Time to rethink the GCT on tourism

Tourist on vacation

AT the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual conference, Managing Director Christine Lagarde was quoted as saying that the global economy was facing "the risk of a new mediocre, where growth is low and uneven" and that the 18-nation bloc that uses the euro — collectively the world's ... Read More

ABU BAKR... persona non grata in Jamaica 2014 What happens when the next Abu Bakr comes?
WE heard National Security Minister Peter Bunting's explanation about the necessity to spend $4 mill ... Read More

An undated image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (PHOTO: AP/CDC) Can the world please follow Cuba's lead on Ebola
CUBA is a small, poor country with a big heart. The outbreak of Ebola in Liberia was ignored until ... Read More

A British Airways plane prepares for landing. Thanks for the ‘flying start’, British Airways and Comic Relief UK
THE financial support being given to four human development projects in Jamaica by British Airways w ... Read More

Let's stay true to the tradition of genuine heroism

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Ray Harvey (right) receiving an Order Of Distinction
from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at Monday’s
annual Heroes’ Day ceremony at Kings House (File Photo)

Today, National Heroes Day 2014, Jamaicans pay special tribute to the life and times of its nation-builders. The seven National Heroes — Right Excellencies Marcus Garvey, Norman Manley, Sir Alexander Bustamante, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, George William Gordon, and Nanny of the Maroons -- get special mention for their contribution and sacrifice. In the case of the Rt Excellencies Bogle, Sharpe and Gordon that sacrifice was the ultimate. But even as Jamaicans pay tribute to those seven, as w ... Read More

Nationalism killing regional integration

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Since the EPA became
effective in 2008,
Caricom exports to
the EU have declined,
with Jamaica making
the biggest retreat
from the European

REGIONAL integration is supposed to lead to three direct benefits for the Caribbean people: economising by sharing common services; increasing the influence of the small states of the region in international affairs by acting as a single group with a common purpose; and promoting economic development by allowing resource allocation on a regional basis, thereby overcoming the lack of economies of scale in production. None of this is happening. Indeed, the future of the integration process is one ... Read More

Torturous days ahead for West Indies cricket

Saturday, October 18, 2014    

The circumstances that have led to yesterday's calamitous abandonment of the West Indies cricket tour of India are as puzzling as they are distressing. How could grown men, all claiming to have the best interest of West Indies cricket at heart, have allowed the situation to come to such a pass? That's a question, though, that has been repeatedly asked for many years. Sadly, as has happened repeatedly, long-suffering West Indian cricket fans are unlikely to get a satisfactory answer. More to ... Read More

A suggestion for the IMF

Friday, October 17, 2014    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine
Lagarde addressing a news conference at the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund
Annual Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC this week. Beside her is International
Monetary and Financial Committee Chair and Singapore’s Finance Minister Tharman
Shanmugaratnam. (PHOTO: AP)

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held its annual conference in Washington, DC. Although it had already downgraded its global growth forecast going into the conference, the sell-off in global markets suggests the agency will need to downgrade it again to reflect the accelerating weakness in Europe and Japan, the slowing of China and emerging markets generally, as well as the myriad geopolitical and other unusual risks. These risks now include the Ukraine, the Middle East and, par ... Read More

Bipartisan meeting on CHIKV/Ebola: Now we're talking!

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre) at yesterday’s meeting at Jamaica House where she met with representatives of
several ministries and agencies involved in the national response to the chikungunya virus outbreak. Beside her are Dr Marion
Bullock-DuCasse (right), acting chief medical officer, and Senator Sandrea Falconer, the minister with responsibility for

TUESDAY'S meeting of members of parliament and mayors, which was convened at Jamaica House by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has come as a confidence booster to the morale of a nation under attack from chikungunya and worried about the threat of Ebola. We have seen time and time again that whenever Jamaicans unite around a cause -- whether it is to face a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, or to celebrate international achievements, such as athletic glory — we are at our best a ... Read More

Joblessness among region's youth chronic

Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

Job seekers join a long queue in response to job postings last year. Unemployment in Jamaica hit
14.2 per cent in January.

THE most valuable asset for the future economic and social development of the Caribbean is its young people. Regrettably, that asset is going to waste by inadequate education, migration and unemployment. Youth unemployment, in particular, has reached crisis proportions because of the adverse impact of the global economic recession since 2008 and ineffective domestic macroeconomic policy. In recent years, Caribbean economies have averaged 0-1 per cent growth, with Trinidad and Guyana being the ... Read More

No place for complacency in crime fight

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    


The jarring reports of the murder of four men and the robbery of a $2-million payroll close to Bog Walk, St Catherine, is a harsh reminder to all Jamaicans, not least the Government and the security forces, that there can be no place for complacency. Statistics showing steady decline in violent crime are reassuring, but criminals, with their guns and ammunition, are still out there seeking soft spots to strike. New commissioner of police, Dr Carl Williams, and his high command, sorely constrai ... Read More

Let's turn the CHIKV outbreak to our advantage

Monday, October 13, 2014    

St Thomas resident Kevin Robinson assists in clearing a storm
drain of mud and garbage.

LAST Tuesday, in this space, we made the point that there is an intrinsic attitude to just being plain nasty among people in this country. It's a point that cannot be overemphasised, especially given the spread of the chikungunya virus in communities across the country. That commentary was sparked by the national clean-up effort started, most appropriately, by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in her St Andrew South West constituency. Our focus on this troubling issue today is rooted in last ... Read More

Why we desperately need healthy oceans

Sunday, October 12, 2014    


The third annual Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference held in Upolu, Samoa in August 2014 highlighted the fact that the future economic development of SIDS will be ocean-based. Ocean-based economic growth, referred to by the moniker "blue growth", depends critically on healthy oceans. The dilemma is that the quality of oceans is increasingly threatened by the adverse consequences of climate change which, by all credible scientific accounts, is intensifying and accelerating. SIDS do ... Read More

Walk away, Wavell

Saturday, October 11, 2014    

HINDS… We were placed here by the rules of our association,
and will leave only according to the will of the majority of our
membership as provided for in those rules

IN late September, this newspaper found reason to applaud the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) for their signing of a "watershed" Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Our understanding was that the administrators of West Indies cricket and the players' union had found common ground in ensuring the development of a genuine professional environment in Caribbean cricket. As outlined, the arrangement was meant ... Read More



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