Give thought to High Commissioner Naik’s offer

Shri Sevala Naik

The offer by Indian High Commissioner Shri Sevala Naik to help develop Jamaica’s film industry through scholarships and internships is indeed one that the Government should give some amount of attention. High Commissioner Naik was responding to a suggestion at this week’s Jamaica Observ ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo) If a Jamaican were to design the new parliament building…
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has already given his commitment to maximise Jamaican involvement in t ... Read More

PNP President Dr Peter Phillips (centre) and wife Hilary pose with sons (from left) Jacob, Luke, Mikhail and David at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) A time for national unity
The generation from which new People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips spring ... Read More

US President Donald Trump (Photo: AFP) Lessons from the American Heath Care Bill defeat
Given the deep and historic economic, social and cultural ties that Jamaica has with the United Stat ... Read More

Is sending manslaughter convicts to prison the best remedy?

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Dr Christopher Clarke (File photo)

The case of Shortwood Teachers’ College Principal Dr Christopher Clarke, who was on Tuesday this week ordered to pay $2 million or serve 12 months behind bars, should invite our most serious contemplation. Justice Vinnette Allen-Graham, presiding in the St Catherine Circuit Court, also ordered the suspension of Dr Clarke’s driver’s licence for 12 months, after finding him guilty on February 20, 2017 of causing the death of pillion rider Yvonne Brown by dangerous driving. The ... Read More

As we observe International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Incoming United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres makes a very telling observation in his message marking today’s observation of International Women’s Day. According to Mr Guterres, “closing the gender gap in employment could add US$12 trillion to global GDP by 2025”. That projection is particularly relevant in the face of the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030&rsquo ... Read More

If Mr Horace Dalley is not playing political games…

Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Horace Dalley

Mr Horace Dalley, the Opposition spokesman on health, very rarely catches our attention, let alone our admiration, largely because of his lacklustre style. But he has done so this time by at least appearing to depart from the usual approach to opposing. Last week he offered Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton his assistance with solving the problem which has all but rendered Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) inoperative, mainly because of fumes that have threatened the health of the staff ther ... Read More

Crime the enemy of tourism

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh (second right) presents an award to Martin Miller (left), chief executive officer of BullHead Mountain Spring Water, while Tracy-Ann Mahoney, president of the Bull Head Mountain Benevolent Society and Damion Young, economic development officer of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation look on. (Garfield Robinson)

Sadly, most Jamaicans have never been able to properly explore their own space. Many, perhaps most, have never even heard of the Bull Head Mountain in Clarendon, central Jamaica, where residents host a festival every Ash Wednesday. Apart from being at the geographic centre of Jamaica and boasting the highest peak in Clarendon, the Bull Head Mountain is a precious watershed — source to the Rio Minho which provides fresh water for much of Clarendon. If Mayor of May Pen and Chairman of th ... Read More

Mr Herbie Miller’s thankless but invaluable work

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Herbie Miller, director
curator of the Jamaica
Music Museum

Amidst the constant news of crime and politics, Mr Herbie Miller, musicologist, social analyst, song- writer, music producer and cultural historian, continues his thankless work of documenting the history of Jamaican music, with little fanfare and mostly out of his own pocket. The former manager of the late Mr Peter Tosh is one of the few Jamaicans who study the country’s rich musical heritage which has given reggae to the world and its best known exponent, Mr Robert “Bob” Mar ... Read More

How to meet infrastructure needs in sport?

Saturday, March 04, 2017    

Cornwall College’s anchor leg runner Rushawn Campbell (left) gets the baton from teammate Lansford Cunningham as their team won their heat of the Boys’ Class 4 4x100m relay on Tuesday’s boys’ eliminations of the COCAA/Digicel Western Champs at the STETHS Sports Complex in Santa Cruz.
The team clocked 49.66 seconds for the fastest qualifying time. (Photo: Paul Reid)

In central Jamaica, long-serving sports administrator and former president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAAs) Mr Pat Anderson recently called for an all-weather track at the Kirkvine Sports Club in central Manchester. Then earlier this week came talk from the west of the urgent need to replace the worn 15-year-old all-weather Mondo track at Montego Bay Sports Club. We are told that Member of Parliament for St James West Central Mrs Marlene Malahoo Forte has pledged to ... Read More

A good step towards attracting investment

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks addresses executives of the Pennsylvania based Platinum Enterprises. ( Photo: Derrick Scott).

One of the more heartening bits of news that this newspaper published this week was that of the interest in Jamaica voiced by potential investors from Philadelphia in the United States. According to Ms Linda Mysliwy-Conlin, president of the World Trade Centre of Greater Philadelphia, she is impressed with the stability and growth of the Jamaican economy. Ms Mysliwy-Conlin also said that now is an excellent time to invest in Jamaica and encouraged her colleagues to do just that. “I want t ... Read More

Implementation of ‘Dead lef’ law something to shout about

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice We are led in our thinking to the above quote by Theodore Parker, the American transcendentalist, as we join the Government, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and Jamaicans all over in celebrating the implementation of amendments to the Administrator General’s Act by the Administrator General’s Department. It is always a happy moment to see a project started by one Administration carried forward by ... Read More

Harry Belafonte at 90… honour to whom honour is due

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

In this file photo taken earlier this year, actor, singer and activist Harry Belafonte from the
documentary film Sing Your Song, poses for a portrait in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011
Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo: AP )

Mr Harry Belafonte, born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr on March 1, 1927, achieves his four score years and ten today, and for all the good he has done for his fellow men, the world celebrates with this extraordinary American of Jamaican descent. Wherever on this globe that an oppressed person has been liberated or where there are persons yearning for a life free of poverty and tyranny, the name Harry Belafonte will be whispered for the hope that it represents for a better humanity. As a nation, ... Read More

Government doing well on the economy, lot of work left on crime

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness 

It’s not too early to assess the first-year performance of the Andrew Holness Administration, despite the fact that it didn’t actually begin functioning fully as a Government until March 7, 2016 when all the Cabinet ministers were sworn and set to work immediately. There are, of course, myriad areas to analyse, but easily the most critical, we believe, are the economy and crime. Indeed, most of us believe that the two are intrinsically linked. On the former, the Government has done ... Read More



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