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.


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.


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


The humanity of education:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences beyond the transmission of disease and attempts at quarantine or social distance. Thousands of people have been made unemployed, companies have gone out of business, or sales have decreased dramatically.

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.

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


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.

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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!

Goodbye, going once, twice, sold

By R.D. Miller

The New Coast: Recently a solemn promise was broken. A few of us halted all travel plans until we were convinced that the government had the chikungunya virus under control. However, breast cancer took a dear family officer after 30-plus years in public service.

Despite the earlier concerns, many of us went and showed our final respect for fallen hero who also made it possible for countless family members who now have a career in law enforcement. After the flight landed, it was time to both reflect, and enjoy our heritage and the ancestors land.

Traveling the coastline, with the ocean dangerously few feet from the vehicle, while staring at beautiful homes tucked in hillsides, the temptation to pullover for a quick swim, or capture the sunset, and walk barefoot from the cold left behind emerged.

However, a once simple pastime and custom for natives from a hot sunny day or a weekend with families to prime free beach areas to relax, is apparently becoming very difficult and just an idea.

The high criminal elements that are sometimes a deterrent has now been taken over by: segregation, isolation and the fight equality now seems more dangerous.

Even vacant lots that should have been designated as historic land and preserved are either leased or bought by foreign private investors. Home prices are extremely high and few older structures that could use an upgrade, owned by the less fortunate people passed on from their ancestors, and dating back to British rule, many found themselves restricted to move freely.

As the mega-building rises, green land and trees are diminishing, thus contributing to the record high temperatures, while ignoring the environmental impact.

Many of the local people I spoke with are not against investments or people who do not look them; and they should be respected and protected, but these residences would like to see a balance. They work hard and played by the rules, but finding it more difficult to get ahead and like-stability for everyone; especially ones without a voice to survive.

The gentrification in disguise is a global trend, creating social stratification sold as transformation. Sure, a few job are created by new stores, and hotels. However, some working conditions often look like a previous century, working in hazardous conditions for extremely low wages, unable to purchase a small home in the communities they are serving.

What is the trade-off, and where are the unions to balance labour and human rights? The region is now dominated with massive imports. Locally grown products have dwindled to small corners like news racks covered with international news clips while local customs and identity get lost.

Analyzing the region’s plight from the outside is difficult. Who are the investment banks in disguise, as famous faces who claim they are in love with the region while commercialization threatens native culture. Obviously an incredible lack of knowledge or accountability about who are the human piñata lining their pockets. What is troubling, it seems an iPhone, Facebook, and YouTube appear to be more important to some, while the sand is being swept from under their feet.

The New Master/Employer

This new push in the Caribbean is not an overnight success for some. China started its diplomatic engagements in the early 1970s, or what can be called their blueprint. For Jamaica, the voyage started under former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson on a high-level visit in 1998, when Jamaica opened an embassy in Beijing. Later, the Caribbean Economic Trade Cooperation was forged. In 2005, Jamaica hosted the first China-Caribbean trade fair. Other Caribbean countries have seen an explosion in key areas.

A few months ago, I wrote about China’s penetration into the Caribbean markets for anyone who has access to a red carpet. The modernization of technology and infrastructures brought to the region should not be an economic long-term sentence for some.

This new colonization with local hidden alliances has not lifted the poor from poverty. Many still depend on handouts for survival while the middle class struggles and remittance from family members. The lack of transparency, accountability and ignorance continue to slow growth.

One report noted that China uses its financial influence and CARICOM as its umpire to expand. Several projects, from medical centers to stadiums in St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and Jamaica, and others with cheap loans has some positive effects, but who are the real long-term beneficiaries?

McKinley & Company, a global consultant firm that operated in more than 40 countries, once noted that several companies have failed, especially in the energy industry, due to cheap imports from China over the past ten years. To the Chinese credit, education is mandatory.

(1 Dec 2015) Chinese President, Xi Jinping

They have tremendous control over the value of their currency in spite of questionable human rights issues. While the priceless seaports and other infrastructures are being sold, leaders should at least learn some of their business strategies, and even negotiate an energy efficiency deal to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel, especially in Jamaica where an average customer pays about 42 cents per kilowatt-hour. Many factories should be mandated to clean up the air, but that will hit the elite who run the country.

