If Government, Opposition can agree on ganja, so can they on crime


WE await with bated breath the announcement that the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Government and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have agreed to de-politicise the crime portfolio and to work jointly to combat this crippling disease. What such an agreement will mean more than anythi ... Read More

Michael Manley and Norman Manley What should ex-prime ministers do or not do?
WHAT should a former prime minister of Jamaica do or not do? This is a question that has bedevilled ... Read More

Reggae Boyz Praise for the Reggae Boyz and the business of football
NATURALLY we're disappointed at Jamaica's loss to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunda ... Read More

Inspired, committed leadership needed to fight crime
THE long, hot summer is at its zenith and, as if in step with the heat, Jamaicans are being buffeted ... Read More

What we don't like about Jamaican politicians

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Perhaps parliamentarians live in some kind of insulated capsule which forces them to hear what they think they’re hearing, with the result that they seem to be
giving answers to questions which were not asked.

A politician is, by dictionary definition, a person who seeks, by election or appointment, a position in government. The ideal is that such a person is motivated by a desire to improve the state of their country and better the quality of life of the people. Many politicians fail to attain the ideal because they are human and not perfect. However, all politicians must strive for the ideal. Anything less is unacceptable. We worry that too many of our Jamaican politicians fall way short of the id ... Read More

On course for Beijing

Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (right) competes against American Mike Rodgers to win the men’s 100m final during the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in Stratford, west London, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

His staggering athletic achievements notwithstanding, Mr Usain Bolt is actually human. So, for knowledgeable track and field watchers, signs of rust in his performances in London yesterday would have come as no surprise. After all, the iconic Mr Bolt -- record holder in the men's 100 and 200 metres and multiple gold medallist in the Olympics and other major games -- had not run competitively for six weeks dating back to June 13, because of a pelvic strain which affected training. Yet, rusty o ... Read More

Hoping the Reggae Boyz will create further history

Friday, July 24, 2015    

Reggae Boyz

ACHIEVING two historic feats in one night is not a common occurrence. Therefore, when it happens we must recognise it and give our heartiest commendations to the individuals responsible. Jamaica’s senior national football team — more affectionately known as the Reggae Boyz — inked the country’s name in the history books when they defeated the United States 2-1 in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday evening. It was the first time that Jamaica were beat ... Read More

Resounding response necessary to police commissioner's question!

Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams

JAMAICANS have not reacted with the kind of sense of purpose or stridency required to show the brutal gunmen running rampant in our land that the entire country is prepared to stand against them. The killing of three cops in just over a week would have triggered national outrage in any country serious about letting criminals know that their vicious activities would not be accepted or be allowed to go unpunished. The usual argument is that the country has been numbed by the large numbers of mur ... Read More

Addis Ababa Conference: More pledges that rich countries won't fulfil... as usual

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Finance Minister Peter Phillips (file photo)

LAST week, the Third International Conference on Financing was held in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Financing sustainable development and developing sustainable finance", at which Jamaica was represented by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. The overarching focus was the alignment of development finance with supporting sustainable development and the attendees included high-level political representatives, such as Heads of State and Government, ministers of finance, foreign affairs and develo ... Read More

The harsh reality of today's sugar industry

Tuesday, July 21, 2015    

Sugar workers face an uncertain future.

Cutting jobs is never easy. Many employers who have had that task will admit that they find it extremely painful to look a fellow human being in the eye and tell that person that they must part ways. Usually, the most troubling thought in that employer's mind is the effect the job cut will have on the employee and his/her family. In addition, the wider issue of the social impact of that decision, especially in cases where the person sent home fails to find new employment, is never far from the ... Read More

This historic thaw in US/Cuba relations

Monday, July 20, 2015    

Caricom renews call for end to Cuba embargo

TODAY, another chapter in world history is being written with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and our sister Caribbean nation Cuba. The schedule of events, as reported to us, include the opening of full embassies by both countries in Washington and Havana, as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry formally receiving his Cuban counterpart, Senor Bruno Rodriquez, for talks in the US capital before holding a joint press conference this afternoon. The development bre ... Read More

Europe: A case of 'do as I say, not as I do'

Sunday, July 19, 2015    


EUROPEAN governments too often practise double standards, preaching one doctrine to non-Europeans and another, frequently the very opposite policy, to themselves. Their position is 'do as I say, not as I do'. Critics have said that this double standard is rooted in notions of superior military technology, cultural hubris, the possibility of economic exploitation and racist assumption of superiority. All of these combined facilitated Western European conquest of non-European peoples whose wealth ... Read More

Flooding communities with police and soldiers a good move

Saturday, July 18, 2015    

A police corporal during yesterday’s security forces’ anti-crime operation in Kingston. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

If anyone doubted the vital importance of the security forces' current islandwide anti-crime campaign they would, we expect, be divested of those concerns after news emerged of the bloodletting in St James between Thursday night and yesterday morning. The police have confirmed that a total of six people, including a woman, were gunned down in four different incidents over the period. Two murders — one in Roehampton and another on Harbour Street, Montego Bay — as well as two double ... Read More

Why are heads not rolling at the NWC?

Friday, July 17, 2015    

We often wonder whether our leaders are serious about running this country efficiently. We don't doubt their patriotism. What we have a problem with is their competence and commitment to preventing waste. Our thoughts on these matters were revived last week when the Government proudly announced that it had entered into a US$4.5-million five-year agreement with Israeli company Miya to reduce non-revenue water, which, we are told, is now estimated at $108 million, or 53 per cent of the volume tha ... Read More



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