two minutes to go and the opponent has the ball.
Where does the Caribbean begin in terms of social and economic justice for Afro-Caribbean and ethnic minority groups?
In dealing with this new movement, it will come down to type leaders who tell the truth about the number of infected individuals, fatalities, and the true reason of death, rather than who delivered it there, for the benefit of all.
Again, it is a step in the right direction, but as of now, there are more questions than blueprints to begin building collaboration to make the case, as previously stated.
Lifting the anchor is a careful process.
This re-independence-me-too movement, as seen elsewhere where many nations’ systematic racism and barriers to economic prosperity for many people of color, and once who have been marginalized, being scrutinized globally, may mean different things to different people.
As a result, I warned against painting all nations seeking this reversal with the same brush, because the slave ships that carried many to this reckoning, while constructed of the same iron and chained to the same anchor, currently have different navigation systems.
It is not just about resettlement, re-distribution of land to the poor owned by elected officials or the top one percent of the rich, removal of colonial images from a local church window, lower interest rates on predatory loans, a new police station to combat violent crimes, and reported corruption or political alliances that only create a stalemate.
This reconciliation will not be based on skin color alone or widespread economic needs, or gender equity. It’s possible that the people brought to the tables are only interested in how much pie one can keep in their social class in order to keep their advantage status.
Many of the beautiful shores may be difficult to bring forward without some compensation from its once treasured soils, but it appears that many leaders are having difficulty identifying intolerance found elsewhere with the naked eye, possibly because many look like you.
Unfortunately, many affluent islands and other impoverished and developing nations that have obtained an education and are now successful enough to buy their way into the upper crust have a lot of bourgeoisie-conscious colonial mentality.
To keep their standing, some will conveniently, or subconsciously yield power to the origins of colonialism, and as many have argued sometimes for financial or political benefit.
One diplomat commented, ” many are more foreign-minded than foreigners. As a result, any me-too moment for equality will be stymied by this mindset.”
Many people will blame the downtrodden structural difficulties on themselves or anyone who is not a member of the social elites. This, in my opinion, is no different than putting a foot on their necks when they are trying to stay afloat financially.
Though these islands remain a haven to temporarily forget about your outstanding debts and other problems; where the smile remains broad, and the provenance of the slave ships is never in doubt.
There is still a deep socioeconomic disadvantage, poverty, and in some cases, inadequate education, as well as high crime, have been ignored regardless of whatever political party is in control.
Internal political conflict continues, I believe, demonstrating some colonial doctrinal balance that despite independence, or more dependent today.
Is it poor management, or the anchor of a never-sunk slave ship?
A troubled History:
Because this isn’t a history paper, and I’m not a historian, when you consider these concerns and how the region came to be, it’s not just about figuring out how to be compensated, mentally untangled, or financially made whole, but about understanding its history and the complexities that are up against today’s tide.
Unfortunately, in order to grow their economy from Africa, many Europeans packed millions of people of color into ships without reservation.
Today, it is the foundation for understanding where this shadow over the region’s shorelines lies and what it will take to lift this anchor for economic prosperity for all.
Unfortunately, removing 400 years of colonial chains, regulations, and mental detritus that has been wreaking havoc on these impoverished areas like a catastrophic hurricane, creating administrative, economic, and social hurdles to upward mobility, is more challenging than good intentions.
Yes, some will argue that black people sold their own, but I would argue that did they had a choice in the matter and that their economic viability, if not their lives, depended on it, and as previously stated, I am not a historian.
According to history, the Caribbean islands were ruled by European nations such as the British, Dutch, and French. Previously, these lands were occupied by Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden.
They devised rigorous norms and penal laws since innocent people of color did not have a personal reservation, which has evolved into institutionalized institutional racism today.
Between 1788 and 1838, workhouses in Jamaica, the most important British West Indian colony, marginalized its population, which hampered the expansion of local sectors such as finance and manufacturing.
Today, many dark-skinned people have greater mobility, which has resulted in more recent free migration elsewhere.
The Caribbean’s hostility tone may have subsided since the cultural prohibitions of black settlement in some areas to interracial sex, which were part of the racial discrimination known as the “color bar” that severely hampered the region’s unique culture and economic growth, but it still resonates globally today.
It may create a melting pot atmosphere, but it still separates people by status and, yes, the complexity that many people of color face as a result of their horrible past.
Putting the pieces back together
Slavery split the territory into many plantations, which developed a protectionist and competitive system, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Today’s islanders aren’t from the sugar cane and coffee fields, and they’re free to travel between them, but some still perceive other islands the same way you do, and if they could build a wall, they would.
Even though slavery is no longer legal, how can one support the casting of a new fishing net in order to achieve a [me-too] balance dance when the justice system is riddled with gaps in basic democracy and cultural tolerance for all?
After colonial domination, one must take a step back and critically test “Out of Many One People” and any other motto.
The Jamaican Supreme Court recently declared that a student could not attend lessons until she clipped her dreadlocks and that the school did not violate the student’s constitutional rights.
This decision shows that Rastafarianism is often regarded as a social misfit based on an antiquated colonial ideology and that this culture should be performed solely behind closed doors.
How do you achieve a balance if laws still exist 400 years later, and people in power have similar control over their subjects?
Without a doubt, the Caribbean is still looking for its soul, and if one’s hair was no longer allowed in the local school, what was next, a Rasta-only bathroom, dining room, and so on?
As the colonial mentality still remains, the availability of bleaching cream being bought in the region may explain the excess of bleaching cream being bought in the region for acceptance by many.
As the colonial mentality still remains, the availability of bleaching cream being bought in the region may explain the excess of bleaching cream being bought in the region for acceptance by many.
The governor-general of Jamaica has recently discussed removing a British insignia, a medal representing a Caucasian person on the neck of a black person, from the neck of a black person.
Regardless of other systematic gaps, acknowledgment is the first step toward socioeconomic opportunity for upward mobility.
However, without the proper leadership and overwhelming community support, regardless of social class, I’m afraid they’ll all be wearing the official insignia, and the newfound “mee=Too” to re-write this checkered past, or perhaps just another gathering when there’s a headline.
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
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Beyond October: It arose from a day of unity led by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in October 1981, with purple serving as the official color.
This global public health issue will not be resolved because many partners will continue to abuse, and there will be more victims before and after October.
Simply put, domestic violence is more than just one fight. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably is. Domestic violence abuse, on the other hand, can take many forms, including physical, mental, social, and economic abuse.
Domestic violence does not discriminate based on
National Origin; and regardless of the season.
For several years, I have participated in a three-mile walk during the fall season. This is a community event designed not only to support victims of domestic violence, but also to raise awareness about his frequently unseen killer; participants include members of the law enforcement community, advocates, treatment providers, and other support groups.
During my annual walk, I am frequently reminded of the impoverished victims in poor and developing countries, as well as many immigrant communities around the world, who have few or no resources.
Domestic Violence’s Challenges, Revictimization, Blame Game, and Faces
Unfortunately, many victims do not come forward because they fear having to defend themselves in public, especially with today’s social media.
It is often difficult to leave these toxic relationships because of additional fear, economic reasons, children may be involved, and sometimes the perpetrators are powerful and well-respected members of the community. As a result, many victims continue to sympathize with the perpetrator.
Furthermore, in many poor and developing countries, when a victim comes forward, conversations about the case begin with the victim being interrogated. As a result, obtaining appropriate intervention or medical assistance becomes difficult.
Even more problematic is some people’s re-victimization attitude as if they deserved it.
What caused her or him to be abused?….. Why didn’t she/he leave?
But, it appears, no one ever asked an offender, whether in jail, school, church, or the community, why the abuse occurred.
Many victims, and even those tasked with assisting them, may deflect or minimize, or lack the necessary training as a first responder to create a safe space for the victim. This is why training is essential for reducing potential implicit bias.
It is never the victim’s fault, whether the victim is subjected to forced sexual activities, intimidation, stalking, social isolation, economic manipulation, or deprivation, such as being denied access to medical treatment.
Who are the real victims of domestic violence?
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, both men and women can be victims of this type of situation, but women are more often than not the victims. In 70-80% of cases, men are found to be the abusers of women, and without intervention, the women are frequently murdered..
Domestic violence affects approximately 25 to 40% of men. However, because of the stigma attached to it, this, as well as the perception of weakness, is frequently overlooked.
According to UN figures, 137 women are killed every day around the world by a partner or member of their own family – a total of 50,000 women per year murdered by people they know and should be able to trust; a partner, ex-spouse, or some dating partner kills one woman every 14 hours.
Data is more than just numbers.
According to several academic international journals, domestic violence accounted for approximately 19% of the total burden of healthcare for women. Victims who lost days of work alone cost an estimated 5.1 to $6.8 billion dollars, which equates to approximately 32,000 full-time jobs.
Domestic violence cases account for more than half of all police response calls, outnumbering robbery, motor vehicle theft, and burglary. Many studies have found that even after the violence has stopped, victims continue to use the healthcare system more than others.
Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused or neglected, according to studies.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 years old are 2.41 times as likely to experience physical violence. Over three million children witness domestic brutality in their homes every year.
Domestic violence extends beyond the primary victim; it can result in child trafficking from a runaway child who fled a violent home. According to the UN, approximately 15 million young girls are victims worldwide each year.
Beyond the COVID-19 Mask.
Admitting to being a victim may be a delicate balance of power and status. As a result, some people are left in the dark. This type of behavior is not restricted by one’s title or position. Power and control are still used to abuse women and men.
Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety, fear, and frustration, experts have reported an increase in domestic violence cases involving unemployed individuals, some of whom are depressed or have other mental health issues, and where there are ongoing conflicts in these relationships.
Domestic violence is still taboo and hidden in some of these communities that share our roots, culture, and heritage. Furthermore, imagine countless others being abused today off-camera, due to a lack of support, and outdated ideology, for every abuse captured on camera.
