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Is climate change pushing the Caribbean towards a health crisis?

The mere mention of the term CHIKV will inspire long harrowing and oftentimes comedic tales
from individuals concerning their experiences with the mosquito-transmitted virus.

I still cringe when I remember the agony I encountered when I was brought to my knees by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in late 2014. Almost everyone within my community in South Manchester got a taste of this vicious virus. Sure enough, nearly a year after the outbreak in Jamaica, the mere mention ... Read More

(L)
SIMPSON MILLER... heating up the
campaign platforms.
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SIR PATRICK... championing the I
Believe Initiative. Building on the triumphs in Beijing
THE ruling People's National Party (PNP) will announce elections on our Beijing high -- nothing succ ... Read More

Members of MBU celebrate a goal against Humble Lion in a first-round RSPL game Is there fair play in PLCA?
The unfolding issues taking place in the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), and which remains ... Read More

King’s House No need to get it right... politics, not economics, is supreme
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears; when benevolence is lost, right conduct appears; when righ ... Read More

A luta continua, but let us stir it up

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

The English translation of the Portuguese phrase "A luta continua" is "the struggle continues". The phrase depicts a particular devotion to the accomplishment of a task. However, it also portrays the acceptance of a burden, from which one cannot escape, whether or not one has anything to do with it. For, although life is a continuous struggle, oftentimes punctuated by bouts of suffering occasioned by the wild vicissitudes of human actions, giving up on one's dreams and aspirations is never a wor ... Read More

Social decay robbing the country of its dignity

MIKE HENRY | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

The state of St William Grant Park,
downtown Kingston, and its environs
is a representative of the social decay
and loss of dignity across the nation.

One doesn't have to look very far these days to see clear evidence of the extent of social decay that has been ongoing across the country for so long. Dating back close to our pre-Independence history across numerous political administrations in a country with a legacy of slavery and a penchant for some level of disregard for the welfare of the masses, the scenario has gradually reached crisis proportions. But amazingly, after being so long in the making, with clear pointers to the present predi ... Read More

Why justice continues to elude the Jamaican people — A justice audit

KENT GAMMON | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding

THE United States Department posted its report on Jamaica's human rights practices for 2014 and revealed a damning picture on the current state of Jamaica's justice system. The Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding has received a poor grade and, quite frankly, had it not been for the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) -- a Jamaica Labour Party creation -- Jamaica's human rights grade would have been far worse. The minister of justice then got another poor grade on human traf ... Read More

Democracy: A maze to good governance

LEROY BINNS | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

In a world exposed to totalitarianism, and its side effects, an alternate school of thought commonly defined as democracy seems most auspicious as this explosive brand of politics permeates throughout Latin American, African, Asian, and the Eastern bloc territories. A once-famous US President Abraham Lincoln, in deference to the universal concept, augmented the political lexicon with a memorable maxim that promotes design and purpose -- government of the people, by the people, and for the peopl ... Read More

The curious politics of disadvantaging your own

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

(L-R) Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Barack Obama and Brent Scowcroft

BARACK Obama will not get the credit he deserves for his sensible and sometimes visionary presidency of the United States of America. At least not in the life of his tenure. But he has done remarkable things. Two of them are ending the diplomatic impasse with Cuba and ending the economic isolation of Iran. The business community and the economy of the US should already have been benefiting enormously from these two progressive actions. Instead, European and Japanese companies are lining up to ... Read More

53 years with no major constitutional reform

ANDREW KING | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

There is an urgent need for us to have a comprehensive and inclusive conversation about constitutional reform. It is necessary, especially in the context of a nation 53 years independent with no major constitutional reform in many areas. It is accordingly appropriate that one should reflect on the experience with our Independence constitution that was enacted in 1962, as well as on some of the proposals which have been advanced for reform of the constitution in several reform commissions. The ... Read More

One year after #MikeBrown

NICOLE LEE | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

FERGUSON, Missouri — Armed forces maintain a security line during protests in Ferguson last year. (PHOTOS: AP)

ANTICIPATION for the commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown Jr by then Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was high. Clergy, community and civil leaders gathered to remember "Mike-Mike"'s life, death, and aftermath that sparked a movement. While Mike Brown's death, unfortunately, was not wholly unique, the response from the community was. Community members stayed in the street publicly protesting and never went home. Open defiance lasted hundreds of days. Even ... Read More

Peternomics 101 — Saving a nation from itself

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, August 28, 2015    

Finance & Planning Minister Peter Phillips

IF you take Jamaica too seriously it could kill you. We are a nation of hyperboles and normalised exaggeration. One party is good, the other evil; there is no middle ground. What value? My square of bananas is a million -- It's mine! Take our economy: Peter Philips is doing a commendable job; not flamboyant, but effective. He gets no bouquets, only brickbats. Jamaica is poor, so if you lose your grip you may join them, which won't help you or us. So stop fighting poverty, as the poor just needs ... Read More

Back to the boy and chain

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, August 28, 2015    

A younger Usain Bolt. Omar McLeod

SO where are the doubting "Boltites" today, the people who had convinced themselves (or the bookmakers) that Gatlin is the greatest, and (I suppose) Bolt should go back a Trelawny? While the real world salutes the man who got Jamaica on the map once again, I guess the naysayers are gearing up for another round. The battle is not over until the relays -- whatever that outcome, we can at least hold our heads up high. The Bolt story will go down in history, not just ours but elsewhere. I have to a ... Read More

New prison provides heritage opportunities

Hugh DUNBAR | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

New prison provides heritage opportunities.

The need for a new jail has been a reality for several decades. The current cost being bandied about reflecting $100 billion or US$800 million is a massive sum. If we are to accept this, we may never start the work necessary to undertake this very necessary facility. The new jail is not to be a just facility to imprison criminals, but as a state-of-the-art facility, dedicated to the rehabilitation of many who have turned to crime as a way of life. Besides rehabilitation and providing a secure e ... Read More



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