Thinking Outside the Box: The New order of Doing Things

Submitted by Roslyn Shepherd

Post Covid 19, we need to look at matters from a different perspective rather than rehash and complain about the scary economic and financial reality.  Big business is all about profit, not about the outlay of money without a future gain.  Against the contraction in business, banks will continue to sell off shares and/or downsize and move most of their business to automated platforms.  More than likely, unemployment will continue to increase while wages contract.  We need to bring a different approach to acquiring skills as well as the work world. 

It is all about attitude and developing passion as well as looking for your niche; so said a technical guy I know.  He expands this thoughts, saying I believe in layering a foundation of base skills that interlace and allow the fluidity of moving between disciplines as well as the cross borrowing of ideas with the benefit of seeing broader possibilities for solutions.  To this end he decided to conquer six (6) skills, all of which he started at the same time.  The aim was to get a feel of them as well as to determine whether the selection suited his skill set. It was accepted that all could not be done at once.  His approach was supported by the fact that the first curriculum for the first degree was done by someone without a degree and that his non-traditional approach of charting a different pathway might not lead to work but could be of help to those who needed it. Covid interrupted the order of things so he switched to learning programming and electronics especially manufacturers preferred program language and combined that knowledge with what he had previously learnt about sensors, actuators and building devices to help in agriculture.  He continues to incorporate electronics into different agricultural methods.

Wanting to help, he reached out to Barbados representatives in the prior government to ascertain how he could partner with 4-H programs.  No one responded.  His focus is now on helping his country of residence provide food for a food bank.  

He concluded that we do not know how to evaluate talent and this will be part of Barbados’s down fall.  My suggestion is that we must fast track the acquisition of that skill quickly.    

189 comments

  • And the beat goes on as workers voices are getting stronger gor their rights
    The labour minister is lost just like the AG

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  • (Quote):
    When the EU and OECD black list them, and the Americans ban them from the global banking system, then they will claim racism, and discriminating against a small island and their toadies will come on BU and cry.
    We are a nation of drug dealers now. (Unquote).
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    So how do you explain Amsterdam, one of the wealthiest and most visited city in Europe?

    Why not blacklist The Netherlands aka Holland?
    Wasn’t the same Amsterdam the brains and financiers of the beginning of the sugar cane industry in Barbadoes?

    Isn’t Portugal part of the EU? And what is their policy on drugs?

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  • @WW&C
    “next thing ya know, the DPP let him go, black man took the fall”
    I know I was busy many days this summer…..did the court case against Rogers/Prescod proceed with a verdict? Or was there a plea deal of some kind? Last I heard the two were out on bail awaiting trial.

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  • This is a huge victory, internationally, for social justice and for the rights of medical #cannabis patients to be treated humanely, without needing to rely on opiates, benzodiazepines & other more dangerous medications.We are getting there!https://t.co/iAsPju77pS— Peter Grinspoon MD (@Peter_Grinspoon) December 2, 2020

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  • @ David December 6, 2020 6:30 PM

    Was there a referendum? Why a referendum for Satan (recreational use etc) but not for the money-making Pharma?

    So why the after-thought concerns about being financially ‘Kosher’?

    Has the M/L Act been amended to reflect to exemption of dealing in cannabis sativa for medical purposes from the list of illegal activities?

    With respect but just “asking for friend”!

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  • Ah can’t even see Fowl Enuff running out to defend this and cuss everybody, and where is BIG LIPS Lorenza……😂🤣

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  • Two to one is murdahh

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  • .”did the court case against Rogers/Prescod proceed with a verdict? Or was there a plea deal of some kind? Last I heard the two were out on bail awaiting trial”

    not getting any details, everything seems to be hush, hush…as usual….it’s all about their idea of justice as usual..

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David December 6, 2020 6:29 PM
    “Out of curiosity can you list 5 countries and point to the data?”
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    Off the top of my head in no particular order:
    Uruguay
    Canada
    Portugal
    Argentina
    Jamaica

    You can do your own research to find out what happened in each case.

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  • What was that old movie called again, Mutiny on the Bounty i believe, a real old one….life imitating art, or even imitation of life, so may jokes out there….lol.

    everyone seems to be posting still shots everywhere…the photography is quite exquisite.

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  • @Bajeabroad December 6, 2020 3:58 PM “I do agree that medical cannabis is a joke as in Canada the literal hundreds of millions are in the recreational cannabis space with flower, prerolls, vapes, edibles and topicals. Just look at the last quarter earnings of some key players and you see vast improvements. Recreational use is where the money is at just like alcohol and tabacco. Have you ever heard of the medical rum or cigarette industry??? That tells you all you need to know about where the money is in this industry.”

    I am sorry to know that our best and brightest men and women feel that the way to make good money off silly people is to sell said silly people with one more recreational drug as if alcohol/rum cigarettes do not already cause enough trouble.

    And tobesides with more than 62,000 people unemployed and a further 54,000 being children why this need for re-CREATION. Children, and people who do not work, who do not create, need no re-CREATION.since re-CREATION is respite from work,

    Long ago Barbados was a major grower and exporter of an indigenous crop, tobacco where the people who came from Europe made profits of 1,300% per year. Where medical people testified about its benefits, where governments collected massive taxes. Our indigenous agricultural product still kills millions of people each year.

