From CHIKV to ZIKV: Last chance Dr Ferguson

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson

AS he is wont to do when danger is imminent, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson announced yesterday the planned roll-out of a Government-led vector control programme to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) from reaching the shores of Jamaica, and the stepping up a public education campaign on the diseas ... Read More

Members of the winning high school team in the Hellshire Schools Environment Competition, Waterford High, display some of the
crops they planted using hydroponic technology at Two Sisters Cave in Hellshire, recently. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Well done, Waterford High, and good fortune going forward
YOU can’t help being impressed with the achievements of the Science and Environmental Club at ... Read More

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding Cedar Valley road highlights representational neglect
THE parliamentary and local government authorities with responsibility for Cedar Valley in St Thomas ... Read More

Dunoon students stand outside the school gates after being locked out in 2010. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood/FILE) To lock children out of school is to invite disaster
A news report yesterday that a group of girls had been booted from one of Jamaica's more respected h ... Read More

A question for the Gov't on the CCJ

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

The Privy Council in London comforts foreign investors.

The Government, it appears, is talking out of both sides of its mouth on the issue of a referendum to decide whether Jamaica replaces the Judicial Committee of the United Kingdom Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). After years of rejecting the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) position that the issue should be decided by the people, the governing People's National Party (PNP) waved the referendum carrot at the JLP in an effort to get the Opposition's support of the ... Read More

Another distress call for better playing surfaces

Saturday, May 23, 2015    

We note with interest, the announcement earlier this week that the international television network ESPN has committed to showing highlights of the semi-finals and final of Jamaica's top football competition, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Red Stripe makes the claim that ESPN coverage "will bring more awareness of the league, the clubs and players". And further that "One of the differences we (Red Stripe) wanted to make in our sponsorship of the league was in the broadcast and productio ... Read More

A referendum should settle the CCJ controversy

Friday, May 22, 2015    

With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ Bills scheduled to be tabled in the Senate today, the eyes of the nation will now be on the Upper House as the debate on this most important and contentious issue begins. Much has been said about replacing the Judicial Committee of the United Kingdom Privy Council with the CCJ as Jamaica's final court in relation to criminal matters. Proponents have put forward the arguments that the Privy Council is the last vestige of colonialism and as such should be ... Read More

Leaders have no incentive to improve public health service

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Burrell and
her father
Michael, the
day before
he died.

The story related by Ms Kenniesha Burrell about the treatment her father received at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) before he died is, indeed, heart-rending. Ms Burrell's ordeal, published in this week's Sunday Observer, triggered a flood of responses from readers, many of whom corroborated her accusations of bad treatment meted out to patients by hospital staff. What is particularly sad about Ms Burrell's story is that it is not unique to the KPH. We are aware of similar and, in some instanc ... Read More

Trade hide and seek

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Canada Flag

NEWS that Canada has decided to seek a new waiver at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the CARIBCAN arrangements is encouraging. However, we cannot overlook the fact that Caricom's prevarication, intransigence, delays, and litany of perpetual excuses had exhausted the patience of Canada, which had been trying for a decade to negotiate a trade agreement to upgrade and replace CARIBCAN, the one-way preferential facility granted by Canada in 1986. CARIBCAN embraces duty-free entry to the Can ... Read More

A job for our political parties as well

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Dr Michael Abrahams, founder of Protect Our Children

A very important point was highlighted at Sunday's march to draw more public attention to the need for greater protection of Jamaica's children from abuse. Dr Michael Abrahams, founder of Protect Our Children which organised the march in Kingston, told us that at another march on Friday a man learnt only then that the number to call to report child abuse is 1-888-protect. According to Dr Abrahams, the man related that he knew a 13-year-old who was being abused but didn't know what to do about ... Read More

MoBay shows need for proper planning

Monday, May 18, 2015    

Garbage piles up at a section of Montego Bay.

JAMAICANS shouldn't be surprised to hear that Montego Bay is among the fastest-growing cities in the Caribbean. After all, we can all see with our own eyes the rapid growth in the western city and all of that area stretching east through Trelawny to Ocho Rios and beyond; and westwards through Hanover to Negril. Montego Bay is the gateway and flagship of Jamaica's tourism which, along with remittances, has kept the national economy afloat through the bad times. We are told that gross earnings ... Read More

Now that the end of the IMF programme is in sight…

Sunday, May 17, 2015    

IMF discipline good
for Jamaica — PSOJ

THE completion of the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in sight and it is time to think seriously about achieving sustainable economic growth. Stabilisation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for achieving economic growth. The IMF programme is necessary bitter medicine, akin to medication that, in the short term, is beneficial but, if taken for too long, can have serious side effects. In economic terms, the IMF programme is ... Read More

A tough task for coach Schaefer

Saturday, May 16, 2015    

Giles Barnes (left) and Darren Mattocks sandwich Reggae Boyz
head coach Winfried Schaefer after Jamaica’s 2-1 win over
Venezuela in a friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports
Complex on Friday.

WITH exactly four weeks before Jamaica's senior footballers, the Reggae Boyz, oppose Uruguay in the first game of the 2015 Copa America tournament in Chile, head coach Mr Winfried Schaefer and his technical staff are faced with the unenviable task of selecting two very strong squads to contest back-to-back tournaments this summer. Apart from the Copa America 2015 tournament to be contested by the 10 South American nations plus invited guests Mexico and Jamaica from June 11 through to July 4, Ja ... Read More

Lord, help us to break the culture of silence!

Friday, May 15, 2015    

The victims (from left) Alex Turner, Ricardo Briscoe, Raymond Gibbons.

We welcome the Cabinet's decision to issue drafting instructions for amendments to the Child Care and Protection Act to make parents accountable for neglect leading to the abuse, exploitation and death of their children. We are also encouraged by the Government's intention for the Act to provide longer prison sentences to the depraved beasts among us who are found guilty of committing sexual and other violent crimes against children. These measures were long in coming, but they indicate that t ... Read More



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