‘Balancing Public Safety and Economic Inequality: An Ongoing Battle on a Few Troubled Caribbean Islands’

BY R.D.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

R.D.

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.

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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 Cancerawareness 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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Overcrowding at a local hospital

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.

R.D.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

BY R.D.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Paul Bogle (1820 – 24 October 1865

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.

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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?

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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.

No infringement on Bob Marley’s: copyrights are intended.

“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?”?

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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?

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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

Haile-Selassie

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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BY R.D MILLER

Confronting reality for a quick shot in the arm.

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COVID-19: The long-term socio-economic gap facing poor and developing countries.

BY R.D.

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.

coronavirus under the microscope.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photo Credit: Forbes

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Is there a time in the Caribbean for racial equality, economic fairness, and justice from slavery?”

BY. R.D.

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.

Protesters gather Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis

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.

Photo by Tim Mossholder

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?

Photo by George Becker

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.

Bob Marley: From R.D. Library

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.

The Order of St. Michael and St. George

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.

The color of governance: Jamaica’s 2020 Election: Choosing between a rock and a hard place`

BY R.D.

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.

COVID-19-Image

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.

Photo by Markus Spiske

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?

Photo by Denys Gromov (Represent the People’s National Party,) (PNP)
Photo by Adrian Dorobantu(Represent the Jamaica Labor Party, (JLP)

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?

Photo by Timur Weber

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.

Few Pictures from 2020 campaigns: Photo Credit JLP & PNP.

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?

Bob Marley

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?

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.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

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.

Photo by Emre Can Acer

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.

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko

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?

Hon. Lisa Hanna: Member of Parliament-Jamaica

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.

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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.

The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley: Prime Minister of Barbados

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.

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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.

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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.

Graduation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

The impact of student loan debt on the Caribbean coastline`

BY R.D.

Is this a much-needed strategic announcement, or not?

According to reports, on February 8, 2020, Robert Nesta Morgan, parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office of Jamaica, announced that an incentive plan was in place or being developed to provide students with the opportunity to have their debts forgiven for public service work.

It is one of the best-imported policies to arrive on these shores in a long time.

Several countries around the world will occasionally introduce rules and regulations that are linked to another country. Some may not be appropriate for all cultural and traditional backgrounds.

Many developed countries share basic principles on how to approach similar problems that have been agreed upon. For example, consider the fight against drugs, crime, and environmental issues, or mitigating a health crisis such as a pandemic.

Although some copied policies worked as intended, other measures for moving a nation forward may not. It could be due to a lack of funds, technical skills, or other resources.

Furthermore, any government proposals that generate votes or increase community division across party lines may fail. However, this is not a comparative analysis point of view, but rather a much-needed attempt by the minister to provide students burdened with debt with a better future.

Potential impact

A previous opinion, “The Brain Drain of Caribbean Nurses,” raised concerns in the medical field about a lack of resources, patient safety, staff safety, job protection, wages, and leadership failure.

As a result, many experienced-well-trained nurses leave the region after receiving their nursing degree to work elsewhere, but overall student loan debt was a major motivator.

My phone rang a few times from friends I met while in the region, informing me that they had migrated with their families. “My wife works as a nurse,” he explained when I asked why he was on that side of town.

It’s far away, with only one major department store carrying everything; I miss home, but it will alleviate her financial burden.”

Theirs is one of many stories from the Caribbean region of people fleeing to Canada, England, the United States, and even other Caribbean islands.

This student loan proposal should be implemented beyond the party line and adopted by other impoverished and developing countries that do not currently offer this incentive. However, I will check back after the election is over to check on the status.

Many students on these shores will benefit from the elimination of loan burdens, which may alter their willingness to leave if an opportunity to migrate arises.

This trend depletes critical human capital that the country can use to maintain its standard of living.

However, it necessitates more than just likes on social media and genuine debate, accountability, affordability, and implementation with students at the decision table.

Perhaps it goes beyond politics.

Regardless of a political party, student loans enable many people to attend college, graduate, and obtain a degree, resulting in a more promising long-term future and overall economic stability for the country.

Though the proposal is a step in the right direction, it is unclear how it will be funded in the final details, which cannot be captured in a few tweets. However, as with other countries that participate in this program, there are requirements and commitments for individuals to be involved.

The expectation is that it will benefit everyone in the long run, rather than being used as a campaign talking point, as has been seen elsewhere, to generate votes on this platform.

Previous reports of free healthcare in the run-up to elections and other promises have surfaced, but it appears that many people are still waiting for bed space or free access to a much-needed medical screening.

The point is that many candidates for elected office will make promises, and in an attempt to demonstrate a different leadership style, some may over-promise and fail to deliver.

However, this is not about which part one should vote on, but about how this program may provide a solid foundation for upward mobility for students burdened by death and limited job prospects.

Because I have no political or financial interest in local politics, this goes beyond the social media outpourings, some of which appear to be more political for and against while interest rates on these debts remain high.

The reality of student loan debt

Evidence suggests that student debt jeopardizes the financial well-being of many households and the economy in the long run, not just in the Caribbean but in other countries as well.

This debt burden has also contributed to the wealth disparity between black and white people across the wealth distribution. According to other studies, roughly two out of every five households now have student debt, and the number is growing.

A person with approximately $45,000-53,000 in educational debt can result in a lifetime wealth loss of approximately $215,000.

According to academic experts, this has an impact on one’s retirement, long-term savings, and home equity.

In the United States, student debt has surpassed $1 trillion, and the delinquency rate has risen to more than 50%. According to these studies, the suicide rate in the United States has risen to its highest level in more than a decade.

I’m not sure if the majority of these suicides are entirely related, but others have noted a negative impact on people between the ages of 20 and 31.

Do some math before you apply.

Today, it appears that there are more financial advisors than clients, and having the right information is critical to making the best decisions for students.

I am not a financial advisor, but I have witnessed the impact of carrying a large student debt burden.

It can limit not only where you want to live, but also your overall outlook and flexibility to create wealth, as previously stated.

Understanding student loans, like financial literacy, is critical. It educates people on how to avoid predatory lending, unsolicited credit cards, and investment strategies.

Following up on re-payments to ensure they are forgiven on time, as other programs have been sued for denial after eligibility. But I’ll leave it to the local experts to raise awareness.

In the future, school officials should take responsibility and encourage students to take advantage of all available scholarships, grants, and aids before taking out loans, as well as career counseling to help them find work after graduation.

An understanding of the fine print can help you avoid problems in the future.

Household size, marital status, income levels, and employment status can all have an impact on these loans; thus, tailoring traditional loan repayments to this income base will be critical.

Students should understand how the symmetry between traditional banks and government loans will work, but for now, it is a significant step forward if created for the right reasons.

Furthermore, who will be eligible, what functions in government will be covered, and the government’s commitment regardless of which party is in power.

On many of these shores, your job security may be based on who is in power, even if you are not involved in decision-making and are simply a public servant.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, tweeted that she thinks this is a great idea worth exploring! 50% or 100%, 5 years or 10 years; Is the bi-national commission going to discuss police with forensic and cyber capabilities, critical care nurses, and teachers (especially STEM)? Or separately examined.”

I believe her conversation was extremely important, but it doesn’t change the fact that they use these loans for tuition, books and supplies, and ongoing expenses.

It is not one’s hope that this new loan forgiveness to one’s degree, but rather an incentive to attract and retain the best and brightest. It’s similar to a private corporation giving you a bonus stock option or a reward for your efforts.

This much-needed proposal, like the application, should not create additional social stratification in terms of which jobs are more important to consider.

Attracting and retaining the right workforce will be a win-win situation for the country’s economy. Civic service should be the common denominator.

Tyrone Brown, who ensures that your water is clean and that your trash is picked up on a daily basis, or Susie Brown, who processes your property tax on a daily basis, or Nadine, who went to school to study agriculture and is still paying off those loans.