    Please Lord, don’t tell me we are being led back there again.

    And don’t start me on the evils of alcohol and sugar?

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  • Well…the fowls are officially in hiding, too many flames and fire emanating from one video… no more hypocrisy, at least for today….we needed a day off from those frauds anyway….they will never learn.

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  • @WW&C “next thing ya know, the DPP let him go, black man took the fall”

    SMH.

    A black man taking the fall for a white man?

    No wonder black women have lost all respect for so many of our men.

    IDIOTS.

    Too willing to sell their souls to white devils.

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  • @Peter

    You are sure there is a complete dataset to conclusively support a definitive position? Jamaica is more representative of our peer group but what can we learn from them?

    Sorry, not convinced.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David December 6, 2020 8:46 PM
    “Sorry, not convinced.”
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    … because you refuse to do any research. I cannot convince you, only you can convince yourself by actually doing the research about Jamaica, for example. My research was to go live there for a year in 2016, but I’m sure Google will suffice in these COVID times.

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  • @ Cuhdear BajanDecember 6, 2020 8:14 PM
    “No wonder black women have lost all respect for so many of our men.”
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    And what are you black women doing about it?

    Black men have been beaten down into the ground both physically psychologically over the years.

    Very few black men have a say anymore in the technology-driven service-oriented workplace which translates to having less of a say in the home or community.

    So it’s time black women step up to the plate without the need to bleach your skins or wear mock hair.

    Just remember that it has always been the black woman who kept the “black family” together especially through the ravages of slavery when a black man could be killed by white men for just ogling cock-teasing white woman.

    Do you think Kamala Harris the future “ de facto” POTUS can make a difference to the status of the black race since Obama failed to do such?

    ‘She who rocks the cradle (breast-feeds the young) rules the world’.

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  • @Peter

    The blogmaster is most familiar with the Jamaica landscape. It does not recommend anything.

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  • @ David

    What data are you looking for specifically?

    What is the question?

    Genuinely asking in support of a good dialogue

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  • @Bajeabroad

    Is there enough data to make an informed position of the social fallout from freeing up the weed?

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  • Successful marijuana plants in the USA utilize technology using greenhouses & monitors that correct temperature, water, nutrients etc & have few workers. They are large unlike typical open air farms thatare finding it difficult to compete with them. Am therefore a bit puzzle by this guy’s approach

    Note based on what I assume to be an the abstract from the Marijuana Bill that the proposed high fees will prove prohibitive for the average man:
    Between $30K to $125K for different tier license fees
    Processing fees between $140K to $990K.
    Cheapest fees are application & processing fees.
    Will definitely be a massa sector

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  • Correction re comment about being puzzled by the guy’s approach for farming in Barbados. It is based on the cheap land and labour. Definitely a massa approach

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  • @ BAJE December 6, 2020 4:26 PM

    Ease up a bit on ‘poor’ PLT.

    He means well for Barbados but he is still a bit wet behind the ears when it comes to those who make their big money in Bim through ‘contraband’.

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    YOU BELIEVE THE AUDACITY TO CLAIM SHOWING LETTUCE,

    I GUESS HE MEANT VEGETABLE MATTER RE CANNABIS.

    SOMETHING MUST BE IN THE WATER LOCALLY BECAUSE ONE CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.

    MAYBE @PLT NEEDS AN UMBRELLA TO BLOCK THE “SHADE”.

    BY NOW HE SHOULD KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING AN “UNCLE TOM” RE HIS BUDDY CHARLES HERBERT WHO SHOULD NOT BE A FREE MAN LAUGHING AT BLACK BAJANS ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK BECAUSE OF HIS BRIBERY AND GREED.

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  • @David December 6, 2020 9:12 PM “Is there enough data to make an informed position of the social fallout from freeing up the weed?”

    Probably not.

    Long ago the Europeans came and saw the indigenous people of the Caribbean smoking a sacramental weed, not for recreation but for spiritual upliftment.. It looked good to the Europeans and they started to smoke it too, to grow it and to sell it. It was easy to grow, and hugely profitable. Likely the most profitable herb ever grown. After all 1300% per annum ain’t so bad.

    It took about 500 years before humanity recognized the fall out from that tobacco weed.

    in 2020 we humans are still dealing with the fallout. 7 or 8 million people died of tobacco smoking last year and the year before, 7 or 8 million will die this year and next and the next, and the next. But tobacco is still grown, still profitable, the people with money and influence are still producing it, still advertising it, still selling it, still making profits. Still killing people. But the money sweet.

    500 years ago NOBODY saw the social fallout from tobacco consumption. Yet tobacco, a minor crop first grown in the Caribbean, has killed probably 500 million people since the Europeans first saw the indigenous people having fun with it.

    Without shedding a drop of blood, without starting any wars our little Caribbean herb has killed more human beings than all of the “great powers” combined.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @BAJE
    Yor say, and I quote “I PERSONALLY KNOW YOUR BUDDY CHARLES HERBERT HAS BEEN A LOCAL DRUG DEALER FOR A LONG LONG TIME…” so you are claiming to know much more about Mr Herbert that I do because I have no such inside knowledge… are you his buddy?

    Of course it is clear to everyone that you are a coward who publishes such defamation while cowering behind your pseudonym. It’s pathetic… but we have come to expect the pathetic from you.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @ Cuhdear Bajan
    And what is the death toll from sugar??? Add to that the death toll from rum.

