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With hundreds of students immigrating from Dominica every year in pursue of high education; is it really worth doing a university degree?

In these difficult times with more unemployed graduates returning home and higher tuition cost leaving more and more of these graduates in debt. Doesn’t make you wonder if it’s really worth it?

Not everyone thinks a college degree is valuable; business tycoon Donald Trump, thinks experience is better than education.

“I talk a lot about education because I think a good college education can really take you far in life. At the same time, however, some people are incredibly book smart but are clueless when they deal with the real world. Others are street smart but can’t handle anything other than what they’re accustomed to.”

Most people choose a degree because they’re interested in it or it’s the appropriate thing to do, but for many children coming from middle-income homes throughout the region don’t have that luxury.

And if it’s a choice between investing in small businesses and sending people to university, is higher education a luxury our small island society can afford? I personally believe in investing more in small businesses – young entrepreneurs with ideas that can stay back and help develop the economy.

Don’t get me wrong, knowledge is essential, but knowledge alone certainly isn’t enough. You must be able to act on your knowledge. You must put it to work because doing is how you learn and how you ultimately prove yourself. But then again that’s just my humble (no degree) opinion.

Have your say!

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In our small island society a firm handshake is solid building block not just in business but it’s also a fantastic way to share germs with each other. Do you avoid shaking hands, particularly in times like now when it’s so easy get infected with transmitted disease.

Neil Swidey over at the Boston Globe, pose a question which I found interesting: will we ever get rid of the handshake?

For as far as many of us can remember handshakes have been around for hundreds of years, and long thought to be a great way for two people to show that they were unarmed.

Nowadays we tend to settle matters with some type of verbal wit and less with actual handshakes; so the idea of this peace gesture has certainly lost some of its characteristic meaning.

Last month, swine flu officially became a pandemic. Public health officials have said so-called “social distancing” strategies — sharply reducing contact with others — have proved most effective in slowing the spread of previous outbreaks, such as the 1918 flu pandemic. And they told us to cut down on our handshakes as much as we could. Northeastern University heeded the advice, asking its graduates not to shake hands when receiving their diplomas during the school’s commencement ceremony in May. [via TechCruch]

Even before local public health officials were urging us to stop our collection of infectious organisms from the hand of strangers, many people were already growing tired of the hand shaking ritual. The way things are going, by the time the future generation reaches adulthood there will be no need for handshakes – thanks to merely internet and technology, we’re slow moving away from how we conduct business or greet a person.

So have you exchanged the handshake with another greeting? Still keep shaking but keep a hand sanitizer in your bag? Let’s hear your stance on handshakes in the comments below.

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Undoubtedly frighten by the government, the Integrity in Public Office Commission appears to be no protection against the retribution for persons who have genuinely acted in the public interest.

It seems the commission is more concerned about the reputation of the persons who have been accused of corrupts acts than reports made by law abiding citizens on issues of corruption in Dominica.

Presently, most Dominicans will not risk victimization, losing their jobs or possibly incurring civil liability for exposing corruption in the public sector.

It’s obvious that the IPO Act has to be amended if it is to serve as an instrument in the fight against corruption. In addition, there is also the need for fine-tuning the system of checks and balances particularly in the office of the Auditor General and others key stakeholders, if we’re to become more effective in combating corruption.

If we do take these actions urgently, many of our regional neighbours including Dominicans at home and abroad will think that we are an immoral nation lacking the will to demand honesty and accountability from persons we have appointed or elected to take care of our business.

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