There is need for a tougher Bail Act

As was expected, members of the private Bar have come out swinging against Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s announcement of the Government’s intention to have the Bail Act amended. Mr Holness made the disclosure in his budget presentation on Tuesday, but did not elaborate, stating only t ... Read More

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding Caricom Review Commission a wise decision
On Monday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his contribution to the Budget Debate announced the inte ... Read More

JLP and PNP PNP cannot copyright work it did in government
For more than a few times since their defeat in the February 25, 2016 General Election, spokesperson ... Read More

Former minister of tourism Wykeham McNeill (File photo) To get more from tourism
Every year in recent memory, the tourism sector has grown, allowing Jamaica to earn more foreign exc ... Read More

Enlightened self-interest

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Michael Manley

Original reasons have a way of getting lost with the passage of time. Labour Day, which Jamaicans are celebrating today, is a prime example. It’s a fair bet that many, perhaps most Jamaicans, have no idea of its origins. And a good many, no doubt, believe volunteerism was always a given on this day. Not so. Labour Day — marked in Jamaica on May 23 and in many other countries on May 1 — universally commemorates the historic struggle of workers to organise and represent themse ... Read More

Mr Maduro and the crisis in Venezuela

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

There’s no doubt that the Opposition in Venezuela is smelling blood, especially after President Nicolás Maduro, via a skyped news conference last Tuesday, appealed to the world to support his Government as the economic crisis in his country deepens. According to President Maduro, who was scheduled to arrive here last night, the Opposition’s demand for a referendum to recall him is “not viable” and he has accused the United States of playing a role in the crisis gr ... Read More

More trouble for FIFA

Saturday, May 21, 2016    

The President of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association, Canadian Victor Montagliani, gives a press conference after an extraordinary congress in the framework of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City yesterday.(Photo: AFP)

Just a week ago, this newspaper found reason in this space to congratulate Canadian Soccer Association President Mr Victor Montagliani on his election to the presidency of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Mr Montagliani, who has pledged to lead in “a principled and professional way”, was elected against the backdrop of unprecedented charges of corruption and graft within CONCACAF and in the global governing body for football ... Read More

We have a new Gov’t; 50% plus one is still a majority

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness (centre) is greeted by jubilant supporters at JLP headquarters on the night of February 25, 2016 after it became clear that the party had won the general election.

The divisive nature of Jamaican politics as practised in the 1960s and 1970s is largely responsible for the slow pace of progress and development of this country. That is why in this space we consistently rail against it and urge our people to put the best interest of the country above partisan politics. It’s the only way Jamaica will have a chance to make it in this new economic and social culture that is emerging in this modern world. On February 25, 2016 the Jamaican people elected a ... Read More

Protect our children from those beastly men!

Thursday, May 19, 2016    

Lisa Hanna

There are some things that need to happen quickly, and one such is enactment of the recommendations to amend the Child Care and Protection Act and the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act that were intended to impose stiffer penalties for those who murder, rape or commit other violent offences against our children. The legislation also envisaged the introduction of the necessary administrative steps to ensure that those cases of abuse of children be afforded priority scheduling and disposal in ... Read More

Let’s get moving on the redevelopment of Kingston

Wednesday, May 18, 2016    

A view of the Kingston Harbour, set to become part of Jamaica’s logistics hub

The people who live and work in Kingston must be as puzzled as we are when we hear leaders of Government and the private sector talk about the rebuilding of the city of Kingston while moving offices and employment from the city. In spite of the oft repeated promises of redevelopment, there has been a persistent and systematic abandonment of the city of Kingston. It is such a great waste because Kingston is sited on one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world against the backdrop o ... Read More

At last, relief on the horizon for St Elizabeth farmers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

Dry farming in south St Elizabeth is the stuff of legend. Hampered by far lower rainfall than the national average, generations of farmers in that area have survived by resorting to disciplined conservationist techniques using dried grass and other vegetation. Despite the arid conditions, these hardy, solid farmers developed a reputation for impressive productivity and earned St Elizabeth its often repeated description as the breadbasket of Jamaica. But even for them, the intense droughts of ... Read More

The ‘Brexit’ vote and Jamaica

Monday, May 16, 2016    

In this screen grab taken from video, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of parliament, in the House of Commons in London yesterday to lay out his case for staying in the European Union.

Several issues are coming up fast on the 11-week- old Andrew Holness-led Administration. Many are domestic, others are geopolitical. They all will require attention from the Government as, in most instances, there is little if any room for vacillation. But that’s the nature of governance, and administrations that can adapt quickly place their countries in a better position to benefit from decisions. One upcoming issue that we cannot ignore is the June 23 referendum in England on its memb ... Read More

So far so good, Mr Shaw

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

There is a Chinese saying: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The gravamen of this piece of ancient wisdom is that the first couple of steps in the long term must be the right ones. For them to be the correct ones, there must be the utmost in careful thought and very deliberate execution. Sometimes it seems that the path to sustainable economic growth in Jamaica, beyond the one per cent growth which is within the statistical error range of GDP growth, is a thousand-mile j ... Read More

Congrats and best wishes, Mr Montagliani

Saturday, May 14, 2016    

MONTAGLIANI... Canadian Soccer Association president vies for CONCACAF’s top job

We extend heartiest congratulations to Mr Victor Montagliani on his election to the presidency of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Thursday. The 50-year-old Canadian, who heads his country’s football association, defeated Mr Larry Mussenden, Bermuda’s football boss, in a historic secret ballot, and quickly made it clear that he intends to push his philosophy of ‘One CONCACAF’, his campaign slogan which he hopes ... Read More



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