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Women in politics: sink or swim?

CLINTON...How many women could bear the loser’s pain?

THE president of the People’s National Party Portia Simpson Miller has announced her retirement from the post after some difficulties which have alienated her from political associates and sections of the wider public. It could not have been easy for her to face the lack of respect, the rough ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER...must manage her transition with prayerful wisdom Was Portia a successful leader?
Portia Simpson Miller will exit the People’s National Party (PNP) leadership after years of ef ... Read More

So what is a court guaranteed regarding truth-telling by an oath taken by such a Christian with Bible in hand? 
A neglected legal problem
Even the unlearned person in the street feels outraged when a witness commits perjury and causes a c ... Read More

Marcus Garvey (File photo) Secular politics required
The time has come for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean to chart a way for freedom of religion and fre ... Read More

Church’s definition of disturbing strange and contradictory

BY MICHAEL A DINGWALL | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

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The Church never ceases to amaze many of us on what it sees as right and wrong. However, its recent quarrel with a telecommunications company about an artist’s depiction, of what he sees as the country’s cultural norms, on a telephone directory is particularly interesting. People dancing and having what they consider a good time apparently is not good taste with “acceptable morals”. You know, the Church has the Bible that it tries to impose on the rest of us as the best ... Read More

Party infighting is not new

Michael Burke | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

So the electronic media got inside the last meeting of the National Executive Council of the People’s National Party (PNP) when Portia Simpson Miller announced her plans to step down from the PNP presidency. And excerpts of the barbs thrown at her by rivalling factions within the PNP were aired on TV. To begin with, intra-party clashes are far more common than some might realise, and it is certainly nothing to be overly stressed about. Indeed, it is ironic that today, the date of the Roma ... Read More

Fidel Castro’s final epitaph

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

Cuban President Raul Castro places the urn with the ashes of his brother Fidel Castro in his tomb at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. Fidel Castro’s ashes were buried alongside national heroes in the cradle of his revolution on Sunday, as Cuba opens a new era without the communist leader who ruled the island for decades. (AFP)

Friends, Romans, countrymen, give me your ears. I have come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do is remembered after them. The good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar. — Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare These words from the speech by Mark Antony in the drama Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare are a fitting final epitaph for Fidel Castro, who died November 25, 2016 at age 90. History will be the final arbiter in determining his legacy. In the ... Read More

Walk good, Portia, walk good

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December 07, 2016    

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller is tickled on meeting four-year-old Tenecia Kelly, who is dressed like her, inside the National Arena yesterday. (Photo: Micheal Gordon)

Portia Simpson Miller has finally announced her intention not to seek re-election to the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) next September. She has given as one of her reasons for the announcement that she was awaiting the inevitable results of the local government elections just concluded. She did not like the idea of her successor suffering the ignominy of such a defeat. Thus she took one for the party and decided to bow out. One wonders what she would have done had her part ... Read More

What more can we do?

Floyd Morris | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

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People with disabilities are an integral part of any society. However, they have not been treated with the level of respect and dignity that they should. After years of advances, many still view these individuals as people who should be confined to their homes or be placed in infirmaries. They are still being viewed as individuals who should be on welfare rather than being involved with gainful employment. As a country, we have a number of people with disabilities who have demonstrated that the ... Read More

Teaching to test or testing to teach? — Part 2

Clement Lambert | Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

We continue this Education Matters conversation from where we left off, with high-stakes testing, with a look at the implication for students and their caregivers: Teaching students to think? In the last book written by famous children’s author Dr Seuss Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, he provides a stark contrast of two schools — Diffendoofer school and Flobbertown. In Diffendoofer, the teachers teach in unconventional ways and make learning fun. Flobbertown was far more regimented a ... Read More

Low-hanging fruits in public sector transformation

BY Christopher Pryce | Monday, December 05, 2016    

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The public sector transformation programme is on, again. While this effort is a complex one, with far-reaching implications, there are several areas and approaches of attack that could be considered as relatively easy, or at least to be low-hanging fruits. One such approach could include exploiting existing technology and processes to improve efficiency in service delivery. In some instances, the incremental cost to the Government could range from nil to modest amounts. A case in point is th ... Read More

Jamaica has to change its brand of politics

BY Colette Campbell | Monday, December 05, 2016    

I am not surprised with how the local government elections turned out. One factor was the limited options from which to choose from and again for the lack of voters. Confidence in the parties and their style of politics is waning among Jamaican voters, especially within the youth majority. The apathy, manifesting in their non-participation, is testament of wanting much more from the elected officials, who after the elections feel they’ve put themselves in the position. Last Monday I witn ... Read More

The PNP’s existential crisis

Dr Canute Thompson | Monday, December 05, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER... responsible for a series of bad decisions

The People’s National Party (PNP) is in a crisis of its own making, and when an organisation creates a crisis for itself, leadership is to be blamed. The PNP is suffering from a failure of leadership, not just that of the party president. When an organisation makes a series of bad decisions it is not easy to recover from them with a good speech or the change of a leader. I, nonetheless, submit that the party president, Portia Simpson Miller, is fully responsible for the series of bad decis ... Read More

Portia Simpson Miller should protect her legacy

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, December 05, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER ... has not spoken publicly since the PNP’s battering in the November 28 Local Government Election. (Observer)

We have watched Portia Simpson Miller’s rise from a humble Kingston and St Andrew Corporation councillor to prime minister of Jamaica. She has cut an impressive figure in line-ups of regional and global leaders, and has scored a double-page in Time magazine as one of their personalities of the year. Her visceral political campaigning has made her a hero to her followers and the fear of her opponents. The times that she has crossed the line into tracing matches have gained a critical mass, ... Read More



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