    It is nonsensical to make a substance illegal because it can cause harm; because then you would have to make almost everything illegal. Prohibition does not decrease consumption, it simply adds all the social harm of creating a criminal supply chain on top of the harm caused by the herb itself.

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  • @BAJE
    Yor say, and I quote “I PERSONALLY KNOW YOUR BUDDY CHARLES HERBERT HAS BEEN A LOCAL DRUG DEALER FOR A LONG LONG TIME…” so you are claiming to know much more about Mr Herbert that I do because I have no such inside knowledge… are you his buddy?

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    ANYONE LOCALLY CAN TALK TO GOLFERS WHO HAS PLAYED AS AN ANNUAL MEMBER FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME AT BARBADOS GOLF COURSE IN DURANTS CHRIST CHURCH TO FIND OUT THIS “SECRET” INFORMATION THAT YOU CLAIM TO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

    I AM NOT THE ONE WHO BRAGGED ABOUT BEING ON HIS YATCH OR AMONG HIS INNER CIRCLE THAT WOULD BE YOU.

    YOU HAVE NOT ONE OUNCE OF CREDIBILITY AS IT RELATES TO CHARLES HERBERT.

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  • CORRECTION

    YACHT

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  • Since October this is December…CXCs wickedness is showing, we knew from day 1 what they did to the region’s children was deliberate and still is….frauds…no different to what’s infesting the parliament….them and the trash in the business community.

    “PARENTS AND stakeholders in the ministries of education across the region are still not letting up in the fight for improved grades for students who sat this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and received poor scores.

    Sources said there is an upcoming Zoom conference in which parents, representatives of student bodies, consultants, teachers and various ministries of education officials are expected to thrash out issues regarding the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) review system, as weeks had passed without students receiving all of their reviews.

    “This is a parent-led initiative involving all the stakeholders of the ministries of education across the region and the review system is prompting it,” said a concerned parent, who did not want to be identified.

    “The frustration is that since October 18 Sir Hilary Beckles had promised for the reviews to be turned around within a week and it is six weeks since then. (SB)”

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  • It was the most blatant up in the face form of injustice from barbados justice system when Charles Herbert was freed
    Up to now question lingers
    The justice system failed
    Furthermore govt speaks and calls of citizens to give information
    Yet govt had a big fish and let him go
    Dam shame

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  • The CH stands for chutzpah.

    I am quite certain that CH could have found a lackey to be in the video instead of himself. But instead we see the “I don’t give a F_k for people’s opinions or the message that is sent”

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  • The Herbert matter was dismissed by the DPP, it never went to court for hearing. The blogmaster is willing to be corrected.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompsonDecember 6, 2020 10:26 PM
    “@ Cuhdear Bajan
    And what is the death toll from sugar??? Add to that the death toll from rum.”

    It is nonsensical to make a substance illegal because it can cause harm; because then you would have to make almost everything illegal. Prohibition does not decrease consumption, it simply adds all the social harm of creating a criminal supply chain on top of the harm caused by the herb itself.
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    That’s the kind of incontrovertible argument which those who argue against the decriminalization of cannabis cannot refute.

    Instead of arguing against an activity which is illegal they should be directing their ‘moral’ arrows against those products which have been proven to be dangerous to human health and society with the goal of having them made illegal and put on the same ‘contraband’ footing as marijuana.

    You can bet that the day marijuana is treated like any other plant or herb- that is, stop being seen as Satan and stop being treated like a criminal- it would no longer attract the real white collar criminals (including lawyers and politicians) who will no longer be able to make a killing off the super profits which will certainly disappear.

    You have highlighted the classic example of Alcohol Prohibition.
    Which person in their right mind would want to open a shop today selling rum and cigarettes as the mainstay of the business?

    Isn’t that the reason behind Big Pharma lobbying against the ‘legal’ use of cannabis unless there are able to get the ‘biggest’ cut of the value added pie through the marketing label called ‘Medical Marijuana’ the same way rum distributors get theirs through Cockspur, Old Brigand and Mount Gay?

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  • @Miller

    Is this not the point? All the substances that are legal have they not created considerable challenges to societies? How will adding one more help small countries already fighting a losing battle as far as mounting social cost?

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  • @ Mariposa

    You are right. The Charles Herbert case should have gone to a jury trial.

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  • Then blame the DLP appointed DPP.

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  • Then blame the DLP appointed DPP.

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    NOW HERE IS ANOTHER HYPOCRITE THAT COMPLAINS THAT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING THROUGH A POLITICAL LENS ESPECIALLY WHEN FINGERS ARE POINT AT HIS BELOVED BLP.

    IRREGARDLESS OF WHO APPOINTED THE DPP SHOULD BE FIRED AS THIS CHARLES HERBERT CASE SIGNIFIES MORE ABOUT BARBADOS AND ITS “WHITE SHADOWS”.

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  • Tell us how the DPP can be fired. For ease of reference please refer to the Barbados Constitution.

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  • @ David December 7, 2020 10:27 AM

    You are the one who is missing the gravamen of your own point.

    Why are you not calling for the “de-legalization” aka criminalization of alcohol and tobacco consumption?
    Why continue with the double standards when it has been proven that the consumption of marijuana is no more dangerous than that of alcohol?

