Donald Trump’s economic plan will blow up the world

TRUMP...has proposed across-the-board tax cuts

Donald Trump has been formally nominated as the presidential candidate for the Grand Old Party, otherwise known as the Republican Party, for the November 8, 2016 presidential elections in the US. Fifty of America’s most senior Republican national security officials have signed a letter warning ... Read More

HOLNESS...has described him himself as transformational leader Raising the bar of leadership in Jamaica
Over the past several weeks I have had the privilege of contributing to public discourse and have be ... Read More

CLINTON ... fancied to become next US President The US Presidential debates and impact the on voters
Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have now squared off on their three scheduled ... Read More

TRUMP...Make America great againDOMINICK REUTER Economic bomb!
As drama overshadows the issues in the run-up to election day for the next United States president, ... Read More

We have INDECOM, but something’s still missing

Dr Lee Bailey | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

While we must express intolerance of any form extrajudicial acts or killings, we cannot create a condition where the law enforcement officers are being demoralised, demonised, or looked upon as authorised criminals and killers.

While as a nation we must always ensure that extrajudicial killings never become a part of our custom, monitoring agencies within or outside of the security forces must themselves have some checks and balances. So, in the Jamaican context, the first question which arises is who monitors the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)? As citizens, we all must value our civil liberties. However, the administration and application of any monitoring organisation could have a very negative e ... Read More

Athletes, cash and statues

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, October 21, 2016    

The statue of Bob Marley that now stands in Independence Park.

I am proud suh tell of our track and field athletes who have brought such honour to us. I would not, could not begrudge them one iota of the national pride which they have evoked in us. Now that we are beginning to put a price on the financial rewards which have been bestowed on them, it could be interpreted that I have ‘bad mind’ for wondering aloud if money is really the best way of rewarding their skill and talent. It is not the first time, of course, that athletes have taken hom ... Read More

Business strategy and Caricom’s failure in Haiti

Franklin Johnston | Friday, October 21, 2016    

The Caricom headquarters

Caricom/Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) cannot work for poor Haiti, so this iconic black nation depends on their former colony — Dominican Republic — and charity of the white folk they beat up centuries ago. What goes around and comes around! We just moved from ICU to growth, and Haiti is on life support, yet we are big guns of this union. I love Caricom, but in 2001 it morphed into CSME to our chagrin, so now inquiries from sincere readers need truthful answers. E-mail r ... Read More

Hiring Whitmore a retrograde step

Jerdaine Sterling | Thursday, October 20, 2016    

WHITMORE… the man in charge of the thrust in the capacity of player/coach.

The clouds hovering over Jamaica’s national football programme continue to get even darker with news of the hiring of Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore as head coach of the senior team. The former midfield maestro gets another ‘bite at the cherry’ having previously served in that capacity on an interim basis before John Barnes was able to assume his duties in 2008, then fully taking the reins after Barnes resigned in 2009. That stint lasted until 2013 when Whitmore tender ... Read More

Co-operatives should reduce stress

Michael Burke | Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Norman Manley

Today is International Credit Union Day. Credit unions, like all other co-operatives, initially came into being to empower the poor — not to further control or oppress them. Co-operation is a principle of such co-operatives and unions. In 1941, poor people could not get loans from banks in Jamaica. The Young Men’s Sodality of Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic) Cathedral on North Street in Kingston took note of this, decided to form a credit union among themselves and to organise other cr ... Read More

Apologise to Spice!

By Stephanie Chambers | Wednesday, October 19, 2016    


I strongly believe that the organisers, sponsors, and just everyone who had a say in coordinating the celebrations for the Jamaican Olympic athletes on Saturday, October 15, at the National Indoor Sport Centre should formally apologise to international dancehall artiste Grace Hamilton, popularly known as Spice. Firstly, everyone knows the type of artiste Spice is, and well, she is never afraid to show it. She is that vibrant female artiste with those raunchy lyrics, daring behaviour and multico ... Read More

Two basic impediments to economic growth

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

The recently proposed Stand-by Agreement between the Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a step in the right direction. It signifies that the Government has done well under the Extended Fund Facility, which was started by the previous Government and continued by the Andrew Holness Administration. The baton was well received and carried. Now that a new arrangement — with less strictures than the first — has been agreed to, the Government and people of Jamaica must ... Read More

Lost bearings, poor scripting and a collision of performances

By Yohan Lee | Wednesday, October 19, 2016    


The Spice spectacle is a case of lost bearings, poor scripting and a collision of performances. I do not believe it is a matter of dancehall music having no place in such a setting. However, I think arrangement of the programme schedule is at fault, in part. Had her performance been better positioned, there would more than likely have been less of an outrage, as there, arguably, was the dance equivalent of her performance. Certainly, the gospel performance before her had more pull, and for obv ... Read More

Terrorism in Jamaica

Kevin O’Brien Chang | Tuesday, October 18, 2016    

“Let us walk hand in hand and help break down the barriers in those zones of exclusion that create havens for criminality.” These inspiring words from the 2011 prime minister’s inauguration speech seem to have been forgotten by everyone, even the speaker. The recent March Pen massacre reminded many of similar incidents that took place on Barnes Avenue in south St Andrew in 2005 and Lauriston in St Catherine in 2011. “October 5, 2005 is not a date that Randall Brown wi ... Read More

Doing the same thing...

BY ERROL W A TOWNSHEND | Tuesday, October 18, 2016    

CHUCK… the problem that we are having is that we have nowhere to accommodate them

The popular mantra of the chattering class is to avoid madness by not doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yet no sooner have the words fallen from their lips than they proceed to do exactly that. Take this Economic Growth Council (EGC). My dictionary defines the “economy” thus: “control and management of money, resources, etc, of a community, society, household, etc”. Yet, as far as one can tell, the EGC’s membership was composed of ... Read More



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