Will Greece's default impact Jamaica?

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 th ... Read More

The IMF headquarters in Washington Attracting investments mean big thinking
FIVE months ago in this space we highlighted the capacity of state governments in America to think l ... Read More

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) A Greek lesson for Jamaica
Jamaican public sector workers, who are demanding double-digit wage increases from the Government, s ... Read More

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) Caribbean tourism synergies in the making
In recent years, Cuba and most of the other tourist destinations in the Caribbean have managed to in ... Read More

Well done, Boyz, now on to the Gold Cup

Saturday, June 27, 2015    

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    


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

What will it take to soften America's gun advocates?

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Hundreds of people stand in the streets and pray as they listen to Sunday services outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, yesterday.

YESTERDAY'S worship service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was important for the fact that it demonstrated that there are still people living in the United States who reject the hate and bigotry that spawned last Wednesday's massacre of nine black people by a white man inside the church. Wire service reports tell us that the historic church was filled with a diverse congregation -- black, white, young, old, Muslim, Sikh and, of course, Christian. W ... Read More

Saluting Jamaicans who have done well in international media

Sunday, June 21, 2015    

Lester Holt

As we reflected last month during World Press Freedom Day celebrations, it is safe to say that journalists are universally accepted as indispensable to the democracy and development of every country. Thankfully, that has been the prevailing view in Jamaica, where media professionals are recognised for their work. At the risk of sounding incestuous, we believe that Jamaican journalists, in the main, have produced credible and sometimes outstanding work both in Jamaica and in countries where they ... Read More

When winning is not all about scoring goals

Saturday, June 20, 2015    

will likely rub
shoulders with
Messi on the
left side. MESSI... Argentine star
will prove a handful for
Reggae Boyz

Like everyone else we, too, are looking forward to today's final group match between Jamaica's Reggae Boyz and South America kingpins Argentina in Copa America Chile 2015. Some Jamaicans, as we understand it, will likely be split between loyalties as Argentina, with the incomparable Mr Lionel Messi, enjoy strong support here at home. We hope today they will cheer on the Boyz. They deserve it. For the Caribbean champions, strutting their stuff in uncharted territory as guests to the storied co ... Read More

Congrats, Seprod

Friday, June 19, 2015    

Chief Executive Officer of Seprod Richard Pandohie (second left) explains how the newly
installed Tetra Pak machine works to a group including Minister of Industry, Investment and
Commerce Anthony Hylton (left), Member of Parliament for St Thomas West James Robertson,
and Chairman of Seprod Group Paul Scott (right) during a recent tour of Serge Island Dairies
Limited in St Thomas.

There are two good reasons to give kudos to the Seprod Group of companies. The first is its 75th anniversary of existence, and second its $5-billion investment in new equipment, staff training, and partnerships, which was reported in this week's Business Observer. Seventy-five years is a long time for any company to remain operational and, even moreso, relevant in a world where the dynamics of doing business change often. Seprod's ability to survive that long is even more impressive, given the ... Read More

What would we be without our Jamaican Diaspora?

Thursday, June 18, 2015    

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister Arnaldo Brown (right), confers with the Jamaica Promotions Corporation’s (JAMPRO) Film Commissioner , Carole Beckford, during  Monday’s (June 15) Cultural and Creative Industries Session of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, being held from June 13 to 18, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity’.

THE Sixth Biennial Diaspora Conference ends today in Jamaica but, as they leave, many of its members will take with them the hopes and aspirations of their compatriots who dream of a better island home. The diaspora has been vital to the survival of the Caribbean countries, particularly since the onset of the ongoing global economic recession. Remittances from overseas nationals represent the largest inflow of foreign exchange for some of the smallest and most vulnerable Caribbean states. The ... Read More



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