Sadly, she became unemployed when her factory closed and shipped elsewhere, but she has always enjoyed cooking and now prepares your child’s lunch at primary school. They also do government work.

Your commitment is also essential.

Officials devised these loan incentives in order to compete with the private sector for the best and brightest. Your civil service career is unlikely to make you extremely wealthy, as these positions are frequently similar to being a law enforcement officer in a position of authority.

They must dedicate one who is physically and mentally fit, where pride and a sense of duty determine success or failure. It is a career that allows you to maintain a high standard of living while also providing a comfortable retirement package (hopefully).

Furthermore, before deciding on an academic institution to pursue your dream career, prospective students should have an open discussion with their families.

Photo by RODNAE Productions

There are numerous stories in which retired parents are left to bear the burden of simply wanting to believe that their children have a chance at success, and one should not dismiss a good idea simply because one disagrees with the messenger’s ideology or party affiliation

For one thing, there has been a massive increase in government spending globally, but from the outside looking in, I hope this one is beyond Twitter and an incentive beyond votes because these students will benefit greatly long after many of these politicians have left their elected offices.

The only way to be certain is to hold them accountable, ask for evidence that their proposals have been implemented, and let them show you who the beneficiaries are while remaining focused on your career.

This is not the result of a single party’s victory or funding. This is a global issue, and you are not looking for a handout or to join a specific political party. It is simply some strings to hold up your boot while also giving back to your country or community, and in the end, everyone will benefit.

Best Wishes!

Photo by Joshua Mcknight

In Jamaica, a 14-year-old girl went missing, murdered, and her body burned, indicating a disturbing new normal in crime.’

By R.D.

Her Story/Their Stories

Photo Credit: Latoya Riley, the mother of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis

She’s gone way too soon, and who is going to be the next victim?

How do you comfort the mother of Yetanya Francis, a young woman who was murdered and maybe raped, molested, and her lifeless body discovered on August 24, 2018, while out on an errand?

She was cherished and adored by her classmates, community, and friends, and she possessed an infinite number of possibilities.

Regrettably, her future was ruined by an act of violence that many on this coast have witnessed far too frequently, and it is not an accident. Others will have their lives cut short before they had a chance to succeed, which is a tragedy.

Numerous missing and unresolved cases continue to involve young people whose hopes, dreams, and aspirations have been broken by violence.

In light of the atrocities’ unfavorable coverage, many students feel frightened. For some people, the loss of a classmate or a friend can cause long-term psychological damage. Unfortunately, several students will not receive the counseling and other assistance they require to cope.

Data from experts show that when these crimes occur, young girls or boys are frequently sexually abused, or exploited. These atrocities are not the result of the perpetrators having a bad day that turned out badly.

While this young lady’s death was tragic, it is not unique to Jamaica or any of the Caribbean’s other difficult countries. Many parents are still looking for answers to these types of unsolved cases.

No matter how quickly society moves on to the next hot topic, stories like hers must not be forgotten and solutions must be sought out fiercely by the public and law enforcement officials alike.

I’m hoping it doesn’t dissipate quickly in the aftermath of selective fury.

As long as a sexual predator isn’t caught by law enforcement, or one has been released from an institution, or diagnosed with a mental illness so they can receive the proper treatment, or if someone recognizes someone but chooses to remain silent about a thug terrorizing the streets, who knows who will be the next victim.

Previously, these stories would have been a few paragraphs in the local newspaper’s crime section or a quick headline on an evening news outlet. Because of social media, these victim testimonies and public officials’ responses have now spread all over the world.

Few people, especially those in positions of authority, will admit that these cherished moments of freedom, innocence, and limitless possibilities have been ruined.

After the outrage and protests have subsided, her story will become just another one while these parents deal with their grief and continue to be afraid to send their children to school, local stores, or on future educational school trips.

The data: You’ve got to wonder if this is the norm.

In the first place, violence is all around us, and yet it appears that the most typical technique for dealing with violent acts is to place blame, be pessimistic, and divert attention by referring to other countries that have had similar experiences disguised as minimization.

Each year, the Center for the Exploited and Missing Children reports over 800,000 children missing, or nearly 2,000 children per day. This estimate is based on both foreign and domestic data.

Experts point out that, while this is just a snapshot, this information is not widely available in many countries. As a result, you should start your investigation by focusing on your local missing students, or other people, and crimes that occurred, as well as the stories of the victims, particularly one who died as a result of the crime.

Every year, almost 20,000 Australian kids go missing.
Every year, 45,288 children go missing in Canada.
Every year, almost 100,000 children are kidnapped in Germany.
The disease affects 96,000 persons in India.
In 2015, Jamaican authorities reported 1,984 children missing.
In 2015, almost 45,000 children went missing in Russia.
Every year, almost 20,000 children go missing in Spain.
Every year, around 112,853 children go missing in the UK.
Every year, an estimated 460,000 children go missing in America.
This mindset of minimizing and comparison causes tension and worry in the victim’s family and the larger public because of the absence of hope.

Who is next, and a few others who have gone before while you deflect?

There has been a slew of crimes committed both before and after the year 2014. The murder of Aliesha Brown, a 13-year-old girl who had gone missing and was later discovered dead on October 2, 2014,  and perhaps still being investigated 

What would their professional path have been if they hadn’t been snatched from us?

Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer, (Associated Pres/J-Flag

The only thing Yetanya cared about was getting to and from school and home without getting hurt or losing her sense of wonder and naiveté.

According to reports, Dwayne Jones, a 16-year-old transgender adolescent, was also brutally murdered by a mob after showing up to a street party dressed as a woman. How many other Dwayne’s live in fear of their true selves?

Individuals who feel gays and lesbians are morally disgusting as a result of their lack of tolerance or harsh views creates a chasm in these disadvantaged and developing communities, resulting in insufficient medical treatment and even violence.

Because of the stigma and hostility that many parents face as a result of their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity, they are more concerned with the present than with the future.

Many people not only on these shores, live in fear for their safety and feel guilty as a result of the antagonism, which can result in isolation, homelessness, abuse, a lack of resources, and a lack of access to non-political support groups.

It’s tough to fathom how awful it would be for these parents to discover their child’s lifeless body in the middle of the night on a mountainside, on a side street in a valley, in front of a stream, or at a mortuary.

The delicate selective empathy for justice- while victims’ tears continue

Regrettably, these headlines fade quickly, which is why so many individuals create reform petitions on social media. While something must change, these victims are frequently forgotten in the arguments.

As previously stated, there is a high level of violence in a number of locations.

The killings, kidnappings, assaults rapes, and robberies of many people are all too common.

These criminals (thugs) kidnap students and leave their families waiting for days, months, or even years for their return.

Photo by Dellon Thomas

Mentally sick individuals or possible serial killers usually delay, or even join, the crown, and wait out the frequent three to four days of media euphoria aimed at cultivating an erroneous sense of empathy.

A visit by the Prime Minister or other prominent figures to the home of a victim in response to these heinous atrocities does little to soothe the sorrow of the victims if there are insufficient follow-up resources and no justice for the victims.

A firm embrace or passionate words from a number of community leaders will not be enough to halt the cycle of criminality and family pain, even if there is no community safety and justice for these violent perpetrators.”

While they may have good intentions, if the same challenges arise with the same talking points and few resources, it is often just a photo opportunity for them.

There are many victims who have gone undiscovered because of their sexual orientation or because they lack a voice as a result of poverty, and they are not members of a certain social class, but they are also deserving of a hug or an update on their case status

Long-term socioeconomic consequences

By taking the innocent lives of these students, discord is created in these close-knit communities. Crime, in general, is not only a public health issue on many of these shores, but it also undermines the hope and security of students, as well as the nation’s upward mobility.

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich

For instance, a future scholar, sports star, counselor, or advocate who could have contributed to, or has already contributed to, the upward mobility of society as a result of these barbaric doctrines of violence.

