A new day in Guyana

Observer on July 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Sometimes it requires a personal rather than political or professional perspective to see beyond the borders of a seemingly divisive circumstance, and to offer a dispassionate comment.

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I am not my hair or my skin

Observer on July 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

I write against the backdrop of unsettled racial tensions that have spread across countries as people who are angered by the oppression of blacks shout the call for justice, love, peace, and an absolute eradication of discrimination.

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Blackwood delivered WI victory

Observer on July 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Dear Editor,West Indies arrived in England in June for a three-match Test series. There was much talk as to whether the team should have gone to England for this series given the current landscape surrounding the novel coronavirus. Nonetheless, West Indies went ahead, entered the bubble, and began the preparations.

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Many rivers to cross in agriculture

Observer on July 13th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

It was only last week that this column mentioned the importance of agriculture to Jamaica’s economy and referred to Michael Lee-Chin’s 3,000-acre mega farm at Innswood in St Catherine. The photo of the flourishing plants gave us high hopes for this initiative. Then came the news just a couple of days later: 80 per cent of the first crop of beautiful peppers had been stolen. Not even this modern farm is immune to this pervasive disease of praedial larceny.

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Give us the teachings of His Majesty

Observer on July 13th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned… everywhere is war. And until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation… until the colour of of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes, and until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there will be war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace,…

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Advancing the anti-corruption conversation

Observer on July 12th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The discussion on corruption, in recent weeks, has devolved, perhaps by design, to being one in which the focus is on which political party is more corrupt rather than what steps are being taken to end corruption.

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Time for an Assault Rifle Act

Observer on July 12th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The use of an assault rifle by a maniac in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America (USA) in 2017 led to the deaths of 59 people and the wounding of 413. The use of an assault rifle by a maniac at a high school in Parkland, Florida, USA in 2018 led to the deaths of 14 kids. On June 12, 2020, the use of an assault rifle by a maniac led to the wounding of one police officer and the deaths of three in St Catherine, Jamaica.

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The agricultural conundrum

Observer on July 12th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Domestic agricultural production is the keystone of our country’s future. There, I have just written some of the most heretical words that you will ever read in contemporary Jamaica.

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Rethinking the Caricom development model after COVID-19

Observer on July 12th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Governments around the world, including countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), have emerged as the principal players in the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The private sector, for the most part, has taken a back seat with many companies turning inwards and concentrating on safeguarding their own survival, rather than playing a broader role. This occurrence could foreshadow a new model for economic development in the future, particularly for small…

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COVID-19 and the workplace: Welcome to the new normal

Observer on July 12th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

AS the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread worldwide, the economic dislocation caused by the shutdown has become evident in all countries, particularly small, tourism-dependent island nations like Jamaica.

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