    Such a situation pertains in many countries where alcohol is banned.
    Why not ‘holier-than-thou’ Barbados?

    Is the crime rate in Amsterdam any higher than in Barbados?

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  • “I am quite certain that CH could have found a lackey to be in the video instead of himself. But instead we see the “I don’t give a F_k for people’s opinions or the message that is sent”

    they got balls Enuff…even invited some who were giving them hell on a platform yesterday to their Redlands plantation, not sure if it’s the 24 acre one or the 200 acre one but if ya got 5 to 10 acres of marijuana already planted up and swearing up and down that ya not interested in marijuana, who can prove that ya don’t have fields of it on ya plantation….how will anyone know or be able to tell in that much land space, but he done know that jackasses and idiot will believe anything so call them in and massage them live to be posted to FB or any platform…

    apparently, Theo, we missed parts of the video that said they had already started planting their marijuana plantations, not sure who started planting exactly, have been hearing about it since last years since there’re a few of them that sprung up suddenly in several parishis, so i either probably didn’t listen well, or those are the parts that were edited.

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  • @Miller

    We can call for it but it would not be a pragmatic stance would it. The so-called establishment is built on alcohol and tobacco.

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  • Theo…check this out, and with that nasty slave master racist mentality these halfassed descendants of the slave patrol still carry, anything is possible…..especially since they still got Black people growing lettuce etc on those old dilapidated slave plantations.

    “This race and class issue has to be addressed. Redland Plantation is a part of our history. At emancipation it held 82 of our ancestors captive.”

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  • Certain platforms are hot, hot, hot with this top, hoping Mia is measuring the temperature, she better, if not, tough.

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  • If you feel like a spliff..

    .. smoke a spliff

    1 spliff a day
    1 dub a day

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  • @ David December 7, 2020 11:01 AM

    So why not add one more ‘legal’ leg to the crumbling economy to see if it can provide a measure of support instead of remaining underground and behaving like termites by eroding the social fabric of the society through crime?

    At least you are admitting that the reason behind the criminalization of marijuana is due merely the economics of the activity.

    It’s a rather difficult ‘habit’ on which to impose a ‘sin’ tax like alcohol and tobacco.

    All is being asked that economic justice should prevail; one way or the other.

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  • @Miller

    The blogmaster has not made a novel claim. The establishment will not dismantle the commerce as a result of tobacco and alcohol production. The issue of cannabis will resolve itself, in fact it has already started with the delisting of the drug by the UN.

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  • Miller…they got fullblown BONFIRES going on some other forums, i am running when they start up, ya know ya can’t find a fowl or their feathers on any of them either….they got crisp fried over the last few months, any more flames will just finish them all off…not that it’s bad thing…

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  • LETTUCE OR CANNABIS

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    The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped charges related to over $500 000 in drugs against Charles Herbert former Chairman of Goddard Enterprises Ltd (GEL).

    Herbert was jointly charged with GEL employees Walter Prescod and GEL director Christopher Glen Rogers with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of 267 pounds or 121.4 kilogrammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of $ 534,160. The drugs were found on board the company’s vessel Ecstasy in June 2018.

    The charges against Prescod and Rogers were advised to continue according to the DPP.

    The Magistrate, Douglas Frederick, is still to make a determination with regards to Rogers and Prescod. Submissions were made by lawyer Andrew Pilgrim in respect of Rogers.

    Lawyer Verla Depeiza represents Prescod.

    They return to the No.1 District “A” Magistrates’ Court on July 16.

    Both Prescod and Rogers are out on bail.

    https://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/watch-drug-charges-dropped-against-former-goddard-enterprises-chair

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  • Here you go David

    Ref # 1 – https://cannabiz.media/the-social-impact-of-marijuana-legalization-in-the-united-states/

    Crime and Social Justice
    Numerous studies as well as law enforcement data have shown that cannabis legalization reduces some types of crime. In fact, arrests and court filings related to marijuana possession, cultivation, and distribution drop significantly after legalization.

    Public Safety
    Public safety issues are also affected when marijuana is legalized. This is particularly interesting since 79% of Americans who oppose cannabis legalization say a very important reason is that it would increase the number of car accidents involving drivers who use marijuana according to a spring 2019 Gallup survey.
    What’s so interesting about that? Researchers have found that cannabis legalization does not increase car accidents

    Law Enforcement
    The Drug Policy Alliance study reported that the reduced number of arrests that law enforcement agents need to make after marijuana is legalized results in significant savings. In fact, those savings are estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars, which law enforcement can then reallocate to other things, including social investments.

    Public Health
    Marijuana legalization is linked to lower rates of opioid-related overdoses, death, and harm, which could significantly improve public health during the current “opioid epidemic” environment. The Drug Policy Alliance report explains that it’s not just medical cannabis availability that affects this aspect of public health, but recreational cannabis legalization has an impact as well.

    Opioid overdose death rates are almost 25% lower in states with medical marijuana. Furthermore, states with medical marijuana have seen a 23% reduction in opioid dependence or abuse-related hospitalizations and a 15% decrease in opioid treatment admissions.

    Education and Youth
    In many states that have legalized marijuana, the Drug Policy Alliance reports that youth marijuana use has remained stable and in line with rates in states that have not legalized marijuana. However, there are some studies that report a decrease in marijuana use by youth under the age of 21 after legalization.

