Time for Mrs Simpson Miller to prepare for exit

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller

While announcing his decision to give way as vice-president of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Mr Derrick Kellier urged Comrades not to play the “blame game” in relation to the February 25 parliamentary election loss. We are wary lest the so-called blame game becomes ... Read More

HIROSHIMA, Japan — US President Barack Obama (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands after laying wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, last Friday. Obama became the first sitting US president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, bringing global attention both to survivors and to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons. Atomic Bomb Dome is seen in the background.Photo: AP Hope in President Obama’s Hiroshima visit
United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in Japan on Friday was a politically ... Read More

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw While the grass was growing, the horse was starving — a lesson for all governments
Dreams or expectations are often realised too late, even though the requisite work to bring them to ... Read More

Minister of Sports Olivia Grange (centre) shakes hands with Racers Track Club boss Glen Mills (second left) shortly after an announcement of support from government for the Racers Grand Prix at the minister’s office in Kingston yesterday. Sharing the occasion (from left) are Jason Hall of the Jamaica Tourist Board; Dennis Gordon of the organising committee and Leon Mitchell, assistant general manager of title sponosr Jamaica National. Photo: Lionel Rookwood Let’s dream of partnerships to improve sport infrastructure
Debate routinely goes long into the night about the merits and demerits of the US college system wit ... Read More

There is need for a tougher Bail Act

Friday, May 27, 2016    

As was expected, members of the private Bar have come out swinging against Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s announcement of the Government’s intention to have the Bail Act amended. Mr Holness made the disclosure in his budget presentation on Tuesday, but did not elaborate, stating only that the intention was for an amendment to the act “such that persons charged with murder will be ineligible for bail under certain circumstances”. Without details of the Government’ ... Read More

Caricom Review Commission a wise decision

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to chair the Caricom Review Commission.

On Monday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his contribution to the Budget Debate announced the intention to establish a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission (CCRC). This is a wise and timely decision on a vexed issue in Jamaica. Mr Holness was correct when he stated: “The time has come to fully assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of Caricom, and to assert ourselves in such a way that Jamaica gets the full benefits that membership in Caricom promises”. The ... Read More

PNP cannot copyright work it did in government

Wednesday, May 25, 2016    


For more than a few times since their defeat in the February 25, 2016 General Election, spokespersons of the People’s National Party (PNP) have claimed that the programmes referenced by the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government belonged to the previous Administration. So what? It is obvious that the new Administration has not had anywhere near enough time to be able to conceive and implement new programmes that could come to fruition in time for announcement in the budget. Except, of ... Read More

To get more from tourism

Tuesday, May 24, 2016    

Former minister of tourism Wykeham McNeill (File photo)

Every year in recent memory, the tourism sector has grown, allowing Jamaica to earn more foreign exchange, increase employment, generate greater tax revenue and stimulate the wider economy through the purchasing of goods and services from local producers. Successive governments of both the People’s National Party and Jamaica Labour Party have done a good job of promoting tourism. Indeed, Dr Wykeham McNeill and Mr Edmund Bartlett deserve a lot of credit for their work. The Jamaica Touri ... Read More

Enlightened self-interest

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Michael Manley

Original reasons have a way of getting lost with the passage of time. Labour Day, which Jamaicans are celebrating today, is a prime example. It’s a fair bet that many, perhaps most Jamaicans, have no idea of its origins. And a good many, no doubt, believe volunteerism was always a given on this day. Not so. Labour Day — marked in Jamaica on May 23 and in many other countries on May 1 — universally commemorates the historic struggle of workers to organise and represent themse ... Read More

Mr Maduro and the crisis in Venezuela

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

There’s no doubt that the Opposition in Venezuela is smelling blood, especially after President Nicolás Maduro, via a skyped news conference last Tuesday, appealed to the world to support his Government as the economic crisis in his country deepens. According to President Maduro, who was scheduled to arrive here last night, the Opposition’s demand for a referendum to recall him is “not viable” and he has accused the United States of playing a role in the crisis gr ... Read More

More trouble for FIFA

Saturday, May 21, 2016    

The President of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association, Canadian Victor Montagliani, gives a press conference after an extraordinary congress in the framework of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City yesterday.(Photo: AFP)

Just a week ago, this newspaper found reason in this space to congratulate Canadian Soccer Association President Mr Victor Montagliani on his election to the presidency of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Mr Montagliani, who has pledged to lead in “a principled and professional way”, was elected against the backdrop of unprecedented charges of corruption and graft within CONCACAF and in the global governing body for football ... Read More

We have a new Gov’t; 50% plus one is still a majority

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness (centre) is greeted by jubilant supporters at JLP headquarters on the night of February 25, 2016 after it became clear that the party had won the general election.

The divisive nature of Jamaican politics as practised in the 1960s and 1970s is largely responsible for the slow pace of progress and development of this country. That is why in this space we consistently rail against it and urge our people to put the best interest of the country above partisan politics. It’s the only way Jamaica will have a chance to make it in this new economic and social culture that is emerging in this modern world. On February 25, 2016 the Jamaican people elected a ... Read More

Protect our children from those beastly men!

Thursday, May 19, 2016    

Lisa Hanna

There are some things that need to happen quickly, and one such is enactment of the recommendations to amend the Child Care and Protection Act and the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act that were intended to impose stiffer penalties for those who murder, rape or commit other violent offences against our children. The legislation also envisaged the introduction of the necessary administrative steps to ensure that those cases of abuse of children be afforded priority scheduling and disposal in ... Read More

Let’s get moving on the redevelopment of Kingston

Wednesday, May 18, 2016    

A view of the Kingston Harbour, set to become part of Jamaica’s logistics hub

The people who live and work in Kingston must be as puzzled as we are when we hear leaders of Government and the private sector talk about the rebuilding of the city of Kingston while moving offices and employment from the city. In spite of the oft repeated promises of redevelopment, there has been a persistent and systematic abandonment of the city of Kingston. It is such a great waste because Kingston is sited on one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world against the backdrop o ... Read More



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