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Gatlin, not Bolt, saved athletics

Usain Bolt takes a breather after his gold medal-winning run in the 200m at the recent World Championships in Beijing China.

SINCE 2008, Usain Bolt has been an indomitable force in athletics. He has won an unbelievable four individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual World Championship gold medals. This is no easy feat. However, in most sports ,when an individual keeps dominating a sport by humongous margins, the ... Read More

(L) Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith
(R)
The late Woman Constable
Crystal Thomas. A woman is not perfected without trials
THIS is not an anti-men column. In fact, if I had even marginally enough cougar inclination, I would ... Read More

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. Is climate change pushing the Caribbean towards a health crisis?
I still cringe when I remember the agony I encountered when I was brought to my knees by the chiku ... Read More

(L)
SIMPSON MILLER... heating up the
campaign platforms.
(R)
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

Is there fair play in PLCA?

MIKE HENRY | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Members of MBU celebrate a goal against Humble Lion in a first-round RSPL game

The unfolding issues taking place in the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), and which remains unchallenged by the Clarendon Football Association (CFA) is an indictment of the association's leadership, and by extension the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). As a member of the PLCA and a director I have given up attending meetings personally as what was exhibited last year reflected poor transitional planning and a vision in decline, and/or apparent unwillingness to challenge and change the ... Read More

No need to get it right... politics, not economics, is supreme

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, August 30, 2015    

King’s House

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears; when benevolence is lost, right conduct appears; when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder. — Lao-Tzu An excerpt from Aesop's fable The Crow and the Raven A crow was jealous of the raven because he was considered a bird of good omen and always attracted the attention of men who noted by his flight the good or evil course of future events. Seeing some traveller ... 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



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