Mrs McCalla's wisdom; Mr K D Knight's folly

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla (right) addressing the launch of three projects aimed at improving justice and human rights
services for Jamaicans at the British High Commission in Kingston, last Thursday. The projects have received $52 million
in funding from the delegation of the European Union in Jamaica. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

CHIEF Justice Mrs Zaila McCalla can be cast in the mould of the typical judge. She does not jump mouth first into public debates. The chief justice has singularly helped our faith in the justice system by her utterances at Monday's swearing-in of five judges to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme C ... Read More

Chaos without
change at the
World Bank Chaos without change at the World Bank
THE appointment of Mr Jim Yong Kim by the United States Administration as president of the World Ban ... Read More

Phillip Paulwell ‘Stupid idea of the year’ award to Minister Paulwell
'Stupid idea of the year' award to Minister Paulwell So, Mr Phillip Paulwell, the minister of energ ... Read More

The unfinished structure of a house being built by a squatter among mangroves and acacia trees close to the Caribbean Sea in
Port Royal. (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY) Poor governance on show at Port Royal
COUNCILLOR Lorraine Dobson says she is "aware" that there is "a growing migration problem, in terms ... Read More

Dr Norman Girvan, intellectual warrior

Sunday, April 13, 2014    

GIRVAN… the bedrock of
integration must be a sense
of a community of identities

Jamaica, and indeed the Caribbean, has every reason to mourn the passing last week of Dr Norman Girvan, professor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). At a time when the Caribbean Community needs it most, we have lost a great regionalist, integrationist and intellectual warrior of the highest order. An economist by training, he received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the then University College of the West Indies and his PhD in Economics from London School of Economics ... Read More

Valuable lesson from a sad episode

Saturday, April 12, 2014    

POWELL... this ruling is
not only unfair, it is
patently unjust

We suspect that the recent exoneration of Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown will have encouraged Mr Asafa Powell and Miss Sherone Simpson in their stated determination to contest their 18-month doping-related suspensions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. We would expect that the issues will be very carefully explored by the athletes, their handlers and lawyers before a final decision is taken. Another Jamaican, of far less prominence, Olympic discus thrower Ms Allison Randall, was also handed a ... Read More

Gov't must not bow to road hogs, terrorists

Friday, April 11, 2014    

Man held in latest attack on JUTC buses

If you go by the complaints, the Government went about the reorganisation of the public transportation system in a most high-handed fashion. Some people will agree with that analysis, others won't. What we all can't deny, however, is that, outside of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), what has been operating here is the Wild West of bus systems. We would be surprised to find a motorist or commuter in Kingston who has not experienced the rampant indiscipline displayed by minibus, Coaster ... Read More

Nice jab, Boxing Board

Thursday, April 10, 2014    

Nice jab,
Boxing Board

LAST week, the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) did our country and the sport of boxing proud, by reversing the decision giving victory to Barbadian Christopher "Shaka" Henry over Jamaican Glenroy 'Bumpy' Beckford in the April 2, 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender bout. This action by the JBBC might well have saved the future of the Contender television series which we have commended in this space for reigniting interest in boxing and for inviting boxers from the wider Caribbean to compete ... Read More

Poor water supply unacceptable

Wednesday, April 09, 2014    

Poor water supply

Jamaicans are so habituated to poor government over the last 30-40 years that we have come to accept inadequate standards for state-provided services such as in education, security, water, roads, health, public transportation and the like. The key functions of a government are to keep law and order within its boundaries, protect its borders from invasion by external enemies and create and maintain the conditions for human survival and hopefully human development. The availability of adequate s ... Read More

No need to flex muscles over flexi-workweek

Tuesday, April 08, 2014    

No need to flex muscles over flexi-workweek

Debate on a flexible workweek has been taking place here intermittently for just over 20 years. Probably that's where the problem lies in the revival of this burning issue. For, had the country sustained the debate from the first time the matter was raised, Jamaica would most likely be past the point of now trying to introduce legislation that is still being questioned. It is obvious that this time Jamaica does not have the luxury of procrastination because, as we heard from Senator Floyd Morr ... Read More

Taking Jamaica back from criminals and social delinquents

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Taking Jamaica back from criminals and social delinquents

THIS newspaper joins with well-thinking people in welcoming news of a 12 per cent reduction in murders and a 13 per cent drop in all serious crimes in Jamaica for the first quarter of the year. Yet, Jamaicans had hardly digested the information when they were assailed by yet another story of terrorism. Two people, including a 12-year-old boy, shot dead as they stood among a group at about 8:30 pm on a street corner in West Kingston on Friday. The boy's nine - brother was also shot and injured. ... Read More

The world awaits those crucial IMF, World Bank meetings this week

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its Global Economic Outlook ahead of the spring meetings of the Fund and the World Bank. Its prognosis is not exciting. The global economy will grow but will remain sluggish. China's growth appears to be slowing with adverse implications for commodity prices and those countries that export to China. Several emerging market economies are turgid despite a boost to output from stronger exports. Japan continues to have problems and the United Stat ... Read More

In quest of consistency and efficiency in WI cricket

Saturday, April 05, 2014    

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara (left) watches as West Indies
batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament semi-final
match at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

THE West Indies were inconsistent as usual but still reached the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup. And, given their record, who is to say Mr Darren Sammy and his men would not have defied the odds to get the last 81 runs in six overs and defeat Sri Lanka in the semi-finals had a hailstorm not intervened? After all, they did even better than that in conquering Australia just a few days earlier. There could be no doubt, though, that until the weather intervened, Sri Lanka played the b ... Read More

Jamaica must do better at helping itself

Friday, April 04, 2014    

Jamaica Cricket Association president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (left) greets Indian High Commissioner to Kingston Shri Pratap Singh, as Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller looks on during yesterday’s MOU signing ceremony at Sabina Park. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

This newspaper, probably more than any other entity, has repeatedly pointed to absence of foresight by Jamaica's leaders in not ensuring that Sabina Park was outfitted with lights at the time the historic cricket ground was refurbished for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. We recall that at the time the People's National Party (PNP) Government of the day had faced fierce criticism for its more than US$100 million expenditure on the World Cup. No doubt that criticism influenced the then Government ... Read More



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