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One would have to add to the equation when it is being considered that the earthquake (8.8) that struck Chile on 27 Feb., 2010, caused much less damage, including loss of lives, than the tremor in Haiti a few weeks earlier on 12 Jan.

The Chile quake has killed approximately 700 people according to the most recent records, but the one measuring 7.0, killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti.

So does it stands to reason that buildings in Haiti were constructed quickly and very cheaply?

Chile, on the other hand, is a much richer country and the people do have the ability, financial and otherwise to install more stringent building codes and then have the people of the country adhere to them.

When it comes to construction, especially of buildings and other facilities designed to accommodate hundreds of people at the same time ensured that it is “safety first”.

These are the types of situations that seem to allow for great loss of lives and it is important that lessons are learnt.

It is, however, not all in the hands of the authorities as business and home owners, too, have a responsibility to ensure that building is done properly and according to specifications building codes demanded by the local authorities

This is what happened to Haiti.

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By now we all know that we facing a global economic crisis. Similar to what the West Indies Cricket is presently going through, but that’s a whole other story by itself which I will touch on in a later post.

We need to make some serious changes (sacrifices) in our present lifestyle if we are to survive this economic crisis.

Families should start tightening their belts, revised their budgets and all small business owners should look closely at all costs involved in running their small business.

Workers across the region have felt the hardship of these troubled times. Some have had salary cuts. Some have volunteered salary cuts. Yet others have been invited to agree to a shorter work week or forgo one month’s salary.

Now is the time for leaders and workers to see this period as one of challenge, personal sacrifice and high reward if able to emerge from this unstable period with dignity and success.

Finger-pointing and assigning blame at this stage is not only too late but meaningless. What is required now is competent, confident, quiet leadership which should determine the destiny of the country. Don’t you think so?

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DREADING DREADLOCKSBBC Caribbean is reporting that in the Bahamas, two customs employees are facing the threat of dismissal because of their hairstyle.

Their dreadlocks have been deemed “unacceptable” by Customs authorities, who insist that the rules and regulations as they apply back that position.

The two women have been cautioned. The letter they received on the matter made it clear that the authorities felt that wearing their braids and dreadlocks on the job is “unquestionably unacceptable”.

The official line is that their jobs fall within the category of national security, and that there are various codes, including dress, that they are required to adhere to.

The two officers are seeking legal advice on the matter. But their plight is one many rastafarians around the Caribbean can identify with.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  • Are dreadlocks an acceptable hairstyle in today’s Caribbean?
  • Should they be?
  • Does the style represent a sense of identity?
  • Have the customs authorities in Nassau over-reacted on the matter?
  • Should the women simply stick to the rules and resort to “more acceptable” hairstyles, or should they pursue the matter?

============My Personal Note============
I think once the women conduct themselves professionally, are able to do their jobs efficiently and keep their hair and appearance neat I see no problem in them have dreadlocks as customs officers.

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

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