Act fast to protect your legacy, ISSA

Calabar High’s Michael O’Hara (2nd right) goes over the hurdle in equal stride to Wolmer’s Boys’ Jaheel Hyde (centre) in the boys’
Class One 110m hurdles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. (PHOTOS:

Faithful readers of this column will know of the respect that this newspaper has for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Indeed, we have, in the past, suggested that ISSA could provide valuable guidance for other organisations in terms of basic organisation, marketing and promoti ... Read More

Dr Chris Tufton (left) and Arthur Williams confer during the brief sitting of the Senate. The relevance of internal democracy for political parties
SUPPORTERS of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may disagree. However, it seems to this news ... Read More

OBAMA... will be in
Jamaica on April 9 Why President Obama is coming to Jamaica
THE highly anticipated visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica has raised the quest ... Read More

Reggae Boyz Coach Winfried Schaefer Fine-tuning for the challenges ahead
The excitement of that extraordinary athletic festival, the high school boys' and girls' championshi ... Read More

A Senate debate we need to have

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness

Although we criticised Mr Andrew Holness's decision to appeal the Constitutional Court's declaratory judgement in what has become known as the Senate resignation letters saga, we must acknowledge his tenacity in pursuing the case. However, now that the Appeal Court has ruled against him, Mr Holness finds himself in a political dilemma. For the decision has given his opponents in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ammunition to use against him, as two courts have now found that his request for his S ... Read More

Moving SSP Steve McGregor: The re-education of West Kingston

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

SSP Steve McGregor

HAVING been accustomed to living in a state within a state, and dealing out their own system of justice, residents of West Kingston seemingly want to continue to decide who polices the area. On Monday, they greeted the announcement by Police Commissioner Carl Williams that Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor from the Kingston West Division would be transferred to St James with street demonstrations and loud protests. Perhaps there is a positive, in that residents of an area which was once rid ... Read More

Lee Kuan Yew: Development, despotism, democracy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

Lee Kuan Yew 

Founding father and first prime minister of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week at age 91, was hailed as a development guru because he transformed a tiny island with no resources to speak of from an underdeveloped country to one with a per capita income of that of a developed country. This was a remarkable achievement made more noteworthy by the fact that it was accomplished in a very short time in economic terms. Thanks to his leadership, Singapore has been held up by many as a m ... Read More

NSWMA smeared by the stain of politics

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Noel Arscott

LOCAL Government Minister Noel Arscott, we see, is scheduled to meet with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) board over the current imbroglio at the State-run agency. It is our hope that after that meeting the public will be clearer about a number of issues publicised last week concerning the operations of the NSWMA. Among them are the reports of poor financial management of the NSWMA itself; management of the island’s waste disposal sites, particularly Riverton; the av ... Read More

Unenviable task for new WI coach

Monday, March 23, 2015    

SIMMONS… West Indies have a tremendous history and
prestige in the game

MR Phil Simmons is not thought of as being among the 'Legends' of West Indies cricket. His record for the West Indies between 1987 and 1999, as batsman and useful medium pacer, is by no means prepossessing. Just as well, perhaps, given that Mr Simmons is now coach of the West Indies team. Unaffected by any pretensions to stardom or legendary status, Mr Simmons became a fully qualified cricket coach. He worked long, hard and consistently as an international coach -- most notably of associate na ... Read More

Ambassador Donald Mills, another great Jamaican treasure has passed

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Ambassador Don Mills (left) plays host at his United Nations Office in New York to reggae legend
Bob Marley (right) and Marley’s manager Don Taylor.

AMBASSADOR Donald Mills last Monday ended his long inning as Jamaica's diplomat emeritus, having assisted considerably in establishing the country as a centre of great diplomacy. He served with great distinction as Jamaica's ambassador to the United Nations from 1973-1981, at a time of great social change and upheaval in the world, when developing countries insisted on being heard as equal members of the human family and agitated for a more equitable partnership in a New International Economic ... Read More

A football discussion that is long overdue

Saturday, March 21, 2015    

Jamaica’s Alex Marshall (third right) is being consoled by (from left) Head Coach Andrew
Edwards (partially hidden), Captain Shadel Senior, Dr Besha Cole, Hakim Williams and
Donovan Dawkins after he missed the penalty which condemned Jamaica to defeat. The US
won 5-4 on penalties. (PHOTO: DELMER MARTINEZ)

OBVIOUSLY, it's disappointing that the Jamaica Under-17 football squad came so close, yet failed to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year. Yet, this newspaper cannot but admire the effort by the young Reggae Boyz in Honduras. We were especially pleased by their grit against the United States in two games. Needing to beat the Americans in order to enhance their chances of a direct berth to the World Cup Finals, the Jamaica Under-17s kept their opponents at bay and found the vi ... Read More

Of course bread-and-butter issues will cloud Vision 2030

Friday, March 20, 2015    

The front cover of the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan

We can't say we're surprised that the authorities are having difficulty selling Vision 2030 to the majority of Jamaicans. Indeed, Ms Peisha Bryan-Lee, social sector specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, hit the nail on the head with her analysis of the reason for that difficulty. According to the story in Tuesday's edition, Ms Bryan-Lee has suggested that many Jamaicans viewed Vision 2030 as a pie-in-the-sky programme that they were unwilling to take on board at this time when they ... Read More

Traditional development banks better change or else...

Thursday, March 19, 2015    

Brasilia, Brazil — Leaders of the BRICS and South American nations pose for a group photo at the BRICS summit at
Itamaraty palace in Brasilia on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Back row (from left), are Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica,
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar and Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos. Front
row (from left), are Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and China’s President Xi Jinping. (PHOTO: AP)

Suggesting that the traditional development banks have not been serving them well, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have decided to establish their own development bank. More recently, China has decided to lead the creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Last October, 21 Asian nations signed a pact to establish the AIIB, with Britain agreeing to be a founding member in spite of discouragement by the United States. The Beijing-led initiative has been ... Read More

Would be nice if the people could see President Obama

Wednesday, March 18, 2015    

US President Barack Obama
speaks about his executive
action on US immigration
policy at Del Sol High School
on November 21, in Las
Vegas, Nevada. (PHOTO: AFP)

A warm Jamaican welcome awaits United States President Barack Obama - and the first family, whom we hope will accompany him - when he arrives here for a one-day state visit on April 9, 2015. Jamaica House, in announcing the visit yesterday, said President Obama and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest. The president will also hold discussions with Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on Caricom-USA is ... Read More



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