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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

Radical advocacy: Cover

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Are we ready for it? The news headlines have been punctuated by a growing discussion on #TambourineArmy. It has leapfrogged from the realm of social media and demanded its place in the mainstream. The conversation, mounting in intensity, draws Jamaicans to look at the way in which some of us make our views heard and advocate for change. Contributor Lorenzo Smith wades waist-deep into the discourse and poses the question that must be answered by all of society; intellectual minority, man in the ... Read More

Holness’s bombshell, the NHT, and shelter for poor people

Franklin Johnston | Friday, March 17, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing the ground breaking ceremony for the Masenure and Darliston housing developments in Westmoreland last Friday

Housing is a great equaliser and gives all kids the same good start in a community; so the rapper and market trader will exchange stories and discover they once lived on the same street — all front doors look alike. But here, housing divides as discrete low-, high-, middle-income schemes foster inequality. It also incubates social discontent and leads to violence. So the elephant in the room is not education, health care, or food, but the 20 per cent living in 700 squatter settlements. W ... Read More

Time for islandwide motorcycle safety

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 17, 2017    

A training workshop by Sandals to reach motorcycle riders and passengers has been held in Negril — one of the most motorcycle-populated areas in the island. Whatever else might be occurring in other parishes, you have to work hard to equal Westmoreland in bike numbers. Major and minor roads reverberate with the buzzing sound of the bikes all over the parish, which could well be dubbed “Motorcycle Racetrack”. It took me quite a while to get used to it, the last time I visited & ... Read More

Government partnership necessary to grow Jamaica's economy

Don Wehby | Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Report of the Economic Growth Counci

The tourism sector has long been a key pillar of the Jamaican economy. This sector, which generated over $32 billion towards the gross domestic product for the first three quarters of 2016, continues to expand and achieve major success. Tourism has always been one of the key sectors of focus targeted by the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) in its bid to drive economic growth. In working with investors, however, the general lament has been the bureaucracy and lengthy timelines around the ... Read More

Families, houses and garrisons

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Housing should be spread out to give people space between themselves, which translates into less violence.  (Bryan Cummings)

Immediately after slavery was abolished the ex-slaves lived on the hillsides in wattle and daub housing. When there was a shortage of jobs in rural Jamaica, many left the countryside to flock the towns and created slums. So there was a dire need for housing. Norman Manley established Jamaica Welfare for rural development in 1937. This was really the first effort to deal with the housing shortage in Jamaica by means of self-help housing. The Roman Catholic Church at Homestead in Bamboo, St Ann, ... Read More

Inspiring hundreds of young entrepreneurs in Jamaica

Darine BenAmara | Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Youth entrepreneurship impacts a country’s economy. (kbuntu)

I have worked in various countries around the world and have concluded that youth unemployment is one the biggest barriers to development. There are millions of youth in the world eager to take advantage of economic opportunities in their countries. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica estimates the unemployment rate in Jamaica at 12.9 per cent (July 2016) and the unemployment rate for youth is considerably higher at 27.4 per cent. Women and youth are commonly marginalised groups in society. As ... Read More

Government does not have the moral authority to tax the people as they do

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw

The 2017-18 budget debate has started in earnest with the presentation by Minister of Finance Audley Shaw. At the time of writing Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips was yet to speak. To be sure, a national budget never satisfies completely the expectations of all stakeholders or citizens in an economy. Often it is a balancing act which is not just about getting the numbers right but realising that there is a direct correlation between figures, their manipulation, and their impact ... Read More

A lesson in a cherry tree for the PM

Lisa Hanna | Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

My father, God rest his soul, was a simple man who neither inherited wealth nor did he “make it” in life. He was content in having a cup of coffee in the morning and watching the evening news. For him Listerine was the cure for everything, including dandruff, the common cold, bruises, and constipation. “Just gargle with Listerine,” he’d say. A pragmatist, he loved the common man, drove a pickup all his life, not only to buy old furniture but also to give people a ... Read More

Facing the truth

Rev Al Miller | Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Sexual abuse is a major and commonplace problem that has become rampant in our nation. Its impact on victims is devastating.

In my last article, ‘Facing the Truth – Part 2’, I started to trace when and how we as a nation slid off the path of truth as a standard, and truth-telling as a practice, and how the absence of truth has corrupted the whole national fabric. The result is the present ruin we are currently experiencing. I continue to strongly posit that it is only on the platform of truth that we can restore trust to obtain peace to move us to prosperity. TRUTH REVEALS THE ROOT Truth is a found ... Read More

South Koreans stunned by leader’s rapid ouster

BY FOSTER KLUG | Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

SEOUL, South Korea — In this February 25, 2013 file photo, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye takes an oath during her inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul. After a court ruling Friday, Park is no longer president and may very well face criminal extortion and other charges. (Photo: AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — This was not supposed to happen in South Korea. It was too divided, too corrupt, too much in thrall to the rich and powerful who’d always had their way. Four months ago, the idea that the country’s leader, along with the cream of South Korean business and politics, would be knocked from command after sustained, massive, peaceful protests would have been ludicrous. Now Park Geun-hye, thanks to a court ruling Friday, is no longer president and may very ... Read More



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