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London bridge is falling; will Scotland exit the UK? Jamaica exit CSME?

The people of Scotland will vote whether or not to exit the United Kingdom on
September 18.

On September 18, the people of Scotland will vote whether or not to exit the United Kingdom. This is the oldest Union aka Single Market and Economy (SME) and Scottish leaders now feel the need for their own identity. Our leaders are going in the opposite direction and wish us to subsume our identity ... Read More

For every solution, a problem For every solution, a problem
There has been no natural hurricane so far this year. We seem eager to fill the vacuum, however, by ... Read More

The town of Falmouth has changed with the development of the cruise ship pier. Those who question it need only think of the
town without it. The presence of an absence
WHEN a loved one dies and is missed by relatives, it can be called 'the presence of an absence'. Whe ... Read More

Andrew Holness speaking with supporters at the JLP
demonstration in Half-Way-Tree on Monday condemning the
recent increase in bus fares. Andrew Holness would make an excellent school principal
ON Monday, when JLP leader Andrew Holness moved outside of his comfort zone, actually stole some tim ... Read More

Brown and Foley cases evoke urgency of justice and national security

Earle SCARLETT | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Barack Obama
Eric Holder

REACTIONS to the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath of the assassination of United States journalist, James Foley, resound throughout the US and abroad, as watchful eyes focus on the US's international image, strength, and action. Admirably, President Barack Obama has displayed full respect for the constitution and US legal jurisdictions enshrined under federalism. Likewise, US Attorney General Eric Holder reminded concerned parties in Ferguson and the ge ... Read More

JLP, PNP — same difference?

Lloyd B SMITH | Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

The hard core supporters hold their allegiances. But it may well be that one of
the reasons so many Jamaican voters are increasingly becoming disenchanted
with both parties is that neither party has emerged with a certain distinctiveness
and a fixity of purpose.

IN plain Jamaican parlance, "same difference" usually means "no better herring, no better barrel", but hard-core supporters of both parties would be the first to say otherwise with respect to the ruling People's National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Interestingly, in the beginning there was only the PNP. On September 18, 1938, when the PNP was launched at the Ward Theatre, Sir Alexander Bustamante was on the platform alongside his cousin Norman Washington Manley. B ... Read More

National transportation model needed

BY ROBERT DALLEY | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Jamaica requires a modern, co-ordinated, highly organised, efficient, inherently professional, and equipped transportation system.

A few days after announcing transportation fare increases for people who utilise the services of the government-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), the Government reversed the stated increase for senior citizens. Hence they will now be paying an increase of $20, thus making the fare cost at $40. The Andrew Holness-led Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has lashed out at the Government enunciating vociferously that, in these severely harsh economic times, no form of increases should be grant ... Read More

Whither a police force that’s too far down the tube?

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Whither a police force that’s too far down the tube?

"THE Jamaica Constabulary Force is too far down the tube. It cannot be reformed, it has to be transformed," said former head of the army and police commissioner from 2007 to 2009, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin on a radio programme last week in the wake of the furore over the death of 31-year-old Mario Deane after being in custody at the Barnett Street lock-up in Montego Bay. Deane had been arrested for smoking a ganja spliff, a minor offence. Somewhere in the process he voiced that he did not like ... Read More

Much ado about ganja

Anthony GOMES | Monday, August 25, 2014    

The medical fraternity holds no objection to ganja being decriminalised for medicinal use, but there is no support for cannabis being ‘freed up’.

AT a time when the country is battling to get Chukugunya under control and with the "Sword of Damocles" and Ebola hangs over our heads in this hemisphere, we find the rush to decriminalise ganja incomprehensible and inexplicable. It is no wonder that Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, when visiting the island in the 1900s, referred to Jamaicans as having "a calypso mentality". It bears repeating that leading members of the medical fraternity holds no objection to ganja being decriminalis ... Read More

That senior tomorrow... is you

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, August 25, 2014    

The late James Foley

A professional who is looking forward to retirement remarked that he told his family abroad to "get my room ready because Jamaica is no place to grow old". Folks, this has to change. We are all hoping to live long, and not all of us have a room abroad. This was obvious as television news teams interviewed seniors at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre and at the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) at West King's House Road. As one lady contemplated the tripling of JUTC bus fares announce ... Read More

How many more victims?

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Too many Jamaicans have been psychologically, socially and
emotionally abused, maimed, killed and otherwise had their
lives destroyed by agents of the State. These deaths will not
stop until we express concern.

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens. — Arlen Specter To say that Jamaican governments have failed, and failed miserably, in the most basic function of protecting her citizens, is an understatement. Arguably, many Jamaicans have been psychologically, socially and emotionally abused, maimed, killed and otherwise had their lives destroyed by agents of the State. Report upon report, investigation upon investigation have done little to change the culture of impuni ... Read More

It’s Carnival time..Notting Hill style

DIANE ABBOTT | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

It’’s Carnival time......

TOMORROW is a public holiday here in the United Kingdom. It is also the weekend of the Notting Hill Carnival. An explosion of colour and festivity, it is one of the largest street festivals in the world. I have attended most years, and I have seen how it has grown. It now attracts over a million people. I have also observed how it has evolved. Notting Hill Carnival stands as a testimony to how much the West Indian community in Britain has achieved, but also how much things are changing. The fir ... Read More

Impressions of the new highway and Garvey

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

The road is beautifully
wide, smooth and
straight; a four-lane
track with a divider.

DRIVING on the new Moneague to Ewarton highway, two days after it was opened, I had a smooth and uneventful ride from the Moneague end and was quite happy with the layout as the road snaked its way through virtually virgin country untouched by any urban development. We saw little vehicular traffic, but that was to be expected on a Friday morning around 10:00 am. Whatever trucks that there were had already gone through. In fact, I wondered about the absence of any truck, bus or heavy duty traffi ... Read More

Four requirements to deal with crime, Minister Bunting

RICHARD ‘DICKIE’ CRAWFORD | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Get rid of the skeletons of garrison communities and political enforcers, white collar-organised
crime, drug trafficking, gunrunning, smuggling, tax and duty evasion, corruption in government
bodies, money laundering, and accepting political party and election contributions from special
interests and criminal elements.

The following is an open letter to the Honourable Peter Bunting, minister of national security, and the Government of Jamaica: Dear Minister, This is not going to be an easy one that will go away as another nine-day wonder. I believe that the society's cup runneth over with revulsion from the issue of crime, violence, and the apparent unchecked complicity of some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in these activities. It continues to wreak havoc in the society and debase the coun ... Read More



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