No one benefits from a community that remains mute in the face of fresh realities.
As a result, police jobs become more challenging, and the rate of re-victimization and public safety in the neighborhood continues to decline.

Additionally, it breeds distrust and depression, while complicating crime-fighting efforts, increasing victimization, and eroding one’s sense of security.

At the sight of this, people are shaken with fear and paranoia. In the absence of action, many hardworking and law-abiding persons may become victims as well.

Vigilante justice has been increasingly popular in recent years because of their dissatisfaction, lack of faith in the system, and utter disregard for the rule of law.

Furthermore, it has the ability to put innocent individuals at risk while failing to address the root causes of the problem.

There are numerous such victim stories that exist and will exist in the future; thus, when will the next round of photo ops be completed and the process of building an action campaign begin?

What has changed since the last time these problems were debated in the political arena?

Many political leaders suffering from selective amnesia merely prepare themselves for the revolving election door in which they failed while in power, rather than genuinely serving the demands of their constituents on a variety of fronts during their time in office.

Even if new policies and strategies have been developed are implemented, will they be sufficient to deal with the underlying systemic issue that has existed for years?

The leadership race appears to be held in a vacuum, with the purpose of identifying who controls reality.

As I have stated, the terrible reality is that these fears and outrages tend to fade away after a few news cycles, which is unfortunate.

Countless times have we heard the statement “we’ll find a solution” uttered by authorities, while the cries of local inhabitants are drowned out by the commotion of the crowds.

The fact that some local officials may be afraid and prefer to remain silent in the face of ongoing bloodshed suggests that the deafening silence has contributed to a feeling of normalcy.

Is it feasible for them to approach the church for assistance? I’m not sure what will happen if religious institutions, activists, counselors, and educators are unable to inspire and alleviate sorrow while also giving hope and tranquillity during these challenging times.

Many preachers are forced to turn a blind eye to crime in order to maintain their positions. Now, it appears as though the person with the best weapon is the one who resolves all disputes.

Who is making the decisions?

Organized crime appears to be gaining strength and will soon be able to outgun law enforcement officers, who may already be stretched too thin and lacking in various resources to cope with these new criminal threats properly, according to an increasing number of reports.

Photo by kat Wilcox

Despite the right to hope for better days, there is a quiet sense that the problem is worsening.

As it stands, these atrocities, like political solutions, are the result of a systemic problem that is constantly ignored, and the people who should be working tirelessly to ensure that there is hope, safety, and tangible results to help these cherished wonderful, cultural communities return to the bean of light are not being held accountable for the consequences.

People in many neighborhoods appear to have become numb and indifferent to the steady stream of news reports about violence.

The distrust of police stretches back to colonial times, making it difficult for people to speak up in closing these cases because they regard a few industrious policemen as the enemy.

Trust is further damaged if, as stated, some of those sworn to serve and protect are allocated case numbers as a result of their illicit conduct.

How can the next generation expect a better future if they see their peers’ lives cut short with little or no positive impact??

Is it possible that Jamaica, as well as a few other unstable countries, ended up in this situation?

Crime control measures have, of course, been put in place by the country in order to confront this malignancy of criminality, but many people believe that they have done nothing to restrict the easy availability of high-capacity firearms, to curtail organized crime, to get to the source of these issues.

No one seems to be ready to speak out about a crime because they are afraid they will be the next victim of a lack of support or protection, hence many homicides go unsolved. This could be because the police force is too tiny to adequately cover these congested areas.

An incentive in the form of money is nice, but community policing’s usefulness in building relationships with residents and persuading them that they are not the enemy is invaluable. Officers need your help, but it’s not just about the officers in this case.

Another wave that is rarely told.

Yetanya’s and other young people’s stories have kept me up at night because their single ambition was to be left alone to pursue their dreams.

Some of this societal deterioration can be attributed to economic stagnation, documented corruption, a widening gap between the rich and poor, and high unemployment rates.

Photo by KALZud8

A lack of treatment for this criminal disease will only make the problem worse and lead to much more social and economic degradation if it isn’t addressed.

A far cry from the laid-back and trouble-free atmosphere of Jamaica and a few other troubled islands that frequently welcomed visitors and returning residents.

More than 1,600 people perished as a result of violence in 2017, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Even in areas with a higher level of safety, one would think that law enforcement would have a better handle on these types of crimes. Gunned down while waiting for his son to come home from school, Carlis Blatch worked as an assistant to the Bahamas’ governor-general.

Sadly, even some returning residents who have worked their whole lives and returned to enjoy their retirement or make a difference have similar stories.

I’ve decided to highlight a few that are especially dear to me. (For other related Opinions, click here.)

Delroy Walker’s death in May 2018 serves as another reminder of the danger that few individuals are aware of and/or are willing to confess to others in the community.

He was attacked and murdered after he returned to Jamaica after spending time in the United Kingdom and giving back to the young of the island.

Photo credit: Steve Walker, whose brother Delroy Walker was murdered in Jamaica

He has been an advocate for youths by giving back and making use of his abilities and resources through his nonprofit organization, which he established.

He was popular with everyone he met, and spending merely a few minutes with him reveals why: his humanity, love for the community, and upward mobility for the less fortunate, as well as his persistent desire to aid people. He was a gentle soul who impacted the lives of many.

Criminal groups that are gradually destroying these once-safe communities pose a significant threat to daily life, despite the fact that his assassins may have been apprehended as of this writing.

Delroy’s death slowed down many charitable barrels of goods that were supposed to be sent to the island to help other people. They are now being reconsidered or sold on eBay and Amazon, and they are being kept in a basement or storage center because of safety concerns.

44-year-old Karen Cleary was last seen on Sunday, November 25th while working on her dream home in her birth nation of Canada. Her body was found in a shallow grave on her farm in Boscobel, St Mary’s Parish, according to local news reports.

Yes! To be sure, I recognize that crime is all too common, as are poverty, inequality, and socioeconomic issues.

Criminal activity becomes more appealing to young people when they lack hope, social support, or the financial means to pursue their dreams.

Many people are losing their sense of normalcy.

Many people, including myself, can afford to stay in a private villa and eat some of the best food available. I prefer to see the real thing, pick my own fruits, and nothing brings me more joy than supporting a local street vendor.

Those with a strong heritage also visit their grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives. But how long will these visits be common if these types of news stories continue?

When I first fell in love with Ras’s business and other local famous spots off the beaten route, I would stop by to gather apples and mangos from Grandma’s fruit trees and wait for Ras’s steam fish supper to arrive in his handcrafted dish.

Yes, you can still find that, but there are fewer and fewer of them each year, either because of the economic downturn in some areas or because of the threat of violence, and these iconic spots are priceless.

However, there are pockets of danger lurking in these natural events and images, like snake poison, which might strike at any time. These natural occurrences and images are not necessarily healthy.

Sadly, it is important to keep an eye out for potential threats.

Many iconic and cultural hangout shops, restaurants, and bars are now only open in the morning and closed at night unless they are located in one of those tourist-protected zones.

The reality is that crime is causing the lovely breeze that caresses your cheek, the beam of sunshine, and the smile that greets you with a sense of peace to cause some potential visitors to reconsider their visit.

I’m not saying that the country as a whole is now isolated and rife with violence. Many people keep coming to weddings and fun vacations and having a good time, and they keep having fun.

However, leaders must understand that this magnificent country has been dealing with major crimes for decades and cannot be kicked down the road to see who comes next in order to get to the root of these problems.

A shift in perspective is required.

With a chilly breeze that makes you feel like you’ve shed your skin like a snake in order to take on a new identity and forget your problems as if you were at an all-day spa, the beach’s white sand and turquoise ocean stay unchanged.

To combat crime, some experts said that a wide variety of early detection, accountability, resources, and community involvement are required, but they must also understand that the country is plagued by major crimes.

