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Encouraging success

I was heartened when I saw the headline in this newspaper a few days ago, ‘Thanks, Alia’. In an environment where we sometimes destroy winners, it is refreshing to see us encouraging our stars even in difficult circumstances. In a different capacity, having been instrumental in establis ... Read More

Honouring our athletes
So Usain Bolt has leapt into the annals of athletic history by becoming the first human being on Ear ... Read More

2016 Olympics 100m Hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod He’s an Olympic gold medallist and deserves every respect!
On Sunday, August 14, 2016, the world watched as Usain Bolt made history, winning his third gold med ... Read More

Jamaicans in Half-Way-Tree square celebrate the successes in the recent Rio Olympics. (Kenyon Hemans) One of Jamaica’s greatest nights reduced to bigotry
On the night of August 16, 2016, I went to my sister’s house to pick up my four-year-old daugh ... Read More

Let’s hear the details of the vaccine trials

Carlton Stewart | Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

The Aedes agypti mosquito which transmit the Zika virus.

.On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, it was reported by the Jamaica Information Service that plans are far advanced for Zika vaccine trials in Jamaica. Acting chief medical officer of Jamaica, Dr Winston De La Haye, in an address to a Rotary Club function on Monday, August 15, 2016 stated that: “They have actually started in the US, but needs about 80 more sites in the Caribbean and Latin America, and we believe we can provide 10 of those sites.” The trials are being conducted by the United ... Read More

President Barack Obama and Usain Bolt’s march to greatness

Tony Miles | Tuesday, August 23, 2016    

Usain Bolt (left) and Barack Obama

It is rare that two individuals could have such a profound effect on the course of history and affect the lives of more than half of the world’s population in some way. It is as if their destiny was preordained and twinned for greatness within a span of time stretching over only 12 years. I will say without fear of opposition from multiple critics: No human being alive today will see another Barack Obama or Usain Bolt in their lifetime, as history has confirmed the time for re-creation of ... Read More

Gear up like Bolt, Jamaica!

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, August 22, 2016    

BOLT... achieved his treble-treble

We Jamaicans were on our feet in the Olympic Stadium as Usain Bolt took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade level with the US and Japan for his last event, the Men’s 4x100m relay on Friday. Then he powered up into ‘Bolt gear’, flying past his competitors, to achieve his historic ‘Treble-Treble’ — three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. So how did he achieve this ‘Bolt gear’? It started with loving, caring parenting by Wellesley and Jen ... Read More

Open a resort, Usain

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates winning the men’s 200m final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last night (Photo: AFP)

The following is an open letter to Usain St Leo Bolt: Dear Mr Bolt: I salute you! You have lifted our spirits and have made us extremely proud as a nation. You prove, undoubtedly, that there are certain things in life which intricately unite us as a people. Whether it is the distraction from the things which often drive our inhumanity toward each other, or just the sense of euphoria and fulfilment in seeing our kind prosper and make inroads amidst the hundreds of countries of the world, it ... Read More

Make sports legendary... and bankable

Javid Brown | Monday, August 22, 2016    

The Jamaican Olympic team at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games. The fanatism that has followed the team over the years is indicative of an untapped sports toursim industry for the country.

We Jamaicans, and maybe all the world, are all still in awe from Usain Bolt’s legendary performance at the Rio Olympics. Usain’s performances have the ability time after time to make all Jamaica stand still for either 9.58 seconds or more, which is a phenomenon that can only be matched by a natural disaster when all are forced to stay put; no other event or person in Jamaica has the ability to make Jamaicans willingly drop everything, be quiet, and then celebrate. Numerous people h ... Read More

How will we honour our athletes?

Lance Neita | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

The search should have already begun to determine how we will honour the acheivements of all our athletes in Rio.

The Government should have already been looking forward to planning welcome home celebrations for our Olympic athletes. Islandwide motorcades, hometown celebrations, Jamaica House ceremonies, and stadium grand galas are among the many ideas that will be put forward to recognise the 2016 achievements in Rio. The renaming of the Trelawny Multi-purpose stadium as the Usain Bolt Stadium must be given primary consideration. This already has the support of Minister of Sports Olivia “Babsy&rdqu ... Read More

The inherent dangers of political expediency driving economic policy

Richard Blackford | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (seated) signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change  at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

On April 22, 2016, Jamaica joined with 170 other countries and affixed its signature to the Paris Accord on Climate Change, which in simple terms represents a commitment by the signatories to reduce emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gases. In signing the 12-page agreement, the members promised to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C” (3.6 degrees F). Jamaica’s s ... Read More

The ‘Goldfish’ crudity is beyond Trelawny’s white elephant!

Christopher Burns | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Youngsters go through their paces at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium before the Opening Ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007. The stadium has been left largely idle since then.

What a difference it would make were we to celebrate all of our athletes, regardless of success or not, and encourage them to continue to give of their best when representing this small but significant piece of the rock we so proudly call home. As an unrepentant “Yardman”, with foreign citizenship, it is immensely satisfying every time I see our athletes wear the Jamaican colours and fly the flag; to hear them speak with that infectiously unique lilt — a lilt that remains the ... Read More

With little to show after 54 years, let’s...

Hugh Dunbar | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

The observation by Frank Phipps, QC, about the ineffective engagement of the Jamaican population with the political process is a timely one. Our experience over 54 years as an independent nation has little overall economic and social benefit to show for it. All we need for evidence of this is the fact that Jamaica has problems of poor financial strength and high crime. I believe these two symptoms of poverty and high crime are related to the unfocused development of the social and economic poten ... Read More

Donald Trump and racial matters

Glenn Tucker | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practise racism then it is racism that we teach. — Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949 The main political parties in the United States have formally chosen their candidates to represent them in the November presidential election. One issue that continues to concern Americans is Donald Trump’s position on certain issues. Chief among these is his position on racial discrimination. ... Read More



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