Despite the breathtaking scenery and wide-open fields, beautiful shorelines, and white sand, not all victims, including perpetrators of domestic violence, recognize a safe place to go for help.
Domestic violence abuse often goes unnoticed in many of these communities. A beautiful sunglass may conceal the scars of a violent relationship, which may be disguised as a day trip to the beach, a corner store, or church, but taking this walk with me for awareness could have a positive and long-lasting impact.
The lingering shadow and struggle to break free from some historic belief.
This October has provided another opportunity to look deeper beyond gender stereotypes, masculinity, and sexuality, all of which can obstruct self-observation.
Experts also noted that, despite the efforts of a few groups, classes tend to remain in the shadows. They are understaffed, frequently close abruptly, and offenders frequently require the cooperation of law enforcement to ensure that they attend treatment programs.
When treatment programs are available, dropout rates remain high, and victims will use cultural reasons to justify their absence. According to experts, the lack of resources suffocated by poverty can make it difficult to connect families or victims to programs in many Latin American, African, and Caribbean communities, as well as other poor and developing areas.
Fear of losing solely financial support, economic status, racial intolerance, and social stratification; many victims remain silent while navigating the cultural and legal complexities that cause further isolation.
Despite increased rights and a growing shift toward gender equity, equality, and even upward mobility into leadership positions for women, this does not always result in increased awareness.
Some regions’ challenges; wrongdoers with 16th-century mentalities; and cultural beliefs that see women’s role in society as property and bearer of their children have all contributed to the cycle of violence.
Some men who hold deeply held beliefs may believe they have the right to control women and that women are not equal to men. Scholars have noted that the dehumanization of black females who were relegated to the kitchen is linked to colonialism, where slavery’s tragic period cannot be ignored.
Even though many people are still suffering psychologically as a result of the colonial tragic past, the mistreatment of some women cannot be attributed solely to that dark period, and we must debunk it.
Is it time for a new treatment program?
Domestic violence creates a pattern of psychological barriers to overcoming traumatic experiences, which have long-term negative consequences.
Because a victim may not have a visible scar, the nonintervention mentality must end. Many studies have found that even after the violence has stopped, victims continue to use the healthcare system more than others.
Whether in Barbados, Boston, or the United Kingdom, or as a gay person living under a bridge in the Caribbean, being victimized should make no difference: It hurts everywhere, and everyone must work together to develop solutions to this problem, including victims, advocates, providers, law enforcement, and even previous offenders.
Is your community doing enough to bring this issue to light, or should political leaders wear victims of domestic violence on campaign buttons?
Aside from the light, camera, and dance:
Before COVID-19, many cultural colors would have emerged in the summer for celebrations, dancing to the latest Soca, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Reggae, and Latin rhythms, African Beats, or any other cultural events around the world, but beneath many of these costumes, and one love vibes beats; someone is hurting from the perpetrator of violence’s irrational decisions.
Looking back on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, while medical advances made it a manageable disease, it was through awareness and accountability that many communities were able to reduce stigma.
We must move away from minimization, acknowledge and create a more safe space for victims, and hold abusers accountable for their actions.
No one is immune from violence:
As studies have shown, violence and death within the LGBTQ community have increased since 2010 and continue today due to ignorance and taboo; even by straight offenders who may struggle with homosexual tendencies.
Our society is becoming more accepting today, with advocates promoting equality, but it has been a long and winding road. Some social, religious, and political groups continue to regard lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender relationships as sinful and morally repugnant.
It is more difficult for a victim in these communities to seek and receive help in an abusive relationship because of their identity.
No, you do not need to be a member of the LGBTQ community or a victim to support these organizations.
I hope that the next time you walk or run in purple, or even stand under a banner for victims’ rights, you think about how many stories are being told in silence, and how many are unable to get a like on social media due to a lack of resources and awareness.
Making people aware of the need to change course begins with you and your community. Please use your platform because, while we appear to be closer than ever in terms of social media awareness, we appear to be further apart in terms of helping each other. Keep yourself safe!
Choosing between a rock and a hard place: Jamaica’s governance color’
BY R.D. MILLER
This, like others before it, is an unfinished canvas and a variety of colored bags:
On September 3, 2020, the island of approximately three million people will decide whether to replace the locks or return the keys, as well as which party color they will hang for at least four more years, as voters consider a plethora of economic issues.
Economic pressure, unfulfilled promises, a growing or shrinking economy, high or low unemployment, climate change, economic mobility, COVOD-19, Distribution of Funds, stagnation, who is less or more corrupted- high, low crime, how many murdered under what party, prosperity, poverty, a growing divide between the haves and have-nots, high or reduced taxes
The covid effect on the pain brush
Many voters and party officials questioned the timing because of COVID-19, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness of the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) seized the moment, observing favorable poll numbers, and called for an election in the hope of extending and addressing the socio-economic and crime dents that have been inside these communities’ neglected paint shop for many years.
COVID-19 Pandemic, financial accountability, old-new manifesto, but who is accurately counting depends on one’s political affiliation. The COVID-19 fear, easy access to polling places for seniors, or abandoned hope and trust in the system. Many of the low-probability voters who will vote in this election are caught between a rock and a hard place
The island has made some progress in containing the pandemic at this early stage, but leaders must be honest and initiate a genuine debate about managing the pandemic. Many people argued that Tests, Treatment, and Trace (TTT), which will be critical, could be improved.
The long-term economic impact is unknown at this time, as the country and my other locations continue to follow the science and recommendations.
This battle to paint the nation’s next canvas may not be decided by who won the political debates or who has a better understanding of the country’s needs, but as experts have pointed out, the team that is more adept at using social media allows politicians to avoid the traditional method of reaching out to voters.
The reality is that it depends on the color you want to see.
An earlier nationwide radio poll found that roughly 64% believe the Holness administration is corrupt, but that it may be better to manage corruption. They will view these issues through a political prism that is either half-full or half-empty.
This report implies that having these foxes guard the hen-house is preferable. This election is still about what they should have done, what they could have done, what they might have done, what they might have done in the past.
These battles should be about the country’s future, environmental issues, the actual trade deficit, the balance sheet, investments, particularly for youths, education, corrections, training and development, and other key economic indicators for Jamaica’s real economic stability, which will benefit everyone.
When the election whistle blew, the two leaders, the players, went into non-stop color media bliss, taunting the progress or lack thereof. COVID-19 social distancing appears to be on the back burner of a national political campaign.
Unfortunately, no matter what the circumstances, justification, rationalization, or excuses are, bad things invariably follow when a country’s life is put at risk for personal gain.
Take, for example, the pandemic that I mentioned earlier. Rebuilding will be a continuing challenge for the new leader. COVID-19, economic stagnation, crime, poverty, and, yes, COVID-19 Blame Game Will Get Uglier as this election pandemic is ruthlessly exploited at the expense of people’s lives
This election debates for changing the nation’s economic tires, repainting, refueling these communities, and repairing broken parts may simply come down to which side is telling the truth or is better at covering up the truth as the island battles for its soul consistency looking for good governance.
The only certainty is that the winning party will need a majority because there is no room for compromise, even if the messenger on the other side has a friendly message, and more likely that the losing candidate will steer his ship into an iceberg if down-ballot candidates are on the ballot?
The same cars, dented but in different colors?
Local politics in Jamaica are frequently compared to a contact sport in which only the strongest survive. The economic strain will continue after the political colorful game is over, with injured community players sidelined due to lost jobs, navigating students who may face distance learning in rural areas without resources, and many other camouflage colors that have been blocking upward mobility, from a checked flag to a good finish line.
An incumbent has an advantage, and people may stick to the putrefaction because sifting through political tribalism is difficult, and governmental power is rarely based on real accomplishments, but on personal time served in a cabinet and popularity, resources to paint a better picture than reality.
Whether Dr. Peter Phillips, the People’s National Party (PNP) opposition leader, agrees with the election call. It is a delicate balance to ask residents who have been neglected to buy another ticket for their economic future. Both ships, each with a new soundtrack, argue that better days are ahead while accusing the other of being in the same murky water.
The reality is that any losing party’s leadership will almost certainly lead the entire crew into an iceberg. Even if the messenger on the other side has a good plan, the tribal toxicity in these campaigns leaves little room for compromise.
Sadly just holding the paint brush from the window, it seems; one side is blemished, the other is imperfect, while the oppressed are constantly squeezed from decades of promises, distrust, and ineffective management, as well as a lack of upward mobility, as many argue that only political leaders appear to be the only ones getting ahead.
The color that is missing while leaders shine:
Jamaica will rise and do better, but who will be less tainted, or who will carry a permanent stain, to continue navigating these ostentatious waters, roads, and hills?
When voters are whipped into a desperate frenzy, pitting communities against each other for temporary feel-good, the youths, downtrodden, teachers, law enforcement, public safety victims of crime, small businesses, and the middle class are trapped inside the body shop hoping someone fixes their dents from years of neglect and bumps.
After all, these political spray paint parties and leaders must serve as primary colors, combining both sides to produce an excellent portrait. Constant political wrangling only complicates governance and paints a bleak future picture.
Despite its cultural significance, Jamaica’s prosperity is not the best beat on the street; it is a single unemployed mother, father, sons, daughters, cousins, grandparents, and uncle on the hill debating whether or not to dance because what happens when the music stops?
“”The rhythms may change, but they’re all on the same vinyl,” one person argued.
Many argue that the politics in that country, as well as other impoverished and developing countries, are similar to some aspects of Chinese investment. They come to mine minerals and other natural resources in exchange for low-cost goods. However, little will change.
Unfortunately, after an election, Jamaica, like many other poor and developing countries, is dominated by kleptocracy leadership. Despite coming from modest means and being democratically elected, many of them have amassed massive fortunes.
These politicians use their political clout and clout to amass personal fortunes. Several reports have surfaced of people stealing money and important resources from the countries they lead, including close allies and family members. They govern in a charismatic manner for the people, but when they leave office, they are enormously wealthy.
