Beyond the jobs that a reopened Alpart will provide

The Alpart refinery bought by Chinese company, JISCo. (Gregory Bennett)

The optimism in St Elizabeth and Manchester following news of the sale of the mothballed Alpart alumina refinery to Chinese metals corporation Jiquan Iron & Steel Company Limited (JISCO) is understandable. Simply put, it is being read to mean jobs, jobs, jobs. For those who have not been paying ... Read More

Former vice-president of the People’s National Party Dr Karl Blythe Standing up for democracy in the PNP
The People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) long-standing political philosophy is that l ... Read More

Jerome Taylor Thanks, Mr Jerome Taylor
From a purely statistical point of view Mr Jerome Taylor’s Test match record showing 130 wicke ... Read More

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (left), in dialogue with Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, during a reception hosted in Dr Rowley’s honour at Vale Royal on July 20. (Photo: JIS) PM Rowley’s visit a good move
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should be commended for using the art of diplom ... Read More

An opportunity to help shape the Caricom we want

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Caricom headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana

Jamaicans have spent much time venting their anger about the deficiencies of the Caribbean Community (Caricom); in sum, saying the movement has not benefited Jamaica. Our business community has felt that Jamaica’s fairness in opening its arms to businesses from other Caricom territories has not been reciprocated, and many ordinary Jamaicans complain bitterly about the treatment meted out to them when they try to visit other regional countries. We in this space have ourselves been staunch ... Read More

Shaping a new IMF package

Wednesday, July 20, 2016    

IMF headquarters in Washington DC

Jamaica is coming to the end of its current four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and already the country is in talks to continue a fruitful relationship with the Fund. We note, however, that the inevitable debate has begun over what shape any new IMF package should take, to ensure the most effective agreement going forward. Some people clearly want one that closely resembles the current pact, as opposed to a milder version preferred by Fi ... Read More

No need for the HAJ

Tuesday, July 19, 2016    

HAJ mess

The losses incurred by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) have provided the country with an opportunity to engage in a serious examination of that entity’s relevance. Earlier this month, HAJ Chairman Mr Norman Brown, in announcing that the board had taken a decision to cashier some of its senior managers, pointed to more than $2 billion in losses over the past three years and what the board said were “significant deficits in the management” of the State-run agency. According ... Read More

The carnage on the road must stop!

Monday, July 18, 2016    

The badly damaged Suzuki Vitara sports utility vehicle that figured in the death of six people, is parked outside the Spanish Town Police Station yesterday. (Garfield Robinson)

There can be no overstating the grief and trauma associated with the sudden death and/or serious injury of loved ones. Sadly, such tragedies, often caused by violent crime and motor vehicle accidents, form an ongoing, devastating backdrop. Jamaicans on the weekend reeled with the impact of news that six people, including a father and two sons, died when their car plunged into the Rio Cobre at Flat Bridge in the Bog Walk Gorge, St Catherine. Just to underline the frequency of such events, word ... Read More

Caribbean, beware the South China Sea disputes

Sunday, July 17, 2016    

The Caribbean had better keep a close watch on the continuing disputes in the South China Sea between China and other Asian countries, notably Japan. China has claimed sovereignty over various small sand banks in the area and enlarged them into islands which they have developed as military and naval bases. This has raised anxiety in Asia because the sovereignty over the islands is disputed and the dispute has never been definitively settled. Concern also has arisen because it is seen as the na ... Read More

The irresistible power of Twenty20 cricket

Saturday, July 16, 2016    

Darren Sammy (centre), captain of the West Indies leads the onrush to the pitch to celebrates his team’s win over India after the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 semi-final match against India at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai, India. (Photo: WICB/”Matthew Lewis-IDI”)

There are some among cricket’s traditionalists who still dismiss the highly commercialised Twenty20 version of the game as simply ‘money cricket’. It certainly is generating a lot of money. That’s because Twenty20 television audiences – source of the real money – are multiplying even in places where not so long ago cricket hardly earned a mention. Twenty20 cricket, which took hold just over a decade ago, is ideal for global television. Unlike the more tradit ... Read More

Suriname’s Bouterse: How do Caricom leaders sleep at nights?

Friday, July 15, 2016    

BOUTERSE... accused of deliberately disrupting the ongoing trial

We can’t say we’re surprised by the recent action of Mr Desi Bouterse, the president of Suriname, to block the resumption of the December Murders trial. After all, Mr Bouterse is known for flexing his muscle, as he came to international prominence in February 1980 when he and his colleagues staged a military coup to overthrow the Government of Suriname. For the benefit of those who missed it, the December Murders refers to the arrests and killings in December 1982 of 15 young, prom ... Read More

A tragic tale of abuse and a judge’s milk of human kindness

Thursday, July 14, 2016    

We often get reflective in this space and wonder what kind of impact, if any, our reportage of the daily toll of human tragedy is having on our readers. We, ourselves, are often moved by the tragic events and hope that, instead of getting benumbed by the tragedies, Jamaicans are touched and want to help to make our country a better place by looking for the positive amidst the despair. Today our inspiration comes from a judge who used his discretion not to send a woman found guilty of human tra ... Read More

A young girl’s faith amidst the barbarity

Wednesday, July 13, 2016    

Three-year-old Nevalesia Campbell was slain in her Orange Hill community in St Ann.

Amidst our shock and shame over the barbaric murder of three-year-old Nevalesia Campbell in Brown’s Town, St Ann, last weekend, we take solace from the most unlikely of events. Barely weeks before the Brown’s Town savagery, the nation was dazed by the shooting of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who attends the Convent of Mercy (Alpha). The child was shot in the head while a passenger in a robot taxi in downtown Kingston during an altercation between the driver and the police. Five police ... Read More

History beckons Britain’s second woman prime minister

Tuesday, July 12, 2016    

Theresa May

The developments that have led to Ms Theresa May’s ascension to the highest political office in England will, most likely, be remembered for more than their associated drama. Because after tomorrow, when Ms May is expected to be sworn in as prime minister, she will have the task of leading England out of the European Union (EU) in accordance with the will of the majority of the electorate who voted in a referendum on June 23, 2016 to leave the bloc. That will not be an easy job for someo ... Read More



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