Thanks for the ‘flying start’, British Airways and Comic Relief UK

A British Airways plane prepares for landing.

THE financial support being given to four human development projects in Jamaica by British Airways warms our hearts. As was reported in this week’s Sunday Observer, British Airways, through its global charity called Flying Start, in collaboration with Comic Relief UK, is providing £500,0 ... Read More

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) Let's stay true to the tradition of genuine heroism
Today, National Heroes Day 2014, Jamaicans pay special tribute to the life and times of its nation-b ... Read More

Since the EPA became
effective in 2008,
Caricom exports to
the EU have declined,
with Jamaica making
the biggest retreat
from the European
market. Nationalism killing regional integration
REGIONAL integration is supposed to lead to three direct benefits for the Caribbean people: economis ... Read More

Torturous days ahead for West Indies cricket
The circumstances that have led to yesterday's calamitous abandonment of the West Indies cricket tou ... 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

Tribute to a great regionalist, Frederick Lloyd Cozier

Friday, October 10, 2014    

The recent passing of Barbadian native Mr Frederick Lloyd Cozier signals the end of an era in regional integration. Mr Cozier etched his name in the history of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) as the first Head of a Caribbean regional secretariat. We join the Caricom Secretariat in this tribute to an outstanding Caribbean man. Mr Cozier in 1968 became secretary-general of the Commonwealth Caribbean Regional Secretariat (CCRS) with a mandate to create an institution that would give effect to th ... Read More

Are we such heartless, monstrous things?

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

Coretta Vincent sits on
the hand cart on which
she was transported to
downtown Kingston
yesterday as she relates
her ordeal. (PHOTO:

We have witnessed some brutal, gruesome and horrific deeds in our country over time and many of us have been numbed and hardened by it. But even by our standards for withstanding cruelty and even though no blood was shed, we were shaken beyond belief by the sheer heartlessness of the monsters who robbed a disabled woman at gunpoint of her wheelchair and left her on a sidewalk on Tuesday. Is it possible for criminals to sink any lower? Are these men or demons and what should be done with such mo ... Read More

Confidence in Jamaica's future still elusive

Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

Co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee Richard Byles

AN old saying has it that confidence is suspicion gone to sleep. Yesterday, Sagicor CEO Mr Richard Byles held a press conference on the 17th monthly review of the now internationally famous Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC). As co-chair of EPOC, tasked with reviewing the performance of Jamaica's IMF programme, and one of Jamaica's most respected CEOs, Mr Byles has become the key spokesman keeping Jamaica informed as to whether our IMF programme is "on track", a critical piece in the ... Read More



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