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A million jobs...2 million...who will promise 3?

Andrew Holness (left) and Audlley Shaw duo didn’t have these ‘answers’ 50 months ago. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

Andrew Holness makes a mockery of our call to youth. We ask them to enter politics to bring vision and honesty and what do we get? They treat voters as illiterate, make outrageous promises for what? Power? The People’s National Party (PNP) “under manners” to the International Mone ... Read More

Electionitis…and life goes on
I have a confession to make. We haven’t even gone half the journey to election day and I am wo ... Read More

Jubilant supporters hail the arrival of People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller. The joke is on us — Empty promises and pathetic, outdated antics
Two Sundays ago, as I watched on the television and saw scores and scores of diehard People’s ... Read More

The late O J Thorbourne and credit unions
In an edition of the Umbrella magazine of 1967, the Reverend O J Thorbourne was listed as one of the ... Read More

Pastor Harvey was asking for trouble

Raulstan Nembhard | Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

With flag in hand, Dr Michael Harvey (second left) relaxes beside K D ‘Star Boy’ Knight at the People’s National Party rally in Half-Way-Tree recently. Dr Harvey has come under much fire for his statements at the rally.

The political declaration of support for the People’s National Party (PNP) from a political platform by Dr Michael Harvey, a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has brought into sharp relief the issue of Christian involvement in politics. His comments have sparked protest and even derision from various sections of the society. The minister has been roundly condemned as being partisan and even his denomination has not looked kindly at his fulminations. The issue merits discussion as ... Read More

Why damn non-voters to ‘hell-ocracy’?

Mario Boothe | Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

During the election season “pro-voting” media content and conversations become almost unbearable trying to save “non-voters” and “undecideds” from everlasting torture in the pit of hell-ocracy, with everyone reading from the same bible. Vote evangelists want you to put an ‘X’ beside something. They think that everybody has to identify with a political party, and they keep skipping the first commandment of a democracy; participation. I was compelle ... Read More

Should Ambrose be sacked?

Zaheer Clarke | Tuesday, February 09, 2016    

Sir Curtly Ambrose is among the all-time bowlers in Test cricket. When cricket pundits are compiling their all-time XI teams, he is always one of those featured to start alongside other bowling legends, like Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, and others. Ambrose — the player — was ruthless, deadly and feared. His mere presence on the field, or the sight of him running towards you with a leather ball in hand, had many batsmen’s knee ... Read More

Who will succeed Portia Simpson Miller — Part III

Grace Virtue | Tuesday, February 09, 2016    

Lisa Hanna

The premise of this series is that the general election, scheduled for February 25, for which candidates are being registered today, will be Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s last, and that she will not contest the next, constitutionally due 2021, when she would have been a member of parliament (MP) for 45 years and just past her 75th birthday. Simpson Miller has been an MP since 1976, and is the only female president of the People’s National Party (PNP) and prime minister of Ja ... Read More

US Presidential elections heading towards a slippery slope

Tony Miles | Monday, February 08, 2016    

Hillary Clinton

Never in the last 80 years has the American presidential elections generated so much interest worldwide — all for the wrong reasons. Candidate and business mogul billionaire Donald Trump has dominated the entire media landscape. Trump creates opportunities to spew venom, sowing seeds of hate. His veiled racism is clearer than crystal. Yet he is perceived to be the leading candidate in the polls to represent the Republican Party, and is attracting record crowds everywhere he goes. It defies ... Read More

Promises and more promises

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, February 08, 2016    

Williams... we have to demand more from our elected representatives

Over the next two weeks, the Jamaican voter will be bombarded with promises and more promises. How will we be able to differentiate the sincere from the sly? The saying, “Action speaks louder than words”, is a timely reminder of the questions the responsible voter should ask themselves. Here are a few questions we could ask to assist our selection process. 1 What is the track record of your representatives? Are you convinced that they made genuine efforts? 2 How accessible were yo ... Read More

Abolition of user fees: impact on access, care provided; lessons learnt

Dr Adella Campbell | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

IN recent times the public health system has come under much greater scrutiny with its failure to meet certain standards of patient care. Consensus has emerged that at the heart of the problem is inadequate funding of the service and the extent to which the policy of no user fees has contributed to the financial plight of an already under-resourced public health system. This has become a major talking point with varied opinions, depending on the perspective from which the debaters speak. This t ... Read More

In polls we trust; but are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

CAMERON...won by the second largest margin of victory in British electoral history, even though polls indicated a dead heat

If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking. — General George S Patton Group think is not thinking. Far too many of us in Jamaica, and particularly in the media, are victims of group think. The word “GroupThink” was coined by social psychologist Irving Janis in his seminal work, Victims of GroupThink (1972). “It occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, an ... Read More

Assessing Holness’s plan to grow the economy

Richard Blackford | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

HOLNESS...clamoured for the election to be called

While we were all asleep it appears that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness quietly and unobtrusively released a 10-point plan for growing the economy. Despite the promise of new and revolutionary approaches to the business of economic growth and associated job creation, the plan, when examined, contained nothing that one could consider as either new or revolutionary. I took some time to do an assessment of the proposal and the following are my comments/observations: Ministry ... Read More

If education is the cure for poverty, then how do we make the antidote?

Brad Brasseur | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

THE United Nations recently claimed that the Millennium Development Goal that focused on primary education increased global enrolment from 83 per cent to 91 per cent. Despite these gains, today it is estimated that 124 million children do not attend school and 757 million adults are illiterate. That there are nearly one billion people without proper education is distressing, as a good education is a proven foundation for alleviating poverty, sustainable economic progress, healthier lifestyle an ... Read More



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