    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics, in July 2019 found that the number of high schoolers who used cannabis in the last 30 days fell by 8% in states where adult-use marijuana has been legalized. Furthermore, the number of high schoolers who used cannabis at 10 times or more in the last 30 days dropped by 9%. While the researchers found no effect on teen use after medical cannabis legalization, they did find evidence of a reduction in teen use after recreational cannabis legalization.

    Similarly, a 2017 study by the National U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration reported that cannabis use in teens declined in most jurisdictions where adult use marijuana had been legalized and was being regulated. This included Oregon, Washington State, Washington, DC, and Colorado – where the teen use rate of marijuana had dropped to its lowest level in nearly 10 years.

    Ref 2 – https://www.marijuanamoment.net/canada-defends-marijuana-legalization-in-response-to-international-skepticism/

    The Canadian government touted the benefits of its legal, regulated marijuana market in comments to the United Nations recently, saying that since legal sales began in the country a year and a half ago, “the illegal market has already lost 30% of its market share” and “rates of use have not changed among youth and young adults.”

    “The illegal market has already lost 30% of its market share, and we have seen no corresponding increase in the overall size of the market,” Boudreau said, according to a written copy of her remarks. “This represents nearly $2 billion in sales that did not go to criminal organizations.”

    She added that “initial data suggests that rates of cannabis use have not changed among youth and young adults,” nor has the country seen an increase in movement of cannabis across international borders

    Ref # 3 – https://fee.org/articles/how-marijuana-legalization-reduces-violent-crime-and-puts-drug-smugglers-out-of-work/

    The Latest Research
    Today, though, let’s focus on the practical argument and look at some fascinating academic research from Evelina Gavrilova, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman (two economists and a criminologist). Here’s a summary from the abstract of their study:

    We examine the effects of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on crime… Using data from the Uniform Crime Reports, we show that the introduction of MMLs lead to a decrease of 12.5 percent in violent crime, such as homicides, aggravated assaults and robberies in states that border Mexico. We also show that the reduction in violent crimes is strongest for counties close to the border (less than 350km)… Analysis from the Supplementary Homicide Reports data reveals that the decrease in homicides can largely be attributed to a drop in drug-law related homicides. We find evidence for spillover effects. When an inland state passes a MML, this results in a decrease in crime in the nearest border state. Our results are consistent with the theory that the introduction of MMLs reduces activity by Mexican drug trafficking organizations and their affiliated gangs in the border region. MMLs expose drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to legitimate competition, and substantially reduce their profits in one of their most lucrative drug markets. This leads to a decrease in drug related crime in the Mexican border area. Our results indicate that decriminalization of the production and distribution of drugs may lead to a reduction in violence in markets where organized drug criminals meet licit competition.

    In other words, legalize drugs, and you get less violent crime.

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  • Taking down nelson or not a new massa in town.The new colonizers are back at taking the plantations and using black labour for the production of weed.Where is Prescott that was given a fancy stop talking post of enfranchisement envoy

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  • @Bajanabroad

    Thanks, will have a review of your comment.

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  • Taking down nelson or not a new massa in town.The new colonizers are back at taking the plantations and using black labour for the production of weed.Where is Prescott that was given a fancy stop talking post of enfranchisement envoy

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    I AM ALSO AMAZED HOW LOCAL PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO BE CHAMPIONS OF THEIR UNDER PRIVILEGED BLACK BRETHREN HOW QUICK THEY FORGET THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WOMAN SUFFERING ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN SILENCED WITH A PICK, TITLE AND A FAT WALLET.

    SEEMS THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE SHADOWS HAS NOW DISAPPEARED IN A PUFF OF SMOKE.

    ONE CAN SEE HOW EASILY SOME LOCALLY ARE SILENCED SIMILAR TO COMRADE DAVID COMMISSONG.

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  • “BIG MIKE is a Gangster with a legal means of making money. He has close to 100 Countries where is making $100 Millions annually, and those we ELECT, invites millionaires to BUY up our land, get RICHER………not offer that opportunity to those who ELECTED them, but instead, places a non criminal penalty on those who ELECTED them if caught with 1 gram of Cannabis.
    And Barbadians just talking and not swinging.”

    So who is surprised, lock up and disenfranchise black people for marijuana, but bring in the white and other minority gangsters as usual. It’s time the people stand up for their right to have access to opportunities that are rightfully theirs and their children/future generatioin…this is so insulting and disrespectful, it overshadows all the previous insults and disrespect directed at the African population as soon as they elect these pedigree clowns from DBLP>

    Indeed, where is Trevor Prescod who is sucking on taxpayer’s tits, where is all the information he has about “white shadows” and the “Bajans are one step away from slavery” and was going to reveal all, before taxpayer’s money was shoved down his throat and silenced him, they truly have no shame and no respect for their ancestors, their own people or themselves…

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  • The youth, the youth, the youth…

