Cameron, reparation and Jamaica’s self-respect

UK PM David Cameron addresses the joint sitting of Jamaica’s Houses of Parliament.

IN attempting to reassert Britain's geopolitical interests in the region, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a stop in Jamaica last week. He was given the customary warm welcome which we afford visiting heads of State, but it could not have been long before he discovered that within the warmt ... Read More

Jamaica deserves...better Jamaica deserves...better
The following is a lightly edited statement issued to the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Board of Direc ... Read More

Foolish articulate minority
A general sentiment by many Jamaicans assessing the political situation in our country is that both ... Read More

Check out this link: Hand foot and mouth silence
THE hand foot and mouth disease that is confronting the public needs to be given a lot of airing. I ... Read More

£25-million prison: Your boss handing you a bottle of mouthwash

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

The Tower Street Correctional Centre, otherwise known as
General Penitentary, occupies an area described by the
Jamaica National Heritage Trust as one of great architectural

WE need a new prison. In fact, we probably need more than one -- certainly one in Kingston and another in the West, where crime is running amok and, along with the mountains of garbage, threatens to choke off our lifeblood. Current facilities have long been deemed in violation of international standards. In Kingston, the main prison, the Tower Street Correctional Centre, otherwise known as General Penitentary (GP), occupies an area described by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) as one ... Read More

Who are the real enemies of progress?

ORLANDO JONES | Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

Who are the real enemies of progress?

JUST recently I was thinking about the visit of US President Barack Obama and what it really meant to me, as a young leader, to our country and, in a broader viewpoint, what it really meant for the wider Caribbean region. The first thing that came to mind was the age-old marijuana issue, and what it really meant for a struggling economy like Jamaica. The country has been really just now reviving from the recession and trying to get its foot on solid ground. Hemp can take us thus far, but the fr ... Read More

Old pirates continue to 'rob I'

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, October 05, 2015    

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller greets British Prime Minister David Cameron at Jamaica House on

TO add some light -- and hopefully little heat -- to the current discussion on reparation for slavery, I would like to recall an address delivered by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Ghana, Charles Palmer-Buckle, on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Jamaica's National Arena, as we celebrated 500 years of Catholic witness in Jamaica, and Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence. We were awestruck by his introduction, and here I recall the experience described in my column the following week. I w ... Read More

Dance to the jailhouse rock

LANCE NEITA | Monday, October 05, 2015    

Another prison is not regarded as a priority in Jamaica's current ladder of
economic, social and political needs

WHILE speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) meeting in the Mandeville square during the 1959 General Election campaign, Sir Alexander Bustamante, then Opposition leader, was interrupted by loud boos from a People's National Party (PNP) faction. In those days it was common for party supporters to attend meetings staged by their rivals. This sometimes provoked hostilities, but in many instances saw fun exchanges as the opposing group would heckle the speakers and, in turn, get a tongue lashing ... Read More

Dr Ben Henry mastered service

Monday, October 05, 2015    

The late Ben Henry

Well-known management and training consultant Dr Ben Henry died on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 after ailing for some time. He was 71. Henry, who was the managing director of Customer Service Academy of Jamaica, is regarded by many as the foremost service quality expert in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. He has held faculty positions at Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia; Grambling State University in Louisiana; and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, where he was head of the hospit ... Read More

Richard Stewart — A talent and inspiration for service

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Richard Stewart

Richard Arthur Stewart, who has died at age 77, brought creativity, energy, and innovation to automotive retailing and customer service in Jamaica over many decades, and I was one of the thousands fortunate enough to have been touched by his indomitable spirit. He and his beloved wife, Diana, and their children, operating under the family-owned Stewart Automotive Group, developed a passion for walking the extra mile to please their car-buying customers and to create a business model that exudes ... Read More

When will we stop blaming the IMF for our state of affairs?

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Ronald Thwaites and

An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions, and be sceptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy -- or worse. -- Bill Moyers FOR nearly four years spin doctors of this Portia Simpson Miller Administration, many of them dwarfs of thought, others Moses-like -- the Raven in Geo ... Read More

Greatness or ordinariness awaits Holness

DORLAN FRANCIS | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

HOLNESS... will
win next election

ANDREW Michael Holness will be the next prime minister of Jamaica whenever the general parliamentary elections are held. I do not make this prediction flippantly, but based on my observation of Jamaican politics since 1972 -- and my understanding of the Jamaican people. They will form the fool for a while, but when it is crunch time, they will do the right thing. The People's National Party (PNP), which has dominated Jamaican politics since 1972, has done so based on their mastery of propaganda ... Read More

Manoeuvring the electioneering process

HOWARD GREGORY | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Weigh the issues and the candidates, assess the performance of the political
parties when in governance and their ability to lead the country at this time, but
get involved, cast your vote, and make this a truly participatory democracy.

A recurring expression which I hear these days is that "we are in the silly season" -- a clear reference to the fact that another general election is imminent and the various political forces are marshalling their troops. This is an indisputable reality. At another level, however, it reflects a more troubling trend of an increasing level of cynicism towards our political culture and the system of governance. We can choose, as some have done, to dismiss this expression of cynicism as simply a ph ... Read More

Caribbean countries under attack

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Caribbean countries under attack

ONCE again Commonwealth Caribbean countries are under attack as "tax havens", even though they are nothing of the sort. This time it is not only the usual countries that have been listed. Trinidad and Tobago has been included, and we can bet that Jamaica and Guyana will be added unless immediate action is taken. The so-called tax havens lists are unfair, unjust, and downright wrong. Yet, they have been produced by the Commission of the European Union (EU) and now, completely inappropriately, by ... Read More



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