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When crime comes close to home

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The near-death experience of journalist Khamal Georges heightens anxiety and concern across the country since many identify with the familiar face on the CNC3 nightly news.

The near farce of his vehicle being stolen twice within 24 hours is no laughing matter for the police and Ministry of National Security now under Minister Stuart Young.

This incident and others over the past 72 hours are having a ripple effect as people are reconsidering movements around the country to events and the frightening reality of our times—that bandits will stop at nothing to relieve you under threat of your possessions.

What should our response be? Do we hide away in our gated communities, install electronic gates and alarm systems, stop children from playing outside, stop exercising in open spaces, keep looking back to see if we are being followed?

It is a disconcerting situation that could lead to a crippled society.

While we must be alert, cautious and heed good security advice, we also must support the Police Service in their mission to restore peace and safety.

Meantime, the authorities should immediately address the glaring absence of storage for vehicles held for investigation. As the recent incident shows, bold-faced thieves have no respect for the police and their precincts.

While we debate, others take over

While we are discussing what to do with marijuana, a Canadian company is cornering the world market in medicinal marijuana.

Even Jamaica, producer of the world’s best coffee from the lush blue mountains overlooking Kingston, is giving up its brand of medicinal marijuana to a Canadian firm.

Recreational consumption has been dogged by the labelling of weed a class A drug, attracting severe penalties for possession. Some Caribbean countries have responded positively to the appeal of the Rastafarian community that the herb is part of their religious practice and possession of small amounts should not be regarded as trafficking.

The debate on medicinal marijuana has highlighted its benefits in the relief of pain and even epilepsy. Some research also points to a reduction in blood pressure.

Recently, some governments have been moving to legalise small quantities for recreational use while continuing to debate the broader issue of trafficking.

Are we not missing the opportunity to benefit from research into medicinal marijuana and its potential for the diversification agenda?

Thanks CPL for the joy of cricket

The Caribbean Premier League is back with a bang living up to its promotion as “the biggest party in sport.” Flashback to Cricket World Cup 2007 when regulations reduced enjoyment with heavy restrictions.

What a joy to enjoy the game when it is “played louder.”


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