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            [post_content] => Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley has called for a parliamentary reform throughout the Caribbean as members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association opened their 39th Annual conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on Monday.

“It begs the question how did we get here? How do those who have responsibility for the passage of laws, for the governance of the country… find themselves in a situation where the same things are said year after year after year,” said Ms. Mottley

The opposition leader insisted that unless parliamentarians recognize the need for urgent reform “particularly in the Caribbean Commonwealth departments, and treat it as a regional project, we will meet five years hence, ten years hence, and be saying the same thing yet again.”

Ms. Mottley stated that the people of the Caribbean generally do not think of the laws that have been passed immediately and generally don't understand the consequences until many moons later.

“It means that the role and structure of our parliaments cannot be rooted in 18th or 19th century existence and we do not have to wait for the mother of our parliaments to make those defining changes, we must do it in respect of what is relevant to our own society in terms of our values and culture and the behavior of our population,”  said the opposition leader.

She argued that social media should not be reduced to simply broadcasting speeches made in parliament.  “How do we take the views of the population, not only in terms of what is ready or put out virtually, but on specific topics inform debate in the same way that extensive committee hearings ought to be taking place and capturing those views.”

Acting Barbados Prime Minister Richard Sealy told participants that this year's talks should be taken seriously with issues such as the economic challenges facing the region requiring special attention.

“This annual conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, is important not only because it gives delegates a chance to review the pressing new economic needs of the member states and the new opportunities that are being presented, but also because it allows us to review the persistent political and social challenges that have to be resolved if we are going to pull ourselves out of this devastating recession,” he said. The conference which comes to close on Saturday August 2, 2014.
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Mottley Calls for Caribbean Parliamentary Reform

July 30, 2014
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Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley has called for a parliamentary reform throughout the Caribbean as members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association opened thei...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => How can there be a myriad of water parties on an island that is currently suffering from a severe water shortage? I don’t know if it makes sense to you, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. The National Water Commission (NWC) in Jamaica is still approving water parties on the basis that the water that is wasted there is not being sourced from the NWC.

In the past I was fascinated with water parties, and given the current heat that is roasting the island of Jamaica, immersing oneself in some water or being continually splashed by this precious commodity, seems to be desirable activities, but it makes no sense at this time. Greater things are at stake. There are countless people on the island that have no access to water, others only have access to this ‘source of life’ only for a few hours each day - some only at night. Farmers are suffering, because all their crops are being scorched and rendered useless.

There is a severe water shortage, because of a prevailing drought, so it doesn’t matter where the water is being sourced, water parties shouldn’t be given the approval at this time. That same water could be transported to the farmers who plant our food. Without water we cannot survive. Without food we perish.

To make matters worse the drought is expected to worsen and then there will be even less water on the island. Jamaica, the land of wood and WATER is running out of water … The NWC has prohibited people among other things from watering their lawns, washing cars, filling up their swimming pools, but they are approving water parties… which is a brazen waste of the precious commodity, does anyone see the sense in that? We are going to need all those trucks loaded with water one day … wait, we ALREADY NEED those trucks loaded with water. Let wisdom prevail.

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Photo source: Jamaica Gleaner
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Water Parties In The Middle Of A Drought?

July 26, 2014
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How can there be a myriad of water parties on an island that is currently suffering from a severe water shortage? I dont know if it makes sense to you, but it doesnt make any sense...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => If you have spent time in Jamaica recently, then you are well aware of the sweltering heat that the island is suffering from the blazing sun. The vitamin D that the sun rays supplies is essential for our survival, but, these days the heat from the sun just seems to be ten times hotter than it usually is. And it's becoming unbearable.

Walking on the street in Jamaica can be likened to walking in a large oven. It’s like one is being sandwiched by the heat from the sun. You feel the sweltering heat on your face and then you feel the heat that is coming up from the pavement beneath you. It's like the rays of the sun are being reflected off the pavement, so if you are outside,  it would be a very sad day, because you cannot escape the heat. Fans are being bought daily, and air conditioning units are being sought and bought in an attempt to get some cool air while inside a building.

To make matters worse, there’s a continuing drought on the island, so there’s a shortage of water and the heat is almost unbearable. Some places are suffering from a reduction in their water supply. The National Water Commission (NWC) has to be reducing the water supply to various areas along with issuing out warning that people must try to conserve as much water as possible and only use the precious commodity for the essentials. There's also a projection that the drought and lack of rainfall might continue throughout the remainder of the year.

Notwithstanding, Jamaica appears to be one of many countries that are feeling the brute force of the sun. Global warming is in full swing and the results are devastating. People are constantly complaining about the heat from the sun, as for rain, the island hasn’t seen a significant down pour in months. The most that some fortunate parishes might experience is a drizzle.

During the day, the sun seems to be shining in full force, while in the night time the heat still remains. The heat is not as sweltering as it is during the day, but it is a lot hotter than would make one comfortable.

How hot is your country? Does it sound like what is currently being faced by Jamaicans living in Jamaica?
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The Blazing Sun!

July 26, 2014
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If you have spent time in Jamaica recently, then you are well aware of the sweltering heat that the island is suffering from the blazing sun. The vitamin D that the sun rays suppli...Continue reading