Letters to the Editor

Tan abraad! No com' bak a yaad!

Dear Editor, Something is not right with the current 'returning resident policy'. To qualify for this exalted status at the time of intended return home a Jamaican must have been living abroad for the past three consecutive years -- however many years before that (s)he might have been domiciled abr ... Read More

Louis Farrakhan Farrakhan is out of order!
Dear Editor, I'm not even sure why Jamaica was chosen for this Nation of Islam "Million Man March" ... Read More

DALLAS, Texas — This photo released via Twitter by the Dallas Police Department
shows members of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Haz Mat-Unit decontaminating common
areas near the The Village Bend East apartment of a second healthcare worker who
has tested positive for Ebola, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP) Our reactive Gov't failed the people's test
Dear Editor, It is said experience is the best teacher, but clearly not in this country. There is a ... Read More

Gender neutrality need not be an issue
Dear Editor, Woman Inc's submission to the parliamentary committee reviewing the sexual offences la ... Read More

Farrakhan should not have been given permission to come here

Friday, October 17, 2014    

Louis Farrakhan interacts with a child on a visit to Heroes’ Park

Dear Editor, While I can understand the reason Yasin Abu Bakr, who was planning to attend the "million man march", was deported from Jamaica on account of the potential threat that the Government saw in him, I don't think that this kind of restriction in regards to that planned march should be limited to Yasin only. Indeed, I don't even think that Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam or his march should be allowed here. For those who don't know Yasin Bakr, he was the man who led an attempt ... Read More

Wait for Ebola, Minister

Friday, October 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Having been judged incompetent in his handling of the CHIKV epidemic, the minister of health now seems to be displaying pseudo-Messianic hopes of being infected in order to be "touched with the feelings of our infirmity". As a CHIKV sufferer, I am neither impressed nor amused. I would suggest that the minister waits for the arrival of Ebola to suffer with the people. Firstly, since mosquitoes do not take instructions from people, he can more effectively orchestrate his infection ... Read More

Let's impose a travel ban on Ebola-affected countries now!

Friday, October 17, 2014    

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A health care worker in protective gear
is sprayed with disinfectant after working in an Ebola treatment
centre in the west of Freetown yesterday. The deadly Ebola virus has
infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra
Leone, the Government said yesterday, a setback in efforts to stop the
spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, Officials were yesterday locked in a high-level meeting over the arrival of a man here in Jamaica who admitted to airport authorities that he travelled to Liberia in the last 10 days prompting a national chorus calling for a travel ban to be imposed on Ebola-affected countries. The question is, though, why haven't we done so already? Seeing that Ebola is not detectable or contagious until the patient develops symptoms such as fever and vomiting, normally after 4 - 21 days, it will ... Read More

Do we have a ICT framework?

Friday, October 17, 2014    

An artist impression of the ICT
project planed for Mandeville

Dear Editor, The Government of Jamaica has been unhurried in taking advantage of information and communication technology (ICT) to renovate and streamline the public sector, and in adopting a perspective that ICT governance is as significant to national infrastructure as energy, water and roads. Related projects are delayed, for example, the ICT Road Map speaks to creating a secure network linking all MDAs and providing data and voice services (p 34). However, its implementation deadline of Ma ... Read More

Act wise!

Friday, October 17, 2014    

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the painful
chikungunya virus.

Dear Editor, It's not my thing to talk politics and I don't take pride in doing so. But, while the system of governance is being blamed in Jamaica for not taking respective measures towards preventing the outbreak of chikungunya virus, I believe that the responsibility of taking precautions also lies in the hands of citizens. How many times has the Government disappointed the nation, made impossible promises and ignored serious issues such as this? As a nation we need to wise up. No matter th ... Read More

No reduction in holidays proposed

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Lascelles Chin

Dear Editor, I am not proposing a reduction in the number of public holidays, as indicated by Timothy Cawley in his letter published on Tuesday, October 14. My proposal is for Independence Day and Emancipation Day to be celebrated on Monday and Friday, respectively. I agree with Mr Cawley that public holidays are meant for "rest, reflection and in some cases, celebration", and assert that these goals would be greater served if non-religious, national holidays are observed at the end of the we ... Read More

Today is World Food Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Ban Ki-Moon

Dear Editor, Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world. They preserve natural resources and agro-biodiversity. They are the cornerstone of inclusive and sustainable agriculture and food systems. It is fitting that, in this International Year of Family Farming, there are 100 million fewer hungry people than 10 years ago. Sixty-three countries have halved the portion of their population is undernourished. Our vision of ... Read More

Has Dr Fenton gone mad?

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

Dear Editor, Jesus wept once again. The minister of health Dr Fenton, Ferguson has declared that he would like to be infected with the CHIKV so that he can better understand and feel what those infected are feeling. And when 'mi tell unno seh a so-so mad people a run things inna Jamrock" people are quick to suggest that I am the one who is mad. Now, how in Jesus' name would contracting the virus help the situation? So, what happen, does he wish to stay home a few days? And this is the man wh ... Read More

Attend primary health care facilities first

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the painful
chikungunya virus.

Dear Editor, There is a misconception going around that people are being turned away at hospitals and told to visit the health centre for CHIKV symptoms. There are hundreds of patients seen at hospitals each day for many different complaints, not to mention the emergency cases. Patients without any chronic medical illness, in the acute stage of an illness are being told to visit their health centres. Hospitals, however, have a responsibility to attend to emergency and detrimental patients as pr ... Read More

Credit unions: Local service, global good

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Credit union league

Dear Editor, Today, October 16, 2014, credit unions worldwide will celebrate International Credit Union Day under the theme 'Local Service, Global Good' by joining together and celebrating the movement's history and achievement. This year's theme emphasises credit unions' positive impact in their communities and around the world. The credit union movement around the world continues to be a force to be reckoned with by providing their members with peace of mind, safety and financial security. ... Read More



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