The emerging vocal citizenry — Thank God!

DAWES... excoriated the ‘political
feudalism’ that exists in the health
sector, reflecting the alertness that
we need from our citizens and the
boldness in speaking truth to power
concerning ills in the society.

It is refreshing to see that more Jamaicans are becoming increasingly aware and more dissatisfied with the level of political governance of Jamaica since Independence. There is now a greater awareness that we cannot continue doing our business as we have done it in the past; that our rotting social ... Read More

Murder runs amok
This weekend in cinemas across the world the much-anticipated Spike Lee film Chi-Raq will be release ... Read More

The Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, where 34-year-old Jason Forbes died while awaiting treatment in 2014. When in the 'war room'...
FOR nearly a decade, I worked for a university executive who was also the head of a hospital. During ... Read More

What Andrew Holness’s
house says about him What Andrew Holness's house says about him
JAMAICA is a country reeling from an array of social and economic challenges. We would expect that t ... Read More

Let's Fast-Track the end of AIDS

BAN KI-MOON | Tuesday, December 01, 2015    

Let’s Fast-Track the end of AIDS

THIS year, we mark World AIDS Day with new hope. I applaud the staunch advocacy of activists. I commend the persistent efforts of health workers. And I pay tribute to the principled stance of human rights defenders and the courage of all those who have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease. World leaders have unanimously committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September. This commitment reflects the power of ... Read More

A watershed week for Jamaica

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, November 30, 2015    

(L) Dr Alfred Dawes
(R) Marcia Forbes

Let us remember last week as a turning point in Jamaica's history. The events that unfolded started on the weekend, when Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that there would be no general election this year. This was a humbling moment for the ruling party; commentators offered that they were no longer confident of their victory because of discouraging poll numbers. Perhaps, this was also an emboldening moment for others, who, in close succession, celebrated our democracy by affirming ... Read More

Government right-sizing

Hugh DUNBAR | Monday, November 30, 2015    

Government right-sizing

The announcement by the Ministry of Finance about reducing staff numbers should not be a surprise to anyone, especially the members of the unions and civil service. The unions worked hard for the small predetermined wage increase, where I hope they had started the process of preparing their membership for the inevitable re-training. Maybe this was included in their negotiations with the Government; we don't know. It would have been good to hear from the Government some indication of what they h ... Read More

Why can't we take out these bastards?

BY James C Wilson | Monday, November 30, 2015    

Why can’t we take
out these bastards?

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Kenya, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta asked US President Barack Obama, "Why can't we take out these bastards?" Acosta echoes many Americans who are hungry for revenge, and favour further military intervention in the Middle East. Ironically, those wishing to exact revenge with an invasion of Iraq and Syria have a few questions to answer themselves: How many American lives are you willing to sacrifice to exact your ... Read More

The climate talks in Paris will fail!

ROBERT BURROWES | Sunday, November 29, 2015    


AS expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, starting November 30, 2015, which could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to two degrees Celsius, I would like to explain why these expectations are misplaced. And what we can do about it. The essence of the problem is that most people and organisations are asking elites to take action on their behalf, rather than taking action themselves. Not only is t ... Read More

It was a classic "hullo" from the PNP archive

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. -- Charles-Louis De Secondat Most Jamaicans know the meaning of the word "hullo". For the few who don't, "hullo" refers to a convenient and/or false explanation given especially to the unsuspecting. The "hullo" -- thought to be from the English word hollow; just a shell, no substance -- is generously used in our politics as a defence mechanism to shield embarrassment. It is a crutch for inadeq ... Read More

Let's talk about our health care problem — a party politics problem

RICHARD BLACKFORD | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

DALLEY... has a big task on his hands
as the new health minister.
O’MEALLY-NELSON...We are a nation
of complainers

This past week saw the publication of two contrasting articles on the pages of our leading newspapers regarding the health care issues affecting Jamaica and Jamaicans. Ironically, an issue that is as important as this ought to have engaged more Jamaicans and, in the process, generate a more comprehensive discussion on an issue that affects the lives of the majority of Jamaicans. Instead, the issue now feels like an ill-fitting shoe being worn in the long dance of our political "silly season", wh ... Read More

A chicken in every pot for Christmas

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

A Jamaican Christmas is incomplete without ham, chicken, rice and peas,
drinks, decorations, and toys.

WITH the election speculation now put to rest, we are able to concentrate our minds more firmly on what to do about Christmas this year. The political tension has waned and there is less to squabble about. Just think, if elections had been called, for argument's sake, in mid-December, what would we be arguing about today? But with those arguments out of the way, Christmas can now move nicely to the top of the polls as the subject of the day. This would not be the first time that Christmas would ... Read More

PNP succumbs to its own misalignment of message, purpose, process and plans

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The ‘postponement’ of the general election has triggered all sorts of political spelling and guessing, assumptions, explanations,
and prognostications, but none as great as the unusual and sudden chasm of incongruence between rational thinking and
application of common sense.

THERE has been something quite odd about reactions from some political pundits and self-acclaimed political analysts to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's recently announced plans to delay calling a general election until after the upcoming Christmas holidays, and certainly not before the publication of the new voters' list on November 30, 2015. Understandably, the announcement has triggered all sorts of political "spelling and guessing", assumptions, explanations, and prognostications, but ... Read More

The Democrats' obstacles en route to the White House

TONY MILES | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

CLINTON... unless by divine
intervention, should be the nominee

ACCURATELY predicting the outcome of an election fraught with multiple unpredictabilities, 300-odd days away, could be as difficult as catching flies during a desert sandstorm. But engaging in analysis, with no unforeseen circumstances intervening, is definitely achievable. However, one must accept the following: voting trends, voter apathy, mood of the electorate, level of competition, candidates' perceived knowledge of the issues based on voters' expectations, the incumbency factor. One must t ... Read More



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