As some locals have pointed out, the wealthy, well-connected, and politicians are often the only ones who continue to prosper. Many gated communities will claim patriotism and continue to wield political power in order to protect their profit margin.
We’re hoping for a new blend:
According to local reports, a number of women have entered this election on both sides, and whoever wins must demand a seat at the prime minister’s decision table.
Scholars have observed that women are under-represented in key positions to make critical changes in elected offices, civil services, the private sector, and academia, not only in Jamaica but in several other poor and developing countries.
This political election will not significantly reduce COVID-19 the next day, reduce crime, create affordable education, violence against women, better medical care, lower unemployment, increase bed space, or provide new life-saving equipment.
As the region continues to navigate the choppy waters, I hope that after these colorful events, everyone can find a color combination to renovate the country. It will take more than party dedication to see hope triumph over fear and reality triumph over fiction on this beautiful island.
Will everyone enjoy and benefit from the finished product?
This battle to paint the nation’s next canvas may not be decided by who won the debates or who has a better understanding of the country’s needs.
Voting should be done for the future, not for temporary jobs or a financial handout in an emergency. What about tuition and school supplies for your child’s education in the long run?
If your participation or reason for running for office is purely for personal gain, the nation’s socioeconomic upward mobility from healthcare, safety, education, and better roads will be lost at the polls.
During this political battle, the only question that communities should be asking is whether they are better off today or envision a future for the next generation. However, this election may come down to a single issue, “safety,” which is a public health issue.
Jamaica is not without flaws, but it is a vibrant place full of hope and opportunity. Change must begin at the bottom and work its way up. Regardless of which color is elected, the country must deal with a number of ignored rusts that weave a new upward mobility pain for long-term development; transforming the country.
An election, like art, should leave people with wonderful memories. As this shore tries to choose an image for better days between a rock and a hard place, regardless of who has the next paintbrush, they must remain hopeful until everyone can genuinely enjoy these recycled portraits, adding their color for both the country and personal prosperity.
The color of governance: Jamaica’s 2020 Election: Choosing between a rock and a hard place`
This, like others before it, is an unfinished canvas and a variety of colored bags:
Approximately three million people will vote on September 3, 2020, on whether or not to replace the locks or return the keys, and whose party color they will wear for the next four years, while they weigh a wide range of socio-economic issues.
As seen in other places, Jamaica is not afraid to put everything on the table if it means more power on any given political side.
From high crime to low crime, from a growing wealth gap to a shrinking economy, from climatic change to gender equity, from the number of murders committed under the JLP or PNP to the number of jobs created, to the number of promises kept and the number of people who are able to move up the economic ladder, there are a variety of variables that can play a role.
This conflict can be exacerbated by the social pressure of those who are well-connected and wealthy to change or maintain the status quo regardless of who has the keys to Jamaica’s or the people’s house.
The covid effect of this election’s paintbrush
The timing of the election was also questioned by many voters and opinion leaders, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness (JLP) took advantage of the occasion, based on good poll figures.
He is popular, and he has taken a new approach, and depending on the angle from which one sees this moving vehicle and preferred color, some call his plan an old-or new manifesto.
People in these communities have had socioeconomic and crime holes in their neglected paint shops for a long time. The prime minister called for an election based on the constitution in order to try to fix them.
Yes, COVOD-19 has added another level to the debate and opened the door to a wider discussion, distribution of Funds, what business stays open, closed, death tolls, vaccination, who is less or more corrupted-but at the same time, it has provided additional much-needed paint to cover these areas for now until the pandemic can be addressed.
While the island has made some progress in containing the virus at this early stage, leaders must be candid and initiate a serious discussion about pandemic management. Numerous individuals suggested that the critical Tests, Treatment, and Trace (TTT) procedures could be improved.
With the COVID-19 fear, easy access to voting sites for the elderly, or abandoned hope and trust in the system, there is reason to believe that citizens who will vote in this election are trapped between a rock and a hard place if they gaze in through these tinted windows inside the community body shop.
However, the battle to paint the nation’s next canvas may not be decided by who won the political debates or who has a better understanding of the country’s needs; rather, as experts have pointed out, the team that is more adept at using social media allows politicians to avoid the more traditional method of directly addressing voters with difficult questions.
It depends on the color you want to see
According to a previous nationwide radio poll, approximately 64 percent of respondents thought the Holness administration is corrupt, but that it may be more beneficial to handle corruption.
People on the island are constantly fighting for their socio-economic balance; seeking the right soul for a good government.
The debates over replacing the country’s economic tires, painting, recharging these communities, and repairing damaged parts may boil down to which side is better at telling the truth or lying about what is going on.
They will see these issues through a political prism that is either half-full or half-empty, depending on their political affiliations.
This report suggests that having these foxes keep an eye on the hen house is better than not having them at all.
All of these things are still important in this election. This election is about what they should have done, what they could have done, and what they might have done in the past.
Those who fight should be fighting for the future of Jamaica, the environment, the real trade deficit, the balance sheet, investments, especially for young people, education, corrections, training, and development, and other important economic indicators that will help everyone in the country.
Start painting or sanding down the rust for display.
When the election buzzer sounded, the two leaders, the players, entered a state of non-stop color media bliss, mocking progress or lack thereof. COVID-19 societal separation appears to be a secondary consideration in a national political campaign.
Even if the PNP’s leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, is opposed to such a demand, a careful balancing act must be performed in asking individuals who have been forgotten to purchase another ticket for their economic future.
While each ship’s melody is distinct, they both herald the arrival of better days. The other ship, according to both of them, is also in troubled, murky, and choppy questionable waters.
The fact remains that politics is a game of cat and mouse, and in this part of the world, it’s a fight of the titans between two powers looking to expand, or gain no matter what the conditions or justifications, or rationalizations may be.
Unfortunately, regardless of the circumstances, or excuses, when a country’s life is put at stake for personal political gains, horrible things usually follow, but we are still hoping for the best.
As I have said before, rebuilding will be a big problem for the new leader. This election pandemic is going to get even worse as people use it to their own advantage at the expense of people’s lives.
COVID-19, economic stagnation, crime, poverty, and the COVID-19 Blame Game will all get worse.
As long as there are down-ballot candidates who are running, it is more likely that the candidate who lost will run into an iceberg, even if the other person on the other side is friendly.
The only certainty is that the winning party will need a majority because there is no room for compromise, even if the messenger on the other side still has the respect and admiration of his or her community
Dented and painted different versions of the same vehicle?
Since driving and navigating political tribalism is challenging in a well-tuned engine, voters may choose to stick with an incumbent, who benefits from his or her position of familiarity and the resources available to present a more positive picture than reality.
Sadly, as it seems, governmental power is rarely based on real accomplishments, but on personal time served in a cabinet and popularity, resources to paint a better picture than reality.
Local politics is frequently compared to a contact sport in which only the strongest survive. After the political colorful game is over, the economic stains will continue, with injured community players sidelined due to unemployment from being on the losing team this season.
However, some will me but building new connections in maintaining their power and wealth, while others with camouflage colors that have been impeding upward mobility.
The impact of COCID-19 on navigating students who may face distance learning in rural areas without resources; they, too, will be looking for a new coat of paint, or a victim, wonders if their number will be called on a resolved case
Unfortunately, it appears as though only political leaders and the well-connected circles are advancing economically. No one has a monopoly on the best vehicle.
One political side has dents, the other with missing paints, and the oppressed are constantly squeezed by decades of promises, distrust, and ineffective management, as well as a lack of upward mobility.
It has been a pattern for decades, and many studies have shown that Jamaica ranks high on the corruption index when compared to other nations, and it supports
many elders argue that politics is where many people who should have been public servants go to become wealthy and the cycle continues.
The color that is missing while leaders shine:
Despite its cultural importance, Jamaica’s prosperity isn’t the best beat on the street; it’s a single unemployed mother, father, sons, daughters, cousins, grandparents, and uncle on the hill debating whether or not to dance because what happens when the music stops?
While the rhythms may vary, they are all recorded on the same vinyl,” one person contended.
A desperate frenzy that pits communities against each other for a short-term sense of happiness can make people feel like they’re stuck in a body shop.
People who have been neglected and bumped for years are stuck there, waiting for someone to fix their dents from years of collisions, and socioeconomic rust
Regrettably, Jamaica, like many other impoverished and developing countries, is governed by a kleptocratic government following an election.
Despite their humble origins and democratic election, several of them have earned enormous riches.
Numerous studies have revealed that they govern with a charismatic style; frequently use their political authority to build personal riches, including those of close allies and family members; and are tremendously affluent after they leave office.
Many have relocated to gated enclaves, professed patriotism, and continued to wield political power in order to safeguard their profit margins.
Numerous commentators assert that the politics of that country, as well as those of other underdeveloped and growing economies, share some resemblance to Chinese investment in specific sectors.
They come in attractive bundles, but in exchange, there is an imbalance that costs these people more money, while they gather minerals and other natural resources, and little will change after the contracts are signed.
After all, in order for these political spray paint parties and leaders to produce an excellent portrait, they must serve as primary colors, combining both sides.
Constant political wrangling complicates governance and paints a bleak future.
They are anticipating a fresh blend:
There is a lack of women in political posts, civil service, business sector, and academia in Jamaica and many other poor and developing nations according to academics.
According to local media reports, both parties have a significant number of women running in this election. However, whoever wins must demand a seat at the prime minister’s decision table.
They must work with other women, regardless of political beliefs, because they are the backbone of this country and the lifeblood that determines whether these paints shine for future generations or rust.
This political election will not significantly reduce COVID-19 the following day, crime, violence against women, better medical care, lower unemployment, increase bed space, or provide new life-saving equipment.
As the region continues to navigate choppy waters, I hope that after these colorful events, everyone can come up with a color scheme to renovate the country.
On this beautiful island, it will take more than party dedication to see hope triumph over fear and reality triumph over fiction.
Will the finished product be enjoyed and benefited by all?
Voting should be done for the future, not for short-term employment or a financial handout in an emergency.
