A prelude to cultivating creative minds

A prelude to
creative minds

DURING the twentieth century, the world watched as the United States churned out innovation after innovation. Now, however, the tables are turning. Many other countries are placing innovation at the top of their national agendas. From Singapore to Finland, from Chile to China, countries around the w ... Read More

Friendly Caricom has morphed into CSME — a federation inked on foreign soil
and imposed surreptitiously by follow-on treaties. They lie, the CSME union cannot help us
JAMAICA is the only Caricom member to not prosper under independence. The Barbados dollar is still t ... Read More

Mash down or build up?
DEAR Cousin: Like everybody else abroad, or to be more stylish, the Diaspora, you want to know what ... Read More

The National Housing Trust’s purchase of the Lennie Little-White’s Outameni
heritage attraction has given rise to a deeper distrust of our politicians. It is healthy to distrust our politicians
ONE day a pack of wolves invaded your pen of goats and went about in wild abandon to rip the flesh f ... Read More

Constitution Day's 70th anniversary

Michael BURKE | Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante

NOVEMBER 20, 1944 was nomination day for the first-ever elections held under universal adult suffrage in Jamaica. That election was held on December 14, 1944. This meant that all adults had the right to vote. Prior to 1944, one had to pay at least ten shillings tax per year or have property to be able to vote. There was a radio tax which, at 10 shillings per year, meant that by owning a radio, one had a vote. There was a bicycle tax, which was eight shillings per year. So by merely owning a bic ... Read More

Working together for men and boys

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Working together
for men and boys

According to Jerome Teelucksingh -- who conceptualised the day in 1999 -- the objectives of International Men's Day include highlighting discrimination against men and boys, and celebrating their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and childcare. One could reasonably argue that, given the comparatively worse situation of women in every context -- social, economic and political -- the commemoration of International Men's Day may seem ... Read More

Break up political meddling in NHT's governance structure

Dorraine REID | Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

This recent purchase action, coupled with past deeds of the Government regarding the use of NHT funds, raises the issue
of the governance policies of the entity.

Under a PNP Government money has allegedly been used to develop a housing complex that benefited many short-term contributors. The PNP Government used NHT funds as a major part of negotiating their International Monetary Fund (IMF) contract. And here we are again. Can you smell something? When the Jamaica Labour Party used money from the Trust to purchase lands at Ferry the accusation of self-interest by the PNP was strong. The poignant words of then Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller coa ... Read More

Who will rescue us from CHIKV?

BY MICHAEL AIKEN | Tuesday, November 18, 2014    

Who will
us from

We're still waiting to be rescued...I weep, seized by grief. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no doctor in the house? So why can't something be done to heal and save my dear, dear people? (Jeremiah 8:20-22, The Message and NKJV) I don't know how many of us are still waiting to be rescued from this dreadful Chikungunya (CHIKV) virus. What I do know is that almost everyone I know claim they currently have or have had the chikungunya virus, and we all seem to know someone who has died from CH ... Read More

The super ministry we need — Part II

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, November 18, 2014    

The goal is a more responsive Government and strategic alignment of resources
to better serve the Jamaican people

MANY of us will agree that there is an embarrassing sense of chaos, indiscipline and dysfunctional behaviour in our society that is inimical to sustainable growth and development. However, there is not a corresponding sense of what infrastructure can and should be used to tackle these issues, some of which have their genesis in deviant subcultures emerging out of a social structure that marginalises significant sections of the population. In our case, we have a criminal subculture, a conflict su ... Read More

Outameni...many issues

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, November 17, 2014    

WATSON...named ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship

I think financial commentator Ralston Hyman said it well in a radio interview last Friday: "If the National Housing Trust (NHT) wanted guaranteed earnings from the people's deposits for housing, GOJ treasury bills would have yielded them seven to eight per cent. Otherwise, if they were wondering how best to spend $180 million, why not just put it towards building a few well-needed homes for the less fortunate?" On the same programme, Dr Damien King expressed the feelings of many: When an emplo ... Read More

Reduce tobacco consumption, save lives

BY SHOBHA SHUKLA | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Reduce tobacco consumption, save lives

WITH nearly 35 per cent of India's adult population (age 15+) consuming some form of tobacco, there are around 275 million people in the country smoking and/or chewing this poison, and an estimated 1 million dying every year from tobacco-related diseases. Moreover, 27 per cent of the youth (age group 13-15 years) are exposed to second-hand smoke at home and 40 per cent are exposed to second hand smoke in public places. Bidis or cheap hand-rolled cigarettes -- which outsell cigarettes by a ratio ... Read More

Out of money dance moves

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Dance, prime minister, dance!

OFF into the distance way above the green rib of hills carrying the rains could be heard the low rumble of thunder. On the flat, in the crowded city, it was sweltering as the sun baked the black skins of many confused Jamekyans scurrying around trying to earn a bare-bones living. Further up the road, Parliament is about to convene at Georgian House. Fireworks were expected as, on the day before, tempers had erupted between Government and Opposition members over the Out-of-Money Likkle Place. I ... Read More

Something stinks... and it's not the pond

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Anancy culture
continues to be
to our detriment.

People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. — Alan Moore "THE folk tales of Jamaica are the Anancy stories which came from the Gold Coast. The central character is Brer or brother Anancy, the spider-man, the name come from the Twi, ananse meaning a spider, his wife Crooky which is possibly an alteration of the Twi word Konnore and Tacooma, his son, a local rendering of ntikuma. "Anancy himself is a legendary figure whose main characteris ... Read More

The politics of Outameni and the awful communications

CHRIS BURNS | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

If the National Housing Trust can procure the requisite talent to market and manage the
Outameni property business profitably, then what is this hullabaloo all about?

IF we are not careful, we run the risk in Jamaica of allowing politics and political subterfuge to ruin our country even further. Unfortunately, there is nothing original about this opening statement; we have been feeling this way about the tribal nature of politics for years, yet we continue to give it succour and are slavishly wedded to its advancement at all costs. The current imbroglio, surrounding the $180-million purchase of the Orange Grove property in Trelawny, on which the Outameni Exp ... Read More



Is it OK for the NHT to venture into businesses other than housing?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon