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Is Peter Phillips promising a new heaven and new Earth?

PHILLIPS.. Jamaica’s economy will suffer under the current Jamaica Labour Party Administration (Photo: Observer file)

Now that the major part of the 2017-18 Budget Debate has ended, the country is in a better position to see the Government’s intentions for the fiscal year. Understandably, such intentions will not please everyone, and indeed could not. There are too many disparate interests to satisfy; too man ... Read More

When it comes to education we have the same issues, boys are given the rough treatment and we are seeing the negative results. Men under siege
Our men are under siege and are involved in a daily and oftentimes ignored fight for their lives. Wh ... Read More

Minister of Finance Audley Shaw (left) has a word with Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Garfield Robinson Holness, Shaw still need to apologise to Jamaicans
The explanation given to the nation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Finance Minister Audley Sha ... Read More

The Jamaican education system is a mirror of the pervasive culture which shifts blame by pointing fingers when someone is to be held accountable. Navigating the realities of the teaching profession: Chronicles of a beginner — Part 2
In my last article, published on January 31, 2017, I discussed the realities of the teaching profess ... Read More

A futurist, a PM, a path for Jamaica

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March 27, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The address by futurist Edie Weiner, last Monday, gave us a thought-provoking context for the budget presentation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness the next day. New Yorker Edie Weiner is the principal of Future Hunters, which for over 40 years has been using data to predict future developments, with impressive results. At an event presented by the Jamaica Chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), she challenged the roomful of leaders to rethink education, to capitalise on Jamaica& ... Read More

Dealing with homelessness in Jamaica

Sheryl Muir | Monday, March 27, 2017    

These homeless men ‘take up residence’ in boxes on Tobago Avenue in New Kingston. The two, who were seen in the financial district on Monday, will be among the forgotten ones when Jamaicans celebrate Christmas with family and friends. (Photo: Pete Sankey)

Homelessness in Jamaica has become a chronic problem post-Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. The National Committee on Homelessness, in a 2012 report, regarded the aftermath of this hurricane as one of the main events that led to the development of deep-seated homelessness in Jamaica. According to this report, “There are at least 1,160 persons who are homeless islandwide. The majority — a total of 616 persons — reside in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew. St James, the second cit ... Read More

The fault, dear PNP, lies not in the stars, but deep within the PNP

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

HANNA...The courage that
once epitomised the movement
has been replaced by fear
from being bludgeoned into
submission from having an
independent view

A roofer’s house leaks. — Zulu proverb At a public function last week I met upon two acquaintances, who described themselves as ‘PNP’ [not Comrades, they say there is difference, but that is for another article], and who took me to task for my piece last Sunday. Somehow they seem to have got it into their heads that my articles have the power to foment political dissonance in the 79-year-old People’s National Party (PNP). After a long, friendly verbal exchange I believe I convinced them that political woodpeckers posed far less danger to ... Read More

Jamaica’s future choked by cancer of corruption

Greg Christie | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Corruption in Jamaica is “entrenched and widespread”. Jamaica must give serious consideration to what lies ahead should the Government and the country’s lawmakers fail to decisively and aggressively confront its corruption problem. Jamaica has long suffered from a perception that it is a highly corrupt country. Only a few days ago, the United States Department of State, in its March 2017 annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, described corruption in Jamaica as ... Read More

Fighting crime strategically

Dr Canute Thompson | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Given what has been established about the relationship between youth and violent crimes, particularly murders, as well as youth and gangs, and unemployment and involvement in crime, this should group should be the focus of crime-fighting efforts. 

It was hoped that when Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his budget presentation he would have articulated a comprehensive crime-fighting plan that reflects a combination of tactical and reactive interventions, on the one hand, that deals with acute and chronic crisis situations; as well as strategic and proactive measures as a part of an overall effort of societal re-engineering. Such a comprehensive plan would contain hard and soft crime-fighting measures that are built around principles of w ... Read More

SMEs may have to pay for election campaign promises

Hugh Graham | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

BY HUGH GRAHAM

Approximately 300,000 micro, medium and small businesses, many of which have managed to ride the waves of the global economic recession and the years of its after-effects, are set to feel the brunt of the new tax measures proposed in 2017/2018 budget tabled in Parliament last two weeks. The Government led by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which has begun its second year in office, must be commended for its fiscal discipline and management, which was inherited from the previous People’s N ... Read More

Vision or perish? Part 2 — We need an igniting vision

Al Miller | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Stanley Beckford and the Starlights articulated their vision on the Jamaica Festival Song Contest in August 1980 with the song New Jamaica. 

The year 1980 was a horrendous year in Jamaica’s journey from Independence towards prosperity. Hundreds of Jamaicans lost their lives to horrific politically motivated violence by the time the election took place in October 1980. Two months before ballots were cast, Stanley Beckford and the Starlights won the prestigious Jamaica Festival Song Contest in August 1980 with the song New Jamaica: “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, a land of peace and love. Some say they cannot see ... Read More

The many feelings of ISSA

Dave Miller | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Arymanya Rodgers of Uganda, now representing KC (Bryan Cummings)

Much has been said about the decision by the Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) to allow Aryamanya Rodgers, a native of Uganda, to compete in the 2017 ISSA Boys’ & Girls’ Athletics Championships. And it is also being said far and wide that the Calabar family is adamant that Rodgers should not be allowed to compete, and is therefore against Kingston College (KC). Nothing is further from the truth. It was stated in Calabar High School’s press release of March 1 ... Read More

Battles lines drawn in the sand

Lance Neita | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) walkout from Gordon House last week is the prelude to any number of walkabout opportunities likely to come their way. New Opposition Leader Peter Phillips is off on a roll, and if the media coverage pictures are anything to go by, he and his portly parliamentary colleagues all seem to need the exercise. Roll back the taxes was transformed into a roly-poly parade before our very eyes as they made for the door looking like a church choir that had mis ... Read More

What do we do for Africa?

Franklin Johnston | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Images of starving in Africa are plenty.

Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Once we were in tune with roots; black Americans had no glossy picture books about fictional empires to balm racial hurt, but we needed no opiates. The West Indies (Anglophone Caribbean), aka Caricom, is the largest body of black nations outside Africa (all islands 90 per cent black). We run thi ... Read More



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