What about long-term tuition and school supplies for your child’s education?
Despite the colors, social media blasts, likes, and yes, for many who sit on the side, some of whom may not live in the country, and are part of the decision making; the only question that communities should be asking is whether they are better off today or envision a future for the next generation.
However, this election may come down to a single issue, “safety,” which is a public health issue, because the data on other systemic issues have been there for decades, and the best speeches will not change that.
Jamaica is not without flaws, but it is a vibrant place full of opportunity and hope.
Change must start at the bottom and work its way to the top.
Whichever color is elected, the government must address a number of overlooked rusts that weave a new upward mobility pain for long-term development, thereby reshaping the country.
It’s important to think about whether your community vehicle is still in good shape when you start painting again, as I said before. If it’s not, you’ll need to make changes or make some adjustments.
I don’t have a vote, no financial interest, and no candidate, but I like the colors and hope for a better canvas where everyone can stop by, feel safe, find inspiration, and the possibilities are endless.
They must remain positive until everyone can truly enjoy these recycled photos, adding their own color for both the country and personal success, as this shore seeks to choose an image of better days between a rock and a hard place.
Jamaica will rise and prosper, but who will be less tarnished, or who will bear a permanent stain, to navigate these ostentatious waters, roads, and hills?
Is there a me-too moment for racial, economic- equity, justice and reparation in the` Caribbean region?
BY. R.D. MILLER
The unexpected call:
Shortly after George Floyd, an African American killed during an encounter with members of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, police department; a global social consciousness rose with massive protest. They called for the universal reversal of laws and systematic practices that many deemed socially and economically ruined local communities of color for decades.
The domino effect forced several businesses once benefited from slavery and the institutional discriminatory practices to confront their past. However, many argued that some gestures were not enough as it appears some banks and insurance companies across continents where slavery generated enormous wealth now setting the agenda regarding implementation of any reforms, apology or compensation.
The global reckoning on race relations and discriminatory business practices has caused some noted changes despite previous resistance. Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s Rice, and Mrs. Butterworth’s brand changed its logo from 130 years that many argued were racial stereotypes of blacks. Other companies have been taking steps to address hiring practices even more diverse advertising that featured people of color.
Will that be enough remains an open question.
Today’s global racial equity call is not like recent women’s me-too movements when several ladies came forward and spoke up about their experience of inappropriate widespread sexual advances, harassment, and rape by powerful men that have gone un-noticed for decades.
The leadership equation for racial and socioeconomic equity along these shores
Though the Caribbean islands often take a hint from the international media and struck courage. However, the Caribbean me-too for equality, and an economic package to build a better future from its dark past, is more complex.
Furthermore, with reported millions of dollars in debt owes to foreign investors, it is almost like one is in playing in a football game down 3-4 touchdowns, and two minutes before the game ends, and the opponent has the ball.
Can they all afford to protest earnestly for fundamental as for a change in the street; and how do you bite off the nervous hands that are merely sustaining you? But the lack of a massive protest along these shores, as seen elsewhere; does not mean that there is not one brewing especially among the younger generation.
Sure, it is a noble feeling to eradicate 400-years of the colonial chain, laws, and mental debris for equality and equity that has been hitting many disadvantaged communities like a destructive hurricane recklessly causing administrative, economic, and social barriers to upward mobility. This sea change will take more than tweets, likes on social media, or political position, or silence.
The Caribbean tragic colonial history cannot be eradicated with a rope, stones, or fire as seen elsewhere pulling down historic generals or former slave owners statues; or call for the official resignation of local managers who typically operate businesses in the region once benefited from these ships with tweets, anger, and photo-ups for quick sound bites.
Decades of economic and social disadvantage despite few educational and economic transformations, as it sits now, need a new blueprint to reverse not only what was on paper, but to reverse the mental anguish of colonial practices that have caused communities to be stuck at sea without an anchor.
Sadly, it is an uphill battle as some leaders cannot even decide if or where to hold a protest, whom, or policy, structure’ leaders should move or steer this reparation vessel for critical change.
Change can be difficult, but moving forward requires a holistic approach from the youths, churches, community and elected leaders, political alliances through collaborative voices. Who arranges a seat at the head table with the biggest notepad along these shores remains a challenge. Many reports have shown there are wide-spread skepticism and distrust of local elected leaders in several communities as to who will benefit from any mee-too approach
One of the challenges, not all on a similar path, but they are looking dock. Barbados, where scholars noted that colonial powers first docked in the region with the blueprint may have an alternative approach from Jamaica, Haiti still looking for an economic anchor to move several people out of poverty may have a different approach.
Another example, Trinidad and Tobago, where many Indians descendants were also enslaved on sugar, cane plantations during slavery. However, today some see themselves as a prominent part of the privileged class and may embrace a different approach to reparation. Antigua and other islands are still under colonial rule and benefiting directly from the shade of the Commonwealth structure.
A Troubled History:
Despite one mission from the Transatlantic slave trade as many philosophers have recognized, in which they transported between 10 million and 12 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas from the 16th to the 19th century.
Many who share the umbilical cord have a different approach, deep philosophic difference, while some rather remain silent woven in a social class system despite being descendants of slaves while others continue suffering from the lingering legacy of slavery racial inequities. As a result, it seems today, on many of these shores, they invite more discussions than policies.
Based on historians; the Caribbean islands fell under the ruling of a European nation; British, Dutch, and French. Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden also occupied territories in the Caribbean. And since innocent people of color did not have a personal reservation, they established rigid rules and penal laws that transcend into systematic institutional racial discrimination today.
History has informed us, between 1788 and 1838 workhouses in Jamaica, one of the most significant British West Indian colony marginalized its population, and that affected local industries, like finance and manufacturing to progress. Today, many dark-skinned people experience steeper mobility subsequently carries forward even in more migration elsewhere across these shores for better opportunities.
The Caribbean may have passed its hostility tone since those cultural prohibitions of black settlement in some areas to interracial sex, part of the racial discrimination known as the “color bar” that has severely constrained its unique culture and economic growth, but it until now reverberates globally today. It may give that melting pot atmosphere, but it is, however, segregated by class, and yes, the complexity that many darker skin people still struggle from that horrific past.
A delicate dance for equity:
Colonial occupation has established a legacy where only a new economical reconciliation path for all that will establish an economic foundation to left people out of poverty. Some argued, perhaps eliminating several debts, financial compensation, but I believe a mental rehabilitation from slavery has to be balanced across these coastlines to reduce decades of a psychological drain.
Many reports have shown that many of today’s buildings, imported goods, and service contracts, ports, and manufacturing own by foreign investors on the shores, which will sit at the reparation table, therefore; me-too may not represent the downtrodden. Subsequently, where does the Caribbean start for social and economic justice for Afro-Caribbean and ethnic minorities who have been marginalized for decades?
Me-too on many fronts absolutely is not about resettlement, re-distribution of land to the poor owned by elected officials, or the top one percent of the rich, removal of colonial images from a local church window, lower interest rates on predatory loans, a new police station to cut violent crimes, and reported corruption or political alliance that only create a stalemate.
The mental complexity
If the Caribbean solution is to its decades of poverty, inequality, and other barriers, “reparation” or a unilateral economic package permanently building the education system, job opportunities, adequate healthcare, better salary for public servants, modern infrastructure, or manufacturing will represent an excellent approach.
However, openly talking about reparations for the descendants of enslaved people, remain open debate on philosophical grounds like the ocean as to where, who, when any economic wave will approach its shores.
This reconciliation debate is more than a dollar value, social and economic equity, nor can it be the voice of the privileged class, but an economic widespread policy that addresses institutionalized practices that have created a wide gap between the have vs the have-nots.
Today, many wealthy islanders who have successfully attained academic opportunity, business success and can promptly compensate their way into that privileged class often still harbor the colonial bourgeoisie consciousness mentality and a strong grip maintaining stratification, them vs us. Often there is minimization in areas of poverty, crime, poor education, healthcare structural impediments as it appears these poverty-stricken community are at fault.
Conveniently some will yield their financial power to maintain their status> One former diplomat said, “many locals are more foreign minded that the foreigner.” This mentality will stymie any me-too moment for equality.
What is good from the colonial doctrine if it does not eliminate the paralyzing debt, promote manufacturing, improve schools that play a key part in economic prosperity? Many island nations have contributed to the economic power of their once colonial rules, and the economic success they enjoy today.
The hidden rough tide:
Though these islands remain a place to forget your overdue bills and any other issues temporarily; where the smile continues to be broad, linked by the slave ship. The region’s shorelines forever roar with a dark cloud after Europeans decided they wanted to establish their economy and Africa represent the place they went and eagerly snatched people of color, filled several ships without reservation.
An economic collaborative even the ability to travel to other islands for accurate diagnosis and critical medical care rather than waiting eagerly for weeks for urgent surgery or test results will safeguard many lives, and access to good and affordable healthcare represents new me-too respiration. But social disadvantage remains difficult to detect with the naked eye like bigotry seen elsewhere because many bears a resemblance to you does not make it a steady path.
A notable example: Since the COVID-19 pandemic washed onto these shores, it exposed the already poor healthcare system, the ever-widen gap between the haves vs the have-nots, access to decent healthcare, and the major disparities. And if provided local reports that highlight ongoing corruption, mismanagement of COVID-19 funds received, and a system where not everyone can agree on if it is going to rain, or what party is less corrupted in leading these islands; it generates more questions about how to manage any potential reparation or me too question..
This pandemic has affected tourism one of the vital economic and significant industries in the various Caribbean islands. Today, despite measures balancing the economics and safety, It further shows a lack of collaboration as these island stances regarding which one secures a firmer grip on the pandemic for the next terrorist dollar.
This COVID-19 pandemic may leave the shore one day. Those impacted numbers can be disguised as to which leaders telling the truth on the figure of infected individuals, fatality, and the exact cause of death or delivered it there.
