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US Presidential elections heading towards a slippery slope

Hillary Clinton

Never in the last 80 years has the American presidential elections generated so much interest worldwide — all for the wrong reasons. Candidate and business mogul billionaire Donald Trump has dominated the entire media landscape. Trump creates opportunities to spew venom, sowing seeds of hate. ... Read More

Williams... we have to demand more from our elected representatives Promises and more promises
Over the next two weeks, the Jamaican voter will be bombarded with promises and more promises. How w ... Read More

Abolition of user fees: impact on access, care provided; lessons learnt
IN recent times the public health system has come under much greater scrutiny with its failure to me ... Read More

CAMERON...won by the second largest margin of victory in British electoral history, even though polls indicated a dead heat In polls we trust; but are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?
If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking. — General George S Patton G ... Read More

Assessing Holness’s plan to grow the economy

Richard Blackford | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

HOLNESS...clamoured for the election to be called

While we were all asleep it appears that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness quietly and unobtrusively released a 10-point plan for growing the economy. Despite the promise of new and revolutionary approaches to the business of economic growth and associated job creation, the plan, when examined, contained nothing that one could consider as either new or revolutionary. I took some time to do an assessment of the proposal and the following are my comments/observations: Ministry ... Read More

If education is the cure for poverty, then how do we make the antidote?

Brad Brasseur | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

THE United Nations recently claimed that the Millennium Development Goal that focused on primary education increased global enrolment from 83 per cent to 91 per cent. Despite these gains, today it is estimated that 124 million children do not attend school and 757 million adults are illiterate. That there are nearly one billion people without proper education is distressing, as a good education is a proven foundation for alleviating poverty, sustainable economic progress, healthier lifestyle an ... Read More

Finish what you have on your plate before you ask for more...

Frank Phipps, QC | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Jamaica’s super highway while fraught with benefits, will lead to the economic demise of the community that earned a living from commuters.

FIFTY-four years ago, Jamaicans were declared free to look after themselves. We muddle along with the undertaking in organised disorder, each year celebrating Independence while the people are still not free of dependency and persistent poverty. Left to our own devices even nature is at risk of degradation for economic benefit, whether it be mining in the Cockpit Country of Trelawny, or the removal of sand at Negril, or risk losing our earthly paradise when new highways are disturbing the beau ... Read More

Go out and vote early

Lance Neita | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

We are now told that either party will have to fork out $5,000 per person to buy votes. It makes me wonder what my vote is worth. This could be big business, if it wasn’t such a serious, immoral and illegal exercise.

‘TIS the season to be jolly, and the parties and the would-be voters are making the most of it. It is said that ‘something a gwaan at last’, and the trumpets and the bells mean it’s time to spread joy. It is also said that some people even asked for double time having spent the whole night on the road attending a certain meeting in Half-Way-Tree. Jokes abound about vote-buying sprees, especially in Jamaica. If you want to know just how devout and holy a man can sound whe ... Read More

Andrew Holness’s flirtation with humour is disarming

Christopher Burns | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

SHAW...a master at using humour in Parliament or on the political rally platform

Jamaican naming conventions, fables and riddles can be unwittingly raunchy. The strangeness of the names we assign to certain places or things and the appealingly humorous adjectives we use to describe certain actions are unmatchable. Then, when blended with the infectiousness of our beautiful lilt, what would normally appear flat to some provides reams of laughter and endless doses of comic relief to a plurality. We should apply humour — polite humour — to the way we evaluate som ... Read More

Is a voter biased and a non-voter independent?

Franklin Johnson | Friday, February 05, 2016    

We are all free to have an opinion and act on it.

The business of electing the 17th Parliament is upon us. Our democracy is again in the crucible. The prime minister has been “touched”. She spoke, election date is set; game on! Democracy is a messy, wasteful, but tasty brew. When an individual votes, God is glorified. We are blessed in two parties, both nimble and change tack to the wind, though one has founded principles. I love democracy as the oxygen of our rights and obligations. People who do not vote should know all it take ... Read More

Should politicians play politics with Church?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, February 05, 2016    

SO, the race has started. The vuvuzuelas are blowing. The brass bells are ringing. As we used to sing at Sunday school: “I know where I am going, I know.” If you never went to Sunday school, if you wake up too late every morning to know what’s going on, you’d better get up and tune in. No further need to ask, “Whatta gwaan?” Whatta gwaan is that we have cranked up. We have told ourselves that we now have to “fight the good fight with all our might&rdqu ... Read More

Careful, JET: The road to misinformation is paved with good intentions

Colette Cunningham-Myrie | Friday, February 05, 2016    

A health survey of the effects on mining communities is commendable, but for results to influence advocacy and policy the study must be sound.

It is usually commendable when research evidence is used to support the actions of advocacy groups. Such was the intent of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) recently when the results of a health survey of mining communities commissioned by them were shared with the nation. Health surveys are commonly undertaken by epidemiologists who study the determinants and distribution of health conditions and their risk factors. I heard the results during the evening prime time discussion programmes on t ... Read More

The heart of the guidance counsellor rises above sensationalism

Helene Coley Nicholson | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Counsellors don’t see the students based on their sex or their gender, whether it’s male or female, or their sexual preference, or what have you, we look at the issues that the students come with and we deal with those issues.

Last week, Nina Dixon, president of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education (JAGCE), told us how comments she made in an interview with another media house were seemingly twisted and important remarks not included in the newspaper report. She is alleged to have said that some Christian guidance counsellors in Jamaica’s public schools are refusing to help students who may be struggling with their sexual orientation. In this second of a two-part report, Dixon talks about ... Read More

Anniversaries, elections and history

Michael Burke | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER… has called the general elecction for the day of her tenth anniversary of being elected People’s National Party president

So the general election will be on Thursday, February 25, and nomination day will be this coming Tuesday, February 9. Both days are political anniversaries. February 25 will be the 10th anniversary of the election of Portia Simpson Miller to the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP). Michael Manley was elected president of the PNP on Sunday, February 9, 1969, and the PNP won the general election of February 9, 1989, before serving 18 years in office until 2007. Of note, too, Mi ... Read More



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