Joseph’s article a lesson on class
IF EVER THERE WAS a lesson on how to define individuals and describe their philosophies and ideologies, it was presented by Dr Tennyson Joseph in his column in the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 DAILY NATION.
Any studied reading of that article by those born out of a “working class” background, would have shown that much of what Dr Joseph specified in his essay was encapsulated in living that past experience.
Those of us who lived in pre-independent Barbados during the era spanning the 1940s, 50s and early 60s know only too well of the clearly defined and delineated class structures existing in those times that are now somewhat blurred and less identifiable.
It was not difficult to recognise individuals from the planter class and mercantile communities, neither the slightly larger numbers from the middle class, nor the much larger group of persons who made up the labour and working class communities of the day.
Fortunately and unfortunately, the social transformation that has since overtaken our country, however progressive it has been, has left blurs and fuzziness across the once clearly defined, recognisable class structures that currently exist.
Fortunately, because the transformation created an expansive middle class out of the working class population that was relatively vibrant, productive and prosperous.
Unfortunately, because there are now a number of individuals who have lost connection with their working class roots and lineage and would rather identify with Tweedside Road than Carrington Village, Roebuck Street and Whitepark Road rather than the Greenfields, Westbury Road rather than New Orleans, and Fontabelle rather than Emmerton Lane.
Indeed, we currently have beneficiaries from the toil, sweat and tears of the working class now distancing themselves from those who today are still part of that working class group.
Some interesting lessons are being taught and learnt. – MICHAEL RAY
A TECHNICAL TEAM from telecommunications provider FLOW was scheduled to leave Barbados early this morning to join Cable & Wireless (C&W) teams from across the region in restoring services to countries hard hit by Hurricane Irma.
Flow’s network support engineer Govan Greaves and head-end supervisor Ryan Blades will join counterparts from Jamaica and Panama in the rebuilding exercise.
C&W Communications is the operator of the retail brand Flow in the Caribbean, and is the largest full service communicator in the region. The company reported damage to both its fixed and mobile networks in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Chief Executive officer of C&W John Reid said while the networks “proved very resilient during the passage of the storm”, there was “significant impact to services in Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin islands and the Turks and Caicos”.
Managing director of C&W Flow Barbados, Jenson Sylvester, said yesterday the company was deploying resources to get the infrastructure up and running, as well as providing much needed supplies of water, food and other necessities. In the BVI, more than half of the over 20 cell towers were destroyed, he said, adding it was too early to give an assessment of the cost of the damage.
Much of the efforts were being coordinated from Antigua to the other islands, he added.
Meanwhile, FLOW has extended free credit to customers across affected markets, enabling pre-pay mobile customers to make contact with loved ones on their island or abroad, without charges.
In a statement yesterday, it said the free credits would allow customers to use SMS, social media or make calls.
C&W also announced it would not disconnect services of customers on “contracted or post-pay” services such as home broadband, telephone and TV and post-pay mobile “until further notice, to ease the burden on customers during this difficult time”. (GC)