What is clear, the internal political struggle goes on, and hidden division between many of these islands that should be working together more than it seems to reverse this decade of ongoing strain from the colonial slavery virus.
The enduring mental impact:
Slavery divided the region into different plantations that established a protectionist and competitive system, subconsciously or not. Today islanders are not from the sugar canes and coffee fields and are free to travel between islands, but some continue to identify others as you over there, and if some could erect a wall, they would.
Recently the Jamaican Supreme Court ruled a student could not attend classes if she didn’t cut her dreadlocks and the school did not infringe on the child’s constitutional rights. This ruling confirms that Rastafarians typically remain a social outcast based on an old colonial ideal, and this culture should only be practiced behind closed doors.
Slavery is no longer on paper, the casting of a new fishing net to have a balance dance is still delicate; especially if the judiciary system has holes in basic democracy and cultural tolerance for all? To such a degree, these communities must step back and rigorously evaluate that, “Out of Many One People,” and any other motto after colonial rule.
Undoubtedly, the Caribbean continues to search for its socio-economic soul, and if one’s hair is no longer acceptable in the local school, what next, Rasta solitary bathroom, dining area, etc. The styling of one’s culture may explain the abundance of bleaching cream being bought in the region for acceptance by many, as the colonial mentality still lingers.
It is like a recent report surrounding a British insignia, a medal worn by the heads of state, the governor-general of Jamaica that depicted an individual on the neck of a black person. Though dehumanizing, how can you achieve a balance if laws bear similar weight on their people?
And if the region conveniently overlooks this pivotal moment for upward mobility despite other systematic socioeconomic disparities, and without the right leadership, I am genuinely terrified they all are naturally wearing the official insignia, and me-too and any other push for economic prosperity represent just a thought.
The elephant is still in the room: Women leaders in the Caribbean and the silent struggle`
BY RD Miller
The hazy mirror that revealed the past:
In the Caribbean and other impoverished and emerging countries, the glass ceiling may have shattered, but it remains intact.
This is a watershed moment in which political groups are discussing who is best positioned to lead them out of violent crime, endemic poverty, and a new path toward a brighter future.
Although these local political communities are frequently dominated by men, women have made significant contributions to their advancement, whether as educators, nurses, police officers, or wives who keep the family together.
Despite the fact that many great female leaders have emerged from our various societies, there is still a significant gap between gender equality and political advancement.
Leta Hong Fincher of CNN recently reported that a “United Nations and Inter-Parliamentary Union report highlighted that 10 of 152 elected heads of state were women, and men made up 75 percent of parliamentarians, 73 percent of managerial decision-makers, and 76 percent of people in mainstream news media.” Fincher said.
Perhaps it is not their talents or dedication to public service that has been questioned, but rather their “being a woman.”
This is not, however, an opinion on feminist movements.
There are many barriers that still exist in our society, and while I am not qualified to speak on them, many have been documented and may continue to play a role today.
However, I have selected a few cases near my home and presented my case.
They were too tough, had strong opinions, had an attitude, and were unable to connect with changing demographics; they were disconnected from the working class.
Sadly, it seems on some of these shores, today, the selection of our modern-day female leaders resembles a “beauty pageant,” with their physical appearance taking precedence over their abilities or economic policies.
For example, I recently read about Lisa Hanna, a former World 1993 contestant and Jamaican Member of Parliament whose personal beauty overshadows her ideas.
I will address the elephant in the room later, which may have made upward mobility more difficult, and it is not an attack on any individual, but a mentality that may need to be adjusted to have a balance in our society.
However, there was little discussion of hidden sexism, misogynist views, low voter turnout, and parliamentary control in which some representatives appeared to be unaware of or respect their power to implement policies that would move these nations forward.
The room’s unspoken elephant:
According to political pundits, opposition leader Dr. Phillip was one of Jamaica’s finest legislators, and his experience benefited the country greatly.
However, because demographics have shifted to a younger demographic, some likely voters may believe it is time to hand over power.
Can he or others, on the other hand, instantly remove the barriers that women frequently face in politics, barriers that have been woven by a decade of a stained mirror woven by an old colonial and slavery mentality that only a few people can overcome?
Most importantly, can he use his abilities and skills to capture the imagination of young voters and persuade them to change course or continue to steer this political ship into an iceberg?
To illustrate what I consider to be an elephant not only in Jamaica but across the globe. Based on local reports, and again, this can be viewed along the party line.
In the eyes of many Jamaicans, Lisa Hanna has a better chance of delivering a clear decision concerning the country’s future than any other candidate, regardless of party affiliation.
Does she or any other comrade have the power to force the resignation of the Honorable Dr. Phillips?
With regard to guard changes
For her to be the covenant leader, a less than enthusiastic male leader must step down from their chair.
Will she take the helm of Dr. Peter Phillips’ National People’s Party (PNP) as Leader of the Opposition?
Will the power-holder, the Honorable Dr. Phillips, give up his position to her or another comrade after decades in office when it comes to changing guards has been the center of debates.
It looks like if this ship sinks, the current leadership is taking, if not everyone, at least a majority of the people on board.
Without a doubt, legislative elections should be centered on the next generation, with rigorous debates that properly align voters’ legitimate concerns and interests with their economic future.
The gradual rise of populism in the Caribbean, particularly in the Caribbean today, is never successful. It almost always results in obvious personal financial gains for many elected officials.
Again, this is not an opinion about Lisa’s ascension, descent, or obstacles; I conclude her account because it elucidates some fundamental issues surrounding women and governance.
A succinct summary of notable accomplishments from the archives:
The Hon. Eugenia Charles: Prime minister of Dominica, July 21, 1980, – June 14, 1995,
The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime minister of Jamaica; March 2006 – September 2007 and again January 2012 – March 2016
The Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister: Trinidad and Tobago, May 2010 – September 2015.
Increasing numbers of women have emerged from the shadows in recent decades and sought positions of greater responsibility, but many have failed.
As a result of these holes in the ceiling, it has not been possible for anybody else to pass-through
Eugenia Charles was the first female prime minister of Dominica and the first female lawyer in the Caribbean. Since the death on July 21, 1980–until June 14, 1995, there has been no other death in Dominica.
Except for the late Eugenia Charles, Portia Simpson, and Kamla Persad all lost re-election bids. It resulted in more critical examinations of how they lost rather than their political achievements.
It’s clear from a few old accounts that even as the leaders of their countries, Portia Simpson-Miller and Kamla Persad weren’t immune to the idiocy and savagery of the press.
However, my focus is not on what should have been done, but rather on how these countries should proceed going forward.
As a side note, other women have served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, which include Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, and Bonaire, and are known as Dutch Caribbean colonies.
According to scholars, the elected parliament wields political power, and the government is appointed based on the composition of the legislature. That political system, on the other hand, is a little more complex.
A ray of light
Given the good of today’s issues, as I’ve outlined above, more women on these coastlines and other places, impoverished, industrialized, and developing, could make a significant difference, but the numbers are still troubling.
There are other women all over the world who are inspiring others, breaking down barriers, and forging their own paths, particularly in poor and developing countries.
However, I only wanted to highlight a few for this opinion I believe are generally underestimated in terms of what they’ve accomplished, the challenges they’ve faced, and the work that still needs to be done to attain that balance.
Hope exists, but it will take more than just Prime Minister Mottley to bring it about.
Instead of waiting until the season is over to rebuild, the team must always have a group of reserves on hand to help develop the next generation of players.
Prime Minister Mottley is widely recognized as one of the region’s most brilliant independent thinkers, having previously been elected as the political opposition’s leader prior to his unexpected triumph in 2018.
She recently pushed for stronger moral leadership and critical collaboration to enhance health systems across the area, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is a breath of fresh air for the region, not only because of her charismatic leadership but also because she is a visionary who understands what it takes to lead in the twenty-first century.
Aside from that, she doesn’t accompany her caretaker since she wants to befriend the community that’s been following her. Reports say she put the interests of her country ahead of personal gain, mismanagement, and corruption.
While not all women agree on the same metrics, political approaches, or experience-based values, the drive for socioeconomic equality, upward mobility, and gender equity persists, as numerous scholars have emphasized.
A delicate balancing act
I’m not an expert on women’s politics, but despite the fact that more women are running for office in the region, it appears that the men in charge are still in charge.
A sizable contingent of supporters or women at the table does not always result in legislative victories.
Economic policy-making in the region sometimes resembles learning the ropes at a local mechanic’s shop. Only when a supervisor has no choice or can no longer lead, then they spread the opportunity to show off the staff skills.
Clinging to power, on the other hand, breeds division, disconnect, and a stalemate of new ideas for advancement, paving the way for the next generation of female leaders.
There will need to be a strategy to minimize organized crime and attract new investments that benefit everyone in order to reduce the gap between the wealthy and the poor in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, stagnating economic conditions, and high levels of employment.
Of course, some will push back to appear to be aware of these issues, and even a day at church before an election, which I understand; they’re all politicians, and I’m not in the room, but after the sermons for change, it seems to be the same scriptures.
If the regional legislative system requires future female leaders to win the approval of the system’s men in order to ascend to the top, this is problematic.
Will the elephants leave the room so that other well-qualified female leaders can become the party’s commander in order to be elected as the next Prime Minister?
The revolving door of leadership:
Every election cycle appears to have the same guards and a similar platform for economic prosperity on many fronts, jobs, education, and access to good and affordable healthcare regardless of party affiliation, particularly in poor and developing countries plagued by crime and economic stagnation?
While it comes to being a good leader, it’s all about being able to maintain a stable environment and recognizing that, as a passenger, you may benefit from the years of road experience you’ve gained rather than trying to drive when you’re distracted by personal requirements.
Perhaps term limits should be considered, and communities throughout the region should ask themselves: do they feel safer, better off, regardless of party affiliation?
Every vote has consequences, but losing an election does not mean that women’s advancement in the Caribbean is over.
More women in politics are needed, especially for adolescent girls who need a role model, better education, job opportunities, health, and security.
