Bravo! Bravo! Campion College are 2015 Grace Shield champions!

Campion College captain Abhijai Mansingh (centre) hoists the Grace Shield as he celebrates with
his team after defeating St George's College by six wickets in the final at Melbourne Cricket Club

ON Thursday, March 19, 2015, Campion College won its first schoolboy cricket competition in over 26 years when it became Grace Cup champions by defeating my alma mater, St George's College, in the final match. I take this opportunity to congratulate them, to offer them the highest commendations, the ... Read More

OBAMA… a man sent for this moment, just as Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt were in their
time That positive Obama example
The officials who will be in charge of guest lists for the upcoming visit of US President Barack Oba ... Read More

FERGUSON Retire failing MPs like Fenton Ferguson
A group of adventurers, all professionals from Jamaica, North America and Europe set out on a three- ... Read More

HOLNESS... as leader, I keep
extending the arms and
eventually people will come to
the realisation
(PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Let's set the education record straight
Having watched the recent contribution by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to the budget debate in P ... Read More

Is the IMF agreement really achieving its objectives?

DANNY ROBERTS | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

The country has successfully completed seven of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests as set out under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement between the Fund and the Government of Jamaica. We are now two years into the programme, which is scheduled to run for four years, and therefore an appropriate juncture to critically assess how far we are on the way to achieving the stated objectives of the agreement. To remind ourselves of the objectives, we have to turn to the April 2013 Memor ... Read More

Did the US and the IMF have a hand in the PNP's 2011 election win?

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

GOLDING...possibly had more
than a nudge to leave office
visit bound to boost ratings
HOLNESS...what really are his

In the recent Budget debate Finance Minister Peter Phillips cited the re-establishment and the restoration of Jamaica's credibility in the international marketplace as the reason US President Barack Obama is visiting Jamaica in early April. 'International marketplace' is wide, and a restoration of credibility there could mean fiscal responsibility via International Monetary Fund (IMF) dictates as well as Jamaica's willingness to hand over to the US those it deems international criminal kingpins. ... Read More

Madam PM delivered a very disappointing Budget speech

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

SIMPSON MILLER... Budget presentation was wide of the mark, flat and ‘chakachaka’
to an extent

There were a few good items in the prime minister's presentation. She brought good news such as the inflow of US$707 million in foreign direct investment in 2014, the reopening of Alpart, and the long-term concession agreement to finance the expansion of the Kingston Container Terminal. The sections on labour productivity, training, and on energy, particularly initiatives to diversify the energy portfolio, were as relevant as they were encouraging. This was good, especially within the context of ... Read More

Has our spirit of resistance been anaesthetised?

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Jamaica have been afflicted by high gas prices, CHIKV and dust nuisance with
nearly a sound from the majority. Are we anaesthetised?

There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. -- Nelson Mandela "On the 5th May 1494 Columbus arrived at St Ann's Bay, which he named Santa Gloria on account of its extreme beauty. Finding the Indians hostile, he anchored off the port for the night and sailed down the coast the following day to a harbour 'shaped like a horseshoe', now called Discovery Bay in memory of the event. There is, however, a strong belief tha ... Read More

It takes a wholesome village to raise a child

KEN JONES | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

It takes a wholesome village to raise a child

"It takes a whole village to raise a child." How high-sounding a proverb. How appropriate for a bygone age. How accurate concerning parenting that could once be found all over Africa. How ill-fitting a phrase in Jamaica today. Among some of our childcare enthusiasts this ancient African saw seems to roll easily off the tongue but with insufficient thought of the changing times, the shifting patterns of human conduct, and the variety of people's roots and culture. The 'village' from which they s ... Read More

What are we banking on?

CHRISTOPHER PRYCE | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Bank of Jamaica

A review of the House committee report regarding bank fees The report of the Sessional Select Committee on Economy and Production of the House of Representatives on Private Members' Motion No 31/13 regarding bank fees was recently tabled in Parliament and placed in the public domain. If the imposing name of this report does not resonate with most of us, by way of reminder, this report is the long-awaited outcome of a motion moved by Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson on the November 12, 2013 to ... Read More

Why are we wasting our waste?

GLENN TUCKER | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

We need to change the mindset that waste is something to be discarded and
disposed of with no regard for future use. Why aren't tyres recycled and used in
the making of basketball courts and sidewalks? It is done elsewhere.

THE conflagration at Riverton has everybody talking. And that is good. Because if we talk long enough more of us will become aware of the continuing health and environmental disaster facing us from that source. Not to mention the catastrophe-in-waiting as these fires can travel underground for several miles and there are critical activities virtually next door: These include a petrol station and a major manufacturer of industrial gases. Landfill? There are those who refer to the facility as a ... Read More

Lee Kuan Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

A man bows to pay his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at a community club
where members of the public can gather to express their condolence in
Singapore. (PHOTO: AP)

Lee Kuan Yew, who led Singapore for three decades, died on March 23, 2015. He was a remarkable man who is best remembered for courageous leadership that converted a tiny island with virtually no natural resources into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This commentary recalls a particular role that he played on the Caribbean's behalf in the Commonwealth, saving the leaders of the Eastern Caribbean, Barbados and Jamaica from disdain over their invitation to the United States of Americ ... Read More


Sunday, March 29, 2015    

This week, on the heels of the 2015/16 budget debates in Gordon House, three columnists take on the role of the International Monetary Fund in the affairs of Corporation Jamaica as we arrive at the halfway mark in the present agreement. Chris Burns wonders if the constraints of the IMF agreement have knocked the wind out of PM Simpson Miller's sails. Trade union stalwart Danny Roberts gives an evaluation of the efficacy of the Extended Fund Facility based on the signposts given at its inceptio ... Read More

Holness and Singapore — myth and miracle

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, March 27, 2015    

HOLNESS... the real point to be made
is the movement from poverty to
prosperity for our people is possible

LEE Kuan Yew (LKY) has left us; but, what a leader! He was born in British Singapore, baptised Harry, but sunk the name. Took his people from penury to prosperity, as his small island led the global metrics of success. He visited us, urbane, dignified, but his book was disdainful of our hedonistic posture and failure to use our assets. Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness dilated on LKY in Parliament and, as for years I have touted the 'Prosperity Agenda', I am gratified he embraced it in hi ... Read More



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