Individuals who suffer from a sexual mental disorder or other antisocial dangers, as well as other forms of criminality such as rapists, should have resources to help them change their criminal behavior. These concerns demand a comprehensive evaluation and psychosexual therapy.

The education system, which is critical to preparing the next generation of leaders and rebuilding the middle class, appears to be deteriorating.

Today, many young people have dropped out of school, are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, and those with higher education have few opportunities for advancement because they are burdened by student loans and empty promises.

Photo by Alexandr Podvalny

In order to prepare the next generation of leaders and re-establish the middle class, the education system appears to be failing.

As my mother once observed, “pure talk seldom results in action.”

There are many people out there who are unaware of the atrocities occurring in this gorgeous location, but the sun will rise again, and you must continue speaking out.

Although tourists are still an important component of Jamaica’s economic engine,  and other places, the young people I’ve encountered don’t see that as the only source of success, fulfillment, and employment prospects in other industries is also crucially important.

After years of photo ops and empty promises, they are ready for genuine options, leadership with a stake in their future, competitive world knowledge that will help them succeed, and not just personal rewards for themselves.

If the correct instruments are utilized to shift course, all is not lost.

Despite the atrocities committed against its people, this island nation has maintained its resiliency and hasn’t lost its will to fight back.

There may be fewer community businesses featuring late-night music and street sellers, but these beats, smiles, and pockets of authenticity will endure.

Photo by James Wheeler

It is still possible to feel the “local smile” and “cool running vibes” in Jamaica. If you’re looking for authentic Jamaican cuisine or a flat tire fix, you can still find them at restaurants and shops that are open to everyone.

However, if they wish to reclaim their economic stability and confidence, they must demonstrate their passion, even if it is loud because only an individual can define what is normal or alter and rectify what is not.

Coming to terms with the world around you

There were lovely weddings and beaches, but I couldn’t stop thinking about their family and other heartaches despite all that I could have eaten and danced and forgotten that this wasn’t really the beautiful scenery.

For me, writing this blog post was therapeutic because I always wonder what 14-year-old Yetanya Francis and Aliesha Brown, as well as many other young people who died too soon, would be like today.

My heart and mind are filled with the thought of a victim crying for help.

I often wish I could go back in time and give them a chance to live because I went to college, lived a good life, achieved the goals I set for myself, and lived my life the way I wanted.

Society cannot abandon hope and must nurture it. These communities, regardless of distance, must be present for others in order to bring this madness to a stop.

If only they’d been given a chance!

(Stay Safe)

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The Chinese are coming, coral reefs are dying, and beaches are disappearing: will the mountains be next?’

BY R.D.

Part I- A crucial or strategic marriage:

Modernization is important, but should it look like a country that was ruled by its former colonial power, where only the rich and powerful write the rules?

China’s growing influence around the world has been the subject of many studies and publications in recent years.

According to studies, China may not be the sole source of these new investments, but the number of Chinese base companies in the Caribbean and several African countries is expanding at an alarming rate, and many local moms and pops shops are being displaced by Chinese-based businesses.

Are these supposedly beneficial investments helping those who need it the most, or just those who want to hear about them?

Some residents are concerned that it will become a platform for cheap commodities, thereby keeping billions of people’s economies afloat.

I’d been reading about it but never analyzed it because I’m not a reporter and have to tie in some of the places I’ve visited. Furthermore, it has evolved into a global geopolitical issue.

I spoke with a few specialists and friends to gain a better understanding of the trend, but they cautioned that little can be done in these political systems, particularly in impoverished and developing nations, where the leader frequently retains the final ability to make deals despite citizen complaints.

According to some economists, the main reason certain developed countries are upset is that they lost out on these lucrative investment prospects while others have politicized the issue.

The other side of these debates is that even when industrialized nations have an open disagreement, they frequently maintain a relationship in other key areas.

The same cannot be said if, when they cough, your country gets a cold, or you receive a gift you cannot refuse, it is not a marriage, but an arrangement.

This is a tough balancing act, given how appealing these treats are.

Even though this is a contentious issue around the world, the reality is that, some of these countries have low credit ratings, are rated highly by experts for corruption, and, indeed, have high rates of crime, brain drain, and disinvestment from other businesses.

As I previously stated, the question of “where do you draw the line” will come up again in this opinion as a result of some of these judgments, but at what cost.

It is not anti-Chinese in any way, nor are their investments. Furthermore, they cannot be blamed for a variety of other cultural sandstorms. I’ll go over some of these points later.

They have, however, made significant contributions to the development of several impoverished and developing countries. My primary concentration is on marriages that may need counseling in the future.

This brightly colored hanging package has convinced many political leaders that a strike is inevitable.

These additions are eye-catching, resembling a dangling Pinata of some sort. A Pinata, on the other hand, frequently leaves behind a mess that must be cleaned up by someone else.

The unfortunate reality of poor governance, economic stagnation, persistent crime, increasing inequality, and poverty is that they all frequently open the door to forced marriages in the hope of finding a better life somewhere else.

But, once the honeymoon period is over, what will it take to maintain the community’s socioeconomic and environmental relationship when the marriage’s true purpose is revealed.

Additionally, when the dirty laundry of high debt accumulates, they now hold the key to your main house and can decide who gets in and who gets out.

A close-up look at a few weddings.

Collaboration between these islands remains critical. It makes no difference who received the first slaves to the Caribbean. Slavery, on the other hand, has already resulted in significant psychological harm.

They are, however, inextricably linked, and what happens there may have consequences here.

Furthermore, investments from outside a country can be regarded as a positive indicator if they help to improve public safety, educational attainment, employment opportunities, and the local infrastructure by upgrading technology and removing structural hurdles.

China has a lot of money and power in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This isn’t a new thing for some of the countries in the region.

We are aware of the United Nations’ role in preventing conflict, assisting parties in conflict to reach an agreement, deploying peacekeepers, and creating the conditions for peace to last and flourish. What is CARICOM’s Role today?

According to reports, a large number of low-interest loans have been made available for medical centers and stadium construction projects in Saint Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and Jamaica to name a few

One of the first dates

China, for example, began its Caribbean diplomacy in the early 1970s, or what you might term its master plan. It all began with a high-level visit in 1998 by former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, who opened an embassy in Beijing and forged a Caribbean Economic and Trade Co-operation.

As early as 2005, Jamaica held the inaugural China-Caribbean trade fair, and this pattern continues today, with no input from the people who elected these decision-makers.

Photo Credit: 2012-12-1: Reception Celebrating Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between China and Jamaica

Several reports have stated that Jamaica alone owes China $650 million in debt, with the amount escalating by the day. This is not only in Jamaica but throughout the region.

In the long run, experts say, with billions of dollars owed by the government, these lenders may decide what is best for these countries.

While loans support development projects and offer a variety of benefits, they must be carefully scrutinized, especially those that may represent a future risk to the environment. As others have noticed in various areas, they may contain risks such as “debt traps” or one-sided diplomacy.

Even a toll they sponsored around 65 km, one-way—collected by the Chinese developer—makes driving the road a costly journey for the majority of Jamaicans, as reported recently.

Tian Qi (R), China’s ambassador to Jamaica, and Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson

A recent loan was awarded for border security reasons: One individual contended that “a loan was highlighted for border security, and since when have countries like Jamaica and China had border issues?”

Furthermore, the country is not experiencing a political crisis, and local residents are not migrating to neighboring islands, parishes, or counties.” But you get the point, so let’s move on while there’s still some sand on the ground.

To name a few, other husbands and spouses

Additionally, Forbes noted that China has established itself a prominent role in Africa’s urbanization acceleration, as a sizable portion of the continent’s infrastructure programs is led or financed by Chinese corporations.

China has surpassed the United States as Africa’s largest trading partner, with Sino-African commerce exceeding $200 billion per year.