There are many people who believe in “democracy,” but it is an oligarchy that selects who they believe their community will recognize based on an emotional connection between themselves and their elected leaders.
This allows the elected leaders to gain more control over their personal power while pretending to be working for the community at all times.
According to the current political climate, this isn’t an excessively harsh criticism.
Many political leaders utilize appointed jobs as a way to show their commitment to diversity.
It’s possible to intentionally exploit even at the highest levels, with political titles, because they only hear her voice after the meeting
While sending Mother’s Day tweets to your constituents is a nice gesture, a comprehensive economic strategy aimed at lifting these young women out of poverty, victim rights, and or even diversion out of the criminal justice system would be far more beneficial.
Giving out a few shopping bags to the impoverished is always a good thing, but when it comes with a camera and a 30-second film to tweet, it’s approaching exploitation.
At least for the time being, this is an effective means of getting out the vote and getting a head start on the next election cycle, but its long-term viability remains an open question.
If access to important career paths remains stagnant, which is especially important for young women, many elections will have no effect on the importance of women’s issues.
Taking a stand in the face of reality.
To be more than a statistic, more women must unite around similar threads, regardless of political allegiance, to show that politics and action can be the difference between success and failure for students.
Because many of the women in the region’s official titles are “former,” this is not the time to embark on an apology tour, because it cannot become a safe haven.
It’s been proven in numerous studies that men are notoriously bad at apologizing for their mistakes.
To overcome these barriers, leaders must coach and encourage the next generation to lead. Young people in the region must believe that they have the potential to become the region’s leaders.
Approximately half of women in the workforce today have an undergraduate degree, matching the number of men with a college education according to Pew’s analysis and academic research.
Sadly, despite these academic achievements, there are still barriers to developing leaders and business owners who can serve as role models for the next generation of leaders and owners.
They must view the obstacles or chronic challenges that women confront as an integral part of them, rather than as women working in distinct areas of the house to change the hurdles, especially in impoverished communities.
The next generation of leaders in the region must know that there is still hope for them.
This is not a last-ditch appeal for males to resign from positions of authority. And just because you cannot see the elephant or he is unsightly does not imply he is not present.
I don’t have a ballot and I’m not voting for anyone. A female candidate should not lose an election just because she is female or because she is competing against a male candidate; similarly, a male candidate should not lose an election simply because he is running against a female candidate.
Given the complexity of the global economy, a candidate’s intellectual and physical capacity to lead a country in distress is a fair issue; yet, given the current situation, I believe she must have a fair shot to if she is equipped.
To reduce serious criminality, a COVID-19 strategy is needed in some Caribbean `islands.`
BY R.D. Miller
Balance while addressing the other public health crisis
COVID-19 has exacerbated the global economic downturn by causing job losses, business closures, and disruptions to many educational systems. This has resulted in a wider gap between the haves and the have-nots.
When it came to the shores of the Caribbean Islands, it also highlighted structural discrepancies in many medical systems’ readiness and access to cheap healthcare, as well as in other poor and developing countries.
Given the magnitude of the economic damage, experts believe that many nations will face a difficult recovery in the coming months, if not years.
Furthermore, the overall strength of many economies will necessitate more than a mask, particularly in impoverished and developing countries where the tourist industry is vital to the local economy and accounts for a significant portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
It exhibited the same waves of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety as other locations, and because no one is immune, compliance will be up to the residents until a vaccine is discovered.
Whoever looks at it can determine what is true.
Additional difficulties, according to local accounts, were a lack of planning for economic loss, accountability, manipulation of monies allocated, corruption, and a lack of sufficient bed space and other resources to deal with the pandemic.
Pay-as-you-go healthcare was already beset by problems that appeared to have outgrown the system’s aging population. COVID-19 has also highlighted the delicate balance that exists between public and private treatment in terms of whether patients have a better chance of surviving.
Effective pandemic management is vital, no matter what the disputes are.
This is not an indictment of the system, but decades of failed socioeconomic policies cannot be washed away or deflected, nor can they produce a single party capable of resolving these challenges, as some assume.
However, it has exacerbated tensions between local businesses, tourists, curfews and public safety, and the long-term economic viability of the country.
A wide range of issues, including the safety and well-being of front-line workers, research into the best method for restricting transmission, and the economic impact, were also brought to light by the outbreak.
Whatever the debates, effective pandemic management is critical despite the reported tensions and a delicate balance between local business operations, job losses, tourism, curfew, public safety, and long-term economic sustainability.
The good news is that there are a lot of dedicated healthcare professionals working in these difficult conditions, and their methods seem to have made a big difference in the virus’s early stages.
People who worked hard to fight this deadly disease behind the Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] and away from the cameras and press conferences were and still are the doctors and nurses who did their best to keep it from spreading any faster than it already has.
To move forward, epidemiologists and the local communities must figure out how deadly the coronavirus will be, how many people are sick, and the exact number of deaths that have been documented.
The delicate political maneuvering
The pandemic has also provided a platform and built the foundation for a future presidential contest. Two rival parties were blamed for the country’s troubles.
With the outbreak and its handling, there was an additional layer of separation between the two groups of people who were already at odds,
Experts have noticed for decades that social upward mobility has been a major structural challenge, regardless of which party is in power. Even my grandmother’s recollections helped shed light on a couple of the main causes, which I’ll go into more detail about in a moment.
However, it may take more than a few vaccines for the region to recover and enjoy this beautiful environment, from the other issues also not just for the well-connected and wealthy but also for those who are frequently left behind.
The COVID-19 pandemic is being accompanied by a second hidden epidemic.
For the sake of gaining a larger perspective, I approached this essay or statement of view like an academic term paper.
Recent years have seen an upsurge in several shootings, robberies, theft, assaults, and killings, as well as gang activities. Violence is a public health issue, and it has been known for years. According to local reports, leaders should follow the same rules to bring these criminal strains under control.
This, too, necessitates a national daily conference, such as COVID-19 strategies, because it may have claimed more lives than COVID in the same period.
While COVID-19 has compelled numerous people to stay at home, many residents in gated communities were already mentally confined before the epidemic, with steel bars put on some properties serving as a constant reminder of security concerns.
As some leaders have argued, these issues may have an external influence, such as drug trafficking and the importation of illegal firearms, which may have an impact on the situation.
Crime, on the other hand, usually requires a lot more cooperation from different groups to stop criminal businesses. What are some of the internal motivators?
Some members of the community believe that the city is not doing enough to protect them from becoming victims of this criminal virus.
While local law enforcement has been unable to attribute the surge in violence to COVID-19 or any other external factor, the outbreak has the potential to reach pandemic proportions.
Trying to avoid stigmatizing people with mental health disorders and homelessness, especially in countries where the subject has a history of being ridiculed, taunted, and consigned to the margins of the public eye.
Another question is, given the epidemic, how many facilities could have dealt with any potential problem? However, I’ll come back to this topic eventually.
Foreign travel restrictions can help prevent a pandemic, but a country also needs to vaccinate dangerous areas where crime has persisted.
Local residents may recognize that the Coronavirus and the recent increase in crime rates pose a threat to the economy. But who is to blame for economic downturns brought on by the pandemic or the increase in crime rate, the virus, or the leaders?
Many of these communities will likely continue searching for solutions for many years to come.
Despite the reality that violence is pervasive not just in these places, some regional media outlets compare and minimize it regularly, which is not a solution.
Moral equivalence is conveyed, which conflicts with local crime figures and other socio-economic difficulties.
When it comes to horrifying crimes, many have said that COVID-19 techniques have been adequate, but do they often identify the criminals who commit them?
The evidence is clear on the true cause of death.
According to experts, crime in Latin America and the Caribbean costs an average of 3% of GDP, amounting to more than US$350 billion in enforcement, investigations, security spending, disinvestment, and other areas, and it has been increasing for decades.
According to experts, roughly 40% of the Caribbean population views crime and security issues as more serious than poverty or inequality in their respective countries.
There were 306 homicides in Jamaica between January 1 and March 31 of this year, according to police records. If the current weekly murder rate holds, Jamaica could see over 1,200 killings by the end of this year.
Unfortunately, the region will have the dubious distinction of having the highest murder rate per 100,000 local residents, which is something no civilized nation can be proud of.
Between January and February 2020, over 73 murders were reported in Trinidad and Tobago. If current trends continue, the 536 murders recorded in 2019 will be the second-highest in Trinidad’s history for a single year.
According to several crime analysis reports, the death rate has increased from an average of 31.5.8 per 100,000 people to more than 37.5 per 100,000 people.
A high number of cases per 100,000 people was also observed in English-speaking Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Belize, as well as Latin American countries such as Honduras and Venezuela, according to experts.
These rates are 15 to 30 times as high as those in the majority of European nations.
Bermuda, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, and other countries in the region, on the other hand, maintain lower rates. Naturally, they are smaller in population, and some retain colonial authority with well-managed administrations.
Bermuda had its first murder in two years, with five occurring in 2018 and none occurring in 2019.
Despite claims of drug and firearm smuggling, organized crime, and criminal gangs, these islands have a far better grasp on crime.
A tightrope walker
Local law enforcement personnel who are required to wear numerous hats daily; crucial mediators, advisors, diversity coordinators, youth advocates; group leaders, psychologists, and community volunteers are all caught in the crossfire of politics.
Today’s officers face a challenging duty. They must serve in politically connected neighborhoods. They frequently encounter danger and hostility.
The animosity between law enforcement and the problems they face today has its roots in colonial control, but many of the conflicts they face are self-inflicted.
Officers have a significant role in preventing violence and other civil issues in these communities, as demonstrated by the discovery of a COVID-19 vaccination.
As a result of trying to replace years of experience that have departed the police, they are probably overworked and understaffed.
Today, it seems they are overburdened, outgunned, and appear to lack the resources necessary to reduce violence while reconciling community perceptions with reality.
Additionally, underpaid, and in some circumstances, the community casts doubt on some currently serving obligations or willingness to defend and serve the community for many years to come.
