Wishing and hoping as U-17 Boyz look to Panama

Jamaica’s Under-17 football coach Andrew Edwards (right) addresses his players at a training session at the JFF Technical Centre recently. Photo: Lionel Rookwood

Money may be the root of all evil, but it also makes the mare go, and money is obviously a dire need as the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) prepares to send the national Under-17s off to the CONCACAF championship in Panama in April. The youthful Reggae Boyz will be seeking to become the third Jam ... Read More

Nationwide radio Cliff Hughes (left) interacting with a security guard (right) at St John Bosco as a patron looks on. It shouldn’t have to take Mr Cliff Hughes...
The image of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR ... Read More

Robert Montague (file photo) Obeah statement shows security minister a desperate man
NationalSecurity Minister Robert Montague has invoked the shady practice of obeah to frighten crimin ... Read More

Donald Trump Two days to the inauguration of Mr Donald Trump
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Aspirin’s story gives reason for focus on scientific research

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Sumerians, we are told, used the extract from the willow tree to treat pain, fever and inflammation. History also records that the ancient Chinese used willow bark for medical purposes, and, from as early as 400 BC the Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of medicine, recommended that patients with severe fever and pain chew on the bark of the willow tree. Modern medicine has found that salicylic acid is a main component of the herbal ext ... Read More

Kudos on the Mobile Justice Unit

Monday, January 16, 2017    

Country representative in Jamaica for the Department for International Development, David Osborne (left); head of cooperation at the High Commission of Canada, Walter Bernyck (second left); chairman for the Legal Aid Council, Jacqueline Cummings (third right); Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck (second right); and executive director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, (first right) participate in the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon of the new mobile justice unit Friday morning at the Minsitry of Justice’s headquarters on Constant Spring Road. (Michael Gordon)

For generations, the great majority of Jamaicans have viewed the courts and the entire judicial system with suspicion and extreme apprehension. Truth is, Jamaicans have long felt that if you are poor, and on the lower rungs of the social ladder, the courthouse is no place to be. The prohibitively high cost of legal representation has obviously not helped in that regard. It is to Jamaica’s great benefit that the last two justice ministers — Senator Mark Golding of the People’ ... Read More

Can businessmen fix Jamaica’s problems?

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) shakes hands with Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the Economic Growth Council, while Dr Nigel Clarke, vice-chairman for the council, shares in the moment.

Mr Donald Trump, a businessman, convinced the American electorate that he can fix the United States of America and he was elected as the next president, in preference to Mrs Hilary Clinton who has over 30 years of experience in politics and government. Many of the Trump voters believed that a successful businessman, even if he had absolutely no experience in government and was a neophyte in politics, could do it. This is an assumption that is pandemic, and hence politicians tend to draft busin ... Read More

For the greater good of West Indies cricket

Saturday, January 14, 2017    

Johnny Grave

Those who keep an eye on West Indies cricket will have noted news over recent days of two key appointments. We refer to the choice of Englishman Mr Johnny Grave as CEO of the West Indies Cricket Board replacing Jamaican Mr Michael Muirhead, and former Jamaica and West Indies cricket captain Mr James Adams as director of cricket replacing Englishman Mr Richard Pybus. Very few in the Caribbean have much knowledge of Mr Grave, yet his CV suggests that the regional cricket set-up is fortunate to ... Read More

Apology accepted, Mrs Murray

Friday, January 13, 2017    

 Heather Murray (File photo)

The apology issued by Hampton High School Principal Mrs Heather Murray yesterday was, we believe, more than just mere words on paper. We got the sense that Mrs Murray was being sincere and truly remorseful about the actions that led her to this moment. It is obvious that, having had the opportunity for reflection, Mrs Murray came to accept her error of judgement and, as such, demonstrated one of the characteristics that contributed to her reputation as an educator of utmost distinction. For M ... Read More

Western children’s hospital timely; kudos all around

Thursday, January 12, 2017    

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller (File Photo)

The just-concluded agreement between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China for the construction of the Child and Adolescent Hospital in western Jamaica is one of those developments we are happy to see. It is one of those occasions when the current Administration has moved with dispatch to conclude an agreement initiated by the previous Administration that will redound to the great benefit of Jamaicans. Ordinarily, this should be par for the course requiring no special mention or kud ... Read More

Sex, violence and the miseducation of Dr Herbert Gayle

Wednesday, January 11, 2017    

Anthropologist Dr Herbert Gayle speaking at a collaborative meeting of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Peace Coalition last Thursday. (Photo: Carl Levy)

Moravian clergyman Rev Rupert Clarke is only the latest in a long line of men with great responsibility, stretching across generations, to have been dogged by sexual controversy. Indeed, kings have renounced their thrones and great leaders have been brought low by their sexual escapades that were not in keeping with the ethical and moral standards expected of their lofty positions. The allure of women seems to be one of the great acts of God or nature and equally one of the great mysteries to m ... Read More

Tourism, the gift that keeps on giving

Tuesday, January 10, 2017    

Tourists on the beach in Montego Bay (file photo)

Naturally, we are always pleased when we receive good news about Jamaica, especially when it has the potential to have a positive impact on economic growth and the well-being of people living here. One of the more recent items of good news came in the form of data released by the Ministry of Tourism two weeks ago that Jamaica welcomed a record 60,886 stopover visitors between December 22 and 28, 2016. According to the ministry, January to November 2016 figures showed increased stopover and cru ... Read More

A cry from the children to PM Holness

Monday, January 09, 2017    

Betty Ann Blaine

Mrs Betty-Ann Blaine has earned our respect for her long, hard and selfless work on behalf of our nation’s children, from her days as head of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) to her current leadership of the child rights organisation Hear The Children’s Cry. Having given the best years of her life to this cause, we are delighted, if surprised by the fervour with which the passion still burns, and that the fire in her belly refuses to be doused by th ... Read More

Sexual abuse of minors a national shame

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

In this photograph taken from his Facebook page, Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke appears to be in high spirits. (Facebook)

Society, we know, has no absolute control over the perverted nature of individuals. But surely we can and must exercise greater control over the actions of these warped perverts who sexually abuse children, often resulting in life-altering experiences and permanent and irreparable damage to them. This is the responsibility of every Jamaican, but the vast majority of us have manifestly failed to fulfil our duty to the children of Jamaica. All of us are culpable to different degrees, ranging fro ... Read More



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