Even though many African and Asian countries have joined the Polygamist families, many experts believe that China’s “socialist market economy (SOEs), and its interests in Africa are geared toward securing enough energy, resources, and minerals to feed its industrialization program.”

Again, experts will have to decide whether other industrialized countries should make a stronger push for a piece of this pie.

Who is in charge of these marriages or debt diplomacy:

This is a delicate balance because most decisions in impoverished and emerging countries are political, and ruling party leaders have the last say.

Unlike some of our parents, many of us are more curious and educated about the sacrifices they have made. Some have passed on without seeing the fruits of their labor.

 Li Keqiang, P.M. Portia Simpson Miller

Some of us are forever linked by heritage, roots, or pure love and can only see the ocean from a different perspective than the signing ink and red carpet.

While this is not an indictment on any current or previous leadership, many people are wondering who will be responsible for the next generation’s repayment.

Sure, no political system can claim to have the best credit rating in these times of change and need, but some analysts have asked who the long-term investors and beneficiaries will be. The other question is what the end game for opening these marriages

It appears that these agreements merely serve to widen the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of the population.

Simply put, do they have a choice when the milk has already been taken from the cow, and it is ready to graze on a set of green grass without the gates to stop them from entering.

Dominica Republic
Trinidad & Tobago

The fate of an outer region can be difficult to predict, but who is on the side of the poor when investment bankers are on the side of the rich, or is it always an economic investment or concealed exploitation?

Republic of Zimbabwe
Trinidad & Tobago

“You cannot expand trade agreements or make any other progress and then see your international competitiveness erode. ” Where are the long-term economic benefits to indigenous peoples in terms of raising their level of living?”

You can collect your sets of marriage photos, forced or not, in the coming months or prior years from those who signed the certificate for a piece of this global pie. For this point of view, I simply chose to add to a few.

I own your ports, roads, and markets now what?

Those governments may be forced to use their own land as collateral if their investors’ ATMs start ringing for payments and these countries cannot afford to pay them back.

Numerous specialists have observed that poverty rarely transforms. These arrangements frequently bear a striking resemblance to colonialism with a fresh face.

Many view only locally produced products and enterprises confined to tiny niches, such as information carriers covered by foreign news clips, while local customs and cultural identity are pushed to the back rack of these new isles.

While new enterprises have helped to reduce unemployment rates, poverty persists due to underemployment, low-skilled occupations, and little or no employee protection.

Furthermore, when some of these new businesses are created, they frequently bring their employees with them. The few locals who have found work have no career path to management, are underpaid, and have no job security.

Unfortunately, many elected leaders, who frequently appear to benefit from the agreements, fail to maintain environmental deterioration.

These issues, if not addressed holistically, not only result in the loss of the middle class but also in the relocation of people from coastlines, as I have seen the sand being swept from their feet.

Part II- Everything is on the table, including the coasts, oceans, and mountains.

Despite the critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund being awarded for many years with little or no accountability, experts noted that in many of these poor and developing countries; NGOs and other government programs have contributed billions of dollars to climate change programs in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

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Unfortunately, it appears that only a few are doing an excellent job. Some residents argue that little progress has been made and that more should have been done today to address environmental issues.

Despite local government polls consistently showing that these communities want the government to require companies to report climate risks before all projects.

Many argue that specialists and educators who are trained to monitor and manage these long-term consequences are frequently overlooked.

There have been proposals, environmentalist meetings, stream cleaning, and improved trash disposals, but concerns are frequently caught in the political whirlwind.

Unfortunately, as reported, when some of these investors dangle the carrots, treasured areas can be easily uprooted, and while this is a global issue, it all boils down to poor environmental and economic policies. Erosion is unconcerned about which party is in power.

While many of these global investments have improved the financial quality of life in some areas, such as tax revenue to governments and job creation, experts warn that they may have a long-term negative impact on their local environment.

Off-Camera Reality:

According to local reports, leaders are trying to prepare exploration permits and may have already negotiated famed undeveloped mountains that are critical to the ecosystem to be drilled.

Some of these areas should be preserved because of their cultural and historical significance. People also had to deal with the long-term effects of mining operations that left certain areas vacant after the minerals were mined.

Many endeavors, such as planting or harvesting significantly less than what experts propose to reverse direction, have resulted in nothing more than profit or appeasing of specific non-governmental organizations and governments.

Some leaders may plant a few trees in some communities in the run-up to an election, before a trip to global events (Paris Agreement) on climate change, or when international organizations asked for an update, but as environmental experts have stated, it fundamentally requires more work to change course.

It’s not just a problem in Jamaica, but also throughout the Caribbean and Africa, where the poor are frequently abandoned or used like laboratory rats.

as I have noted earlier, unfortunately, because major manufacturers that were once the backbone of these countries, or closed over the last decade, many residents have few options for finding alternative safe and good-paying employment.

Others argue that even after leaders leave office, they will benefit financially from the new arrangements.

In case you forgot, here are the effects.

I’m not an expert on global climate change, but ignoring community concerns and recommendations may lead to more dangerous issues, regardless of the political side, and everyone will suffer.

If these zones are not regenerated with trees or other facilities, runoff from paved surfaces can also be gathered by insufficient drainage or inadequate infrastructure system and discharged into the water, bypassing wastewater treatment plants.

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The public must have access to the findings and recommendations of a certified and independent local environmental body, as well as the identities and heads of companies conducting exploration and long-term impact studies.

While some of these new industries are critical, has anyone looked at the impact of the current non-operational mining plants and how they affect the environment?

Several environmental investigations have demonstrated that mining harms the quality and availability of water as well as deforestation and the deterioration of forests.

Furthermore, it can cause erosion in areas many miles away from where it is located. They frequently cause increased pollution, which can lead to additional health problems and reduce local farmers’ crops due to toxicity that contaminated the soil and their crops.

What lies ahead: Seeing the wedding’s impact upfront

As part of Earth’s ecosystem, tropical coral reefs are essential. The island’s beauty and marine life will suffer if the coral reef continues to erode.

Toxic and bacteria-free waterways allow a local fisherman to feed his family while drawing tourists and improving air quality. This is a link where the positive impact helps to keep a local pub or corner store open.

Furthermore, algae-eating parrotfish, play a critical role in coral reef ecosystems by removing algae that compete with corals.

According to the report, intensive fishing has been a major contributor to the decline over the last several decades. However, I’m not sure about the fishing rules on these islands.

Nevertheless, we took a glass-bottom boat tour on a recent trip with a couple of friends and family. Our tour guide tried to persuade us that it was the best coral in the area.

Photo) of coral reef

In some areas, it appears that fire was extinguished beneath the sea. Warmer temperatures have also been recorded on these islands.

I wondered if he’d never traveled to other parts of the Caribbean where environmental policies appear to be more progressive to gain a better understanding of what a healthy coral reef should look like, or if he was simply going through the motions.

As with fading plants on land, many coral reefs look like they need new water to survive despite being in the ocean. It appeared like only a couple of the smaller fish remained for the entire 20-minute trek.

Unfortunately, there are many other places where the ocean is almost at the front steps of local homes overlooking some of these once-beautiful public beaches, and people may have to risk having the sand-swept away from under their feet because there has been little or no investment to protect these areas.

Who is to blame?

Development or gentrification has overtaken portions of these cultures that appear to be disappearing from the hillside to local shops or a short visit to the fish market, depending on how you see it. It hasn’t just started on these beaches.

The lack of openness, accountability, even corruption, and ignorance that has been documented in many impoverished and developing countries has sparked anger, distrust, and violence.

Unfortunately, no one can tell for certain because of many undisclosed investors, local authorities, or even self-interested individuals who may or may not reside in these communities and are making decisions that only benefit them.

Regardless of how these countries evolve over the next few decades, the balance remains precarious. Democracy appears to be practiced only on election day in some of these countries, and if we are not careful, it will vanish like the beautiful sand.