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Some agrued that investments are ok, but after that cameras aSome argued that investments are ok, but after that cameras are off, little financial accountability, but in order to positive some remain cautiously optimistic and hope these inroads- pay off in the long-run

Dominica PM Skerrit
Tian Qi (R), China’s ambassador to Jamaica, and Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson (2019) Update

Selling Our Souls: While many Africans sold slaves, they did not invent slavery. Today, the selling of native land is a rebirth of such dark period. The Europeans and others turn the plight of others into major businesses. Having few natives at the table today does not make it more acceptable.

In November 1927, Marcus Garvey was deported from the US. He fought for self-governance and despite push-back even from black leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, who once described Garvey as “a little, fat black man; ugly, but with intelligent eyes and a big head.” The region could use him today as an ambassador. Patriotism cannot only be in the music that comes out of the region.

Marcus Garvey

This paradigm shift along these blue waters is troubling. Sunday, November 17, 2014, opened the world to an issue kept off air when CNN aired Anthony Bourdain’s Part Unknown. To some, it was uncomfortable, but viewers saw that Jamaica is not all about reported violence, marijuana, and a relaxed attitude.

The culture is going through a silent erosion where few rich individuals and companies are building resorts that not even the locals can afford to visit. “Imagine prohibiting an American from a public park,” as one vendor’s legal struggle put it to keep one of the last free beach from development.

When Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell was not selected as the 2015 Miss Universe, many mobilized in the street, online and voiced their displeasure. The same emphasis on these issues as to the plight of their nation — access to where one can live or swim free — is needed. As many questioned Kaci’s skin colour to represent Jamaica, it only underscored the argument that a few are still stuck in an identity crisis to see even more dire issues

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Where is the local tourist board?

Furthermore, few are willing to sell their souls and local government leaders appear muted. When personal financial gains ruin an entire community, conflict is inevitable. With high unemployment and poverty, and division, the criminal enterprise thrives and hopeless youths become radicalized, not necessarily from religious ideology, but stemming from polarization, isolation and the lack of opportunity.

New Charity Economy: Today, it seems the region has more charity organizations than small businesses to help the youths. However, not all charities are bad. In the US, one in six receives some type of food support and many school students go hungry each day.

Philanthropist Jeff Levitetz recently funded several schools in Jamaica’s rural outpost “In Honor of his 96 year old Grandpa Charlie”, working with Coconut Creek’s nonprofit Food for the Poor. The charity aims to build or upgrade 50 schools on the island. Jeff’s grandfather has a personal love and affection for the Jamaican culture.

eff Levitetz, president of The Levitetz Family Foundation, proudly stands… (Food for the Poor / Sun-Sentinel )

In addition, US$166 million is pledged to Jamaica to addresses climate change. The irony is that the coastlines are being ripped apart by development, causing severe climate issue. Furthermore, despite millions donated, some charities do not serve the desired purpose, and the lack proper oversight leads to actions where donations are used to further personal needs.

When politics becomes more important than higher education that only a few can afford, it only creates a new generation of ignorance. Throughout local districts, several primary and high schools still lack a good library and other educational resources to properly educate the next generation. Yes! You can continue to blame slavery, and the lack of reparations. The arguments remain valid, and add several economic downward slopes since independence to the debate.

Even 200 years ago, education was a necessity. Between 1835-1842, the region had a slave fund shortly after emancipation. While many in the region and elsewhere were denied access to education in that same period, the British government voted 30,000 pounds per annum towards the education of former slaves. The fund ended around 1845, as studies have shown for many of the British West Indies colonies. It played a pivotal part in training teachers, and building schoolhouses. It was called the Negro Educational Fund.

As 200 years ago, very little funds came from the West Indian governments. The once colonial power seemed to have more interest in educating former slaves than many leaders today to analyze global trends and make decisions.

The disappearance of good governance some could learn something from 200 years ago. It seems handouts have become the normal way for survival for some, while the communities need a sustainable long-term foundation. New charities and awards checks are not capitalism.

New Approach: Few economies have rebounded since the 2008 financial economic collapse. The Caribbean still has an economic virus. The unemployment rate, inflation currency devaluation, and crime remain a problem. Despite these issues, the people are welcoming, but they must not be fooled in a misguided perception that the few millionaires who own these shores are totally in love with the island’s relaxed vibes, food, and people.

Love does not hurt others. When Ian Fleming (and James Bond) fell in love with Jamaica in the late 1950s, conflicts were not about access to one’s own land.

The few who have the media are skilled at making noticeable linguistic shifts, while masking an urgent need to resolve the dangerous ideological faults even within their party. While it looks like capitalism on the coasts and inland; however, if it is one-sided, it defeats capitalism as a driving force to end poverty and inequality.

