CXC’s July exam proposal seriously flawed

Observer on May 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

It defies all logical explanation that after a meeting between the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and ministers of education of the representative territories in early May CXC could issue a press release stating that the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations 2020 sitting will be scheduled for July. Given the furore that has greeted this decision throughout the region it is patently evident the decision failed to take…

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Arthur Stanley Wint: The ultimate student athlete

Observer on May 25th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

 May 25, 2020 will mark the 100th year since the birth of Dr Arthur Stanley Wint, born on May 25, 1920, in Plowden, Manchester. The Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine (JASM) would like to acknowledge this landmark of a true Jamaica icon, who served as one of our founding members and the first president back in 1979.

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The inspiring patriot, Oliver Clarke

Observer on May 25th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Last year I received a call from Oliver Clarke’s assistant conveying his request that I continue to mentor a bright, young graduate whom he had been guiding through her final year at The University of the West Indies (The UWI). I had no idea that this busy entrepreneur, leading the multi-billion-dollar JN Group and the RJRGleaner Communications Group, as well as serving several other prestigious boards, would be making the time to be a mentor.

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COVID-19: Facing our fresh start

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

…there is still a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to find a way to get to it. — Tyrone Willingham 

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Look out! Snap elections before December

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Clearly, without the power of clairvoyance, there are inherent risks with the preceding proclamation. Worse yet, the old crystal ball Busha used to make fun of and conned a great many people is nowhere to be found. Consequently, the declarative headline, ‘Prepare for snap elections before December,’ is consciously audacious, because it is entirely up to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as he alone can call a general election — as set out in the Jamaican…

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Holness has earned some COVID-19 credits

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The bird that calls out for rain is itself hit by rain. — Hausa proverb, NigeriaToday is 76 days since the first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Jamaica. It was imported.Recall, a Jamaican female who had travelled from the United Kingdom arrived in the island on March 4. She presented to the public health system on March 9 and was put in isolation.

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Magical dreams and uncertain destiny — A response

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Christopher Burns has joined the debate on the call for reparation with an article in last week’s The Agenda in the Sunday Observer (May 17) without come down on either side for the merits of the call — somewhat like a referee at a no-contest event, involving Mike Henry and P J Patterson, where both make the call. However, we must welcome his public statement as the views of a self-proclaimed agnostic, where silence can hurt the cause and whispered reasons for non-belief could…

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Shanty towns, shame, and a needed solution

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Last week I spoke of the Beveredge report and its part in influencing the creation of the welfare state. It was the primary instrument of influence on Clement Attlee’s reform programme in post-World War II UK.

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Michael Manley and the international link

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

No doubt, Michael Manley carried special sophistication and eloquence to Jamaica’s foreign policy initiatives in the decade of the 1970s and beyond. As noted by Carlton Davis, former permanent secretary, in his Michael Manley Lecture in 2010 (Some Visions that Still Remain Relevant, in Delano Franklin, ed, Michael Manley, Putting People First), Manley’s initiatives included, among other items, the following:(a) Support for liberation in Southern Africa;

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‘Now is not the time to cry over bread and butter like spoilt children’

Observer on May 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

In the beginning the prime minister warned us about complacency. Complacency shows up as an attitude of bravado when we look around us and see that no one near has fallen prey to COVID-19, and therefore why worry, take a deep and unfiltered breath, and enjoy life and a lifestyle pattern the same old way.

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