How fast can Usain Bolt really go?

Photographers from all over the world juggle for positions to take a shot of Usain Bolt while on
his victory lap.

YOUNG, ambitious sprinters hoping to somehow beat Mr Usain Bolt would have had second thoughts after yesterday's gold medal run in the IAAF World Championships 200 metres. Halfway through the half-lap race it was already clear that Mr Bolt would win easily. As it turned out, he was smiling and cele ... Read More

Ralph Thomas (file photo) Ambassador Ralph Thomas cannot, must not fail!
Mr Ralph Thomas, who recently completed a two-year stint as Jamaica's ambassador to China, has now b ... Read More

PHILLIPS...the unofficial heir apparent Time for a fixed election date
DR Peter Phillips, the finance minister and a senior member of the governing People's National Party ... Read More

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the final of the women's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the Mrs Fraser-Pryce shows the value of opportunity
No one who follows track and field doubted that Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would have won the women ... Read More

What a man!

Monday, August 24, 2015    

BEIJING, China — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates with the Jamaican flag after winning the final of the men’s 100 metres at the 2015 IAAF World Championships
in Beijing yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

TELEVISION analyst, Olympian and former champion sprint hurdler Mrs Gillian Russell-Love perhaps said it best. "The mind is a powerful thing," she told Jamaicans shortly after Mr Usain Bolt defied the odds to win the 100 metres in Beijing for his ninth World Championships gold medal. It really was all about the mind. For those of us looking on, perhaps the best way to get some inkling of the pressures on Mr Bolt, Mr Justin Gatlin and company in yesterday's 100m final would be to check ourselve ... Read More

Water ministers should not talk with 'water in their mouth'

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

JAMAICA, should we participate, will most likely have a lot to tell next week's Miami meeting of Caribbean ministers with responsibility for water resources management, which is preparatory to the United Nations conference to finalise a Post-2015 Development Agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire at the end of the year and will be "the global community's plan of action" for all dimensions of s ... Read More

Jamaica's medal hunt in Beijing

Saturday, August 22, 2015    

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann

WE agree entirely with Mr Usain Bolt. He shouldn't be expected to be the "saviour" for track and field. Nor is it fair to see him as the knight in shining armour leading the fight against drug cheats. Unfortunately, that's the spin much of the global media has put on the expected meeting between himself and American Mr Justin Gatlin in the 100m final of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. The latter has been coloured as the 'bad guy' who has taken drugs and beaten the system. As Mr B ... Read More

A tough and sobering challenge for the JCF

Friday, August 21, 2015    

Sergeant Raymond
Wilson, chairman of the
Jamaica Police

THE membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are understandably embarrassed following the much-publicised reports over recent days of two of their colleagues being shot while allegedly committing crimes. Readers will be aware that in one incident in Black River, St Elizabeth a constable assigned to the Clarendon police was shot in the knee by a security guard while allegedly attempting to rob a bank customer. In the second case a policeman was shot and injured in St Catherine during ... Read More

If Miss Hanna will only stand behind Marcus Garvey…

Thursday, August 20, 2015    

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (file photo)

WE welcome the news which coincided with our editorial in yesterday's edition on National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, that the house in which he grew up in St Ann's Bay, St Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site. The actual announcement was made on Monday in a message from Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna and read by Councillor Ian Bell of the Beecher Town Division during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Mr Garvey, our first national hero, on the compou ... Read More

'No one remembers old Marcus Garvey...'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015    

Marcus Garvey

IN one of reggae icon Burning Spear's most popular songs he laments: "No one remembers old Marcus Garvey..." He may not be entirely right, but he does have a point which is that we do not pay sufficient respect and attention to our national heroes whose teachings are still relevant to Jamaica and indeed the world at large. Symptomatic of this neglect was last Sunday's low-keyed ceremony to honour Jamaica's first national hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey in St Ann's Bay, on the oc ... Read More

Sunshine Girls were excellent ambassadors

Tuesday, August 18, 2015    

The Sunshine Girls.

NATURALLY, we are disappointed that the Sunshine Girls ended the 2015 Netball World Cup without a medal. After all, we had shared their optimism of winning the cup for the first time as they left the island a few weeks ago. Indeed, the team was focused, and we had reported the technical director, Ms Jill McIntosh, as saying that this team was the most even, in terms of talent, that Jamaica has ever produced. In fact, Ms McIntosh said as well that the team was physically ready for the tournament ... Read More

That worrying maths phobia

Monday, August 17, 2015    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites

FOR generations there has been a terrible fear of mathematics among Jamaican students. Bad as that has always been, what has been even worse is the strong feeling among many that aspects of maths, such as algebra and geometry, bear no relevance to their everyday lives. It's been long established that serious flaws in the teaching of mathematics contributed to the problems. In 2012, months after taking office, Education Minister Mr Ronald Thwaites publicly identified what he perceived to be th ... Read More

Agriculture needs good technical advice

Sunday, August 16, 2015    

AGRICULTURE has, for decades, been the backbone of the Jamaican economy. It was the main economic activity, the source of food for the majority of people, the largest source of foreign exchange and the biggest employer of labour. During the years when the prices of our main exports was good and production was not damaged by hurricane, flood or drought or some combination of these natural disasters, rates of economic growth were high. In bad years, the nation experienced "gall and wormwood". I ... Read More

Transparency will go a far way in fixing football's ills

Saturday, August 15, 2015    

Reggae Boyz Daniel Gordon and Adrian Mariappa, head of JFF Technical Committee Howard McIntosh,  LIME CEO Garry Sinclair and JFF president Captain Horace Burrell

JAMAICANS were understandably delighted at the unprecedented and unexpected second-place showing by the Reggae Boyz at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA last month. Nonetheless, for many there was also an underlying souring of feeling following the players' threatened strike action on the eve of the Gold Cup. Readers will recall that the Gold Cup campaign came close to collapse before it had even started because of a dispute between the players and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) over mon ... Read More



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