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Oh, for an old-time Jamaican Christmas

Jonkunnu parades were a big feature of Jamaican Christmas
(PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THIS is the time of year when I always reminisce about those unforgettable days of never-ending fun and frolic in Jamaica. There was no guessing about this memorable event because I felt the soothing "Chrismus breeze" gliding across my face. I can still recall what transpired at Christmastime in th ... Read More

Columbus/LIME merger risks taking
telecoms back to the dark ages Columbus/LIME merger risks taking telecoms back to the dark ages
Surely legitimate opinions held in good faith can only be based on facts, so I would like to take th ... Read More

John Green giving testimony at the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry
yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) Are we waiting for Godot?
While some people are concerned about the fairness of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry, what bothers ... Read More

OBAMA... we have to be persistent, because typically progress is in steps What has Barack Obama done for black people?
BARACK Obama seems to be a really nice and friendly person. He's a great speechmaker. Take for insta ... Read More

Hard talk

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

MUNROE... current work on corruption is laudable

Years ago, as a journalism intern, I was sent to interview and write an article on the late Professor George Beckford. Beckford was one of those professors whose legend preceded him. He had been at the University of the West Indies (UWI) for over 25 years. He was the author of numerous journal articles and several books, including his best known work, Persistent Poverty: Underdevelopment in Plantation Economies of the Third World. Although I was a student at UWI, the assignment would be my firs ... Read More

Jamaicans who care deeply

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Paula Llewellyn and Floyd Morris

IT was one of those rich weeks when we were reminded that we have high-calibre Jamaicans who care deeply about their country. Paula Llewellyn, our director of public prosecutions, Senator Floyd Morris, president of the Senate, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, acting president of the University of Technology (UTech), and Dr Lucien Jones, National Road Safety Council vice-chairman, held sway over their audiences. At a Jamaica Bankers Association breakfast hosted by President Maureen Hayden-Cater las ... Read More

Scandal paradise

Peter EDWARDS | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Scandal paradise

SO it is scandal season again in Jamaica, and I am not referring to the popular US television show. I am speaking of the recent drama starring defiant board members of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the supporting cast of the PNP-led Government and their usual sycophants. Much like the Stevie Wonder song Pastime Paradise and its remixed version Gangsta's Paradise by rapper Coolio, so too can we Jamaicans sing our own version because we've been spending most our lives, living in a 'Scandal ... Read More

Ja’s political immune system has been terribly compromised

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

SHEARER...perhaps the most underrated leader of the
Jamaica Labour Party to date.
MANLEY...Jamaica’s fourth prime minister

Voting is a civic sacrament. — Theodore Hesburgh  WHEN Richard Nixon [he suffered with a fateful character flaw called 'bad mind' coupled with a police mentality especially with regards the Kennedys], one the brightest [intellectual brilliance] men to have become president of the United States in the last 60 years, and who did more for America than he is often credited, was 'see-sawing' as to whether he should resign over his involvement in the Watergate Scandal, 13th White House counsel, John Dean, admonished him with these now famous words: Dean: "I think that there's no doubt about the seriousness of the problem we've got. We have ... Read More

More civility in the Tivoli enquiry?

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

A friend of mine, a lawyer, emailed me the following: "I read your Sunday, December 7 Observer column about the Tivoli inquiry. I liked your passion. I was sad to learn that my fellow brethren of the law profession are behaving so poorly and crassly as you observed. "My mentor, a judge in Miami, told me once, which I have never forgotten, 'cross-examination does not mean to examine crossly'. In my dealings with witnesses, rich, poor, educated, not educated, I am always civil and respectfu ... Read More

Embrace the healthy competition, Digicel

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

In 2001, when Digicel arrived in Jamaica it had the body of a skinny little kid who had an eagerness to prove that it could discover the lay of the land and make its name felt throughout the tropical paradise. At that time, Cable and Wireless was just this overweight, lumbering kid who never quite seemed as if it wanted to break out into fully blown adolescence. It just wanted another fat burger. At that time, I had a Cable &Wireless (C&W) mobile phone, plus its landline and, having no ... Read More

The inevitability of Tufton's return to the JLP

CHRIS BURNS | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

TUFTON... was a Labourite before he became an ‘NDMite’

Dr Christopher Tufton, like many Jamaicans of his ilk, is ambitious and intelligent. Obviously, he has studied well and, judging from his accomplishments so far, he has proved himself worthy. Unlike many in the political vineyard, however, Tufton appears to be driven by a particularly refreshing style of politicsn -- that kind of transformational, goal-directed politics we should demand from those who offer themselves for political office. From the look of things, though, Tufton seems to be con ... Read More

Town planning, political will and civility

HOWARD GREGORY | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Emancipation Park is one of the few green spaces that exist within the city of Kingston. A tell-tale sign of a lack of town
planning.

I have recently returned from Geneva, Switzerland, and was reminded once more of the way in which the ordering of a society leads to the cultivation of a culture of civility. I took note of a few things during the repeat visit as a kind of series of snapshots of the life of the people. I stood in the centre of the city on a busy Sunday afternoon and watched the pedestrian and vehicular traffic go by. I could not help noticing the order with which people proceeded in the use of public transporta ... Read More

A Barbados minister's risky politics with his PM

ANALYSIS RICKEY SINGH | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

ESTWICK... delivered ultimatum to PM Stuart
Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler

IN Caribbean party politics it's not surprising for disagreements between a prime minister and Cabinet colleagues to occasionally hit media headlines. But it's quite a rarity, if not unique, for a head of government to be publicly given an ultimatum by one of his ministers. This scenario has now surfaced in Barbados, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been told in a private November memorandum, now made public, that he either take action to correct a problem identified by the Minister of ... Read More

Jamaica's post-Independence macroeconomic performance — The lost opportunities Part 2

DENARTO DENNIS | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

The collapse of the financial sector in the mid-1990s, the
resultant government bailout and the various exercises
undertaken by the Government to mop up liquidity also created
downward pressure on prices.

In Part One, published on November 30, 2014, I reviewed Jamaica's post-independent debt experiences. Another important facet of macroeconomic stability is inflation rates, as measured by the consumer price index. The Jamaican economy has suffered adversely from the effects of exogenous price shocks at particular points throughout its history, which exposed its lack of resilience in very significant ways. It was shown earlier in the study for example that one of the major causes of the collapse o ... Read More



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