By the clock… or fingerprint scan

Observer on September 20th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Earlier this week news reports on the use of fingerprint scanners to verify the attendance of teachers in some schools came to wide attention. Some educational institutions have had to go for high-technology to ensure that records are properly kept.

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By the clock… or fingerprint scan

Observer on September 20th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Earlier this week news reports on the use of fingerprint scanners to verify the attendance of teachers in some schools came to wide attention. Some educational institutions have had to go for high-technology to ensure that records are properly kept.

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Expand Cockpit Country Protected Area

Observer on September 19th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The following is written as an open letter to the editor to Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Michael Holness: We write to express the concern that Jamaica Conservation Partners (JCP) has regarding the potential issuance of an environmental permit for bauxite mining in the area covered by SML 173.

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Resetting the relationship with Rasta: Doing the right thing!

Observer on September 19th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

As representatives, we have two main obligations: To do what is right, and to do it in the right way.

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Suckers of a decadent political order

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

T he constant lament that we hear in this country is that politicians are corrupt, they do not mean the country any good, and that they are just in the business of enriching themselves. We lament a decadent political order which was aptly described by one of the most-elected prime ministers of the country as the fight for scarce benefits and spoils carried on by warring political tribes. Essential to this war and the psychology of the acquisition of…

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The tasks now facing Phillips and Bunting

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

As I had predicted, Peter Phillips was returned as president of the People’s National Party (PNP). He retained his position by a simple majority of 76 votes. There are some people who, arguably, interpret a simple majority to mean some sort of victory for the runner-up. In any sporting event, whatever the margin of victory, as was the case in 2009 when Kingston College won Boys’ Champs by half a point, a victory is a victory.

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Numbers don’t lie, Thwaites

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

The ongoing public hullabaloo for more money to be allocated as incentive for teachers who specialise in the realms of mathematics and the sciences in an attempt to safeguard their expertise within the country has been ricocheting like bullets from a firing squad. There have, however, been mix responses from various sectors of the society.

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Education financing

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

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Courthouse chuckles

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

The impression that most people have of a court is that of a deadly serious place, but my six-year experience of working in the resident magistrate’s court does not exactly match that impression.I have witnessed times when even the resident magistrate and lawyers are cracking up with the police on duty struggling to say “order” amidst his own laughter. A riot!

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Despite the storm, #BahamasStrong

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

Last week we cast our minds back to September 12, 1988, the day that Hurricane Gilbert, packing category 3 winds, hit Jamaica, lingering over us for about six hours. We remember the howling wind tearing around our yard like a prehistoric creature, destroying our trees and threatening our roof. It felt like an eternity. How, we are asking ourselves, could anyone imagine that the category 5+ Hurricane Dorian would sit stubbornly over northern Bahamas…

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