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'Debate' a critical component for next generation – Dr Pickering

One of the critical components of the responsibility of the next generation is the essence of debate, according to Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering. Photo: VINO
Dr Pickering recalled former Junior Minister of Tourism, Bryan Leue’s speech (above), delivered during the groundbreaking ceremony for the cruise pier expansion project where he had spoken about the responsibilities of the next generation. Photo: VINO
Dr Pickering recalled former Junior Minister of Tourism, Bryan Leue’s speech (above), delivered during the groundbreaking ceremony for the cruise pier expansion project where he had spoken about the responsibilities of the next generation. Photo: VINO
The 2014 Junior Minister of Tourism Debate was won by Ms. Roliya Jackson (right). The Junior Minister of Tourism Debate competition has been in operation since 2005 created with the goal of increasing students’ awareness of the tourism industry, providing opportunities for students to participate in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Annual Youth Congress. Photo: VINO/File
The 2014 Junior Minister of Tourism Debate was won by Ms. Roliya Jackson (right). The Junior Minister of Tourism Debate competition has been in operation since 2005 created with the goal of increasing students’ awareness of the tourism industry, providing opportunities for students to participate in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Annual Youth Congress. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One of the critical components of the responsibility of the next generation is the essence of debate, according to Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering.

Dr Pickering was speaking at the time during the Junior Minister of Tourism debate competition held on May 15, 2014. 

Dr Pickering, who is also the Deputy Premier, recalled former Junior Minister of Tourism, Bryan Leue’s speech, delivered during the groundbreaking ceremony for the cruise pier expansion project where he had spoken about the responsibilities of the next generation. 

Citing debate as being vitally important in the Virgin Islands, Dr Pickering stated that there has to be an honest and open debate about the future of the Territory. 

“Debate is the essence of intellectual stimulation, debate is critical for the advancement of democracy, debate is necessary for our very survival because it teaches us how to be able to disagree without being disagreeable,” Dr Pickering said. 

The Deputy Premier added that debate also teaches to respect the opinion of others. 

The 2014 Junior Minister of Tourism Debate was won by Ms. Roliya Jackson. The contestants debated topics of Accessible Tourism and Experiential Tourism over two rounds while each contestant was given a different mystery question to answer as part of the third round of the competition. 

The Junior Minister of Tourism Debate competition has been in operation since 2005 created with the goal of increasing students’ awareness of the tourism industry, providing opportunities for students to participate in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Annual Youth Congress and enhancing national pride among students ages 13 to 17.

13 Responses to “'Debate' a critical component for next generation – Dr Pickering ”

  • ooooo (18/05/2014, 10:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    our future is very dim under a ndp lead government....we are fast becoming an endangered species right in our own land
  • pat (18/05/2014, 10:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think debate should be a bigger part of running for office, that it is important to hear candidates' views on issues and what they would do differently and what their vision is-- not just a stump speech, but a Q and A controlled by a moderator. And then it is up to the public to make sure the talk matches the walk. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. Even with Mr Pickering's support of the environment AND the extension of the airport runway. As we move ahead, when will the environment be given priority??
  • cay (18/05/2014, 10:59) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    lets start debating the damage the NDP has done to the BVI
  • good idea (18/05/2014, 11:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Debate is great. One can learn many things from opposing view points, and indeed one can re-formulate one's thinking based on what one learns from debate. Too bad that isn't practiced around here. Alas, the perspective of "don't bother me with the facts" seems all too common place. Every problem we have in the BVIs exists somewhere, and many cases, effective solutions have been derived. Why don't we learn from others instead of squabbling with each other and achieving little?
    • @ good idea (18/05/2014, 17:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe de NDP ah put your pot pon fire but the same can't be said for most b v islanders struggling to make ends meet.
  • mother hen (18/05/2014, 18:00) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    After 2 years of NDP in power this society remains doomed now debate that!!!.
  • blog hog (18/05/2014, 18:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    P.....ng could say all he want about debate but that wouldn't save NDP ra$$ come next election. We don't even want to see them much less hear them w...e c....r t.....s.

  • xxxxxxxx (19/05/2014, 06:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can’t believe Doc is calling for debate when we try to have a debate about the airport project but he said it was a “DONE DEAL”...is that an environment for debate? strupps
    • shaw (19/05/2014, 09:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      agreed. That means creating opportunities for debate like more public meetings, allowing people to go to Town and Country to look at plans, stopping when there is an outcry in order to have that debate. So far NDP has ruled with a heavy hand because "they know better what is right for the people". This is not democracy, it is dictatorship and bullying.
  • one eye roster (20/05/2014, 00:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    because of our c.....dness as a nation; this reflects very much in our political choice at the poll



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