Glad Rev Thwaites apologised for 'leggo beast' comment

Ronald Thwaites

THERE is a well-known anecdote in which Sir Alexander Bustamante is said to have used very unparliamentary language in accusing another member of the House of a terrible act. The member appealed to the Speaker of the House who called on Sir Alexander to withdraw his comment. His response was: "Mr Sp ... Read More

Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills
(foreground) breaks out into a smile
after anchoring her 4X400m team to
the World Championships gold medal
at the Bird’s Next stadium in Beijing,
China, yesterday. An example to follow
AMONG the great photographs of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China is that of Mrs No ... Read More

Xia Guoshun, charge d'affaires, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, greets Prime
Minister Portia Simpson Miller following the acceptance and formal handing over of the
Chinese Gardens to the Government and people of Jamaica. Opportunities for Jamaica as Chinese economic tremors shake the world
CHINA is such a large and important part of the global economy that what happens there has implicati ... Read More

Elaine Thompson
200m silver
medallist (left)
with bronze medal
winner Veronica
Campbell-Brown. No need to worry
THE legendary Mrs Veronica Campbell Brown was only 18 years old when she won a sprint relay silver m ... Read More

How fast can Usain Bolt really go?

Friday, August 28, 2015    

Photographers from all over the world juggle for positions to take a shot of Usain Bolt while on
his victory lap.

YOUNG, ambitious sprinters hoping to somehow beat Mr Usain Bolt would have had second thoughts after yesterday's gold medal run in the IAAF World Championships 200 metres. Halfway through the half-lap race it was already clear that Mr Bolt would win easily. As it turned out, he was smiling and celebrating long before crossing the line in 19.55 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. We are all left to wonder how fast Mr Bolt would have gone, had he chosen to grit his teeth and run ha ... Read More

Ambassador Ralph Thomas cannot, must not fail!

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Ralph Thomas (file photo)

Mr Ralph Thomas, who recently completed a two-year stint as Jamaica's ambassador to China, has now been tasked with carrying the hopes of Jamaica in his new job as ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the Organization of American States, effective next month. Mr Thomas is not a career diplomat and his appointment continues a tradition of appointing people who lectured at the University of the West Indies, Mona, which began with Dr Richard Bernal and continued with Mes ... Read More

Time for a fixed election date

Wednesday, August 26, 2015    

PHILLIPS...the unofficial heir apparent

DR Peter Phillips, the finance minister and a senior member of the governing People's National Party (PNP), gave the clearest indication yet that the party is preparing its machinery for elections, during a constituency conference in St Mary last Sunday. "December will mark the fourth year since the last general election," Dr Phillips told party supporters. "I would say to anyone with a lamp, put a little oil in your lamp. Get yourselves ready...Get ready. Are you ready for Comrade Portia Simps ... Read More

Mrs Fraser-Pryce shows the value of opportunity

Tuesday, August 25, 2015    

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the final of the women's 100 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the

No one who follows track and field doubted that Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would have won the women's 100 metres world title in Beijing, China, yesterday. After all, the 'Pocket Rocket', as she is fondly known, entered the 15th IAAF World Championships in excellent form, and signalled her intention to defend her crown when she posted the fastest semi-final time of 10.82 seconds approximately two hours before the final. Mrs Fraser-Pryce's rise from obscurity in 2008 to worldwide fame is the ki ... Read More

What a man!

Monday, August 24, 2015    

BEIJING, China — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates with the Jamaican flag after winning the final of the men’s 100 metres at the 2015 IAAF World Championships
in Beijing yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

TELEVISION analyst, Olympian and former champion sprint hurdler Mrs Gillian Russell-Love perhaps said it best. "The mind is a powerful thing," she told Jamaicans shortly after Mr Usain Bolt defied the odds to win the 100 metres in Beijing for his ninth World Championships gold medal. It really was all about the mind. For those of us looking on, perhaps the best way to get some inkling of the pressures on Mr Bolt, Mr Justin Gatlin and company in yesterday's 100m final would be to check ourselve ... Read More

Water ministers should not talk with 'water in their mouth'

Sunday, August 23, 2015    

JAMAICA, should we participate, will most likely have a lot to tell next week's Miami meeting of Caribbean ministers with responsibility for water resources management, which is preparatory to the United Nations conference to finalise a Post-2015 Development Agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire at the end of the year and will be "the global community's plan of action" for all dimensions of s ... Read More

Jamaica's medal hunt in Beijing

Saturday, August 22, 2015    

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann

WE agree entirely with Mr Usain Bolt. He shouldn't be expected to be the "saviour" for track and field. Nor is it fair to see him as the knight in shining armour leading the fight against drug cheats. Unfortunately, that's the spin much of the global media has put on the expected meeting between himself and American Mr Justin Gatlin in the 100m final of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. The latter has been coloured as the 'bad guy' who has taken drugs and beaten the system. As Mr B ... Read More

A tough and sobering challenge for the JCF

Friday, August 21, 2015    

Sergeant Raymond
Wilson, chairman of the
Jamaica Police

THE membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are understandably embarrassed following the much-publicised reports over recent days of two of their colleagues being shot while allegedly committing crimes. Readers will be aware that in one incident in Black River, St Elizabeth a constable assigned to the Clarendon police was shot in the knee by a security guard while allegedly attempting to rob a bank customer. In the second case a policeman was shot and injured in St Catherine during ... Read More

If Miss Hanna will only stand behind Marcus Garvey…

Thursday, August 20, 2015    

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (file photo)

WE welcome the news which coincided with our editorial in yesterday's edition on National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, that the house in which he grew up in St Ann's Bay, St Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site. The actual announcement was made on Monday in a message from Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna and read by Councillor Ian Bell of the Beecher Town Division during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Mr Garvey, our first national hero, on the compou ... Read More

'No one remembers old Marcus Garvey...'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015    

Marcus Garvey

IN one of reggae icon Burning Spear's most popular songs he laments: "No one remembers old Marcus Garvey..." He may not be entirely right, but he does have a point which is that we do not pay sufficient respect and attention to our national heroes whose teachings are still relevant to Jamaica and indeed the world at large. Symptomatic of this neglect was last Sunday's low-keyed ceremony to honour Jamaica's first national hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey in St Ann's Bay, on the oc ... Read More



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