Importance of foreign languages

Gleaner on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Recently, I was at the National Art Gallery for a Spanish course dubbed focuses on Art and Society: Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. I had gone to the historical galleries, particularly because I was also studying African Diaspora in the…

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Understanding Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Gleaner on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

During a student’s first year of university or college, he or she will be encouraged to take the course Introduction to Psychology as a core general education requirement. This study of the science of behaviour and mind teaches a theory called the…

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Peace Corps Group 90 arrives in Jamaica

Gleaner on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Peace Corps has welcomed Group 90 to Jamaica 35 volunteers (15 males, 20 females). They will be working in the areas of education and environment. There are 16 education and 19 environment trainees. At the end of their training (May 2019), they…

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Was it really a swift resignation?

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The resignation of Minister Ruel Reid is a teaching moment for the country. I personally wish former Minister Reid and his family all the best at a human and personal level. I reckon that the investigations will proceed as they should, and the chips will fall where they may, but I feel a great deal of pain about this entire episode.

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How Andrew got his groove back

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

George “Tony” Brown, community development chairman in the Old Folly district, Discovery Bay, is a proud and happy man today. Forty-two members of his family flew in from Fort Lauderdale several weeks ago to attend the ninth annual Old Folly community sports day.

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The gift of life

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Thousands of Jamaicans suffer from incurable diseases that sooner than later cause them to die. Yet, they do not have to die so soon. Many could live much longer and enjoy a good quality life if they were able to replace their damaged organs.

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Spending, vote-buying, and rank political opportunism

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The blacksmith that does not know how to forge a gong should look at the tail of a kite. — Igbo proverb 

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Caribbean: In no one’s backyard

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica P J Patterson recently observed to an attentive audience in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, that: “We of the Caribbean should never allow our strategy to be dictated or determined by anyone else,” adding that, “We live in no one’s backyard.”

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Buju’s Mark … and a nation’s long walk to freedom

Observer on March 24th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

From the minute of birth, you enter this EarthObstacles deh inna your way to overcome firstThroughout everyday they seem to get worse;Oh my God, cast away this curse!— Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie) 

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Taking care of scarce resources

Observer on March 22nd, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

ANOTHER bangarang has sprung up over the past few days. The rumbling started on Monday with the Opposition giving word that they had their eyes on the Education Ministry and they unleashed the dreaded “C” word — corruption. By Wednesday things had gathered full steam. The Main Teacher was called in to see the Big Boss, and not long after it was announced that the Teacher was going on early holidays, stepping aside from his duties to clear the way for investigations…

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