Will UK snap elections give Jamaican PM any ideas?

LONDON, United Kingdom — British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s declaration of June 8, 2017 as the date for the next general election in the United Kingdom (UK) represents a complete break with her public pledge not to call national elections before May 2020 when they are constitutionally due. This departure was accomp ... Read More

Germaine Mason celebrates his high jump silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) At right: MVP coach Stephen Francis reacts while
speaking about his former athlete Germaine
Mason yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Amidst the sorrow of Mr Mason’s passing
Death is never easy. It is even more difficult to accept when the person who passes is young and not ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), addresses a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday to close out the visit of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission team to review Jamaica’s performance under the Precautionary Stand-By Agreement for the period ending December 31, 2016. Also pictured are IMF Mission Chief Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, and Finance Minister Audley Shaw. Photo: JIS Kudos to the Gov’t. Now stay the course
The 180-degree turn being made by the Jamaican economy is admittedly slow, but it’s a turn in ... Read More

117-year-old Violet Mosse Brown is the world's oldest person. (Observer file photo) Jamaica’s supercentenarian shows age is more than just a number
Supercentenarian Mrs Violet Mosse-Brown has joined the pantheon of elite Jamaican stars who have bro ... Read More

If Commissioner Quallo is to succeed...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

George Quallo

A week ago in this space, we heartily welcomed the appointment of Mr George Quallo as the next commissioner of police and wished him well. As was widely reported, Mr Quallo’s appointment took effect yesterday and we expect that he will use his swearing-in address to set the tone of his leadership. Based on reactions from within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) since the announcement of Mr Quallo’s appointment, we believe that he will have the full support of the majority of its ... Read More

Jamaican policymakers must ignore the ‘againsters’

Tuesday, April 18, 2017    

The Ian Fleming International Airport

Jamaica has a group of people who can be regarded as the ‘againsters’— a perpetually pessimistic bunch who can never see any good in any plans for the future. The ‘againsters’ opposed Universal Adult Suffrage, which gave the vote to Jamaicans 21 and over, then they opposed moving the voting age from 21 to 18; they thought Independence was foolishness; they were against the building of the National Stadium and the National Arena. The ‘againsters’ saw no ... Read More

Prison-to-College Programme worth replicating

Monday, April 17, 2017    

Dr Baz Dreisinger explaining her Prison-to-College Pipeline Programme on Monday in an interview at the US ambassador’s residence in Kingston. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

If Jamaica can replicate Dr Baz Dreisinger’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Programme we would have taken a great stride forward in the area of corrections reform. Dr Dreisinger, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, was in Jamaica last week to help local authorities move towards adopting the programme, which essentially exposes incarcerated individuals to tertiary level studies and then funnels them into university when they get out of prison. Dr Dreisinger, foun ... Read More

How real is the growth in domestic food production?

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Karl Samuda

Last Sunday, we sought to underscore the necessity of having accurate and reliable employment statistics, as one means of ensuring that the benefits of economic growth are reaching the largest number of Jamaicans. Reliable measurement of our progress is critical across all areas of the economy, hence our insistence that all State agencies involved in collecting and disseminating national statistics do so in a studious and credible manner. Obviously, the economic development potential of Jamai ... Read More

This balance of sports and education

Saturday, April 15, 2017    

Students at Calabar High School during yesterday’s devotion where they celebrated their triumph at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships on Saturday.

The writer who goes by the nom de plume The Laird has opened what we believe is an interesting discussion in his latest column in this week’s edition of the online newspaper, Public Opinion. Basically, The Laird’s position is that high schools should give greater focus to providing students with sound education instead of what appears to be a blinkered determination to produce professional athletes. In his piece, The Laird looks at the competitions run by the Inter-secondary School ... Read More

To mount the cross of courage

Thursday, April 13, 2017    

On this Good Friday, Jamaicans, in common with millions of Christians across the globe, will commemorate the crucifixion of Christ, arguably the most important event on the Christian calendar. The uncanny thing about the crucifixion is that one does not have to be a Christian — and indeed many do not embrace the Easter story — to appreciate the concept of giving one’s life for another, the ultimate sacrifice that symbolises the love and value in which someone is held. It is a ... Read More

The task ahead for Commissioner Quallo

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    

George Quallo

After waiting for more than three months, the country now has its 29th commissioner of police in veteran career cop Mr George Quallo. His name did not figure in much, if any, of the talk and speculation following the retirement of Commissioner Dr Carl Williams in early January this year. We have to therefore ask the question: Why was Deputy Commissioner Quallo given the nod by the Police Service Commission over the many others who had applied for the commissioner’s post? Many theories a ... Read More

Jamaica must decide on free tertiary education

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Dr Carroll Edwards (Contributed)

We share some of the anxiety being expressed by affected final-year students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) who fear they might not be able to sit final exams because they have not paid fees owed to the university. As it has always been — except for the period under the Michael Manley Government of the 1970s and its policy of free education — many students have found it difficult to pay their university fees, not necessarily because they don’t wish to, but more oft ... Read More

Where there is a will, there’s always a way

Monday, April 10, 2017    

EDWARDS ... we are going to all the churches (Gregory Bennett)

Inadequacy of education, training and socialisation for young people, and related high unemployment are global problems. In Jamaica they are particularly pronounced — often blamed for the country’s intolerably high crime rate. To make matters worse, there is very little in terms of rehabilitation for those young people who have committed themselves on the wrong side of the law. We are contemplating these issues in the context of two articles on the weekend which deal with youth tr ... Read More

Jamaica has a vested interest in reliable employment figures

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

If the ultimate goal of economic growth is to improve the quality of life of the people of a country, then the higher the rate of economic growth, the more benefits that are available to be shared. The main way in which the majority of people benefit from the economy and economic growth is through employment. The current perception is that persistent unemployment is much too high, yet the rate of unemployment has declined in recent years, according to official figures. No wonder some people ... Read More



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