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Bunting the most prepared successor

On June 10, 2016 the Jamaica Observer published a politically stimulating, incisive and intrinsically interesting editorial cartoon by the indefatigable Sir Clovis vividly showing People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller at the top of a tree strenuously, vigorously and firmly ho ... Read More

Local government was recognised for its ability to be a coordinating forum for Government within a democratic framework. We must take the local gov’t road to prosperity
The main theme within Jamaican politics circa 2016 is ‘prosperity’. The newly elected Ja ... Read More

Jim Crowe’s Hanging Tree by Richard Hugh Blackford Beyond our votes, do black lives matter to you Clinton?
Dear Mrs Hillary Clinton, Congratulations on virtually securing the nomination as the Democratic Pa ... Read More

The damaged vehicle from another angle. Between Jamrock and other hard places
With reports of racist attacks in the US and terrorist attacks in the Middle East and Europe, we&rsq ... Read More

Farmers ready to join Caricom, Brexit

Norman Grant | Monday, July 25, 2016    

On Wednesday July 13, 2016, hundreds of the nation’s farmers met at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, as the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) held its 121st annual general meeting (AGM) of the membership of the country’s umbrella farmers’ organisation that represents the nation’s over 220,000 farmers. The JAS is in advanced discussion to approve the membership of the country’s approximately 20,000 fisher folk as an affiliate organisation. This was th ... Read More

Turkey restores democracy and the order

Hasan Servet Oktem | Monday, July 25, 2016    

ANKARA, Turkey — Citizens wave their national flags as they protest against the military coup outside Turkey’s Parliament near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara on Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP)

Turkish people will never forget the date of July 15, 2016.This was a horrible day as a coup attempt by a group of military personnelwas perpetrated that day to overthrow the democratically elected Government and to suspend the constitutional order in Turkey. July 15, 2016 will also be celebrated by Turkish society as heroic Turkish citizens, at the risk of their lives, prevented this minority group of soldiers, by taking over the streets and main circles in Istanbul and Ankara in order to prot ... Read More

Arbitral tribunal on South China Sea

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Niu Qingbao

On July 12, 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea rendered an award in an attempt to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. This is an illegal award rendered by an illegal tribunal in an attempt to undermine one country’s sovereign and maritime rights under the cloak of law. It is no less than an assault on international rule of law. First, the existence of the tribunal is fatally flawed. The tribunal quoted ... Read More

Peter Bunting is no political dunce

Christopher Burns | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller (at podium), along with candidates and officials of the party in a sombre mood at PNP headquarters on the night of February 26, 2016 after losing the general election.

Peter Bunting delivered a political masterstroke last week by announcing that he would not challenge the incumbent president of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller, but instead would allow her to determine a timetable for her exit. By electing to follow the pathway of the “politics of delay”, Peter Bunting has wittingly or unwittingly moved to infuse significant organisational stability and equilibrium into the PNP. As we all know, the PNP has, in recent t ... Read More

HAJ state of affairs years in the making

H Karl Bennett | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

A duplex at the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s housing development, The Vistas at Runaway Bay. Under that project all of more than 80 homes include photovoltaic systems and solar water heating.

I am responding to articles and comments reported in the media as coming from the chairman of the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ) and the minister without portfolio with responsibility for water, land and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation regarding losses of approximately $3 billion at the HAJ within the past three years and on “questionable decisions”. For the record, I was engaged to serve as the managing director on December 13, 2013 at a time of ... Read More

PHOTO: No political dunce

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Peter Bunting

On The Agenda this week is the changed winds of the People’s National Party leadership race. Christopher Burns tackles the many opinions on Peter Bunting’s aborted challenge — that never even got started. Burns says the decision was a masterstroke, as Bunting needs to spend more time shoring up delegate support. Bunting must ensure the delegates do not feel he has pushed out their “Mama P”, as she still wields tremendous influence. A stellar political play, says Bur ... Read More

A company that is too good to be closed

Lance Neita | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth

St Elizabeth is now under starter’s orders for the reopening of Alpart. Excitement in the valley as communities begin to gear up for possible jobs, and the provision of goods and services, to restore Alpart as the industrial and commercial centre for the south-central region. The sale of Alpart by former Russian owners UC Rusal to a Chinese metals company, Jiquan Iron & Steel Company Limited (JISCO) has been announced. JISCO did their due diligence research and appraisal earlier this ... Read More

Preserving the patrimony, indeed: The role of the Ministry of Tourism

Edmund Bartlett | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

I note with keen interest a column in The Agenda magazine of the Jamaica Observer by Howard Gregory, lord bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The piece, entitled ‘Preserving the patrimony’, explored some of the psycho-social and economic challenges confronting residents of resort towns that are believed to be stemming from the expansion of the all-inclusive tourism product within their communities. Specifically, the article addressed the increased feel ... Read More

Haiti: Time is running out

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert. (Photo: AP)

Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organisation of American states (OAS), has told political stakeholders in Haiti, including the interim Government and parliamentarians, that it is imperative that they fully assume their responsibilities towards the nation. The secretary general’s summons to the politicians comes after weeks of parliamentary filibustering and a failure either to extend the tenure of the interim president, Jocelerme Privert, or elect someone in his place. Privert ... Read More

Zika, pregnancy and the Ministry of Health’s response

BY DR CHRIS TUFTON | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

BY DR CHRIS TUFTON

Jamaica and the world are faced with the potential outcome of neurological complications, including microcephaly, in children of women infected with the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition where babies are born with small heads and associated cognitive impairment. Pregnant women are at the same risk of exposure to the Zika virus as the general population. One in every five infected persons will show symptoms of the illness. We are still unsure of the number of infected pregnant women who w ... Read More



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