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Never let a good crisis go to waste, Madam PM

SIMPSON MILLER... needs a unit dedicated to crisis management

Dear Mrs Simpson Miller: Our country often feels like a place that simply rolls from one crisis to the next -- a state in which it is impossible to be productive internally, or to convey to the external world, whose investments we need, that we are on top of our game and are worthy trustees of thei ... Read More

John Holt John Holt...long live his music
His voice has been associated with some of the sweetest songs to have been produced in Jamaica, and ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER... needs a unit dedicated to crisis management Never let a good crisis go to waste, Madam PM
Farrakhan calls on cultural community to lead masses towards liberation Nation of Islam Leader Loui ... Read More

Congrats on your OD, NMW
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Heroism in many forms

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, October 20, 2014    

Malcolm Gladwell having his ‘Conversation’ at University of the West Indies, Mona.

Last week's prelude to National Heroes' Day gave us two inspiring events and some sad losses. The 'Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell' at UWI, Mona, and the address given by Ambassador Sue Cobb at the 10th anniversary of the Women's Leadership Initiative would have been so much more enjoyable if I had been able to share them with my friend and mentor Syringa Marshall-Burnett. After a brief illness Syringa left us a little over a week ago, the organisations she served bereft of our guiding star. ... Read More

The cost of chikungunya to Jamaica

Kent GAMMON | Monday, October 20, 2014    

BAUGH... dealt with a polio outbreak scare back in 1983 so effectively
hardly anyone remembers it. At right: FERGUSON...kept his job in the face of bungling the country’s
response to CHIKV

THE chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court cases, crippling productivity and, in some regretful instances, taking lives from complications associated with the virus. The minister of health, when the alarm bells were first rung by the Jamaica Labour Party's caretaker for Eastern St Thomas, said he was politicking and scaremongering on the part of the Opposition party. The minister of health insisted some weeks ago that only 34 cases wer ... Read More

Paulwell says Jamaica is still safe with PetroCaribe

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

PAULWELL... no need to panic

A few weeks ago when I had a telephone chat with energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, my call to him was triggered by many articles in reputable publications such as Bloomberg, all seemingly arriving at one inescapable conclusion. The economy of Venezuela, from which we get 50 per cent of our petroleum products at concessionary terms of payment, is on the brink of a collapse as social and political tensions shake the tenuous hold that Maduro has on viable leadership. In a recent Yahoo Finance ar ... Read More

Countdown to elections...Ebola

CADHLA NI FRITHILE | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Could it be that the
party that wins the
next general
election will be the
one who runs the
better grass-roots
campaign?

Politics is not about objective reality, but virtual reality... a magical movie of sorts, a never-ending and infinitely revisable docu-drama. Strangely, the faithful understand that the movie is not true; yet also maintain that it is the only truth that matters. -- Michael Kelly The last several days have been bad for the People's National Party (PNP). The findings of the recent Bill Johnson polls, which testified to the precipitous fall in popularity of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Ka ... Read More

Those mosquitoes, polls and the prime minister

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

(L-R) FERGUSON... insistence on acting perfunctorily eroded
much public trust in the Government's ability to manage. SIMPSON MILLER... her penchant to be her own
woman, while conceptually brilliant, has experienced
sudden death. KELLIER... his appointment as minister of agriculture
a retrograde step

SOMETIMES, one has to "tek kin teet kibba heart bun". And, although the chikungunya virus is no laughing matter, laughter could very well be the best medicine that the doctor ordered to treat the dreaded and dreadful virus. However, this article is not all about the wickedness of "she-dung-yah" -- as one senior citizen put it during a recent telephone conversation about the mosquito-borne virus. Instead, it challenges the prime minister to take seriously some of the findings of the latest Bill J ... Read More

Ebola is the West's gift to Africa

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

NAIROBI, Kenya — A security guard opens a gate carrying a poster with information on prevention and handling of suspected Ebola
cases leading into the Mbagathi district hospital on Friday. Some 4,493 people have died out of a total of 8,997 cases in the outbreak,
according to the WHO, which has warned that the infection rate could reach 10,000 a week by early December. (PHOTO: AFP)

AT last, at last, the West has roused itself from a slumber of forgetfulness, and, often, sheer indifference, to respond to West Africa's Ebola crisis. Their heads dug into banking and national budget spreadsheets, its leaders may have been prompted into action, finally, by the appearance of cases of the disease on their own shores. On the basis of one death from Ebola in the United States, the international New York Times, in an editorial, called for strict vigilance, only stopping short of th ... Read More

If my people who are called by my name...

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

If my people who are
called by my name...

THE Jamaica Council of Churches needs to call the nation to a day of prayer. If ever a country needed prayer at this time it is Jamaica. All around us people are falling like ninepins from the chikungunya and the threat of Ebola is on the horizon. Sometimes when I listen to the evening news, or visit the supermarket during the evening hours, I feel as if we are preparing for a hurricane or some other natural disaster. People walk about speaking in hushed tones, sharing experiences, reporting on ... Read More

A brief history of Ja's modern economic performance: The rise and fall

DENARTO DENNIS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

During the 1960s Jamaica established itself as one of the leading producers of bauxite in the world, becoming our main
income-earner. But, by the end of the 1970s, global prices for the ore started to plummet,

Jamaica has had a very long history as a plantation economy spanning centuries. This has meant that agricultural activities have been at the heart of economic activity and livelihood for the masses of Jamaican people for several years leading up to Independence in 1962. Since the 1950s this historical agricultural concentration of the economy started to change as the bauxite and alumina mining, tourism and light manufacturing started to become important facets of the productive economy. The Gov ... Read More

Family farming: Nourishing the world

JOSÉ GRAZIANO DA SILVA | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

The year 2014 is celebrated as the International Year of Family Farming.

Sixty-three developing countries have already reached the Millennium Development Goal hunger target of halving the proportion of chronic undernourishment by 2015. What their stories tell us is that to win the war against hunger we need political commitment, a holistic approach, social participation and family farming. Throughout the world, family farmers play a crucial socio-economic, environmental and cultural role which, amid serious challenges, needs to be cherished and strengthened through ... Read More

Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

The price of Brent crude oil
has fallen to US$84 a barrel,
with predictions by experts
that it could drop to US$75.

To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome. Ever since the world's major oil-producing nations, through the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies of developing countries have struggled. The purpose of the price increase then was to punish the US and Western European countries for their support of Israel against Arab nations in a war in October ... Read More



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