• Disaster response: Free advice for the last time

    A well-researched diary of a natural disaster is an essential tool at this time, but in various parts. Firstly there is a need to deal with the conditions precedent and conducive to the formation of hurricanes, and predictive of earthquakes. This is a longer-term body of scientific research, data...
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    Conquering our personal Everests is our choice

    The world can seem to be an awful place at times. The young die early, the good suffer while the bad, it seems, live happy and contented lives. Those who try to make it from the bottom seem to always end up shafted by the system and the beasts...
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    The state of our democracy: why corruption is a ‘gendered’ issue! [Part I]

    Currently, the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is trying to push through ‘The Integrity Commission Bill.’  As of July 21, 2017, it was headed to the House of Representatives for final review.  In the eyes of a diversity of civil society actors — feminist activists, human rights defenders, social justice...
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    The New Dark Age

    History does not repeat itself. That is one of the first facts drilled into anyone who has studied history, and that statement holds true almost always. History cannot repeat itself as the conditions that man faced during the 1700s are totally different to the conditions facing mankind today in...
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    Politics and the bureaucracy

    All of us have some knowledge of what politics is because of either our observation of it and/or our participation in it.  Some of us have knowledge of the bureaucracy and invariably, a negative view of it as something that impedes and/or delays accomplishment of policy objectives.  In brief,...
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    The Bad, the Ugly, the Good!

    Drive along Knutsford Boulevard any week day morning, just above the police station and see the “stoosh” cars double parked as occupants try to do business and fill their hungry stomachs with ‘Juici beef’ meals.  Honestly?  Traffic block! and just above the police station?  Let us hope that the...
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    Vulnerability of our elders

     As I sat in the forum organised for Pan African Day at the University of the West Indies on the afternoon of Friday, May 26, and listened to Dr Bernard, Professor Rupert Lewis, Dr Shani Roper and Earl Moxam speak about renowned journalist Peter Abrahams who was murdered in...
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    Balancing our democracy – Part II

    In part one we focused on the public sector and gave an overall picture of the global trends in terms of women’s participation in power and decision-making. So how do women in Jamaica fare in the private sector? Much Ado About Nothing? In  January, 2015, the International Labour Organization...
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    Balancing our democracy – Part I

    Globally, the participation of women and men in formal or informal decision-making structures differs between countries and is generally male-dominated. Many factors contend — cultural, economic, social, institutional, political and other forces combine to actively limit women’s equal access to power and decision-making. The World Bank, in its 2012...

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