Undeveloped coasts can be beautiful, but there are also places where you forget your phone number and flight time.

A few once-open valued areas, however, have become an idea for many local residents, who used to enjoy a day at the beach, a weekend getaway with the family, or a short pit stop to cool off after a long drive.

There are fewer places to unwind as a result of development. They are forced to travel long distances to avoid paying hefty fees.

The video camera that records reality

Following the broadcast of Part Unknown, a documentary by the late Anthony Bourdain, on CNN on Sunday, November 17, 2014, some viewers became aware of the hidden stratification challenge.

This poignant story serves as a vivid illustration of the powerful ebb and flow that washed away the soul from those shores and many others.

Many cultural legacies are associated with this beautiful island, but few are willing to sell their souls for money.

Often, it appears, some people with wealth, employ the calm vibrations of one love while subtly threatening the original culture and its surroundings

It appeared impossible for a young police officer, teacher, nurse, or even support staff with a modest salary and a limited budget to buy a home in an area where they would serve to maintain the safety, health, and education of inhabitants or visitors, much like on some of these adjacent beaches.

The voices beneath the fog

If some people feel like they aren’t getting a fair chance in the economy or that their concerns aren’t being taken into account, this can lead to crime, violence, and more division.

A local artist can generate income by selling handmade souvenirs just a few blocks from these new doors. However, if these investments are without a good balance they may also hurt local businesses.

My purchase from Ras

One of the remaining undeveloped beaches was mentioned by a local street seller, and he told about the legal battle he had waged to stay there.

It’s hard to imagine a situation where a public park isn’t accessible.

Underneath the soothing sensations and the wide smile that greets you. It is more difficult for the legislative body to ensure that everyone receives a piece of the pie, according to the street vendor.

Capitalism, on the other hand, comes with personal responsibility. According to one vendor, some of “these now-closed coastlines that became private beaches were the result of self-inflicted injuries by residents.”

The region used to be littered with trash and illegal activities when it was free, but no one seems to care anymore. When others could afford to do so, they built the area, and now some of the once-free access comes at a cost

Economic and environmental policies enacted by the government should benefit everyone, not just wealthy capitalists. A delicate balance must be struck to preserve their natural habitat while also providing them with a chance to live a decent life.

Conflict, violence, and isolation are the inevitable results of policies that further restrict the upward mobility of people and raise the risk of health problems, according to experts.

Tango requires two people to maintain its rich stance, dance, history, and culture.

Yes, these things happen in a capitalist system, but how should they be balanced?”

Nothing will prevent sand from being gently swept beneath their feet unless concerned citizens hold elected officials and even powerful environmental groups accountable.

The quality of life will suffer if there is no leadership to protect the natural beauty of these places

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Even though I do not have a vote on any proposed project’s next phase, nor will I have any financial stake in these contracts, I believe that environmental and social policies may coexist in harmony provided they are balanced and beneficial to everybody.

“My island don’t sell out,” said Burning Spear, one of Jamaica’s favorite reggae stars, in a song. I believe the Lyrics traverse many oceans, mountains, rivers, and hills.

I’m still hoping that the sun will shine once the clouds have passed.

See you again soon!

‘The Difficulties and Complicated Cases of Rape Victims in the Caribbean’

BY R.D. Miller

He strikes once more: Another warning about sexual assault:

Stuck in traffic on a commuter bus one evening heading home from work, I came across an article published on October 2, 2018, by the Detroit Free Press about two women raped in Jamaica at an exclusive hotel by an employee hired a few days earlier.

He crawled up a balcony, armed with a handgun, and raped both of them in their hotel room. These victims retaliated by shooting him in the arm with his weapon.

They apprehended him after he sought medical attention at a nearby hospital, which notified law enforcement.

Local law enforcement brought this sexual predator in for questioning in other suspected rape cases in another parish, but he managed to flee on foot. This search, like many others before it, ended in a dead end.

Minimization results in re-victimization.

Some argued that it is not just a Caribbean issue, or a single incident or misunderstanding.

As the Caribbean region struggles to maintain a firm grip on sexual violence, this is a method of deflecting negative press through minimization, shame, and guilt, and, as many reports have shown, it is due to a lack of resources and hopelessness.

It was much easier to join a few others on social media on the subject, where some overlooked the burden women frequently face from counter-attacks by the uninformed about liability or culpability when raped and seeking justice.

According to studies, in many rape cases, some suspect that she asked for it by flirting, dressing provocatively, or being promiscuous outside the safety of their homes.

The reality

Rape is simply an unlawful sexual activity carried out forcibly against someone’s will, regardless of location, how one dresses, flirtation, or conversation.

This attitude discourages victims from coming forward and further isolates the seriousness of sexual assault crimes along these beautiful shores, which necessitate immediate response while holding offenders accountable.

The audacity that silence, and when it is reported, makes it less credible, or that it should disappear, must be debunked.

Again, it does not look good for these venues, and the victim is frequently lost in these debates. As I frequently say, I have a few sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, friends, and relatives, and some have similar stories.

Approximately 2.6 percent of men reported having been raped or attempted to be raped at some point in their lives.

Before the age of 25, approximately 81.3 percent of female victims and 70.8 percent of male victims had their first completed or attempted rape.

Meanwhile, only 25 of every 1,000 perpetrators will be imprisoned.

Time for a discussion

Since the incident in Jamaica, others have spoken out about their own experiences at some of these five-star hotels. There were stories kept hidden for decades because they were teenagers afraid of ruining their parents’ vacation.

What if these hotels were treated like a college campus, where studies show that nearly 28 percent of college students surveyed reported unwanted sexual contact. It would help, just like any other sign, to deter emergencies or raise awareness.

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Perhaps new welcome packages for all visitors should include a section on how to deal with sexual assaults, suspicion, and unwanted behavior, and available resources.

The emphasis, particularly in resorts, is simply on raising awareness, providing adequate services, and providing victims with a safe haven.

The gay and lesbian community has also been the victim of rapes and murders. These cases are up against a tidal wave because many people still consider same-sex relationships to be sinful.

According to some statistics, between 25 and 35 percent of women will be raped at some time in their life, and many of them particularly will opt not to come forward.

Victims of rape or sexual assault are four times more likely to be 16-19-year-old women than the overall population.

A woman is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. Every 9 minutes, a child is a victim. Meanwhile, only 25 of every 1,000 perpetrators will be imprisoned. I’m not going to bore you with any more statistics, but you get the picture.

I’m also concerned about those who haven’t spoken up, such as high school students. And, yes, Aunt Jane, or a young male who still sings in the church choir but their heads down in the bible waiting for the pastor to make a decision, could be the perpetrator.

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Most importantly, an employee whose livelihood is reliant on that income sees these sexual predators daily in a hostile environment but remains silent out of fear.

In all cases, make sure you’re treating everyone fairly, but a thorough background check is essential.

Local managers and human resources must now re-evaluate their hiring policies and practices, even though it is difficult to determine the intent of these predators.

The institutional barriers and the economics of rape:

Tourism has historically been the Caribbean region’s economic motor in former colonial rulers left more of the region.

According to analysts, this business contributes to as much as 40% of the Gross Domestic Product on some islands (GDP)

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Also, billions of dollars are invested in resources, and while an image is important, so is safety, which I am sure managers take seriously, and there must be accountability to overcome the barriers that may affect their bottom line.

For instance, a discussion can delve into hiring managers’ practices and where cheap labor or a connection may be more important than a background check.

This would have verified that an individual is who they claim to be, and it would have provided an opportunity to check and confirm the validity of someone’s criminal record, education, and employment history, but let’s get back to today, not we will, were going to, it should be, and maybe:

This recent international case will have no immediate impact on the island or anyone else dealing with rape cases on their shores. Regrettably, the majority of these victims only seek solutions quietly.

However, if there were widespread calls to avoid some of these areas, it may send a different system, even though, as previously stated, their bottom line would suffer.