    PM lauds youth link with US
    BARBADOS has a bright future, based on the possibilities of the conversations and connections between young Barbadians at home and first generation Barbadians abroad.
    This view was expressed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who was the special guest of the first youth conference between Barbados and Newark, held on Zoom, which also included young descendants of other Caribbean nations. The session was a partnership between the Barbados Independence Committee of Newark, Caribbean Commission in the Office of the Mayor, the St Patrick’s Heritage and Community Association, and the Barbados Consulate General at New York.
    The two-hour event focused on the topic, Living In The Age Of The Pandemic – How Has It Affected Self, Colleagues, Churches, School and Community?, but the discussion also touched on future job prospects and the Black Lives Matter environment.
    Newark
    It featured five young people from Newark and five from Barbados.
    The Newark five were Dara Broadnax (graduate of Pittsburgh University, law student at Temple University, first generation Barbadian); Monet Ottey (graduate of Pittsburgh University and first generation Jamaican); Tatiana Dundas (student at Seton Hall University and first generation Guyanese); Michael Walker (student at Essex County College and first generation Barbadian); and Seon Layne (graduate of Syracuse University, pursuing Masters at Rutgers, first generation Antiguan and Grenadian).
    The Barbados five were Shannon Edwards (student at Cave Hill Campus, UWI); Theo Franklyn (currently studying at Hugh Wooding law school, UWI, St Augustine); Erin Boyce (fourth-year science stream student at The St Michael School); Kevon Henry, marketing executive; and Jamilia Burgess, attorney at law and small businesswoman.
    Moderators were first generation Barbadians Janelle Harding (graduate of Temple University, pursuing a masters at Drew University and Jovia Radix (attorney and first generation Barbadian and Grenadian).
    The Prime Minister, who was only expected to deliver opening remarks because of her schedule, said she was happy to stay for the duration of the discussion. She added that she was so impressed with the observations made that they would colour some presentations she would be making shortly.
    In praising all participants, Mottley singled out seven-yearold Michelle Bonds of Newark, who opened the session with prayer and introduced the Prime Minister, and 14-yearold resident Barbadian Erin Boyce for their participation.
    Declaring there is a lot of shared history between Barbados and the United States, she referenced the movement of people from Barbados to the United States, the fact that Barbados was the only country the US’ first President George Washington visited and that Shirley Chisholm, a first generation Barbadian, was the first black woman to be elected to the US Congress and the first to contest the Democratic presidential nomination.
    Common ground
    Mottley added there is a lot of common ground among Barbadians at home and overseas and urged participants to continue to use the technology to get closer together.
    Consul General of Barbados at New York, Mackie Holder, said the initiative between Barbados and Newark would add more young people to the outreach started by the consulate with the Conversations & Connections
    programme, three of which were held in 2019.
    In thanking the Caribbean Commission for their partnership, he said discussions were ongoing with Commissioner Reverend Garvey Ince, a Barbadian who brought the teams together, on collaborating on several other projects, including a twin cities partnership.
    The session was also attended by Jennifer Robinson, chair of the St Patrick’s Heritage Committee and Deputy Mayor Ligia Defreitas.
    (PR)

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  • David,

    Open your mind! I can see that you have deliberately closed it, just as you have with homosexuality. You do not wish to contemplate any evidence that might challenge your position. It makes you uncomfortable.

    Believe me, life is much easier when you do not stubbornly resist against reason.

    Last week I had to wash my hair urgently. Never smoked a spliff but I was standing next to a Rasta who was. Did not even think about it. This Rasta is one of the most genuine, calm and helpful people you could ever meet. I am not going to miss out on that because of some spliff.

    The way to deal with marijuana is through education and regulation. Children should be protected and those who do not wish to inhale second hand smoke.

    Time to stop locking up and messing up poor black boys lives more than the spliff does!

    Meanwhile the rich people are smoking and getting off.

    The minorities are getting richer off the sales.

    Time and taxes are being wasted.

    Think, David. Don’t just feel! Think! Resistance in this matter is futile.

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  • @Donna

    Was the law changed (or proposed) to make possession a misdemeanor? To be honest the blogmaster has no position on this matter. It is important to explore the best options.

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  • Decriminalize.
    Make it a controlled substance.
    Possession or use below a threshold level is legal.
    Importation requires a license.
    Government has to monetize the opportunity.

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  • Miller,

    Yuh right! I got one here, don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t womanise. Parties only occasionally but dances all night when he does. Works at his chosen gig first thing in the morning and last thing at night, takes care of children, wants to marry and put all his sperm in one basket. Does not want any other man raising his children. Thinks women are his equal. Counsels his girlfriends not to accept abuse. Saves money well but will spend when warranted. Is a people’s person. Generous and kind but nobody’s not a push over. Black conscious but not racist. Appreciates and communicates with old people. Not homosexual but not homophobic. Spiritual but not dogmatic.

    Damn! I gotta ease off that boy! My job is done! Who cares if he can be a little messy and plenty mouthy?

    Women can raise decent men. If we want to see better men we must start when they are on the breast. That’s where I started. No daddy can breast feed. That connection must be exploited.

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  • “Government has to monetize the opportunity.”

    Holy Herb is not a drug it is a plant that can be freely grown in abundant sunshine. Government should not be allowed to gain tax from a substance our God gave us but “they” outlawed and jailed users for because whites did not want blacks and brown to use and become outspoken liberated minds and think they are equal and would rather criminalise them.

    People are supposed to know their place and stay in their little box or ghetto part of town. A weed can make people get boxed and also think out of their box. It has medicinal and spiritual value and heals mind body and soul.

