Editorial

The people must be central to downtown Kingston's revival

Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation Senator KD
Knight addresses a media briefing last week at the entity’s
downtown Kingston offices.

Fifty, 60 years ago, downtown Kingston was the place to be after dark. Those with money to spend had opportunity to do so at the many bars and clubs from the parade area, through East Queen Street, Windward Road, easterly to Rockfort and beyond. Also, the many off-shoot roads and lanes, leading to ... Read More

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is flanked by his daughter Bona (left) and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, yesterday. (PHOTOS: AP) No surprise in Mugabe’s continued display of poor judgement
We wish we could say we’re surprised at the lavish US$1-million birthday party thrown for Zimb ... Read More

A U.S. Homeland Security officer works with a sniffer dog outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse at the close of the sentencing hearing for Shannon Conley, in Denver, Friday Jan. 23, 2015. Put US national security interest above partisan politics
The US House of Representatives Friday night averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Securi ... Read More

Ronald Thwaites Student athlete transfers must be ethical and clean
THE evidence that sport can be a viable career option for the talented young is all around. We need ... Read More

No! No! No, Mr Holness!

Friday, February 27, 2015    

HOLNESS... if I have
done something wrong,
or my actions have been
declared wrong, then I
have a duty to apologise

EVEN if one could get past the fact that Mr Andrew Holness's role in the Senate resignation letters debacle was morally indefensible, one simply can't ignore the declaratory judgement of the Constitutional Court on the issue. Three of this country's respected legal minds — justices Courtney Daye, Marva McDonald-Bishop, and David Batts -- found that Mr Holness's request for pre-signed and undated resignation letters from persons to be appointed Opposition senators, and his use of those let ... Read More

Stop the ganja arrests now!

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

High-speed wireless can help ganja
farmers protect legal crops — Sinclair

IT goes without saying that with the passage through both houses of Parliament of the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, and with the Governor General's assent imminent, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should immediately stop arresting people with less than two ounces of marijuana. In tandem with that, the burning of ganja fields must also cease immediately, to ensure that we will have adequate supplies of ganja to meet the needs of the proposed industry. For the legislation which now ... Read More

Caricom: A house divided against itself...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015    

CARICOM logo

THE Caribbean Community (Caricom) is committed to coordination of foreign policy and to joint collective action in furtherance of the goals of the region in international affairs. Such a mandate was a continuation of joint action in support of common positions in the negotiations on sugar and bananas dating back to the 1920s. Its incorporation in the Treaty of Chaguaramas is recognition that small states can enhance the possibility of exercising influence in external relations through joint eff ... Read More

Hope amidst tragedy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015    

Alicia Prince

DEATH is never easy. And when it takes from us someone young and vibrant it is even more painful and difficult to accept or even understand. That is why we share the grief of Ms Alicia Prince's family, friends and co-workers who must still be questioning what caused this zestful 36-year-old woman to pass away while engaging in an activity that promotes and supports a healthy lifestyle -- the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run. A post-mortem will likely give us that answer. But it will be a long time ... Read More

Remembering victims can help in crime fight

Monday, February 23, 2015    

Residents of East
Kingston say they
want peace

THIS newspaper makes no apologies for constantly reminding the society of the scourge of crime. And further that individuals, communities and the society at large must be always on alert to assist the police and to organise themselves so to do. Complacency, we contend, is to play into the hands of criminals. So, even as we joined others in commending the security forces for the significant statistical fall in murders and other major crimes last year, this newspaper insisted that there should ... Read More

CCJ warning: 'Tek sleep mark death!'

Sunday, February 22, 2015    

The Caribbean Court of Justice headquarters

Mr Wingrove George, the supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, still has questions to answer about his decision to withhold the results of the general election held in that twin-island state last Monday. Mr George needs to be detailed in his explanation, given widespread speculation in the Caribbean about the reason for his action. Thankfully, as we stated before in this space, civil order was maintained throughout the debacle created by Mr George's decision. However, we reiterate that ... Read More

Richard Austin an outstanding sportsman who paid a horrendous price for a terrible error

Saturday, February 21, 2015    

AUSTIN... was a terrific cricketer
and a very good footballer

Many who knew him as a 'coke head' walking the streets of Kingston, in rags, had little or no knowledge of Mr Richard Austin's genius. Sadly, it has taken his death two weeks back, at age 60, for many Jamaicans to learn that 35 years ago Mr Austin was among Jamaica's most accomplished sportsmen. A product of Jones Town, Mr Austin was the classic example of a poor boy who made it good, only to be destroyed by wrong choices and drug addiction. As a cricketer he will be remembered as a batsman o ... Read More

Motorcycle licence clampdown a good move

Friday, February 20, 2015    

Bike

AMENDING the Road Traffic Act to mandate motorcyclists to acquire a driver's licence is an act that is long overdue. According to Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, the law as it now exists does not require individuals to get a motorcycle driver's licence. All that they need is a learner's licence to operate these motor vehicles on our roads. Therefore, what has been happening is that many motorcyclists just continue renewing their learne ... Read More

As we approach general elections...

Thursday, February 19, 2015    

Richard Byles

On Monday, in this space, we pointed to the fact that Jamaicans will have to keep making sacrifices and remain disciplined and focused while the country continues its difficult journey towards economic improvement. We had framed that comment against those made by Mr Richard Byles, the co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), that with general elections just two years away, the country should be on guard against political irresponsibility which could lead to economic dow ... Read More

Embarrassing for democracy in the Caribbean

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

Denzil Douglas

FINALLY, Mr Wingrove George, the supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, has decided to announce the results of the general election held in that twin-island state on Monday. Mr George, late yesterday, confirmed that Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties, won seven of the 11 seats contested in the general election. According to Mr George, his decision not to make the results public earlier yesterday was due to "certain processes" that had to be completed. He also offered as ... Read More



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