Furthermore, despite laws that hold offenders accountable for their actions on these islands, another systemic issue that has been reported is the slow pace of the judicial system or overcrowding in corrections.

Some victims have expressed concern that some perpetrators are being released into the community with few or no treatment options.

Sure, there may be new policies to address this issue, but it is never at the right pace for victims and many others.

Many offenders are frequently released back into these communities if they can afford bail.

Unfortunately, some may strike again, not only revictimizing existing victims but also creating new ones. However, sentencing could be improved to reduce the likelihood of recidivism, particularly in terms of victim rights, rehabilitation, tracking, and swift punishment.

Victims frequently spend several hours at police stations filing an incident, and an opportunity to collect DNA evidence if equipped quickly fades.

Reporting rape or domestic violence incidents is not always handled properly, as some victims report.

Overcoming unrealistic suspicions because the victim may have had a relationship with the perpetrators.

According to reports, many rural courts lack the resources to even order an expert assessment to diagnose and treat these dangerous offenders.

Concerns about cases being held for extended periods before trial while some predators are released on bail, free to move like the ocean, only to target victims and re-offend.

Specialized training to handle sensitive cases remains a problem. Some victims’ interviews were conducted in public. When someone comes forward, poorly run and underfunded medical systems lack the skills and authority to guide them.

In an earlier report, it was stated that a foreign student on a study abroad program was sexually assaulted and robbed and that she was brought to the airport in her pajamas and covered in dried blood after spending nine hours in a hospital.

Ideological shifts or a blame game

Scholars are still divided on the role of masculinity and patriarchy in these communities. Others point to colonialism when rape was common practice, but we live in the twenty-first century, and there are several laws passed as well as training and accountability, that have debunked this ideology.

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What role do music lyrics, misogynistic views, and over-sexualization of women play? Is it a cultural, normative, and long silence of unwanted attention that appears to be normal in some of these communities to demonstrate masculinity?

Although the Atlantic slave trade, which brought millions of African slaves to the region, is still a dark period and a complicated issue, these islands are now far more educated and unbounded.

I was going to speak about women’s upward mobility in particular and the need for a mental shift among those who believe she must be pregnant and stay in the kitchen.

What role does gender equity, female empowerment, mean today when it comes to the haves vs. have-nots, especially people of color regardless of location in holding leaders accountable, but that’s another global conversation, and I have no rights here as a dude. Let’s go!

The obligation of these islands:

These victims face long-term physical and emotional trauma, confusion, anger, suspicion, anxiety, and the negative perception that often follows.

How many rape cases in the region resulted in a conviction, were dismissed, or went unresolved? Several women who still live on these islands or have migrated have similar stories but have chosen to remain silent.

Law enforcement cannot do it alone; they, too, lack the resources needed to track down and solve these criminal cases.

The Caribbean region and its gated resorts are now at a crossroads in terms of dealing with complaints in a timely and effective manner. Solving these problems necessitates education, training, and accountability.

The US embassy also issued a warning about sexual assaults in residence hotel rooms, casinos, and cruise ships. Another report from 2014 mentioned a woman who was gang-raped and others who were sexually assaulted at the Sandals Resort in The Bahamas.

Additional reports from Mexico, where approximately 170 tourists became ill, as well as blackouts in which offenders used date rape drugs and tainted alcohol in drinks. According to several reports, over 70 Americans have been sexually assaulted in Jamaica in the last seven years.

Unfortunately, many stories like this will be forgotten, and over half a million people will return to these islands for a vacation, but it has opened a much-needed awareness and conversation along these shores.

Sexual predators come in a variety of shapes and sizes:

Then there’s someone you know and trust, like a family member, someone in authority, or a powerful person in the community who everyone looks up to, or someone who has serious mental health issues but has never been treated.

See if you can spot the wolf in sheep’s clothing

You also can’t rule out the possibility that this person was a victim previously, and because there was no justice, a safe place to tell their story, seek revenge as a form of payback, that led to gratification, obsession, and then it became an ideology that will not fade away.

Many sex offenders, according to reports, have schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders and are three times more likely to have a history of bipolar disorder.

No, it is not an excuse, but it raises the question of what the purpose of good governance is, 

Furthermore, as I previously stated, these individuals’ power, rest, and respect often provide them with a platform to continue this behavior.

As an example, consider a perverted doctor who is more interested in his patients’ underwear than the basic examination, or a teacher who engages and exploits the vulnerability of a young student.

These microaggressions are just as dangerous as breaking down a window to gain entry or being staked in the community or on public transportation.

Take a stand, make your voice heard, speak out to influence the course of events, demand accountability, and so on.

Many of you who are inextricably linked to this beautiful region, whether by heritage, roots, or culture, will act as unofficial marketing managers, referring others to the region for vacation.

When they asked about safety, can you say with certainty that you will be in a gated area if the threats are also within today?

The “Me-Too” movement has given victims a platform to speak out about their horrifying experiences with powerful men who have misbehaved.

Even though few men were fired or charged with a crime, several organizations survived, the culture lives on.

As feminist movements have pointed out, men’s sexual violence is motivated by a desire to exert power over women. However, in order to reduce the risk, they pose to society, these individuals require treatment and close monitoring, and must be held accountable.

In addition, there should be a national registry that keeps track of these offenders.

When will the next law enforcement operation be launched to apprehend sexual predators, who are as dangerous as any other high-powered weapon due to their dysfunctional brains?

While I have no financial or political ties, I believe in humanity, public safety, rehabilitation, and accountability. I should also mention that I write for free.

When other people are in pain, we are all affected.

October is designated as domestic violence awareness month, did you know?

Beyond the month of October: It was established in October 1981 as a day of solidarity coordinated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, with purple acting as the designated color.

This global public health crisis will not be fixed since several partners will continue to abuse, and further victims will be reported both before and after October.

Domestic violence is a series of incidents, not a single occurrence. Almost always, what feels wrong is wrong. Domestic violence manifests itself in a variety of ways, ranging from physical to emotional to social to economic abuse.

Domestic violence does not discriminate based on
Gender
Ethnicity
Age
Socio-Economic Status
Sexual Orientation
National  Origin; and it occurs at any time of year.

Anyone, regardless of their status or position, can engage in this type of behavior.

Simply put, people in positions of authority have been abused or have engaged in this type of behavior.

The reflection

I’ve been taking part in a three-mile walk in the fall for several years. This is a community event aimed not only at assisting victims of domestic violence, but also at raising awareness about his frequently unseen salient killer; participants include law enforcement officers, advocates, treatment providers, public safety officials, counselors, and other support groups.

During my annual walk, I reflect on the poor victims in poor and developing countries, as well as the many immigrant communities around the world who encounter this problem with little or no support. They may require a safe haven or an outlet to save their lives, and they may be unable to have access to a safe space

I’ve been thinking about this for a few years, and because I have a small following, I wanted to do my small part to dispel some of the myths surrounding it.

The Faces of Domestic Violence, Revictimization, and the Blame Game

Toxic relationships can be difficult to break away from because of extra fear and economic reasons, the involvement of children, and because the abusers are frequently strong and sometimes well-respected members of the community.

Photo by Liza Summer

Many victims, unfortunately, do not come forward because they are afraid of having to defend themselves in public, especially in this day and age of social media, and of not being believed. As a result, many victims continue to sympathize with the perpetrator.

Furthermore, in many poor and developing facilities, conversations about the case begin with the victim being interrogated, in addition to a lack of adequate resources. As a result, obtaining appropriate intervention or medical assistance becomes more difficult.

Even more concerning sometimes subconsciously some individuals may engage in re-victimization as if the victim deserved it.

What was the source of her or his abuse? ….. Why didn’t she/he just leave?

In other words, it seems that no one ever asked the abuser why it happened, whether in a jail cell, a school, a church, or in the neighborhood.

