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Columns Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Survival of the Fittest:  Change is a given  &  planning is the Devil

– Bold, Visionary Leaders Never Fail to Plan or Plan to Fail   Written by Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles,  yreynoldsteach@gmail.com Overview of the Issues For Winston Churchill, “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”   The Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in a scholarships awards’ address, (23/08/18) stated that “Education moves generations and people forward. So we as (the) Government have to ensure that we’re doing all we can to create that excellence in education.“.  History has demonstrated that the…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

A DILLY DALLYING POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

Where there was no commonality of understanding of one’s ‘…powers; …role and functions; …areas of responsibility and/or procedures, though not necessarily so in the instant case, this has often revealed evidence of ‘…incompetence, ignorance or indecisiveness.’ It might reasonably be concluded that ‘…if the ends satisfy the means,’ the leadership of a Police Service Commission (PSC’ is capable of exerting undue influence, as to exploit those that might be seen as ‘…positionally vulnerable.’ Though it speaks not to positional vulnerability, when the ‘PSC’ attempted to exploit the office of the…

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Columns Development Project Syndicate 

Why Strengthening Land Rights Strengthens Development

By: Mahmoud Mohieldin and Anna Wellenstein Mahmoud Mohieldin is World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. Anna Wellenstein is Director of Strategy and Operations for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice. For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve. Land tenure determines who can use land, for how long, and under…

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Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Let’s stop making excuses and work at getting it right

On August 11, 2018 the Antigua Observer newspaper published two articles about the newly released 2018 CXC-CSEC results.  The section on “Trending Stories”, which tracks the number of views/clicks received by a story, caught my attention.  As of August 14th  (three days later) the number one story viewed/read was Significant improvements in 2018 CSEC results followed by Jumpy soca monarch admits shock, then the third most popular story was Too many still performing poorly at CSEC. Of the two articles written about CXC-CSEC exams that day, the former article with…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

CALAMITOUS AFFAIR OF AN ANTIGUAN BILLIONAIRE

As indigent populations seek opportunities to escape the ‘…unceasing miseries; …frustration and despair, associated with social ills, blamed on poverty,’ people of ‘mega financial means,’ though living luxurious lives, also seek places to live in solitude or quietude. Contrastingly, while the indigent struggled, the financially-able, are well-positioned to enjoy the finer things in life. The people’s mandate to those elected to conduct the affairs of State includes alia, ‘…embarking upon economic initiatives, capable of empowering and serving the common good and national interests. There shall be adequacy of resources to…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS – CHAOTIC TRAFFIC AND WOES

Though not necessarily celebratory of the‘…end of the wretched slave trade and emancipation from the abhorred inhuman act of slavery,’ there may be no qualms about the essentiality of the seasonal festival called ‘…Carnival.’ This occasion has been far removed from that which the nation’s fore-fathers had ‘…encountered; …experienced and endured;’ and succinctly described as the ‘…Dark Days of Slavery’ [Sir MacLean Emmanuel: King Short Shirt]. The seasonal celebrations have not only been considered as a time for ‘…costume building; …masquerading and playing steel band music; …singing calypso and soca,’…

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Columns Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no doubt that the Texas family of four had ended what has been described by an empathizing Texas Fire Chief Palmer Buck as ‘…a fantastic vacation’ [Kxan News: June 15, 2018]. There may also be no doubt that either one of…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

GEORGE WHENNER – TRIAL OF CONFUSION AND MISGIVING

In view of the need to inculcate ‘…civic-mindedness in the citizenry; …promoting trust in the in the Judiciary and confidence in the criminal justice system,’ framers of the Constitution had inserted among the five ‘…Founding Principles,’ several important clauses. One of which states, ‘…The people of Antigua and Barbuda recognize that the law symbolizes the public conscience; …that every person owes to it an undivided allegiance.’ It further states that the people shall ‘…not limit themselves by any private views of justice or expediency; and that the State is subject…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

BARBUDAN STATUS – TENNANTS OR SQUATTERS

Known for its traditional land communal practice, Barbuda’s population of 1, 500 and combined national population of ‘…84, 316 people are mostly of African descent’ [Census: 2011]. The social life of residents not only speaks to a communal tradition of longevity, but also a political climate that in recent times, speaks to feuds, frictions and deception.’ Culturally, the island is unique, with a shared land tenure that exists for 114 years [1904-2018]. The residents are ‘…hospitable; …obliging and accommodating.’ The nation boasts 365 sun-drenched and easily accessible beaches. It has…

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Rawlston Pompey 

MAKING AND BREAKING OF A COMMISSIONER

In law enforcement, every once in a while a major disturbing situation develops. There are allegations of professional misconduct, indiscretions or transgressions.  Many in leadership positions were often tested. Attempting to address issues at hand, many who had relied upon their wisdom, had often faltered. There is a wary and merciless populace. Heads must roll. Public expectations are high. Thus, there is need, inter alia to, ‘…allay fears and eliminate distrust; …take decisive action to boost public confidence.’  These are the expectations of the citizenry. However, while citizens worry the…

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