The other side of Outameni

THERE has been much brouhaha surrounding the Outameni Experience in the wake of the Easton Douglas-led National Housing Trust’s (NHT) decision to purchase the property on which it is located for an alleged $180 million. This so-called scandal has become the main topic of discussion and contr ... Read More

Jamaica Flag Jamaica unchained
THE forces converged last week to focus my mind on the need for urgent changes in the socio-politica ... Read More

The United Nations estimates that, globally, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point
in her life. (IMAGE CREATED BY STEPHANIE, KONSTANZE AND SARAH) Human rights cannot exclude the female half of humanity
ON March 8, 2014 the international community commemorated International Women's Day (celebrated sinc ... Read More

The recent brouhaha surrounding the alleged sexual indiscretions of Bill Cosby gives rise to
questions of positive negation. Cosby and the notion of positive negation
I have long been mystified by the human tendency to negate, in public, practices that we embrace in ... Read More

Haiti is not napping!

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, November 24, 2014    

The children of L’Ecole Nationale de Grande Savane in Haiti sing their thanks for
their new school. (PHOTO: J LOWRIE-CHIN)

It was ironical. In the airport last week, I mentioned to a lady that I was en route to Haiti. She responded that on her last trip there, it was "a planeload of white people", and questioned their intentions for the country. I was sorry she was not in the room last Wednesday when a group of brilliant, caring individuals -- black, white and in-between -- gathered at the Hotel Karibe in Port-au-Prince for a working session of the Haiti Action Network, organised by the Clinton Global Initiative ( ... Read More

The JLP conference where 'cock mout kill cock'

CHRIS BURNS | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

'cock mout' kill cock

IN an effort to win approval and support of swing voters, persuade undecided, and woo the politically frustrated, the re-energised, but ever-skittish Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) triumvirate took to the National Arena last Sunday for their 71st Annual Conference. They delivered a performance unlike the 70 before it. Chief among the troika was the fearless leader, Andrew Holness. He wasted no time in reminding his loyal minions of his greatness. He cleaned Portia's clock before reasserting the obvi ... Read More

I welcome the Cable and Wireless acquisition of Flow

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

I welcome the Cable and Wireless acquisition of Flow

HAVING been a subscriber to Flow’s triple play service for many years, at the very moment I read that the Cable and Wireless (CWC) had bought Columbus Communications, known to us in Jamaica as Flow, I envisioned rates going down because of increased competition from the dominant player in the region, Digicel. As expected, the acquisition has not gone down well with Digicel. This I couldn’t quite figure out until it dawned on me that Digicel was no longer just the mobile player that ... Read More

The reparations claim is still the perfect sideshow

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

III, by Karl

It was recently reported that Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament (MP) Daryl Vaz and People’s National Party (PNP) MP Raymond Pryce had a clash of sorts in the House while Pryce was giving a presentation on reparations. While I disagree with the comments made by Vaz about young Pryce, it occurred to me that Pryce has been bitten by Mike Henry’s bug — that elusive expectation that the taxpayers of Britain and other European nations will ask their tax population to ... Read More

Inadequate int'l response to Ebola should never repeat itself

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

NUTTALL... If the world wants global security, we have to work together to ensure poor
countries have stronger health systems, including early warning systems to report outbreaks

THE good news is that a prophylactic vaccine against chikungunya, developed by the Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH, is reported to induce a significant neutralising immune response to the disease and is confirmed as safe. The not-so-good news is two-fold: First, none of the major health authorities of the world has yet endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. And, second, even if the vaccine is validated, it might be some time before it is produced in sufficient qua ... Read More

Outameni — Classic case of wolves raiding the farm

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... says she did not know about the
NHT/Outameni transaction until October 30 in the press
PHILLIPS... The man who plays by the rules get shafted

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. -- Laurence J Peter, The Peter Principle The wolves have invaded, not for the first, second or third time in recent history, the unprotected farm, which has changed ownership on numerous occasions. A family called the Tainos first owned it. Now gates are flung open and hen houses and animal stables are in disarray. The chief farmer, foreman, and all the farmhands all clai ... Read More

Unpleasant dance with CCJ by Jamaica and T&T

RICKEY SINGH | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Some 52 years after Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago formally severed the colonial relationship with Britain, they maintain a
strange preference for the Privy Council in London as their final appellate institution instead of the Port of Spain-based CCJ.

IT was a significant coincidence for reflection that the day after Andrew Holness, parliamentary Opposition leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), declared he was in no mood at this time to support his country's access to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate institution, both the Jamaica Observer and the Barbados Nation published editorials critical of his party's continuing negative positions against this most vital court of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). In respo ... Read More

Marital rape — a myth, seriously?

REV CLINTON CHISHOLM | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

If mutuality reigns in the relationship there will be a desire to provide what is needed by one's
partner for sexual satisfaction.

HAVING sexual intercourse with anyone without that one's consent is rape in law, whether the one who has not consented is wife, sweetheart or whoever. This is true too for Christian couples, despite some misunderstanding of Paul's point in 1 Corinthians: 7: 1 - 6. Before I try to unpack the essence of Paul's ideas let me say that it is my long-held considered opinion that sex should neither be withheld as punishment nor demanded as payment, or as one's whenever-I-want-it dessert, despite the pr ... Read More

Battling Ebola: the worst of humanitarian missions

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Health workers wearing protective equipment dance as they try to cheer up an Ebola patient at
Kenema Treatment Centre.

KENEMA, Sierra Leone (AFP) — An invisible, murderous enemy that puts caregivers in almost unbearable working conditions, Ebola is a gruelling test for even the most experienced humanitarian. Joachim Gardemann had spent 20 years with the Red Cross in Rwanda, Bosnia and Syria before his toughest mission in eastern Sierra Leone. "In a conflict, you avoid areas where there is risk, landmines... Here the enemy is everywhere," says the German paediatrician, who runs an Ebola treatment unit in ... Read More

Sterilisation deaths highlight women's lack of options

SUNITA VAKIL | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

NEW DELHI, India — Indian activists from various student unions and nongovernmental
organisations shout slogans against the Chhattisgarh government
outside Chhattisgarh house, in New Delhi, on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Dozens of women who underwent surgeries in the Chhattisgarh government-run
sterilisation campaign last week became ill, and more than a dozen died. The
banner in Hindi reads, “Stop violence against women, and How is this family
planning where it takes women lives?” (PHOTOS: AP)

THE news of the death of 13 women in Chhattisgarh, India, after undergoing faulty surgical sterilisation procedures is shocking. The target-centric mass sterilisation drive and the resultant tragedy is appalling and unimaginable in any civilised society. It is puzzling that such incidents happen while India is considered to be a preferred medical tourism destination. Poor women are offered a paltry incentive to undergo sterilisation surgery highlighting the risks women face in reproductive healt ... Read More



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