If we don’t seriously tackle corruption...

We take no comfort in the fact that dishonesty and corruption are not unique to Jamaica. Transparency International tells us that 68 per cent of countries worldwide have a serious corruption problem, and half of those countries are in the G20. In fact, the global coalition against corruption states ... Read More

(From left) Walton Small, president of Inter-secondary School Sports Association, Jahwahni Hinds, captain of Wolmer’s Boys’; Flow’s Vice-President of marketing and TV Carlo Redwood and Jermaine Brown, sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco caught in a light moment at the launch of the ISSA/Flow Manning and daCosta Cup football competitions at Terra Nova Hotel yesterday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Encouraging signs ahead of new schoolboy football season
Forty years ago, Jamaicans could literally count on the fingers those schools participating in the p ... Read More

A scientist works
during an invitro
fertilisation process.
(PHOTO: AP) Jamaica can benefit from helping local scientists… if we think big
On Wednesday this week news emerged that American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc had agreed to buy ... Read More

WASHINGTON, DC, United States - The sun rises over the White House in Washington, DC Saturday, June 11, 2016. The primaries have ended, the nominees are picked, and the general election begins with Hillary Clinton already ahead of Donald Trump in the race for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. (Photo: AP) Whither Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill?
The late United States President Ronald Reagan articulated the concept of America as the shining cit ... Read More

An athletics future we can believe in

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt parades with his nation’s flag after his historic win in the 200m at Olympic Stadium at the Rio Olympics on Thursday night. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

As the euphoria from another extraordinary athletics saga, the Rio Olympics, dissipates, we turn our attention to the future. Some level of uncertainty will understandably arise among Jamaicans and well-wishers as to our future prospects because it is quite clear that we are beginning the inevitable process of transition from the golden generation of athletes, with father time beckoning. Their spectacular performances, from 2004, have left an unforgettable impact on world athletics, especially ... Read More

HIV/AIDS: Let’s beat the world to a cure

Tuesday, August 23, 2016    


An interview in this week’s Sunday Observer with Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, one of two scientists who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has given us further occasion to reflect on how Jamaica is dealing with this disease. Data published by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) tell us that since the start of the AIDS epidemic three decades ago, an estimated 78 million people have become infected with HIV, of which 35 million people world ... Read More

That unconquerable spirit

Monday, August 22, 2016    

(From left) Peter Matthews, Javon Francis, Nathon Allen and Fitzroy Dunkley celebrate Jamaica’s silver medal-winning run in the 4x400m relay inside the Olympic Stadium last night. (Bryan Cummings)

Spectacular gold medal feats at the Rio Olympics — not least those from the celebrated Mr Usain Bolt — obviously take pride of place. But for sheer guts, determination and that unconquerable spirit of the black, green and gold, the anchor leg in the men’s 4X400m run by Mr Javon Francis, the very last contribution from Jamaica’s athletes in Rio, is right up there. Mr Francis is one of those obviously inspired by the relay baton. The world first recognised that trait in 2 ... Read More

We told you so

Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith and her Trinidadian counterpart Senator Dennis Moses at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on Monday. Photo: JIS

Shortly after the new Jamaica Labour Party Government took office, we advised that there should be no indecent haste in removing ambassadors appointed by the outgoing Administration. Our thinking was that two or three months was difficult for changing jobs and relocating our diplomatic personnel and that, more importantly, we should keep to a minimum any hiatus that was inevitable between the departure of one ambassador and the arrival of a replacement. There are events which can only be atte ... Read More

Towards a new age of track without Mr Usain Bolt

Saturday, August 20, 2016    

BOLT... achieved his treble-treble

After all the talk about shattering his own 200m world record of 19.19 seconds and even breaking 19 seconds, Mr Usain Bolt was unhappy about his 19.78-seconds Olympic gold medal run Thursday night. Yet, as the analysts pointed out just before the race, the cool and rainy conditions were not ideal for super fast running. Also, Mr Bolt turns 30 tomorrow. The stress and strain of years of work to get his huge frame ready for competition, season after season, have inevitably taken their toll. He ... Read More

Instead of griping, help solve the problem, KSAC

Friday, August 19, 2016    

A Jamaica Public Service
worker carries out
maintenance work on a
street light in this file photo.

The response from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to complaints by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) about non-functioning street lights makes interesting reading. In fact, on reading Ms Kelly Tomblin’s letter, we couldn’t help but recall the well-known proverb — which was put into song by the late reggae star Mr Peter Tosh — People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. The KSAC, readers will recall, passed a resolution at its meeting last ... Read More

Praise for our athletes and Lasco

Thursday, August 18, 2016    

Lascelles Chin

The feeling of immense pride that has gripped Jamaicans across the world from the start of the Rio Olympic Games has grown in no small measure since last Saturday when Miss Elaine Thompson won the women’s 100 metre crown and Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took bronze. On Sunday this week, when Mr Usain Bolt created history by becoming the first human to win three successive Olympic 100 metres crowns, the nation rejoiced in no uncertain manner. Then came Ms Shericka Jackson’s impressiv ... Read More

Stay focused amidst the good news

Wednesday, August 17, 2016    

Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chair, Richard Byles

It has been a positive and inspiring weekend for Jamaica with a double dose of good news hitting us. First, it was the authoritative report that Jamaica was on track to pass the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, followed by the now customary magnificent performances of our athletes in Rio Olympics, as they sustain our enviable generation-old tradition of excellence at these games, representing the highest level of athletic competition. We continue to amaze and dazzle as we consiste ... Read More

Lesson for Jamaica in Mr Usain Bolt’s historic feat

Tuesday, August 16, 2016    

An upgraded Trelawny stadium could be a fitting tribute to Usain Bolt. (Photo: AFP)

It took Mr Usain Bolt a mere 41 strides in 9.81 illustrious seconds to further cement his name in Olympic history Sunday night. But the fact that the Jamaican became the first man ever to win three successive Olympic 100 metre titles has defined him beyond the Olympics. Mr Bolt is, no doubt, the greatest sprinter that the world has ever seen, and few would argue against the claim that he’s Earth’s most prodigious athlete. While his world record runs in the 100 metres at the Beijing ... Read More

Triumph, character and pain

Monday, August 15, 2016    

Elaine Thompson (right) being hugged and congratulated by her mentor, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Sport, like life, is brimful of triumph, sadness and mixed feelings. Jamaicans were touched by all those emotions as they watched the Women’s 100-metre Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. There was the enormous sense of triumph as an ecstatic Miss Elaine Thompson, the 24-year-old from Banana Ground in eastern Manchester, showed off her sensational talent by storming to victory in 10.71 seconds, well ahead of second-placed Miss Tori Bowie of the USA, who clocked 10.83 secon ... Read More



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