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Holness and Singapore — myth and miracle

HOLNESS... the real point to be made
is the movement from poverty to
prosperity for our people is possible

LEE Kuan Yew (LKY) has left us; but, what a leader! He was born in British Singapore, baptised Harry, but sunk the name. Took his people from penury to prosperity, as his small island led the global metrics of success. He visited us, urbane, dignified, but his book was disdainful of our hedonistic p ... Read More

A memorial for the late Lee Kuan Yew. Taming the monster, here and there
THE Riverton monster has gone back to sleep -- until the next time. While the fire was blazing, it w ... Read More

Andrew Holness Fish back, Holness?
IN response to Jamaicans' query about this "fish back" introduction by the Leader of the Opposition ... Read More

A stained glass window depicts Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that will
be celebrated in Christian churches this Sunday. Gradually implement alternative energy
We are approaching Holy Week on the Christian calendar of most churches and this coming Sunday is Pa ... Read More

Obama cannot solve Riverton-style government

Mark WIGNALL | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

The Riverton fire

YESTERDAY morning, at around 0615, I took up my modest 10x50 binoculars and from my perch close to Red Hills gazed out at the horizon. From my viewpoint, I could not actually see any section of Riverton City, but I was hoping that I could struggle against an inner urge and buy into the promise made by those trying to extinguish the two-week-old fire set at the dump site, which has been pouring acrid and toxic smoke into our lungs, that the fire would be put out. It was a very clear morning, bu ... Read More

Dealing with GSAT jitters

Karyl POWELL BOOTH | Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

To overcome possible challenges, at the start of the exam,
write down important facts on a piece of scrap paper
(preferably in your answer booklet) for reference.

TESTS and exams are inevitable aspects of life for most children attending school. Experiencing worry and stress is understandable and typical. However, academic stress and test anxiety are problematic because of the detrimental effects which may result in poor academic performance and achievement. This has been compounded for many of those taking the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year, because of its postponement due to the Riverton dump fire. Test anxiety is a combination of perceiv ... Read More

Does Jamaica need a Lee Kuan Yew?

Lloyd B SMITH | Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

The acclaimed book From Third World to First: The
Singapore Story: 1965-2000. Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

CAN a democratic Jamaica achieve economic independence? Has the country's overly tribalistic two-party system prevented it from experiencing sustained growth and prosperity? Would a dictatorial form of government bring better and more desirable results in terms of good governance and meaningful development? Would someone of the ilk and thinking of a Lee Kuan Yew make a difference? What would it take to make Jamaica the 'Singapore of the West'? A benevolent dictator? On numerous occasions politi ... Read More

Riverton dump only a symptom of what ails Jamaica

Raulston NEMBHARD | Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

(L)EDWARDS... left with the impression that she was out of her depths in dealing
with the matter
(R)GORDON-WEBLEY... seemed to have been more hands-on in her management of
the portfolio

WHILE Dr Peter Phillips, minister of finance, was triumphantly trumpeting the Government's economic achievements in Parliament, the Riverton dump was once again in open conflagration. This annual ritual this time around has come at great expense to people's health and the economy. As I write it has been contained, but it continues to smolder in areas, and the important Grade Six Achievement Achievement, which puts our young students, their parents and teachers under psychological torture, has b ... Read More

Let Obama see the poverty

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

OBAMA…knows all he needs to about Jamaica's real circumstances

REMEMBER the WikiLeaks cables? When Julian Assange began releasing data from the United States Department of State in 2010, Jamaica, not surprisingly, came up for mention, particularly in relation to the Christopher Coke extradition request. Along the way, what seemed like mundane information about Jamaican public figures was transmitted by the United States Embassy in Kingston to the State Department and caused consternation when they became public because, in their very mundanity, they were ... Read More

Jennifer Edwards: Cherchez la femme?

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, March 23, 2015    

EDWARDS... she is accountable, but no more than the board

As we explored the experiences of women in literature, our UWI lecturer Dr Patricia Anderson reminded us of a French phrase first used by author Alexandre Dumas in his 1854 novel The Mohicans of Paris: "cherchez la femme", meaning look for the woman. Dumas wrote these lines (translated into English) when he adapted the novel for theatre: "There is a woman in every case; as soon as they bring me a report, I say, look for the woman!" Over and over again, we women have comforted each other as we ... Read More

People's agenda in Portmore overshadowed by selfish politicians

BY M GEORGE GORDON | Monday, March 23, 2015    

An aerial view of a section of the Municpality of Portmore.

THE vision statement of the Municipality of Portmore, The Sunshine City, states: "Our mission is that, by 2020, Portmore will be a world-class city, with harmonious prosperous communities, exploring new frontiers of governance and ensuring a sustainable socio-economic environment." It's only a couple months before Portmore celebrates 12 years with municipal status, with little over four years before we get to the 2020 deadline. The municipality is no closer to being a world-class city than it w ... Read More

War not the 'best option'

by Thomas Knapp | Monday, March 23, 2015    

Thomas
KNAPP

"What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons?" asks Joshua Muravchik in the Washington Post ("War with Iran is probably our best option," March 13). It's a serious question that deserves some critical parsing before following Muravchik to his conclusion that "[t]hat, in fact, is probably the reality". What, precisely, does Muravchik mean by "reality"? He seems to go with the definition offered by an unnamed George W Bush aide to writer Ron Suskind in 2004: "We're an em ... Read More

The Jamaican child born today has been dealt a sad hand

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

EDWARDS... The fire at Riverton is certainly not something that the NSWMA has facilitated, encouraged or otherwise, so
I’m not of the view that there is a lack of management

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. -- Franklin D Roosevelt CECIL Rhodes once remarked that "to be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life". Yes! Yes! I know who Rhodes was. And I am also fully cognisant of the context of the utterance. Its context does not limit the applicability to singularly narrow parameters. I am no admirer of Rhodes and/or his per ... Read More

Riverton releases plumes of incompetence

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Smoke billows over
the city of Kingston
from a fire at
Riverton dump.

IF the spate of fires at the Riverton landfill were not so darn scary and potentially injurious to the health and livelihood of fellow residents, Jamaicans would be tempted to fan off the plumes of incompetence they emit as mere nuisances from a humongous mosquito destroyer. The incontrovertible truth, however, is that we cannot ignore the suffering, nor is it wise to minimise the danger these frequent fires pose to life and property. Pretending otherwise would be tantamount to a travesty of env ... Read More



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