Praise for the Reggae Boyz and the business of football

Reggae Boyz

NATURALLY we're disappointed at Jamaica's loss to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunday night. We extend heartiest congratulations to the Mexicans for their 3-1 victory in what was an exciting match befitting the final of a major football competition. Although Jamaica lost the match, ... Read More

Inspired, committed leadership needed to fight crime
THE long, hot summer is at its zenith and, as if in step with the heat, Jamaicans are being buffeted ... Read More

Perhaps parliamentarians live in some kind of insulated capsule which forces them to hear what they think they’re hearing, with the result that they seem to be
giving answers to questions which were not asked. What we don't like about Jamaican politicians
A politician is, by dictionary definition, a person who seeks, by election or appointment, a positio ... Read More

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (right) competes against American Mike Rodgers to win the men’s 100m final during the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in Stratford, west London, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP) On course for Beijing
His staggering athletic achievements notwithstanding, Mr Usain Bolt is actually human. So, for know ... Read More

Hoping the Reggae Boyz will create further history

Friday, July 24, 2015    

Reggae Boyz

ACHIEVING two historic feats in one night is not a common occurrence. Therefore, when it happens we must recognise it and give our heartiest commendations to the individuals responsible. Jamaica’s senior national football team — more affectionately known as the Reggae Boyz — inked the country’s name in the history books when they defeated the United States 2-1 in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday evening. It was the first time that Jamaica were beat ... Read More

Resounding response necessary to police commissioner's question!

Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams

JAMAICANS have not reacted with the kind of sense of purpose or stridency required to show the brutal gunmen running rampant in our land that the entire country is prepared to stand against them. The killing of three cops in just over a week would have triggered national outrage in any country serious about letting criminals know that their vicious activities would not be accepted or be allowed to go unpunished. The usual argument is that the country has been numbed by the large numbers of mur ... Read More

Addis Ababa Conference: More pledges that rich countries won't fulfil... as usual

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Finance Minister Peter Phillips (file photo)

LAST week, the Third International Conference on Financing was held in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Financing sustainable development and developing sustainable finance", at which Jamaica was represented by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. The overarching focus was the alignment of development finance with supporting sustainable development and the attendees included high-level political representatives, such as Heads of State and Government, ministers of finance, foreign affairs and develo ... Read More

The harsh reality of today's sugar industry

Tuesday, July 21, 2015    

Sugar workers face an uncertain future.

Cutting jobs is never easy. Many employers who have had that task will admit that they find it extremely painful to look a fellow human being in the eye and tell that person that they must part ways. Usually, the most troubling thought in that employer's mind is the effect the job cut will have on the employee and his/her family. In addition, the wider issue of the social impact of that decision, especially in cases where the person sent home fails to find new employment, is never far from the ... Read More

This historic thaw in US/Cuba relations

Monday, July 20, 2015    

Caricom renews call for end to Cuba embargo

TODAY, another chapter in world history is being written with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and our sister Caribbean nation Cuba. The schedule of events, as reported to us, include the opening of full embassies by both countries in Washington and Havana, as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry formally receiving his Cuban counterpart, Senor Bruno Rodriquez, for talks in the US capital before holding a joint press conference this afternoon. The development bre ... Read More

Europe: A case of 'do as I say, not as I do'

Sunday, July 19, 2015    


EUROPEAN governments too often practise double standards, preaching one doctrine to non-Europeans and another, frequently the very opposite policy, to themselves. Their position is 'do as I say, not as I do'. Critics have said that this double standard is rooted in notions of superior military technology, cultural hubris, the possibility of economic exploitation and racist assumption of superiority. All of these combined facilitated Western European conquest of non-European peoples whose wealth ... Read More

Flooding communities with police and soldiers a good move

Saturday, July 18, 2015    

A police corporal during yesterday’s security forces’ anti-crime operation in Kingston. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

If anyone doubted the vital importance of the security forces' current islandwide anti-crime campaign they would, we expect, be divested of those concerns after news emerged of the bloodletting in St James between Thursday night and yesterday morning. The police have confirmed that a total of six people, including a woman, were gunned down in four different incidents over the period. Two murders — one in Roehampton and another on Harbour Street, Montego Bay — as well as two double ... Read More

Why are heads not rolling at the NWC?

Friday, July 17, 2015    

We often wonder whether our leaders are serious about running this country efficiently. We don't doubt their patriotism. What we have a problem with is their competence and commitment to preventing waste. Our thoughts on these matters were revived last week when the Government proudly announced that it had entered into a US$4.5-million five-year agreement with Israeli company Miya to reduce non-revenue water, which, we are told, is now estimated at $108 million, or 53 per cent of the volume tha ... Read More

Sorry doesn't always make it right, Mr Bunting

Thursday, July 16, 2015    

Minister Peter Bunting

If we indulge in a moment of potential naivete, by taking certain developments involving Mr Peter Bunting and Mr Derrick Smith at face value, we might start by inviting readers' forgiveness. First, Mr Bunting, the national security minister apologised for his very nasty comment on the weekend likening the Opposition's reaction to increasing murders to "behaving like a set of John Crows", which are among the scavengers most detested by Jamaicans. We are, of course, very sceptical of politicians ... Read More

Triumph of multilateralism

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

Multilateralism exists or occurs when three or more countries work together to achieve a shared goal. It is always the preferred method of resolving international crises or formulating goals for the international community, being, in effect, global governance by the many, for the many. The United Nations endeavours to institutionalise multilateral co-operation after the two world wars. In many of the most important issues it is a small group of the most powerful countries that act on behalf of ... Read More



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