    Get high and fly in the sky and reach cloud 9 up in the firmament where the God’s and Rastas dwell.
    All you ☐s (squares) who don’t partake and puff puff pass to party hearty can remain caterpillars while others transform to butterflies

    Mindful Exercise/Practicing Blood Cleanse Qigong
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzOOb9KzyQQ

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  • sorry chaps there was a HTML typo up above

    Mindful Exercise/Practicing Blood Cleanse Qigong

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  • Further clarification and disambiguation with an addendum and a couple of songs to meditate on to penultimate comment above

    Government should not be allowed to gain tax from a substance our God gave us but “they” outlawed

    ◄ Genesis 1:29 ►
    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food

    Free up the Brain Food and Feed Your Mind
    Free your mind and your ass will follow
    the Kingdom of Heaven is within
    open up your funky mind and you can fly
    Freedom is free of the need to be free

    Barbados needs a Funkadelic Parliament

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  • Just imagine.

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  • Can’t for the life of me figure out why Professor Reparations and all the other educators in Barbados and in and around the Caribbean….seem not to know any of this, that many conscious people have known for decades and decades…i have posted on here more than once about genetic memory..

    “Africans must know their own history, for it is needed to correctly read the language of their own MIND, a language that is still expressing unconscious ideas in Ancient African Tongue. African History is essential for African Mental Health and the transformation of African Mental Slaves into AFRICAN MASTERS. ~ Dr. Richard King, M.D.”

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  • The below is interesting in the present scheme of things. The big players are making the necessary adjustments. Any lessons from others’ experiences can be instructive.

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/canopy-growth-to-close-five-facilities-across-canada-lay-off-220-workers/ar-BB1bMojw?ocid=spartandhp

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  • “Ah can’t even see Fowl Enuff running out to defend this and cuss everybody, and where is BIG LIPS Lorenza……😂🤣”

    Salemite I clearly live rent free in you and Milluh’s heads. Unlike you, I don’t delve into duppies, fantasy and other imaginary things. You’ve been gathering around the fire too long.

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  • “Unlike you, I don’t delve into duppies, fantasy and other imaginary things. ”

    but ya love to delve into my bedroom though, that seems to be the only thing living in YOUR HEAD….

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  • Haha, you drink too much talk nuff then forget what you say.

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  • @ Enuff December 9, 2020 3:58 PM

    The “Milluh” has no room in his ’empty’ head for liars like you.

    Maybe a thief like some in the previous administration soon to be locked up in America or awaiting investigation and criminal charges as promised by your BOSS.

    But certainly not liars like you and your boss.
    For you can ‘conceal’ things from a thief but a liar will steal in order in order to ‘lie’ on you.

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  • @Miller

    You seem to be upset you did not get a pick?

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  • @ David December 9, 2020 4:51 PM

    You mean a “pick” like one as the Sales Director at the imaginary hotel to be driven around Beautiful Barbados in a luxury vehicle by a ghost called ‘The Hyatt’s Bajan White Chauffeur’?

    The miller is a decrepit fully retired old man who used to enjoy travelling the world but is now one foot in the Covid-19 grave.

    Have you received your pick since you seem to be performing rather well as the goalkeeper wearing the red jersey? (LOL!!)

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  • @Miller

    You have been around BU long enough to know barbs have been tossed from both sides of the fence through the years, This is an true indicator the blogmaster is on the right track.

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  • The stone that the builder refuse will always be the head cornerstone
    Acoustic Medley, Bob Marley

    00:00 Guava Jelly,
    00:42 This Train,
    02:28 Cornerstone,
    04:24 Comma Comma,
    05:46 Dew Drops,
    08:10 Stir It Up,
    10:14 I’m Hurting Inside

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  • @ David December 9, 2020 5:16 PM

    Then, ‘we’ should have said that it seems you are wearing a ‘red’ jersey for the 30-0 side this half of the political football game since there seems to be No forwards dressed in blue and attacking your goal during this half in order to protect the interests of the taxpayers and the ‘ordinary’ spectators called the naïve but deceived electorate.

    BTW, the “Milluh” has done “Enuff” under the SUN except political prostitution and bull(y)ing to qualify as an impartial observer aka referee of the Bajan political game.

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  • Miller….lot’s of jokes, they better get the rotten, thieving slave masters calling themselves business people, minority parasites out of Barbados with their modern day slavery….or every day will be another exposure, Fowl Enuff will have to grow more hands and fingers to plug up all the leaks…

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  • @Miller

    The cupboard is bare. Mia is towering over all present.

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  • Milluh
    You certainly do because I am busy working and you on BU calling my name in your fascination with Hyatt. If I so liard put yuh money wey yuh verbose mout is or hush yuh cackahole and go gather around the fire and drink the brew wid Abigail de Salemite. 🤣🤣

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  • Still waiting for Fowl Enuff to start defending the Black population who were ROBBED BLIND of billions of dollars by minority wannabe slave masters and thieves both local and foreign for decades…..aided and abetted by DBLP…..every last one of them are black sellouts…

    ya can’t be so dead inside as a fowl that ya have no empathy for these vulnerable people and their families now reduced to poverty and suffering because of the liars and frauds in the parliament….but then again, burnt fowls have no feelings.

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  • Bajanabroad

    Read the links and as you know they paint a favourable perspective on the subject of legalizing the collie. However the articles include a caveat that long term trend analysis is a bit of an unknown which may explain why the government is moving in phases (cautiously).

