Mental illness requires adequate management

Observer on May 21st, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Last Sunday, it was reported that a woman and her grandson had been chopped to death by her mentally ill son in Trelawny. This is yet another warning that we fail to take the problem of mental illness in our country seriously to our peril.

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Are they among us?

Observer on May 21st, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

We have all by now forgotten the tragedy that occurred last Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, a country which, like Jamaica, is a member of the Commonwealth. We should not, however, fail to make an effort to understand how it came that wealthy, comfortable, educated, young men committed a most gruesome act of suicide.

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The refreshing honesty of Ackaisha Green

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

Who says good news doesn’t sell? We just can’t get enough of the praise being heaped on the humble Ackaisha Green for her honesty. It was the Jamaica Observer, which broke the story on May 6, recounting Ackaisha’s actions when she found a bag stacked with $5,000 and $1,000 bills.

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The Integrity Commission’s obscure mission

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

I listened with deep shock and disappointment on Monday, May 13, 2019 as the Integrity Commission presented itself at its first press conference since its establishment in February 2018. (Thanks to Nationwide which covered the entire event.) The commission had ostensibly called this press conference to deal with various issues circulating in the public. All members of the commission were present, except for Dirk Harrison, and given what went on to…

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The hand that rocks the cradle

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

For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. — William Ross Wallace The above words are part of a poem in tribute to women. Both the first and last stanza begin with the statement, “Blessings on the hand of women!” The third of four stanzas importantly reminds, “Woman, how divine your mission, Here upon our natal sod…”

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When are we going to get serious about water?

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

When the nose is hit, it’s the eye that cries. — Tigrayan proverb, Ethiopia Credible meteorologists indicate that the much-anticipated rains to ease the present dry season should arrive near the end of this month and continue well into June. Those showers of blessings cannot come too soon, since there is considerable suffering and inconvenience throughout the country because of water restrictions.

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The fiction they feed us

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

In 1993, a very honest, motivated and brave man, Colonel Trevor MacMillan, took control of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). This was an effort by the Government, which was at that time formed by the People’s National Party (PNP), to bring about change in the force.

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Republic of Korea and Jamaica: From economic weakness to strength

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

South Korea and Jamaica established diplomatic ties 57 years ago and have since been great bilateral partners, collaborating on many developmental cooperation projects of mutual benefit.

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Whither the future for Britain and the Caribbean

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

The deep historical bonds and long tradition of cooperation on a range of matters have made Britain a key partner for…

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Caricom must unify to resist imposition of OAS boss

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

Readers of this commentary, particularly those in small countries, might wonder why they should be concerned about who is the chief executive officer of any multilateral or international organisation. It could be claimed that the disposition of the person holding such an office is far removed from the existence of people who are focused on the necessities of living and improving their lives. They would be wrong to dismiss interest in the holders of these…

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