Editorial

A powerful message from Ambassador Marks

MARKS ... my audacious plan of becoming President of Air Jamaica was far more important than
quick money.

THE story told by Ambassador Audrey Marks to St Mary High School graduates recently should be recommended reading for our young people. It's the kind of story that, hopefully, will provide vulnerable youngsters with the strength and integrity to resist the get-rich-quick temptation that is so often ... Read More

HAVANA, Cuba —
Picture of the US
interests section in
Havana, taken on
Wednesday.
(PHOTO: AFP) Will Cuba change Caricom?
The agreement between Cuba and the United States to reopen or establish embassies in their respectiv ... Read More

Happy Birthday, USA
Today we extend congratulations to the Government and people of the United States on the commemorati ... Read More

(L) FISHER… my job is to conduct
it when it is called.
(R)
ARSCOTT… declined to
divulge reasons for the
postponement. Let's face it, the Government is a coward, so was the Opposition
No one is fooled by the spin that the Government is trying to put on its postponement, again, of loc ... Read More

How long before Jamaica recognises same-sex marriages?

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and recognise same-sex marriages granted in other states. In doing so, the Supreme Court overturned its prior decision in 1972 in a case called Baker v Nelson, one of the first attempts by a homosexual couple, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, to secure a licence for a same-sex marriage. It failed at the time primarily on grounds ... Read More

Will Greece's default impact Jamaica?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greece has failed, or refused, to make a ¤1.6-billion payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is therefore now in default. In addition to this unfortunate action, Prime Minister Tsipras has decided not to accept the latest bailout plan and, in an unexpected move, opted to put the latest rescue plan to a referendum in a week's time. He knows that the Greece people, exhausted by severe austerity, will reject the offer of creditors and he hopes this will strengthen his politica ... Read More

Attracting investments mean big thinking

Tuesday, June 30, 2015    

The IMF headquarters in Washington

FIVE months ago in this space we highlighted the capacity of state governments in America to think long-term when dealing with taxes and attracting investments. We had pointed to those cases in the hope that the Jamaican Government would find in them formulas that they could adopt here, as this country is in dire need of more investments -- local and foreign. The fight put up by Washington state to keep the Boeing 777X assembly plant was one of the examples we cited. For those who missed it, ... Read More

A Greek lesson for Jamaica

Monday, June 29, 2015    

THESSALONIKI, Greece — A girl
holding a placard reading “we stay
in Europe” during a pro-European
demonstration in front of the White
Tower in Thessaloniki on Monday.
Greece's international lenders
raised hopes for a vital bailout
agreement this week to save
Athens from default and a possible
euro exit. (PHOTO: AFP)

Jamaican public sector workers, who are demanding double-digit wage increases from the Government, should take a look at what is happening in Greece. On Saturday, the Greek Parliament approved the holding of a referendum on the reforms proposed by the country's creditors in order to clear bailout loans for the heavily indebted country. The referendum is set for July 5, but Greece — which is complaining that the measures are too harsh — has a euro 1.6 billion (US$1.8 billion) debt t ... Read More

Caribbean tourism synergies in the making

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

HAVANA, Cuba — In this December 19, 2014 photo, tourists
sunbathe as a vendor sells kites decorated with Cuba’s flag on
a beach near Havana. A new set of US Government regulations
takes effect today, severely loosening the 50-decade long travel
and trade restrictions for Cuba. (PHOTO: AP)

In recent years, Cuba and most of the other tourist destinations in the Caribbean have managed to increase both visitor arrivals and earnings, demonstrating that there is room for all in a growing world tourism industry. With the economic and political changes taking place in Cuba and the island's desperate need for more foreign exchange, especially if PetroCaribe collapses or its generous benefits are scaled down, there will be an even greater push to expand tourism. If normalisation with the ... Read More

Well done, Boyz, now on to the Gold Cup

Saturday, June 27, 2015    

Goalkeeper
Dwayne Miller
makes a save
during a
shooting drill.

THERE are people in the local football fraternity who would want to criticise Jamaica's senior national football team, the Reggae Boyz, after their exit from the prestigious Copa America competition in Chile last Saturday. After all, the Boyz ended the tournament without scoring a goal, going down 0-1 in all three matches in the group stage. We prefer to look beyond those losses and focus instead on the benefit to the team of their participation in this tournament. For it is very clear to us t ... Read More

Heed Mr Samuda's advice, Minister Hylton

Friday, June 26, 2015    

SAMUDA

WEDNESDAY'S statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) regarding the National Logistics Initiative Council (NLIC) report on the Krauck Group's investment proposal is cause for grave concern. The concern is rooted in the obvious vacillation in the Cabinet's position on this issue that has no doubt embarrassed the Government. The OPM tells us that the NLIC has informed the Cabinet that insufficient due diligence information has been presented by Krauck Group to enable the NLIC to reco ... Read More

Where has Mr Edmund Bartlett been these past two years?

Thursday, June 25, 2015    

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ed Bartlett

MR Edmund Bartlett, who shadows the foreign affairs and foreign trade portfolio for the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), clearly believes he is on to something when he, rather lazily too, addressed the move by the Dominican Republic (DR) to expel Haitians, including those born in the DR. Mr Bartlett seems to have awaken with a fright from a deep slumber to find he is well behind on the DR-Haiti issue, so he hurriedly scratched around for something to say and ended up urging the Caribbean ... Read More

Understanding the debt monster in order to tame it

Wednesday, June 24, 2015    

The IMF headquarters in Washington

SOME people, for whatever their motivation, have a tendency to gloss over the debt crisis facing small economies, such as Jamaica's, ignoring the fact that growth relies so much on reduced debt. The small, developing economies of the Commonwealth are mired in a debt crisis characterised by heavy debt burdens, which consume a large share of the budget and drain valuable foreign exchange. The acutely vulnerable economies face the challenge of debt sustainability while trying to promote economic ... Read More

How to deal with the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, June 23, 2015    

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator AJ Nicholson

The Government of the Dominican Republic, we see, is dead set on creating a humanitarian disaster with the deportation to Haiti of hundreds of thousands of people born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian immigrants. Based on news reports, the deportations are scheduled to begin this week despite international outrage at what many regard as a policy grounded in racism. Just to refresh readers' memories, in 2010 legislators in the Dominican Republic amended the constitution to limit citizenship ... Read More



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