Sadly, many organized criminals who may be suffering from mental illness, some frustrated with their personal growth, or feel like they are untouchable because of their political connections won’t hesitate to scare people and take off their masks to make them afraid.
There are a lot of people who think that these criminals, like the COVID-19 virus, are not bound by society’s laws and rules. This makes them more dangerous to everyone who comes their way.
A lot of these criminals are trying to destabilize local communities by taking advantage of this time of unease, anxiety, uncertainty, and stress that isn’t seen in a long time.
Unfortunately, some members of the same violent communities will defend those accused of heinous crimes, disguise themselves, or refuse to provide valuable information to assist local law enforcement in being more effective.
If these towns do not respond to continuing investigations when they have important information and given the observed poor case closure rates, they risk attracting a swarm of serial killers or someone in need of rehabilitation on their streets.
You cannot continue to blame law enforcement for withholding information that might benefit the community and the country as a whole.
Along these beaches, the swaying anchor
Similar stores, like Haiti, are often neglected. In February 2020, the Armed Forces attacked the National Police Headquarters in Port-au-Prince, killing one soldier and injuring another.
The governing structure itself may be under threat by other Haitians who are simply waiting for an opportunity to strike.
More civil unrest is possible in 2020 because of a worsening economic and political crisis ten years after their horrific calamity, reports other publications.
If the country of Haiti collapses and ignites innocent people in its path because of political unrest and economic ruin, society should pray for the best and prepare for the worse.
People who live over there aren’t alone, but some of the postcard images sent from other places may not tell people where the real stories are.
If you think the Pandemic or the Crime should be prioritized, then you’re right. I’m just pointing out the difficulties.
Separate but equal judiciary roles:
Will an offender’s behavior alter if countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Balise, Haiti, and other Latin American countries reinstate the death penalty by hanging?
Hanging offenders, even though it is a degrading, brutal, and inhumane penalty, has been argued to dissuade those who have violated the peace of the nation.
Even though the death penalty has been abolished in a large number of nations for serious crimes, Amnesty International remains opposed to it.
As of today, it appears like the court needs to get more engaged. In their publication, The Role of Judges, the American Bar Association stated it best.
“What exactly is a judge’s job description? What he or she doesn’t do may be the greatest place to begin.
When it comes to enforcement of the laws, I believe that the legislative body, public employees, and citizens as a whole need to work together to ensure public safety. A judge is not a law enforcement officer.
Even though it is true that no country can forecast criminal conduct for a variety of reasons, reactionary law enforcement is not a long-term solution.
A hefty penalty will not be sufficient punishment for leaders who fail to address the underlying causes of socioeconomic decline.
To effectively deal with it as a public health issue outside of the elected or elite bubble, the correctional system, legislation, and judicial system, as well as politicians, must speak out in one collective voice. They must stop pointing fingers and speak together.
Finding the root cause of a problem
A focus on the primary area where I believe criminal elements contribute to high recidivism rates and other safety problems is not a denigration of the system.
What are the socio-economic hurdles that, especially for many young people, make joining a gang, indulging in scamming, or targeting vulnerable people more attractive?
It’s not only about breaking the boundaries of social distance or curfew but rather, what’s the pathology behind the behavior?
Addressing issues such as neglect, re-victimization, school fights that might escalate, weapons accessibility, school dropouts, juvenile criminality, and substance abuse will take some time, realistically.
Leading experts warn that if these problems aren’t addressed immediately, they could spiral out of control.
A lack of parental direction, low self-esteem, sadness, rage, and other symptoms of social and economic inequality are all red flags that need to be addressed if they are to address these problems.
Although they may have the best of intentions in some interventions, it appears that many residents engage in “selective wrath” before moving on to the next hot topic.
It is time to move the focus of crime-fighting measures away from how government institutions such as law enforcement and the courts operate in these close-knit communities.
While these disputes boil with each shifting of the guard in the people’s house, atrocities continue unabated. From the pulpit to the classroom to counselors, teachers, music icons, sports stars, babies, or grandma, it appears as though no one or nothing is secure today.
Closing a single door allows for simple access to mayhem.
Regrettably, tales of guns discovered in barrels and containers intended to import food and other supplies suggest that the government is preparing for civil war or that criminal gangs are wreaking havoc on an already criminal economy.
Social media increasingly displays more potent weapons previously only seen in war battles. Additionally, how many barrels of weapons or illegal drugs have been discovered in these ports?
Perhaps it is time to undertake a more thorough background check on individuals in these crucial public service roles, as they also contribute significantly to the nation’s safety and security.
However, the growing disparity between rich and poor that has existed for decades must be addressed, and collaboration between social development and law enforcement is essential.
Numerous analysts have warned that these developments suggest that you may be in or near a failed state.
Additionally, whether arming company owners or expanding citizen access to firearms is a solution that could end in vigilante justice. Some may become targets for their legal firearms, while others may lack the training necessary to wield a weapon, resulting in a few of these new offenses.
There is evidence of the succession of violence on these islands, indicating that it is not all doom and gloom, but it does demand a rational plan.
The criminogenic risk and needs:
Though many have stated that COVID-19 measures have been adequate, horrendous crimes require more than “we’re tough on crime,” but do these strategies frequently identify these criminals?
The character of a crime appears to be gaining greater attention in these community conversations, while the source of criminality appears to be dwindling.
Numerous disadvantaged and emerging countries need re-entry programs. According to specialists, many people are now living alone at home with little or no support, are unemployed, or have a history of mental health difficulties.
These horrible headlines will not go away, needing a multidimensional strategy that examines growing societal disadvantages and the plight of many disadvantaged youngsters.
Regrettably, their economy and lack of proper assistance undermine their prospects for a bright future.
Numerous individuals may have been unaware of criminogenic risk factors such as anti-social cognition. They frequently demonstrate risk factors such as antisocial conduct and personality characteristics.
They are irritable, lack appropriate education and employment skills or training, are jobless, and struggle with illegal substance usage and mental health difficulties. Regrettably, many are also victims of crime in need of counseling.
People have expressed unhappiness with their leaders in the face of expectations only to find themselves in the same predicament following each election cycle.
There has also been an increase in domestic violence and other community conflicts, which may or may not be related to gang turf battles, while the economic and psychological effects of COVID-19 are being assessed.
Unresolved conflicts often degenerate into physical violence and homicide as a result of a lack of available resources. Weapons, on the other hand, appear to have overtaken talk as a method of resolving small disputes in the modern era.
It’s not merely a place to sleep and be confined.
The use of prison to reduce crime does not always yield the desired results. Many incarcerated offenders face stigma, inhumane treatment, and a lack of resources after reintegration.
Studies show that recidivism is minimal in institutions and programs that focus on rehabilitating ex-offenders, and career criminals for reintegration into society.
institutions I’ve visited and talked about community risk reduction with. They have a great re-entry program in a brand new facility that is very offender rehabilitation focus.
Mental health assessment and treatment, substance addiction therapy, psychosexual evaluation, vocational training, and increasing investment in social workers are all critical components. “
This intervention in criminal behavior and community reintegration will result in a fundamental shift in addressing the root causes of the problem.
Many troubled people have limited adaptive abilities and are quick to commit crimes against anyone, including family members, in any conflict, using vigilante justice.
The use of a blanket classification for all convicted offenders, whether inside or outside the prison walls, contributes to feelings of isolation and tension.
Another example is that many deported people frequently lack the resources they need to reintegrate, and yes, some are misclassified and blamed for a crime even when they are innocent to divert attention.
Combating crime is more than just a political issue, despite its difficulty. To eliminate these pockets of criminals and restore public trust, all hands must be on deck.
The threat to public safety necessitates a multifaceted response. Counseling and social assistance, as well as cooperation from law enforcement and artists who many of these individuals trust and follow their music, are all part of this effort.
Is defining silence and selective empathy a viable solution?
Many critical points have been emphasized throughout this text to aid in the resolution of these issues. I don’t have all the answers, and I have no financial or political ties.
In neighborhoods where crime and other economic challenges are being ignored or where a swift and rigid implementation serves a public relations objective, any solution will certainly create more questions than answers.
I have not shied away from the realities of everyday life. Crime prevention, on the other hand, necessitates a firm but balanced approach, and political solutions are not always possible.
In most areas, each electoral cycle is like a revolving door. Economic inequalities, widespread poverty, and reported corruption that breeds despair pervade the country.
Leaders on both sides blame each other, causing critical crime-fighting and economic policies to stall. When does good governance enter the picture after an election?
While many victims seek justice, neither political party has called for the dismantling of criminal gangs in outlying parishes and counties.
The joint statements make it abundantly clear to these criminals that the country will not tolerate the chaos and mayhem.
Community and political leaders must work together to condemn these heinous ideas that target police officers to reduce robberies, murders, and kidnappings.
As the struggle for social intelligence intensifies,
They must accept reality, regardless of socioeconomic status, to eliminate these pockets of criminals and restore social trust.
Many will claim patriotism from their gated community, either locally or globally, while continuing to influence the political system to protect their profit margins while violence and systematic issues rage on.
The silent generation can no longer close their eyes and hope that the atrocities will stop. Fear and clinging to the polling booth appear to have devolved into a delicate balance in governance.
Some leaders appear to lack the courage and resolve to confront these criminals. They’re on a tightrope, pushing back to sell a delightful story while the systemic issues persist.
When a person dies as a result of a heinous crime, personal responsibility cannot be captured in a few tweets for likes, selective amnesia, and a false sense of empathy.
This creates the impression that politicians are the only astute people in those communities, manipulating headlines to downplay the reality on the ground.
When well-known media outlets criticize leaders for their mistakes, they are also attacked. The real victims, as I have said before, tend to get lost in the debates.
No matter your political affiliation, violent crime has hidden victims.
As leaders debate, the emotional, economic, and psychological effects of their actions will last for a long time. Unfortunately, more people will be hurt.
