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Heroism in many forms

Malcolm Gladwell having his ‘Conversation’ at University of the West Indies, Mona.

Last week's prelude to National Heroes' Day gave us two inspiring events and some sad losses. The 'Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell' at UWI, Mona, and the address given by Ambassador Sue Cobb at the 10th anniversary of the Women's Leadership Initiative would have been so much more enjoyable if I ... Read More

BAUGH... dealt with a polio outbreak scare back in 1983 so effectively
hardly anyone remembers it. At right: FERGUSON...kept his job in the face of bungling the country’s
response to CHIKV The cost of chikungunya to Jamaica
THE chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court ... Read More

PAULWELL... no need to panic Paulwell says Jamaica is still safe with PetroCaribe
A few weeks ago when I had a telephone chat with energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, my call to him w ... Read More

Could it be that the
party that wins the
next general
election will be the
one who runs the
better grass-roots
campaign? Countdown to elections...Ebola
Politics is not about objective reality, but virtual reality... a magical movie of sorts, a never-en ... Read More

Those mosquitoes, polls and the prime minister

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

(L-R) FERGUSON... insistence on acting perfunctorily eroded
much public trust in the Government's ability to manage. SIMPSON MILLER... her penchant to be her own
woman, while conceptually brilliant, has experienced
sudden death. KELLIER... his appointment as minister of agriculture
a retrograde step

SOMETIMES, one has to "tek kin teet kibba heart bun". And, although the chikungunya virus is no laughing matter, laughter could very well be the best medicine that the doctor ordered to treat the dreaded and dreadful virus. However, this article is not all about the wickedness of "she-dung-yah" -- as one senior citizen put it during a recent telephone conversation about the mosquito-borne virus. Instead, it challenges the prime minister to take seriously some of the findings of the latest Bill J ... Read More

Ebola is the West's gift to Africa

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

NAIROBI, Kenya — A security guard opens a gate carrying a poster with information on prevention and handling of suspected Ebola
cases leading into the Mbagathi district hospital on Friday. Some 4,493 people have died out of a total of 8,997 cases in the outbreak,
according to the WHO, which has warned that the infection rate could reach 10,000 a week by early December. (PHOTO: AFP)

AT last, at last, the West has roused itself from a slumber of forgetfulness, and, often, sheer indifference, to respond to West Africa's Ebola crisis. Their heads dug into banking and national budget spreadsheets, its leaders may have been prompted into action, finally, by the appearance of cases of the disease on their own shores. On the basis of one death from Ebola in the United States, the international New York Times, in an editorial, called for strict vigilance, only stopping short of th ... Read More

If my people who are called by my name...

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

If my people who are
called by my name...

THE Jamaica Council of Churches needs to call the nation to a day of prayer. If ever a country needed prayer at this time it is Jamaica. All around us people are falling like ninepins from the chikungunya and the threat of Ebola is on the horizon. Sometimes when I listen to the evening news, or visit the supermarket during the evening hours, I feel as if we are preparing for a hurricane or some other natural disaster. People walk about speaking in hushed tones, sharing experiences, reporting on ... Read More

A brief history of Ja's modern economic performance: The rise and fall

DENARTO DENNIS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

During the 1960s Jamaica established itself as one of the leading producers of bauxite in the world, becoming our main
income-earner. But, by the end of the 1970s, global prices for the ore started to plummet,

Jamaica has had a very long history as a plantation economy spanning centuries. This has meant that agricultural activities have been at the heart of economic activity and livelihood for the masses of Jamaican people for several years leading up to Independence in 1962. Since the 1950s this historical agricultural concentration of the economy started to change as the bauxite and alumina mining, tourism and light manufacturing started to become important facets of the productive economy. The Gov ... Read More

Family farming: Nourishing the world

JOSÉ GRAZIANO DA SILVA | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

The year 2014 is celebrated as the International Year of Family Farming.

Sixty-three developing countries have already reached the Millennium Development Goal hunger target of halving the proportion of chronic undernourishment by 2015. What their stories tell us is that to win the war against hunger we need political commitment, a holistic approach, social participation and family farming. Throughout the world, family farmers play a crucial socio-economic, environmental and cultural role which, amid serious challenges, needs to be cherished and strengthened through ... Read More

Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

The price of Brent crude oil
has fallen to US$84 a barrel,
with predictions by experts
that it could drop to US$75.

To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome. Ever since the world's major oil-producing nations, through the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies of developing countries have struggled. The purpose of the price increase then was to punish the US and Western European countries for their support of Israel against Arab nations in a war in October ... Read More

At last... President Obama moves towards Cuba

RICKEY SINGH | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The
first members of a team of 165
Cuban doctors and health
workers unload boxes of
medicines and medical material
from a plane upon their arrival at
Freetown's airport to help the
fight against Ebola in Sierra
Leone, on October 2, 2014.
(PHOTO: AFP)

FINALLY, there has come the dawning of basic common sense on the part of the superpower, United States of America. It has taken more than half a century for a president of the United States of America to come to terms with a reality that the rest of the global community has long recognised, warmly embraced, and continued to applaud. It is the reality of the little Caribbean island of Cuba, whose 1959 revolution had placed it among the more renowned revolutionary movements of the world, that it ... Read More

Ebola, Africa and the politics of viruses

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, October 17, 2014    

Saturday, October 11,
2014 was Britain's day
of Ebola simulations.
When is ours?

COMMANDER in Chief "Sista P" has arrived, so let's do a reality check. Ebola is not here; it may get here, but we are unlikely to have an epidemic if, as for storms, we prepare and do as we are taught. Ebola is sexy. Bill and Melinda Gates spend billions to eradicate malaria which WHO says infected 200 million in 2012 and killed some 600,000. Who cares? Is there a global campaign? Malaria is not sexy. Since 1976 the Ebola river near Yambuku village in DR Congo is sexy. Curious white people came ... Read More

Fooling around with the pestilence

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, October 17, 2014    

Sangster International Airport —
where a man was reportedly
permitted entry into the island en
route from Ebola-afflicted Liberia.

WHAT the...? What is going on here? Yesterday afternoon I could only wonder how we got where we are, and where do we intend to go from here. Just around midday, a news item was broadcast about an American visitor arriving in Montego Bay who revealed he had got here from the US, having started out in Liberia. Reports are that he ended up being landed in Jamaica and given exit permission from the airport and then went on to a hotel where he was booked. Nuff questions. True or false? How did Immigr ... Read More

Save our schools from the leadership crisis

WAYNE CAMPBELL | Friday, October 17, 2014    

-- Mahatma Gandhi HAVE you ever wondered for a moment, or perhaps two, the reasons the Jamaican public has lost respect for the nation's teachers? I have, and concluded that there are two broad-based explanations for the rapid decline in respect for the nation's teachers. Too many of our teachers have lost respect for themselves. This lack of self-respect among teachers has led many of them to enter into inappropriate sexual relations with students. The profession of teaching has been brought ... Read More



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