Missing babies and Brexit pains

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The last few weeks in Jamaica the reports of babies being taken have been among the talking points on the road. Questions are being asked as to why someone would steal a baby, and whether there are other motives behind these incidents. Opinions range from whether there is a child-trafficking racket going on and babies are being stolen and sold to the highest bidder, and others think these happenings are just the misguided actions of women who are emotionally unstable. Whatever the…

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Hear a cry of desperation from our schools

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

We are all rushing, so pause, take a deep breath and ponder some realities which should claim our compassion and action at the highest level. Here is one letter from a teacher who is laying foundations — socialising our kids in our supposedly well-funded schools:

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Judgment Cliff and earthquakes

Observer on January 17th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

As you might know, this is Earthquake Awareness Week. It is now 112 years since the earthquake of 1907 devastated Kingston and other parts of Jamaica on January 14, 1907. Less known is that as a result of the same 1692 earthquake that sank most of Port Royal, the district of St David, near Llandewey in Western St Thomas, and its residents plunged thousands of feet into the earth. It has been dubbed ‘Judgement Cliff’ or ‘Bruck Hill’ ever since. Incidentally, the word Llandewey is…

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Can we mix Christian charity and pragmatism to create low-income housing In Jamaica?

Observer on January 17th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.’” (Luke 9: 58-62)The churches in Jamaica have been heavily criticised, time and again, by leading commentators and pundits in the media for its apathy in treating with the welfare of not only its members but also, in general, the wider community.

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On a point of order, Franklin Johnston

Observer on January 17th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Dr Franklin Johnston’s column of Friday, January 12, 2019, ‘We need a Ministry of Schools’, was an odd mishmash of pseudo-analysis with glaring misinformation.Point of order: The author wrote, with apparent seriousness, that schools were “doing well” 70 years ago, and that transformation of the education system began eight years ago under the former administration. These ‘alternative facts’ are easily dispelled.

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Jamaica, Petrojam and a beleaguered Venezuela

Observer on January 16th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

With his country in economic shambles and facing an uncertain political future, Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as president of Venezuela for a second term last Thursday. A significant number of countries, including Jamaica, have criticised the elections, charging that it was rigged in Maduro’s favour. Eighteen members of the Organization of American States (OAS), including Jamaica, declared his second term illegitimate and voted not to recognise his…

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Outlook for Jamaica’s international trade in 2019

Observer on January 16th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The prospects for expanding exports depend significantly on the state of the economy and its trading partners. The major global economic institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are projecting that in 2019 global economic growth will slow, hovering around 3.7 per cent. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has projected that trade will…

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Tourism, remittances and the partial US government shutdown

Observer on January 15th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. — George Washington 

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Understanding global and US economic sanctions programmes

Observer on January 15th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

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The road to prosperity: How much worse before it gets better?

Observer on January 14th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

“Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.” — Vision 2030 

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