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  • @ David,

    True – Additional research is needed but that can be said for almost anything. Additional research is always needed.

    Cancer has been with us for centuries but yet research is ongoing, so too diabetes, effects of alcohol, autism, even the new Covid vaccines.

    The lack of long term trend analysis should not be a reason we refuse to move forward on recreational cannabis legalisation, especially when so many other countries with deeper research budgets are doing so. The only one that loses would be us.The fact is the drug is already here and people are already using it, so legalising it would not open the flood gates. It’s already open as the illegal trade took care of that.

    What are we waiting for exactly?
    When will we have “enough” data? After all other countries have a developed mature market?
    Who are we waiting on to give us the proverbial “green light”?

    Our ever cautious, conservative, “British” approach is a significant development issue affecting Barbados. Not Covid and a global economic downturn. There is still money in the world and every crisis is an opportunity. As some one who was raised and educated in Barbados but works and lives abroad, I see the distinct difference in attitude and execution of new ideas, self-confidence and self belief in the USA, Canada and UK compared to Barbados on a daily basis. The issue is not intellect and mental capacity as evident in many Barbadians doing great things abroad. The issue is lack of belief in ourselves to develop and execute our own solutions largely because our social construct and colonially designed education system continues daily to put us in subservient lanes and mindsets that we accept and maintain. Intellectual curiousity, confidence and belief are trained out of us (our kids need to see more positive examples daily) more so than in the so-called developed world. That is our biggest development challenge and one of the reasons why we just can’t innovate but always want to study, form a committee or hire a foreign consultant / listen to an alphabet external agency

    54 years of Tourism but very few local owners, why?
    Decades of agriculture but no leading export industry, why?
    Thousands of University graduates but where are the patents are research papers, why?
    Thousands of school leavers but how many million $$ entrepreneurs result, why?
    Thousands of smartphone users but where are the millionaire app developers, why?

    Just the notion of waiting for more data is a symptom of our too conservative nature in capitalising opportunities. Cannabis in this case. The Covid vaccine, as an example, is fresh off the shelf and NO so-called developed country is waiting for more data. Sometimes you just have to MOVE

    Let’s go Barbados!

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  • 54 years of Tourism but very few local owners, why?
    Decades of agriculture but no leading export industry, why?
    Thousands of University graduates but where are the patents are research papers, why?
    Thousands of school leavers but how many million $$ entrepreneurs result, why?
    Thousands of smartphone users but where are the millionaire app developers, why?

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    WHEN ONE LIVES ON A 2 x 3 ISLAND AND IS USED TO REGURGITATE (repeat (information) without analyzing) THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS.

    THEY ARE TOO USE TO COPYING FROM OTHERS AND NOT BEING CREATIVE, THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.

    THIS NONSENSE IS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EDUCATION SYSTEM UP TO UWI LEVEL WHERE I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHILST TUTORING.

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  • IT SHOULDN’T TAKE A CRISIS FOR THIS DISHONEST OVERWEIGHT INDIVIDUAL TO GIVE THE BLACK BAJAN MASSES THE MINIMUM WAGE PROMISED OVER 2 1/2 YEARS AGO.

    WHAT A HYPOCRITICAL INDIVIDUAL ALWAYS CRYING OUT OVER EVERYTHING BUT WHAT SHE SAID SHE WOULD DO

    XXXXXXXX

    It should not take a crisis before the Caribbean can see the level of cooperation as witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This is the lament of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who was a panellist on the televised sixth Caribbean Economic Forum, hosted by the Central Bank of Barbados on Tuesday night.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/12/10/shouldnt-take-crisis-says-mottley/

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  • This COVID-19 issue bothers me.

    High unemployment, labor unrest, tourism not recovering as expected and payouts from stressed government resources.

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  • Digital literacy is ministry’s aim
    The Ministry of Education is getting more electronic devices to assist students in the virtual classroom setting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Speaking during a presentation at the Ministry of Education on Friday, where the Ansa McAl Foundation donated 100 tablets, Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw encouraged students to become more digitally literal.
    “What this period has taught us is that we have to rely on technology. The fortunate thing for us is that most children are familiar with devices,” she said.
    “What we have to now transition them to is a better understanding of digital literacy, making sure we provide them with the tools to know how to sensibly use these devices, so that they don’t get up to negative activities but that they use them positively for education.
    “[We also need to] teach them the tools that allow them to become creators of content as opposed to consumers alone, and that they too, through the use of technology, can believe they can create apps for Barbados, for the region and indeed for the world,” Bradshaw added.
    Yesterday’s presentation was done following a special regional One Caribbean Future Fund concert, where donations will also go to Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and Guyana.
    “We are not where we want to be in having the full complement of devices, but I am very confident that over the course of the next few weeks and months we will get there,” Bradshaw said.
    She added more of the devices were on the way.
    “We have raised just over 8 500 devices to date, and this will add to the complement. While the corporate sector is contributing, Government is also committed to the provision of the device, and is in the process of finalising arrangements with Kenya to have over 21 000 devices on island, and so we continue as well to make the investment in education for our students,” she said. (RA)


    Source: Nation

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  • COVID has caused entire industries to come to a halt. So yes, everyone should now learn to think outside the box!

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