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Hollow calls for renewal and rebranding

In 1938 a political movement was formed to empower the masses so that, at last, they could have a voice in their country — albeit under a wretched colonial regime. And with a voice yearning for information and participation it was only natural for it to desire food and the basics for decent li ... Read More

Re-imagining our justice system — Part 2: Accountability and citizen empowerment
In Part 1 of this series — published on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 — I argued that, whil ... Read More

PHILADELPHIA, United States - First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo: AP) Modern slavery more important than who built the White House
When Michelle Obama delivered her address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she ... Read More

US swimmer Ryan Lochte Lesson to Lochte: It can make the small great or bring down a mountain
Comedienne Joan Rivers once compared swimmer Ryan Lochte to an intimate but much referenced part of ... Read More

Defective reasoning from the chief justice of Belize?

Clintom Chisolm | Monday, August 29, 2016    

I took the time last week Sunday to read through the ruling from the chief justice of Belize in the Caleb Orozco claim against the attorney general (the defendant) regarding his breached right of “freedom to express his preference or orientation”. I found aspects of the ruling puzzling, both legally and especially logically, and I apologise for saying that the reasoning on a key point of law, namely, public morality as per the Constitution of Belize, reminded me of an idiotic statute ... Read More

Mercy for Demario and our children

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, August 29, 2016    

If our leadership on all sides adopt a spirit of compassion and cooperation, then we would be spending less time bickering over statements and power and more time listening respectfully to each other, working towards a safer and more productive society.

We returned from the Rio Olympics inspired by our athletes and full of light and hope for our beautiful Jamaica. But when the light of life is snuffed out in an innocent two-year-old, by a deliberate, execution-style gunshot, it is a heavy challenge to our faith. Tanesha Mundle’s report in last Thursday’s Jamaica Observer carries a photo of Demario Whyte holding a football almost as big as himself, neatly dressed in tracksuit and sneakers. Now Demario will never get the chance to gr ... Read More

Saluting athletic immortality

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Following the completion of his anchor leg of the 4x100-metre final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Usain St Leo Bolt crouched slightly, unfurled his huge arms, and gave the Rio audience present in the stadium and the millions of television viewers worldwide his signature “To the Worl” pose — first unfurled at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after setting a world record in the 100 metres in 9.69 seconds. The Beijing exploit had resulted in his first gold medal at the Olympic Games an ... Read More

Trump’s Mississippi miscalculation

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Nigel Farage (right), ex-leader of the British United Kingdon Independence Party and Brexit mobiliser, speaks on Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s (left) platform at a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi, on August 24, 2016. (Photo: AP)

Five years ago, on June 26, 2011, a 47-year-old man, Craig Anderson, was on his way to celebrate his birthday when he was attacked and murdered by 10 white teenagers in a parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi. Why? No reason, other than that he was black. The 10 reportedly first attacked Anderson, punching him repeatedly, before running him over with a truck and driving off. They were heard by witnesses to shout “white power” and “f...ing nigger”, while attacking Anderson ... Read More

Yam patch and banana ground rising

Sir Hilary Beckles | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Once again, we won the Bolt gold vote. For me, there was never a moment of doubt. I told him that much at Mona. He has taught me, a historian, how to read the future. This manuscript, then, is more a tribute to the moment — its message and meaning — than a celebration of the man’s performance and his iconic magnificence. There will be adequate time for reflection on extraordinary social identity. Humanity deeply loves and cares for this man. He touches the heart and soul of ci ... Read More

Stop them before it’s too late

Lance Neita | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

The crime monster must be tamed.

We would have hoped for a lull in the crime rate during the Olympics. With our Jamaica team capturing the adulation of the world, one would have hoped that the gunmen among us would have laid down their arms and turned their attention to and support of the achievements of our athletes. Sadly this was not so. The news was dominated by the Olympics. But every now and then there was a blur on the screen as reports of foul murder and heinous crimes interrupted the sequence of track and field succe ... Read More

PHOTO: Immortality

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Usain Bolt kisses the Rio track after winning his ninth Olympic gold medal on Friday night in the 4x100m relay. (Photo: AFP)

Treble triple achieved, a nation set ablaze with pride, hearts across the world imprinted with love for a champion — immortality achieved. On The Agenda this week columnists Hugh Blackford and Sir Hilary Beckles pay tribute to the achievements of Usain Bolt. Blackford chronicles the journey from teenager to 30-year-old and Beckles speaks to the story of a hero. Long after Bolt no longer lights up tracks, the world will remember how he made them feel. Read More

Timeshare: Big possibilities for Jamaica

Edmund Bartlett | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Revenue estimates for global tourism indicate that the timeshare industry has consistently been one of the fastest-growing tourism segments.

The Ministry of Tourism remains committed to diversifying the country’s tourism product both as a long-term growth strategy for increasing tourist arrivals and also for positioning the country’s tourism industry favourably among its global competitors. To this end, the ministry pledges a renewed and aggressive focus on tapping into new innovations, products and trends in global tourism which can help to generate a dynamic, modern and innovative local sector that will appeal to more t ... Read More

The battle to engage students

Wayne Campbell | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

To engage the 21st century learner, methods to develop student ownership of learning through active particpation must be employed.

The discourse surrounding the lack of interest by some students has been making the rounds in recent times. As we look ahead to the start of a new academic year it is perhaps a good time to revisit the issue from another perspective. There is a huge problem in Jamaica regarding student under-participation at all levels of the education system. The time has come for us to put measures in place to capture the interest and imagination of our students, especially our boys who are grappling with male ... Read More

Saving the Parrotfish: An opportunity for science to guide policy

Ja Institute of Environmental Professionals | Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Parrotfish in a cooler for sale at a fishing beach in St Catherine.

It is no secret that Jamaica has one of the most overexploited fisheries in the Caribbean — indeed in the world. In fact, it is not unusual at international scientific conferences to see Jamaica’s fisheries and degraded coral reefs used as the example of a worst-case scenario when compared to other tropical countries. The fact is Jamaica has a long history of overfishing as far back as the 1970s. Our Parrotfish are getting smaller Why do we have this problem of overfishing and decl ... Read More



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