Archive for February, 2016

The future…

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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It’s been 7 years since I became a father. It put me directly in the driving seat to watch a new human being (now 2 new human beings) grow/develop. The experience has put alot of things in perspective for me, chief among them is my mortality. As my children age, so do I. As they get stronger and more active, the opposite will eventually be my fate. A day will come when our roles may be reversed as it relates to care-giving.

“I believe the children are the future…” Whitney Houston was spot on. We all have a collective responsibility to secure the future by securing our children.

A child’s mind is a blank slated waiting to be be filled. How do we fill that slate? We live in an age when there so many things competing for our children’s attention, how does a good parent get most of their child/ren’s attention?

What about the external environment? Are we actively engaged in helping to preserve the world (earth) for them?

How about the society in which they will have to participate?

Are we grooming positive, people-centered leaders and critical thinkers? The ones who will not only see the wolves in sheep’s clothing, but also see the wolves in shepherd’s clothing.

Today’s choices influence tomorrow’s reality. Protect the future, protect the children.

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PAJ URGES PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL POLITICAL DEBATES

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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The Press Association of Jamaica is alarmed at news that the National Political Debates may not be held.

The PAJ wishes to put on record its belief that it is of national importance that the Debates be held, with the participation of both major political parties.

“The election campaign is very short, which already limits the amount of time the public and media have to probe the positions of the individual candidates and their parties. To eliminate what has become an important source of information for the public would be a huge step backwards, and one we would condemn strongly,” says PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.

The Association believes it would be unacceptable in a modern Jamaican democracy for either of the parties to refuse the public the opportunity to see and hear its representatives questioned about issues of national importance. The PAJ is therefore urging the two parties to find other avenues to work out their differences, and not use the political debates for that purpose. The Association strongly urges the People’s National Party, as the party which has not yet agreed to the debates, to do so in the national interest.

The PAJ commends the Debates Commission for its tremendous work over the years in staging the national political debates, and calls for all well-thinking Jamaicans and civil society organisations to speak out, and join the call to ensure that the National Political Debates are again held, as the public expects.
Contact: Dionne Jackson Miller

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