Stop currency crisis talk!

Observer on November 12th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

 When I came back to Jamaica from school in Canada in 1989, the Jamaican dollar was valued at $5.75:US$1. By 1994 it was over $33 — a 583 per cent increase in five years. It is now $141, meaning a 2,452 per cent increase over 30 years. Given this historical context, the five to 10 per cent fluctuations of recent years are hardly worth panicking about.

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Drag the nation’s water systems into the 21st century, Minister Charles Jr

Observer on November 12th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

When Senator Pearnel Charles Jr was assigned the water portfolio I held my breath and waited for good news. He is an attorney by profession, but let’s not hold that against him. I see him as one of the Renaissance men in this Administration, and fully expected him to drag this sorry department scratching and kicking into the 21st century.

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Curbing cults (religious & political): An antidote

Observer on November 11th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Beyond the legitimate concerns about what may be happening within the Qahal Yahweh group in my home town Montego Bay, Jamaica, we need to be mindful of the cultic tendencies within far too many churches in long-standing and ‘upstanding’ denominations, as well as within the ‘die-hearted’ tribes of the People’s National Party (PNP), Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and other political groups.Cult is a negative term now (replaced by ’sect’), though it formerly meant…

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The promise of youth, the challenge of ageing

Observer on November 11th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The beautiful array of high school students at Jamaica Conference Centre last Thursday brought back memories of those box pleats that had to be lined up on our ironing board. The Jamaican school uniform is the great equaliser, and I am glad this tradition continues.

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Friends on both sides

Observer on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The prime minister’s visit to China last week came across as a positive for Jamaica. His trip follows the temporary closure of Alpart, and it sends a strong message that economic and cultural ties remain fixed.Jamaica must move with the times. Our cozying up with the Chinese president seems to have raised eyebrows in Washington. But America has nothing to fear. Jamaica is not giving up the USA, now or never.

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Norman Washington Manley – role model par excellence

Observer on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Norman Washington Manley. At the time of his passing the excellence he achieved in his roles as scholar, athlete, legal luminary, architect and builder of modern Jamaica earned him the plaudits of contemporaries at home and abroad. The assessment of The London Times was that “Mr Norman Manley distinguished himself in everything he undertook. His abilities as a lawyer, as a…

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The rising ‘Fourth Generation’

Observer on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Asked in an interview in November 2013 what he considered the most significant change to our lives over the next 100 years, Vince Cable, then secretary of state for business in the coalition Conservative Government of Great Britain led by then Prime Minister David Cameron, had this to say: “The most significant change in our lives will be the impact of ageing and growing life expectancy, with the dependent frail and elderly becoming a very large social group.”

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Harvard University’s moral debt

Observer on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Why does Harvard University in the United States of America have a moral obligation to provide some form of compensation to Antigua and Barbuda, a small Caribbean island State? The answer is simple: Natural justice demands it.

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PNP united in division

Observer on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

It is all the same to a stone whether you touch it or squeeze it. — Somali proverb, Somalia 

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Saint of the masses - Celebrating the life of Guru Nanak – founder of the Sikh faith

Gleaner on November 10th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

It is rare to come across prophets who are equally revered by the people of different religions, social milieu, and ethnicities. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is one of them. He was born in 1469 in the erstwhile Punjab province of India….

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