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Peter Bunting is no political dunce

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller (at podium), along with candidates and officials of the party in a sombre mood at PNP headquarters on the night of February 26, 2016 after losing the general election.

Peter Bunting delivered a political masterstroke last week by announcing that he would not challenge the incumbent president of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller, but instead would allow her to determine a timetable for her exit. By electing to follow the pathway of the & ... Read More

A duplex at the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s housing development, The Vistas at Runaway Bay. Under that project all of more than 80 homes include photovoltaic systems and solar water heating. HAJ state of affairs years in the making
I am responding to articles and comments reported in the media as coming from the chairman of the Ho ... Read More

Peter Bunting PHOTO: No political dunce
On The Agenda this week is the changed winds of the People’s National Party leadership race. C ... Read More

Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth A company that is too good to be closed
St Elizabeth is now under starter’s orders for the reopening of Alpart. Excitement in the vall ... Read More

Preserving the patrimony, indeed: The role of the Ministry of Tourism

Edmund Bartlett | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

I note with keen interest a column in The Agenda magazine of the Jamaica Observer by Howard Gregory, lord bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The piece, entitled ‘Preserving the patrimony’, explored some of the psycho-social and economic challenges confronting residents of resort towns that are believed to be stemming from the expansion of the all-inclusive tourism product within their communities. Specifically, the article addressed the increased feel ... Read More

Haiti: Time is running out

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert. (Photo: AP)

Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organisation of American states (OAS), has told political stakeholders in Haiti, including the interim Government and parliamentarians, that it is imperative that they fully assume their responsibilities towards the nation. The secretary general’s summons to the politicians comes after weeks of parliamentary filibustering and a failure either to extend the tenure of the interim president, Jocelerme Privert, or elect someone in his place. Privert ... Read More

Zika, pregnancy and the Ministry of Health’s response

BY DR CHRIS TUFTON | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

BY DR CHRIS TUFTON

Jamaica and the world are faced with the potential outcome of neurological complications, including microcephaly, in children of women infected with the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition where babies are born with small heads and associated cognitive impairment. Pregnant women are at the same risk of exposure to the Zika virus as the general population. One in every five infected persons will show symptoms of the illness. We are still unsure of the number of infected pregnant women who w ... Read More

Crime — Doing something isn’t doing the right thing

Yakum Fitz-Henley | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

MALAHOO FORTE... the second part of my tweet has been misconstrued

It hurts. Looking at the beautiful St James, the innocent Nevalesia Campbell and the rising numbers at each gun killings hurts. Looking at Jamaica hurts. The pain swells when you try to think of a solution but realise that we have had these problems for so long that there is hardly a thought that hadn’t been tried, and failed, before. Apparently, though, that is not a consideration which perturbs the minds of Marlene Malahoo Forte or Robert Montague, as most of their suggestions have his ... Read More

When Rowley came to JA

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July 22, 2016    

You have to hand it to us. When Trini Prime Minister Keith Rowley made his visit to Kingston Town over the recent week and “Rowleyed” himself into peace-making to avoid a trade war, we received him well. When it comes to “sweet mout”, we can’t be beaten. So although it was just the other day that we had leaders of commerce and industry letting Trinidad and Tobago know where to ‘get off’ in the matter of trade and immigration between our nations — e ... Read More

Requiem on the Flat Bridge tragedy

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July 22, 2016    

Another view of the narrow Flat Bridge.

And it came to pass that in the early morning of Saturday, July 17, the waters of the Rio Cobre claimed six lives — but blame Flat Bridge. Tears, wailing but the river which saw-off Taino, Spanish, English, African now rolls over Jamaicans. We grieve for the families, as this is hard, but men of faith are assured. My next reaction was someone should be strung up, even posthumously. My rule is don’t drive where you can’t see or you may meet your maker before time. The public ... Read More

Six needed efforts that require a united approach

Michael Burke | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

As Jamaica approaches its 54th anniversary of political independence, there are some ways which need to be abandoned.

In less than a month, Jamaica will celebrate 54 years of political independence. But in 54 years we have not as a nation really addressed our collective Jamaican mindset to free us from crime and violence and to allow all Jamaicans to be fully empowered through employment. On the bright side, however, we have greatly advanced in terms of physical infrastructure, in gaining for our people an education, and in raising the standard of living. But for further advancement, six united efforts are nee ... Read More

Portia is setting up to be the JLP’s ‘Rock of Gibraltar’

Richard Blackford | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER…every day that she remains the leader of the PNP it provides the glue that strengthens the JLP’s hold on the political reins of the country

It may come as a surprise to many that the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) one-seat majority in the Jamaican Parliament would actually cause them to function as if their majority were 10 times that number, but that state of affairs currently holds because of the comedy that has currently become the People’s National Party’s (PNP) operating routine. This is because for every day that Portia Simpson Miller remains ensconced as the leader of the PNP it provides the glue that serves t ... Read More

The anatomy of racism

Wayne Kublalsingh | Wednesday, July 20, 2016    

The only antidote to racism is to name it. There is no need to play the balancing game.

Alas! I think I have discovered the cause of original sin. The filthy chancre which disturbs the universe, the very soul and bones of men. Pure original sin. The disease above all diseases. The sickness immortal. The pathology so deep! It is not the snake, but the twin-tonsil shaft of the snake buried deep within us all. It is not the apple, but the worm of the apple screwing through the core of us all. What is it? Racism...racism is shared. It is atomic, radioactive. When the atom bomb of rac ... Read More

The IMF austerity programme must continue

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July 20, 2016    

The Government, through its Minister of Finance Audley Shaw, has announced its intention to maintain a less strict International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement when the present programme ends in March 2017. Speaking at a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and Jamaica Money Market Brokers-led forum, Shaw indicated that this successor programme “will be instrumental in building on the achievements already made and tackling the challenge of achieving sustainable economic growth with fiscal ... Read More



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