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Violent Acts Against Jamaican Children

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The news out of Jamaica that 1,147 crimes were reported against children  last year, must be horrific news for all regional citizens, who continue to advocate for the safety of our children. The break down is frightening, to say the very least. Some of the statistics should alarm us all:

56 children between the ages of 1 and 10

295 between the ages of 11 to 17

387   18 year olds

36 murdered

We note that these are just the acts that have been reported. We know that there must hundreds or dozens more, who have not reported these acts for several reasons and this makes the picture even more frightening.

We can only let the figures speak for themselves and continue to urge Jamaica and all regional governments to place the protection of our children as a number one priority.

Protect Our Girls

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Gone are the days when the region’s girl children were expected to be nurses and teachers, and relishing their great advancement beyond what was expected of their grandmothers and mothers, who were expected to be home makers, domestics and other low -paying wage earners. Since independence, our girls have made great strides, and are now the majority pursuing education at the tertiary level and according to some statistics, they are “out-doing” our boys, in the examinations that highlight the transfer from primary to secondary schools. No longer, when they reach womanhood, are they dependent on “don0carish” men, who traditionally were the breadwinners and in many cases, were known to have more than one family to look after. The days of the village ram are disappearing as our women continue to assert themselves in every area of national life, including corporate and political leadership. Thins development has been so widespread that men have rushed to form organiza…

Barbados Against Sexual Harassment At Work Place

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The Mahogany Coconut Group welcomes the recent legislation,bythe Barbados Government, in the form of the Employment Sexual Harassment Prevention Bill, that will seek to curb sexual harassment at the work place. MCG is not surprised at the opposition to the Bill because we have maintained that certain cultural habits, do not disappear overnight. What we find particularly disappointing, is the reaction of some females, which suggests that they are seriously unaware of their rights. And  have perhaps accepted, that the disrespectful behavior of some men in the work place toward them, is just a part of our culture. Obviously, the current political atmosphere, with general elections in sight, guarantees that some political objection would emerged but at least the official Opposition has thrown its weight behind the bill.  We have seen the same diatribe in relation to legislation dealing with domestic violence and child abuse , simply because we come from a culture which…

To Maurice and Bernard

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To Maurice and Bernard


                                                    I heard the soldiers marching                                                     I saw the guns coming                                                     I thought of Cuffy                                                     and Marcus                                                    Of Martin and Malcolm                                                    But it was too late                                                    The people were confused                                                    A white cloud descended                                                     Consuming them all                                                     A woman cried: “God bless America! “                                                     A white mask smiled                                                     at me                                                    Taunting me, Bazooka in hand                      …

Hurricanes Aftermath: Environment and Crime Challenges

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We have often noted that we are not in the: “We told you so business”. The reason being that we take no delight, when we predict that some negative features of the region, will eventual lead to serious socio-economic retardation. The enormous damage done to some islands   by the deadly hurricanes that now dominate regional news and discussion, has brought us to a sense of reality, that only the most obstinate among us, would seek to ignore. We are hoping, some would say against hope itself, that the loud shouts for regional cooperation in the areas of disaster preparedness, are not silenced as the tumult  we now endure, fades. We have warned that crime and a deteriorating environment, if allowed to continue, would be the ultimate undoing of the region. These positions were taken long before the destruction, that the hurricane season has dumped upon us. It is believed that many of the gains made in the last three decades, will be wiped out by the destruction that…

Poet's Corner : Black Bird

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                                                                             Black Bird
                                                                             Thy see you in flight                                                                               But they don’t know                                                                               You are more beautiful                                                                               When you are not flying                                                                                Sometimes they see you on the ground                                                                                But they don’t know                                                                                That you are more Fantastic                                                                                 In Flight                                                                              …

Historic Appointment : Ottis Gibson, South Africa Cricket Coach

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