Rawlston Pompey 

GUN CRIMES – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

It is undeniable that the ‘Gun Culture’ has pervaded many of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Occurring with frightening regularity, have been shootings that speak to recklessness and killings that are capable of being deemed senseless. Many will have seen communities reduced to societal lawlessness, with countable crime scenes of ‘adult males and females; …young men and women –some innocent and some not-so-innocent.’ This article looks specifically at homicides in two ‘OECS-St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.’ It also looks briefly at the Judiciary and…

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Columns James Knight 

COMMENTARY: Total Eclipse of the Future 

By: James Knight, Eclipse time again. Not the partial eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21st. Once more, we have a student with a ridiculous number of CSEC passes, 13 of them grade ones. There were 8,803 entries from the public and private secondary schools, with an overall percentage pass of 73.3, according to reports. It is also said that 1,594 of our Antigua and Barbuda State College students sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE) this year, with 82 percentage pass. Epicurean and those other large supermarkets must…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: Barbuda – Hurricane Irma – Aftermath

by: RAWLSTON POMPEY The chain of islands comprising ‘CARICOM and OECS,’ is not only geographically and historically linked, but also culturally, economically and politically bonded. The combined population is estimated to be ‘600, 000 people. For reasons of impinging influences on ‘practice, culture and custom,’ these have invariably provoked chagrin in conservative and conscious-minded people. They not only boasted some of the world’s finest and alluring white, black and pink sand beaches, but also the same weather conditions. Basking in constant sunshine, and cooled by gentle breeze blowing off the…

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Columns 

Letter to the Editor: A Dispatch From a Caribbean Climate Change Refugee: Hurricane Irma, Sint Maarten and the New Caribbean Reality

By: Tadzio Bervoets I am standing in line -or rather in a disorganized congregation of desperate souls- in the parking lot of St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, once the second busiest airport in the Caribbean, now a shell of sheetrock, concrete, metal and glass; the main terminal building is completely gutted. My partner is some feet away, seeking shelter from the searing mid-day sun in the shadow of a delivery van flipped unto its side, all its windows blown out and its bonnet lying across the street. On the…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: GUN CRIMES – STIFFER PENALTIES

BY: RAWLSTON POMPEY Appearing to spread across the region, gun crimes have not only occupied the attention of victims, citizens and law enforcement, but also public officials. For this reason the administration of justice has often come under public scrutiny. Thus, when criminals of illegal gun possession or gun-related are convicted crimes appeared to have been capitalizing on penalties appearing ‘pregnant with leniency or decisions capable of being deemed perverse,’ these have not only provoked public indignation, but also public dissent. Consequently the effectiveness of agencies charged with social control,…

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António Guterres Columns 

A Continent of Hope

By António Guterres Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.   I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa.  This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security.   That is the message I carried to the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…

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Education Health Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW Fraud, Waste or Ignorance? Shame on You and Me

By: Yvonne Reynolds, Are you telling me that this government can create/resuscitate a Pharmaceutical degree granting program in two weeks, or to be extra nice to them, one month?  Are you kidding me?  Yesterday, (30/1/2017) with pomp and circumstance, the A&B government “re-opened” the Pharmaceutical school located at and associated with the Antigua State College – with fifteen incoming students.  This precious photo-op appears designed to “prove” that the Ministry of Education is on the ball, justifying its last year (2016) allocation of the second largest budget item, and vindicating…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 4)

COMPETENCE, COMMITMENT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS Great Ideas Demand Funding and Good Execution (Bureaucrats) For Success The Caribbean’s current high failure rate for Math and average success for English should be the push factor to search for methods that work.  Decisions regarding which schools get closed in which neighbourhoods, which children are transported where, what capital expenditures are approved for which schools, the amount of resources distributed to which schools, the focus and priority given to which education level, are all factors affecting student achievement. Finland, Canada and Singapore seem to…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 3)

By Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles, M.P.A., MSc. Reverse Engineering Our Classrooms to Stop Creating Deserving Poor As documented above, the quality of education offered at the K-12 level is unacceptable.  Decline in passing rates for CXC Math and English is not a new phenomenon – it is decades old. Nancy George (2016) purports that, “after years of struggle to improve Mathematics and English Language scores in CXC examinations – the two required subjects for tertiary level entry – the percentage of passes is still abysmally low.”  Disheartening, is that this sad state…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 2)

By: Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles GREAT EXPECTATIONS – BUT IS TERTIARY EDUCATION FOR ALL WORTH IT? Tertiary education policy has edged to center stage on national agendas and government budget subsidies, especially as the public, parents and students have greater hopes for economic mobility and stability through educational attainment.  The amount of education one has, is correlated with his/her class position, generating considerable earnings – rewards to individuals who graduate. Tertiary institutions are a badge of honour for countries –  conferring status and education prestige. High quality tertiary education is projected as a…

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