PSOJ is concerned, but:What is the real reason for Jamaica’s postponement of local government elections?

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Yes, the economy is important, and the Holness administration is patting itself on the back, understandably, at the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – which points out that Jamaica has struck “the right balance” in responding to challenges and what they call external shocks. Attention must be paid to climate change vulnerabilities and developing a much-talked about “green economy,” the IMF suggests, and strengthening education, crime-fighting etc. So far, so good.

Local commentators are pointing to the need for labour market reform, a decent public transportation system – and what of public sector wages? Teachers are particularly restive at the moment, as public sector wage talks have not yet been nicely wrapped up by our Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke. Educators voted almost unanimouslyto reject the Ministry’s latest wage offer. During the Budget presentation this week, Minister Clarke stated there was no more money in…

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Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica invites you to clean up your community! Apply today!

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Solid waste management remains a nightmare for many of us across the island. We are battling a rising tide of trash – mostly plastics. This is happening in our neighbourhood, and many others. While birdwatching recently we saw a Brown Pelican with a large plastic bag hanging round his neck. On a Sunday afternoon tour of downtown Kingston we were shocked to see garbage strewn all around the perimeter of National Heroes Park (made worse by the strong wind blowing). Even Simón Bolívar’s statue was surrounded by litter.

Plastic clogging young mangroves in Port Royal (My photo).

And so it goes on. But, fight back we must, and it’s great to see Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica back on stream, thanks to a grant from the UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme.

The deadline for applications from community-based groups is 12 noon on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Hurry up…

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Marii Freire comigo!

” O amor humano tem limites. Nunca devemos amar uma pessoa, além do amor que temos por nós mesmos. O amor é um sentimento voluntário, portanto, nunca deve se transformar em servidão.”

Marii Freire comigo!

Imagem & criação: Marii Freire

Santarém, Pá 15 de fevereiro de 2023

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COVID’s aftermath: Persistent organ damage at 1 year, lung abnormalities at 2 | CIDRAP

59% had organ impairment at 1 year

In a study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, British researchers assessed organ impairment in 536 long-COVID patients still reporting extreme shortness of breath, brain fog, and poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL) 1 year after diagnosis. Of all participants, 13% had been hospitalized at symptom onset, and 32% were healthcare workers.

Sixty-two percent of participants had organ damage 6 months after their initial diagnosis, as did 59% of those who underwent a 40-minute multi-organ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at 1 year—even those with non-severe infections.

Source: COVID’s aftermath: Persistent organ damage at 1 year, lung abnormalities at 2 | CIDRAP

If Ever… #poem #love

penned in moon dust

If ever I forget to say the words

my lips will form “I love you”

If ever my gaze wanders in the distance

my eyes will sparkle “us”

If ever my mind is on a journey

my memories are of Africa

If ever I forget the words

I always love you

A late Valentine for so many who have “lost the words”

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