Joseph’s ar­ti­cle a les­son on class

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - The Courts -

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)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Barbados

© PressReader. All rights reserved.