Today, we are left wondering how young police officers will be able to afford a home in area they will patrol to protect mega properties and address the untold stories, where hard drugs and young girls who struggle to find employment become nightclub dancers for a few dollars, controlled by pimps who force them into prostitution, sexually abused and exploited. They are not beach beauties that stroll the sand, they are victims that are often overlooked throughout the region.

Modernization is important; however, it should not take a nation back centuries, where only the rich and famous get to rewrite.

As Burning Spear once said in a song, “My island don’t sell out.”

Jamaica Reggae Superstar: Burning Spear

2014 World Cup Soccer, more than a game in (Brazil)


The Global Colors

Every four years, millions of supporters attend watch parties in public parks and bars to ensure the best of the best players compete for bragging rights until the next four years. However, beneath the vibrant hues, beers will be consumed, food will be provided, and billions of dollars will be spent and blown like a whistle.

Wherever it is played, this fascinating game, event, never seems to be without controversy. These debates include a wide range of topics, including soccer or football, corruption, and the socio-economic role it should play in our society.

Regardless of the difficulties, and social and economic debate, the teams’ colors will be taken over our televisions, iPhones, tablets, and iPads like a rainbow. Underneath it all, residents are crying out for a new economic canvas to modernize and lift poor people out of poverty, and other racial disparities.

Football is a global sport that originated in England but was renamed soccer in the United States and this game brings people together regardless of race, class, or socioeconomic status. Starting a game is not prohibitively expensive.

However, the wealth gap is wider than the distance between the two goal lines in which these games are being played, whereas poverty is closer than the two goalposts.

According to several reports, other issues such as crime, unsolved killings, unemployment, and an ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots could benefit from the new direction.

Many people may be wondering if, after the final whistle, the oppressed will still be asking for economic referees for a penalty on some of their leaders who have not been given a card for foul plays.

Protests frequently erupt in response to the poor socioeconomic issues surrounding these games. The games continue, but the turmoil lingers.  

These issues will resurface like the sea rushing back to the shores to recreate the sand paths that eroded from ongoing debris.

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Several demonstrators said that “they have overlooked the local economic problems in Brazil.” This color will appear to be broadcast to the rest of the globe and will be vibrant, but  Brazilians and their shaky economy are under scrutiny.

The expertly designed visuals that emerge from the periphery will leave a lasting impression.

The Economics:

These games are being led by the International Association Federation of Football (FIFA). It is a billion-dollar industry, and throughout this region, the games are ubiquitous.

To prepare for the 2014 World Cup, they spent an estimated cost of up to US$11 billion — while the Brazilian economy remains stagnant. However, the government has predicted that it will be a net positive for the overall economy, stemming from event-related services among several industries.

Frequently, these public expenditures fail on a far larger scale because, once the fans have left and the multi-million dollar stadiums are empty, the locals are left with the debt load.

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Forbes magazine has reported that (FIFA) will generate about $4 billion in revenue. However, more needs to be done to promote social programs to cut poverty and not the appearance of forcing local economies to stretch their budgets to accommodate their demands.

Wherever FIFA places its goalposts, it is always under the microscope. Recently published in a British magazine, the organization is being investigated for corruption and bribes related to the Qatar 2022 bid.

The Social Impact

The World Cup has long been surrounded by a socio-economic debate. South Africa encountered similar questions in 2010 about how much money its government spent that could have been used to alleviate poverty.

Despite setbacks, such as England, Italy, and Australia’s early departures, the World Cup is bigger than its venue. The stage, however, remains where players and supporters use the event to highlight their countries, send statements, diplomacy, and reconnect with compatriots who may have been rivals or teammates playing for different football clubs.

This is like a family reunion before they return to business, and lifelong friendships are formed, between many countries and some with no diplomatic ties and cultural divides rooted in political conflicts.

The game, though, has far more ramifications than just 90 minutes on the pitch. Even among nations that may never meet, it broadens communities, economy, discipline, teamwork, acceptance, talent, and diplomacy.

The other Brazils are off the pitch.

Many rich club managers, as in many other professional sports, seek out young players from many countries to develop, and many from South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia became the face of the global sport.

However, for every ten players who have risen from poverty, many are still pining for referees or a respectable ball and pitch to envision a future on the big stage.

Soccer, sometimes known as football, has produced several international stars and helped to lift families out of poverty.

Some of their stories are similar to those of players in the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), baseball, and a variety of other professional sports.