On March 26, 2020, for example, a 75-year-old grandmother broke down in tears as she followed the COVID-19 rule in the wake of the death of a 22-year-old man. Her unhappiness with the ongoing violence was reported by the Jamaican Gleaner.
A quick media clip is regularly published in the name of empathy, but the victims in these areas receive little to no follow-up care.
Far too many stories have come out about people going about their daily lives and hardworking business owners who help the local economy. These criminals seem to think that their success puts them at risk.
Statistics demonstrate that the cycle of violence continues, and her tale is only one of many.
While local officials have caught a few offenders, the situation may worsen if they continue to walk the streets.
As I sat there attempting to make sense of it all, it occurred to me that if all of the apples on the tree are rotten, you may eventually have to look at the tree.
To eliminate the perception that a nation is being put on trial, society must return to caring for one another following each crisis.
Is there still a sense of pride on these islands?
Despite the cloudy skies, the economy will rebound and the people will stay resilient.
Highways and technology developments, as well as enhanced crime-fighting techniques, have all been mentioned as modernization and recovery initiatives. Long-term, certain government initiatives will be beneficial.
COVID-19 affects a large number of individuals, but if criminals continue to make people feel uncomfortable, they will never regain their sense of security.
Our social and safety masks will fall off when society defeats this crime virus, such as COVOD-19 mitigation through vaccines or other safety measures. This means that all of our masks will fall off.
The gorgeous islands and other spots will be destroyed if the crooks win, so don’t give up!
See you soon!.. Stay safe
Could COVID-19 trigger a bigger ‘Brain Drain’ of Caribbean nurses?
BY. R.D. Miller
A delicate balance for economic security
This new potential wave of “Brain Drain” from COVID-19 is due to values medical experts contend are critical in keeping them on their local sand, not a lack of political gratitude, photo-ops, or alliance with one party.
What will the job satisfaction rate of these facilities, healthcare systems, and nurses’ scorecards be after this unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis in the Caribbean and other impoverished and developing countries?
According to experts, it is an intrinsic value that protects one’s opportunity to grow within an organization, and an extrinsic value; pay and job security.
It appears that a few of these islands, as well as other regions, could benefit from updated Occupation Health and Safety laws. I believe that the lack of such regulation jeopardizes protection, ethics in medicine, and the integration of their relationships with their patients.
Despite the fact that healthcare is where most possibilities to migrate are, the brain drain along many of these beaches, especially where there is dysfunctional governance and many complaints of corruption and bad management, crosses several industries, not just healthcare.
COVID-19 discovered how unprepared even wealthy industrialized nations with world-class medical facilities were, let alone economically struggling islands. The stories echo from a lack of supplies, long hours, burnout, the emotional labor of witnessing people die, and feeling helpless when all of their professional training taught them how to keep people alive.
Sure, government policies provided some monetary relief, and supplies, aided financial markets, and stimulated economic activity as a result of business closures and unemployment, but experts cautioned that it may be too late to keep many of their professionals on the ground seeking a better workplace environment, better-paying jobs, and a better working environment, and security.
However, keeping nurses prepared is more important than a trillion-dollar stimulus package passed by governments around the world. Unfortunately, it will be unable to replace these professionals or the thousands of lives lost on the front lines; of frustration by these dedicated workers some of who also were infected with COVID-19 and become victims of inadequate medical systems.
The decision to stay, or return
Every year, hundreds of young people in the Caribbean obtain nursing degrees and critical medical assistant training. According to healthcare studies, between 21 and 33 percent of medical systems employ foreign-educated nurses, and this number is increasing year after year.
The role of a nurse is just as important as that of a good doctor, a police officer, a teacher, or a safe community. Their presence frequently enables families to return to work or take time off from spending the night on a hard chair waiting for a doctor’s response.
These first responders are not there to put politics to the test; they are the doctors’ eyes and ears, the ventilator power source, from preparing a clean bed to escorting a sick person, including those with mental health issues, while also providing comfort to families in times of need.
The workforce of a country is a critical factor in its ability to innovate and compete in a global economy. Maintaining a country’s long-term health and socioeconomic stability demonstrates its ability to produce leaders and action-oriented people with valuable skills. You can only do so if you provide incentives to keep your people on the ground.
According to studies, demand from countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as other nations affected by COVID-19, has increased. Highly sought-after working visas, which can lead to permanent residency, have become a one-way ticket out for many. If another pandemic occurs, these nurses will act as a stockpile of gowns, masks, and ventilators.
Many studies have shown that, despite some limits on immigration, lately due to politics, discrimination, and other ideology towards some immigrants, recruiters are aware that imported nurses have had a significant impact on many of these industrialized nations; health care systems, economic development, and social development are all waiting for the next group of new applicants.
Many organizations and support groups stand to benefit from assisting many of these young students in migrating from their home country with these critical skills.
Today, a new study of caregiving in hospitals is being conducted; the difficulties in balancing work and family responsibilities, as well as emotions during this pandemic.
After graduation flight back?
You may not realize how many students and professionals are studying abroad until there is a crisis, such as geopolitical turmoil or a pandemic, and then there are frequent reports of residents wanting to return home.
However, other vital areas to a nation’s economic stability and prosperity, such as urban planning, social workers, corrections, counselors, particularly substance abuse and mental health, technology, and sports medicine, are also important to have a robust healthy local economy.
I doubt many local government officials would report the number of students who returned after graduation to contribute in some of the poorer-run countries where there is still a significant gap between the haves and have-nots and high crime rates.
Many nurses will stay along these warm and beautiful shores to avoid the hard winters, but the region must also develop incentives for those who have left to study medicine in Germany, Cuba, the United States, and elsewhere to return.
Looking for a better deal to keep them home:
COVID-19’s initial landing on the Caribbean shores, as well as many parts of Africa and Latin America, most leaders have held off the potential high tide through awareness, keeping their death rate and infection numbers low to date, based on what has been reported but this remains an open question.
As experts have noted, the Caribbean Single Market and Economy’s promise of collaboration remains emblematic as the global hunt for talent continues. It appears to be a competition for equipment, and Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) with participants fighting like modern-day pirates as supply and demand became a political sport.
The Caribbean Cooperation in Healthcare will be critical in ensuring that not only CARICOM members, but particularly poor areas, receive adequate treatment beyond vaccination. Furthermore, the current medical system, which has outgrown its aging population, as well as the rising cost of healthcare, must be addressed.
Traveling to some islands, particularly rural areas, can take a long time to reach a medical facility, unlike better-managed islands with more access, but payment at the time of service will become more difficult for poor patients.
Protecting important medical professionals will no longer be about how robust or ineffective their systems are, how much bed space is available, or how many press conferences are held, but rather about ensuring that the medical system is held to a higher standard in order to reduce potential turnover and ensure the safety of these dedicated workers from infectious diseases.
Additionally, creating a structure that connects job enjoyment and organizational dedication to all parties involved, rather than just for profit.
The reality is driving more flights out:
Concerns about improved technology, supplies, and other equipment to save lives, including newborns, reverberated through these wards prior to COVID-19. Some facilities, according to the claim, endanger both nurses’ and patients’ lives by increasing their chance of contracting an infectious disease.
COVID-19 loopholes and facilities running like an experimental drug with little accountability, according to several healthcare professionals, while pundits praise leaders for their interest in making reforms despite systemic failings on multiple fronts.
Individuals who spoke out about COVID-19’s experience working under difficult and inhumane conditions appeared to be silenced shortly after. This reduces responsibility, makes people more prone to errors, reduces best practices, and increases risks.
These nurses’ future departure is not due to poor leadership, gender equality, or nationality desertion. Few will admit the lack of a good education and there little few investments in research and development. Furthermore, several manufacturing companies have left town.
Unfortunately, the few success stories now face enormous student loans, safety concerns due to high crime, and claims of underpaying with an inadequate support structure to alleviate emotional scarring.
Today, some argued that veteran nurses are skipping vacations out of fear of losing their jobs, which could result in the current wage being reset after years of hard work.
Brain drain is not always about money, but also a better work-life balance (spouses, parents, children’s future), with the hopes of a well-prepared system and organizational management, job protection, and consistency.
They discussed how, while missing their own country, sometimes being in isolated locations, and having some difficulty adjusting to the culture, the benefits outweighed the negative aspects. Most of these packages now include their families, and they have the option to change their status from skilled worker visa to permanent residence after a specific period of time in these nations.
The complexity of care
According to healthcare professionals and academics, the aging population will raise the demand for both hospital and home-based care in the next decades, and nurses will become more important to meet those demands.
These countries will have to cover these vacancies, and the migrating talent will hinder the upward mobility of their medical systems. Many nurses, according to business research, make decent money. Furthermore, this is not a vocation that pays well, such as math, finance, science, or a career in petroleum.
They may need to build a system similar to Cuba’s, and while international travel is prohibited, Cuban doctors and nurses have helped with a variety of diseases and pandemics. Caregivers are becoming increasingly important around the world, regardless of their political system or who paid them for their services.
Poor and emerging countries, as well as several dominant Caribbean islands like Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana, Belize, Haiti, and other Latin American and African countries, whose long-term economic illnesses have debilitated major public medical institutions for decades, stand to lose a lot from the ongoing brain drain.
Although there are great doctors in private institutions in the region, there have been rumors that numerous practices have closed due to a lack of resources.
There are reports of little modernization throughout the region, but one cannot have faith in the system if some leaders appear to have a “pre-existing condition” that is a defensive and basic question asked about the number of people tested for COVID-19 muted, but stimulus checks are handed out are published, and dissenting views are seen as antagonistic.
Politics should not polarize or abuse caregivers’ experiences, whether they are imported or local. Their roles are vital and progress beyond stopping by a local store to pave a road a week before an election, handing out some money, and then selling a fake sense of community before the next election cycle must end.
Some of these Caribbean nurses may be seen on a bus or subway traveling to their next shift as they assess and test their next step; after all, a nation’s economic strength is determined by how healthy its society is.
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