Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Can the IMF Leopard Change its Spots?

There is talk of the possibility of the current Jamaican administration returning to do business with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF was founded at the end of the second World War. It’s original reconstruction objective was simply, and directly to augment the coffers of countries’ foreign exchange holdings or reserves, providing them with …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Mainstream Media Cannot Afford to Fail

With the global downturn, many organisations worldwide are taking one, or a combination of the following five actions – reducing the size of their staff, reducing the income of staff, mandating that staff work a four day-week instead of the regular five-day week, work a five-day week for a four-day pay or simply close business …

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Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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How do We Measure A Politician’s Success?

In the Jamaica Observer of Sunday, March 29, 2009, Columnist, Mark Wignall had this to say: ‘MUCH of what the electorate uses to define Portia Simpson Miller is urban legend, fairytale. In politics however, a politician will accept all positives, especially when those defining the politician are not really interested in wrestling with the burden …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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It’s a Small World Mr Burke, and Jamaica’s Part of it

In the Jamaica Observer of Thursday, January 22, 2009  Michael Burke Joined columnist worldwide commenting of the swearing in of Barack Obama: “So Barack Obama is now president of the United States of America. Whether we like it or not, the president of the USA is the most powerful man on earth. The way in …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Ideas to reduce Crime in Jamaica

The continued bombardment of violence and killings in Jamaica is very disheartening to a nation, that towards the latter part of last year, had begun to see a reasonable reduction in murders. The problem is that the perpetrators of these heartless activities have really been great statisticians, in their own rights. These scum, which are …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Jamaican Crime and Anarchy

The problem of crime in Jamaica has taken on a shape and form that juxtapose it very closely, if not head-on, to ‘the wall of anarchy’. Every time one listens to the news coming out of Jamaica or reads the newspapers or watches televison, one is inundated with news of murder, rampaging, innocent people being …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Major Shift in High School Placement Needed in Jamaica!

In the past, and in the few months prior to the opening of school in September of each year, there have been much talk about the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Many are in support of it and deem it the most fair and the only means to place students in the limited places available in our …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Both Patois and Standard English Have a Place in Jamaica

In the Jamaica Gleaner of Thursday, March 13, 2008, letter writer, Earl Mckenzie of University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona expressed the need for Jamaica to embrace the English lanuage which we Jamaicans have the privilege of using, due to sheer coincidence. I concur with this view. The question of standard English versus the …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Tackle the Causes of Crime

The Editor: Despite Jamaica’s accomplishments in the forms of educational opportunities, the onset of reasonable technological development, etc, there is no denying that Jamaica is still faced with some serious challenges. One such challenge is the crime rate. What is the cause of the rampant crime rate in Jamaica? How will we make any significant …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Does Canada’s Judiciary Value the Lives of Animals over Humans?

The Editor: A Canadian motorist who recklessly mowed down two of three Jamaican farm workers in 2005 was merely handed a slap on the wrist by the Canadian justice system on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in terms of sanctions. This individual’s name has been published as Charles Morris, a 26-year old Canadian of the so-called …

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Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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