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Notting Hill Carnival 2006

We are in the first week of March which is recognized as Women’s History Month but there are many people around the region who would not have paid attention to this very important celebration.

For some of us there is still a small matter of getting over the Haiti earthquake disaster, followed so quickly by another in Chile. Meanwhile, there is the ongoing concern over the prevailing drought conditions.

The irony of this entire setting is that women will have to play an important role in ensuring that all of the societies spoke of above get over the hurdles they are facing and are able to move to the next level of reconstruction or development.

The fact is, there have been lots remarkable strong women who would have and who still continue to give sterling service to the their country and race.

Women like our very own Dame Eugenia Charles (former Prime Minister of Dominica) or Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliams, Miss World Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, and athletes like Merle Ottey must be allowed to retain top spots as women who have done much and who are deserving of having their names in a special bracket of Caribbean life.

The responsibility is on this generation to ensure that many of our great Caribbean women are spoken and written about and place in areas of spotlight that will let everyone know who they are and why they have been elevated.

And what is it that we say? That charity begins at home?

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The editors over at BBC Caribbean have started a very interesting discussion on whether or not summer Carnivals in Caribbeans should scaled back.

Just earlier this month St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia celebrated Carnival. Now Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada are gearing up for their own celebrations next month.

There’s also Notting Hill carnival, Caribbana and labour day which in the diaspora later down in the year.

And not forgetting our annual World Creole Music Festival, which the organizers have already admitted cash flow problems that’s affecting the staging of this year’s festival.

But with the current global financial crisis should Caribbean countries scale back or postpone these festivities altogether and use the money for social projects? Have your say in the comments below.

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Are Caribbean governments leading by example in these tough economic times?

That’s the question BBC Caribbean is asking in light of Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s decision to cut his salary by 15 per cent.

In Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning says his country is “more difficult to govern now”, and as a consequence, reducing his salary was not being considered. Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, responding to an opposition call, has said he will consider a pay cut by 10 per cent for his government.

But Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson thinks that pay cuts are not an option.

Recently Prime Minister Skerrit made an announcement, saying that his government is cutting down on number of public servants traveling aboard, in an effort to reduce government spending in this global recession. How ironic, when the PM is one the “public servants” who travels the most. But that whole other story by itself.

What do you think? Should Dominican leaders take a pay cut given the current economic circumstances? Have you say in the comments.

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