Editorial

Press the pedal now that there’s fuel for growth

CEO of National Baking Company, Gary ”Butch” Hendrickson (left) discusses a piece with operator of Touch by VLS Victoria Silvera, and Tiffany Wong (right), head of special projects at National. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

We can’t say we are surprised at the statements of satisfaction from exhibitors at the just-concluded A Jamaican Made Christmas staged by Continental Baking Company. After all, the event, conceptualised by Mr Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, Continental’s chairman and managing dire ... Read More

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller  What on earth is happening with Mrs Simpson Miller?
We have been, over the years, very taken with Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, recognising her as an extra ... Read More

Jubilant Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters celebrate the party’s Local Government Election victory at JLP headquarters in Kingston last night. Mere crocodile tears over low voter turnout
There’s a lot of hand-wringing in the country over the fact that Monday’s Local Governme ... Read More

The CCJ headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad Why Grenadians rejected the CCJ
We are not in the least bit surprised that the people of the Eastern Caribbean island of Grenada vot ... Read More

Local government suffering from low credibility

Monday, November 28, 2016    

This newspaper would not be surprised if voter turnout for today’s local government elections is a record low. Anecdotal evidence suggests very little enthusiasm for the poll; nor do many Jamaicans even see the need. In such circumstances, the two major political parties should be wary of reading too much into victory or defeat. As we have indicated previously in this space, ruling parties are usually favoured when a local government election is called within months of parliamentary tri ... Read More

Will history absolve President Fidel Castro?

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - A woman sweeps the Cuba Plaza backdropped by a mural depicting Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, in Managua.

Mr Castro was one of those rare leaders who devoted his whole life to working for the betterment of his compatriots, a majority of whom revered and loved him for changing Cuba from a decadent plantation society ruled by a series of dictators and used as the playground of rich Americans. At his death he could point to a country which at one point provided full employment, free education and healthcare to all its citizens, on par with and in some cases exceeding the standards of developed countr ... Read More

Taxpayers, cricket watchers deserve respect

Saturday, November 26, 2016    

Match referee Denavon Hayles inspects the outfield at Sabina Park after play was called off yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

In the build-up to the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Government spent more than US$100 million on infrastructure and other preparations for the Jamaica leg of that tournament. Well in excess of US$60 million was spent on stadia. About half of that money went to the building of the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium close to Falmouth, the other half to the modernisation and virtual rebuilding of the nation’s historic headquarters of cricket, Sabina Park in Kingston. ... Read More

If you are healthy, thank a doctor

Friday, November 25, 2016    

It might have been lost in all the fuss about local government elections and the bloodletting — yet again — in Western Kingston. But last Saturday night, the medical alumni of The University of the West Indies (UWI) closed a series of events with a banquet bringing together UWI graduates from as far back as 1948 when the first batch of medical students entered the Mona Campus. The 12th reunion banquet of the UWI Medical Alumni Association was preceded by a conference on ‘UWI a ... Read More

How much should we rely on polls?

Thursday, November 24, 2016    

CLINTON...has herself to blame

American political polling organisations, still smarting from how badly off their predictions were for who would win the November 8, 2016 presidential elections, can take some consolation from the latest polls showing they might not have been as inaccurate as they thought. Gallup, one of the oldest polling organisations in the United States, now says that Mrs Hillary Clinton’s margin over Mr Donald Trump in the national popular vote will be close to two percentage points, making the 3.3 p ... Read More

If journalists accept just this one suggestion...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016    

US President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: AP)

The 73-year-old Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), the umbrella organisation of journalists, is in the throes of what is an annual ritual — celebration of National Journalism Week in which the media men and women are encouraged to reflect on their raison d’etre. As part of the group performing that exacting and mostly thankless function of holding up a two-faced mirror to the nation, we here in this space do not regard it as within our prerogative to pronounce on how well this func ... Read More

Don’t be penny wise, pound foolish on climate change

Tuesday, November 22, 2016    

File picture showing a vehicle caught in heavy flood rain.

Flooding and its devastating effects are not uncommon to the people of St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. Indeed, the country has been conditioned to expect that many communities in these parishes will be affected by severe flooding each rainy season. The latest episode of flooding took place last week, affecting Portland in particular and leaving residents in fear for their lives and property. Last week’s rains came after large sections of that parish were devastated by flooding from hea ... Read More

Our job for the next generation

Monday, November 21, 2016    

Jamaica College students wheel the casket with the body of their schoolmate, Nicholas Francis, into the Holy Trinity Cathedral at the start of the thanksgiving service for his life yesterday.Photos: Michael Gordon

It’s easy to be angry and eager for revenge when contemplating the death of Jamaica College schoolboy, 14-year-old Mr Nicholas Christopher Francis. Hence this newspaper fully understands the response of a woman when clergyman Father Carl F Clarke urged forgiveness for the boy’s murderer. “No, mi nuh ready yet,” she reportedly cried out. Emotions and reactions stretch the gamut. So we hear from Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, not for the first time, that Jamaicans ... Read More

China, a ripe tourism market

Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Chinese tourists taking pictures

We hope that tourism officials in Jamaica and the Caribbean have taken note of the latest push by Britain to attract visitors from China. A Xinhua news story on Page 43 of this edition tells us that more than 80 travel trade delegates from Britain, including officials from tourism bodies, hotels, retailers and tour operators, have gone to Shanghai for a three-day trade fair where they intend to show more than 100 buyers from 15 cities across China the latest tourism products and services from a ... Read More

Interesting developments in national football

Saturday, November 19, 2016    

Jamaica’s goalscorer Corey Burke (right) attempts to get by Suriname’s Guno Kwasi during their CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup match at the National Stadium. Jamaica won 1-0. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Jamaican football lovers joined the leadership of the football federation in a collective sigh of relief following the national team’s 1-0 win over Suriname in the National Stadium on Sunday night. Readers will recall that the national programme went into tailspin in September following the Reggae Boyz’s elimination from the semi-final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Had the team — now guided by interim coach Mr Theodore Whitmore, following the sacking of Mr Winfried ... Read More



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