As a result of this lack of training, many victims and those assigned with their care are sometimes unable to provide a safe environment for the person in need.

This is why the importance of training cannot be overestimated especially for first responders

People who are subjected to abusive treatment, such as being denied medical care or exposed to physical and verbal abuse or threats of violence and intimidation, should know that they bear no responsibility for their plight.

True victims of domestic violence?

Men and women can be victims of this kind of situation, but the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that women are more often the victims of this kind of abuse.

Approximately 70-80 percent of occurrences of domestic violence involve men, and if no action is taken, the women are typically slain.

Domestic violence affects anywhere from 25% to 40% of men. However, due to the stigma associated with it, this, as well as the perception of weakness, is frequently overlooked when they seek help.

A total of 50,000 women are murdered by individuals they know and should be able to trust every year; one woman is slain every 14 hours by a partner, ex-spouse, or some dating partner, according to UN statistics.

94% of women who have been raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress according to experts.

The following stats were included to offer an indication of this silent epidemic, and these numbers fluctuate frequently, so please check several sources for the most current information.

Data is more than a punch or slap; there are actual socio-economic numbers.

According to several academic international journals, domestic violence accounted for approximately 19% of the total burden of healthcare for women.

Victims who were unable to work cost an estimated 5.1 to $6.8 billion, which equates to approximately 32,000 full-time jobs.

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Domestic violence cases are more common than robbery, motor vehicle theft, and burglary. More than half of all police calls are for domestic violence.

Research has also shown that even after the violence stops, victims still use the healthcare system more than others.

Furthermore, children who grow up in households where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused or neglected than children who do not.

Young adults aged 18 to 30 are 2.41 times more likely to be victims of physical violence. Over three million children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes each year.

Domestic violence has far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the primary victim; it can result in child trafficking as a result of a runaway child fleeing a violent environment.

The UN estimates that around 15 million young girls worldwide become victims.

The objective here is not to merely throw out figures to get you thinking; rather, I want to push your thinking further and encourage you to view it as more than an isolated issue.

Beyond the COVID-19 Mask.

There has been an upsurge specialists say that therapeutic violence instances involving unemployed individuals who are depressed or suffer from other mental health difficulties, and in which ongoing disagreements existed prior to the violence escalating, specialists say.

Regrettase victims lacked a means of escape and were compelled to share space more frequently as a result of the pandemic.

Fear of losing solely financial support, economic status, racial intolerance, and social stratification; many victims remain silent while navigating cultural and legal complexities that further isolate them.

As I have stated, the complexity of power, image, and domestic violence, as well as what is frequently concealed to keep that image safe is a delicate balance for many families. 

In many places, even when women wield more clout and influence, this does not always translate into better solutions or increased social consciousness.

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Many experts also believe that it makes it difficult for people to speak out in order to protect individuals in positions of authority at times.

Recognition of victims may necessitate a careful balancing act between power and social standing. As a result, some individuals continue to linger in the shadows to maintain social acceptance.

I’ve spoken to some male victims who are afraid of losing everything and breaking the taboo, so they, too, may not have visible scars, but who are often victims of another sort of abuse, and who, in order to keep their tough-guy image, try to minimize the agony.

But for every assault that is caught on video, think how many more are abused today off-camera that social media has not captured, lack assistance, and victims who live in communities with outmoded ideologies

The shadow of a long-held belief and the struggle to break free from it.

This month has brought yet another opportunity to delve deeper into issues such as gender norms, masculinity, and sexuality, all of which can serve as roadblocks to self-observation and exploration.

Women’s roles in society are still seen as property and bearers of their children in some cultures despite increased rights and a growing shift toward gender equity, equality, and even upward mobility into leadership positions for women.

Domestic abuse is still a taboo subject in many countries, especially in what we refer to as “close communities,” or groupings of individuals who share our background, history, and heritage. 

Historically, the dehumanization of black women in the kitchen may be traced back to colonialism, which was marred by slavery and still reverberates today

Some men may believe they have the right to rule over women and that females do not have the same rights as males for this very reason.

Even though many people still have psychological problems because of the colonial dark past, the mistreatment of some women can’t just be blamed on that. We need to disprove this idea.

The delicate makeup is still in place.

A lovely sunglass may mask the scars of a violent relationship, which may take the form of a day excursion to the beach, a local store, a church, or a community event.

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Many of us, if we are conscious, have seen it: makeup hues, heavy clothing, and while not everyone who dresses in this fashion has been mistreated, as I previously stated, Domestic Violence is a silent killer in many communities.

It is common for people to not report it because they are ashamed, and the person who did it may be someone in the community who is well-liked.

Furthermore, while the victim may wish to project a calm and peaceful image, there is always the fear of the unknown, especially when children are involved.

As well, experts pointed out that, despite the efforts of classes and groups dedicated to domestic abuse awareness, the issue remains hidden in many underdeveloped nations, where poverty and access to resources are still a barrier.

They are understaffed, frequently close abruptly, and offenders frequently require law enforcement cooperation to ensure that they attend treatment programs.

Even when treatment programs are available, dropout rates remain high, and victims will use cultural justifications to excuse their absence.

This is a widespread problem in many of the places I’ve visited, particularly in areas with low resources. These concerns remain unnoticed until a victim case makes headlines.

As I have stated previously in other articles, some leaders, including elected ones, appear solely to assist their next political campaign. They will use these occurrences to demonstrate a high level of selective empathy in order to garner further votes.

While some people may have excellent intentions, if they lack a strategy for assisting the people they harm, I’ll leave that to you to consider.

What if politicians had to wear a few domestic violence victims on their buttons to raise awareness?

No one is immune from violence:

It has been a long and winding journey to today’s society’s acceptance of equality.

However, there are still social, religious, and political groups, however, continue to view lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender partnerships as wicked and morally abhorrent. However, they need support when they are victims of domestic violence

Because of who they are, it is more difficult for someone in these communities to get help for an abusive relationship because they don’t want to be seen as weak.

According to studies, violence and death in the LGBTQ community have been on the rise since 2010, and it’s still going on today because of ignorance and taboo. 

In the past, the HIV/AIDS epidemic was a big problem. Even though medical advances made the disease manageable, many communities were able to reduce stigma through more awareness and accountability, and access to healthcare.

For these groups, you don’t need to be a member of the LGBTQ community or a victim in order to support them. I’m a heterosexual dude, and if it feels wrong, it is and it, however, ok to speak up.’

Then there’s the dance: Is it time for a fresh treatment plan?

As I previously stated, this is a reflection of simply sharing some thoughts, using the data, seeing it upfront, and lending a voice

Domestic violence establishes a pattern of psychological barriers to overcoming traumatic experiences, with long-term negative consequences.

The nonintervention mentality must end since a victim may not have a visible scar.

It should not be dependent on where you live to order to receive adequate support, whether you live in Barbados, Boston, or the United Kingdom, or gay person living under a bridge in the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, U.S. South, or Central America

A punch in Australia hurts the victim just as much as a punch in Zimbabwe.

Summers prior to COVID-19 would have seen a plethora of cultural colors gather for celebrations, dancing to the latest Soca, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Latin rhythms, African Beats, or any other cultural event from around the world, but beneath the surface, who is the next disguised victim?

Despite the spectacular environment, wide-open fields, stunning shorelines, and white sand, not all victims of domestic abuse, especially offenders, recognize a safe location to seek help.

Many of these costumes and one-love vibes beat; someone is suffering as a result of the perpetrator of violence’s illogical judgments.

We must quit denial, recognize and protect victims, and hold abusers accountable for their crimes.

The first step in educating people about the importance of making a course adjustment is for you and your community to take this step together.

It’s important to think about how many stories don’t get told, and how many aren’t able to get a like on social media because they don’t have the resources or the knowledge to do so.

Photo by Anete Lusina

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 when it comes to helping one another.