FIFA has a track record of putting together successful tournaments. The game between the United States and Portugal received one of the greatest ratings, with upwards of 21 million people tuning in according to reports.

Imagine if these fans compel FIFA to ensure that the future goal posts are placed in an economically balanced manner.

For many youths, a soccer/football field and now “pitch” was critical to stay off the streets after school.

Although not all young players became stars, the friendships gained, and lessons learned lasted a lifetime.

The millions made by players who escaped slums (ghettos) were rarely spent back in the neighborhoods where it all began in some locations.

There are various communities of improvised youths yearning for education, decent affordable medicines, and safety underneath these targeted players.

Our society has been transforming, such as gentrification, as it has become more varied, which can lead to tension and even greater isolation.

Perhaps it is time for an economic and social package in these impoverished communities

Many reports reveal that if black Brazilians could go on a boat and escape, they would be safer on a soccer pitch since, aside from the economic stagnation, they kill more blacks at an alarming pace.

Overall crime has declined, but the number of violent deaths recorded has not decreased, particularly among black individuals.

Even though the homeless people are everywhere, with ongoing division and widening gaps between the haves and the have-nots, and who always tends to be on the street in greater numbers, as studies have shown, people of color.

Unfortunately, it does not take a world cup to see that these issues persist, and they do not go away after the goals are scored, the new high-end building is constructed, the celebrations conclude, and the nets are lowered.

Without a solid economic plan that will help all who are in need, poor people will always have a half-side call usable to move forward.

The Social Responsibility

With success comes responsibility, and despite the Beautiful Game’s efforts to break down barriers, some players continue to face discrimination. Some fans refer to niggers, monkeys, and bananas as game symbols.

Recently, Italian star Mario Balotelli spoke out after being subjected to racial slurs from a few fans, and more players must follow suit.

Soccer Star-Mario Balotelli

FIFA should know how to help combat these issues. It has been around since 1904 and now has over 300,000 clubs and millions of players around the world.

FIFA is excellent at managing global operations. However, as our society becomes more diverse, and isolated by ideology and personal interests, it will need more than building stadiums.

Equality, discrimination, and a platform for players to speak when issues threaten to reduce the next generation of players.

Often, I join a few new fans at the local sports bars who seem intrigued with long pauses when they realize a few teams starting at 11 such as the French, and Germans; the Italians have black players, and some are Muslims. It is more than a game, and awareness is key.

The reality

Many South and Latin American teams have returned home for the 2014 World Cup, and the celebrations have been spectacular.

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However, there is a dark side lurking just north of these games off the Atlantic Ocean in some countries, thousands of children who have fled their countries where a few dominating stars call home.

The majority of these orphaned children are under the age of ten and are being held in detention camps along the US-Mexico border. According to reports, up to 90,000 people came from Honduras, Colombia, and Guatemala.

These young people fled to avoid sexual violence and other inhumane treatment and to escape crimes against humanity.   No one knows what the long-term physiological repercussions will be, but studies have shown that it can be devastating.

Football organizations and their players cannot be the world police, but with success and global appeal comes the responsibility to speak out in times of humanitarian crisis.

Billions of dollars are spent to create perfect images, while others look for the next Latin superstar to fill their stadiums through ticket sales.

Unfortunately, some are still outside the gated walls where these games are being played, preparing to make the perilous journey North+.

Extra Minutes :

These extra minutes added to games have the potential to generate more revenue for FIFA. However, in a few weeks, the cameras will be turned off, and well-dressed immigrant men and women from television networks with a few selected feel-good stories will leave town, surrounded by security as if they were in a war zone.

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There will be more games and many will have to navigate drug and crime-infested areas to reach a local field in the hopes of rising out of poverty to help their families, with little time left on the clock.

Today, I’m wondering if our socioeconomic polarization and disparities in inequality have harmed our imagination. Perhaps other major league sports programs should do more because, like Brazil, they give you the impression that someone is keeping an eye on us you for the next star, but are they seeing what is going on around some of the thorny issues?

The final whistle

When the final whistle blows, some of the players will have to pass through their impoverished towns and cities, which are rife with violence. Before FIFA looks for the next venue, it should look for ways to improve its balance sheet as well.

It must ensure that the community’s economic impact benefits everyone, regardless of color, class, race, or socioeconomic status, because the next 100 years can only be beautiful if it is more than just a game.

After the matches are played and the pageantry is over for poor people of color, the struggles continue.