Fine-tuning for the challenges ahead

Reggae Boyz Coach Winfried Schaefer

The excitement of that extraordinary athletic festival, the high school boys' and girls' championships (Champs), has diverted attention from all other sporting events this weekend. However, Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, who are Caribbean champions, do have important football assignments. The first was fo ... Read More

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness A Senate debate we need to have
Although we criticised Mr Andrew Holness's decision to appeal the Constitutional Court's declaratory ... Read More

SSP Steve McGregor Moving SSP Steve McGregor: The re-education of West Kingston
HAVING been accustomed to living in a state within a state, and dealing out their own system of just ... Read More

Lee Kuan Yew  Lee Kuan Yew: Development, despotism, democracy
Founding father and first prime minister of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week at age ... Read More

NSWMA smeared by the stain of politics

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Noel Arscott

LOCAL Government Minister Noel Arscott, we see, is scheduled to meet with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) board over the current imbroglio at the State-run agency. It is our hope that after that meeting the public will be clearer about a number of issues publicised last week concerning the operations of the NSWMA. Among them are the reports of poor financial management of the NSWMA itself; management of the island’s waste disposal sites, particularly Riverton; the av ... Read More

Unenviable task for new WI coach

Monday, March 23, 2015    

SIMMONS… West Indies have a tremendous history and
prestige in the game

MR Phil Simmons is not thought of as being among the 'Legends' of West Indies cricket. His record for the West Indies between 1987 and 1999, as batsman and useful medium pacer, is by no means prepossessing. Just as well, perhaps, given that Mr Simmons is now coach of the West Indies team. Unaffected by any pretensions to stardom or legendary status, Mr Simmons became a fully qualified cricket coach. He worked long, hard and consistently as an international coach -- most notably of associate na ... Read More

Ambassador Donald Mills, another great Jamaican treasure has passed

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Ambassador Don Mills (left) plays host at his United Nations Office in New York to reggae legend
Bob Marley (right) and Marley’s manager Don Taylor.

AMBASSADOR Donald Mills last Monday ended his long inning as Jamaica's diplomat emeritus, having assisted considerably in establishing the country as a centre of great diplomacy. He served with great distinction as Jamaica's ambassador to the United Nations from 1973-1981, at a time of great social change and upheaval in the world, when developing countries insisted on being heard as equal members of the human family and agitated for a more equitable partnership in a New International Economic ... Read More

A football discussion that is long overdue

Saturday, March 21, 2015    

Jamaica’s Alex Marshall (third right) is being consoled by (from left) Head Coach Andrew
Edwards (partially hidden), Captain Shadel Senior, Dr Besha Cole, Hakim Williams and
Donovan Dawkins after he missed the penalty which condemned Jamaica to defeat. The US
won 5-4 on penalties. (PHOTO: DELMER MARTINEZ)

OBVIOUSLY, it's disappointing that the Jamaica Under-17 football squad came so close, yet failed to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year. Yet, this newspaper cannot but admire the effort by the young Reggae Boyz in Honduras. We were especially pleased by their grit against the United States in two games. Needing to beat the Americans in order to enhance their chances of a direct berth to the World Cup Finals, the Jamaica Under-17s kept their opponents at bay and found the vi ... Read More

Of course bread-and-butter issues will cloud Vision 2030

Friday, March 20, 2015    

The front cover of the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan

We can't say we're surprised that the authorities are having difficulty selling Vision 2030 to the majority of Jamaicans. Indeed, Ms Peisha Bryan-Lee, social sector specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, hit the nail on the head with her analysis of the reason for that difficulty. According to the story in Tuesday's edition, Ms Bryan-Lee has suggested that many Jamaicans viewed Vision 2030 as a pie-in-the-sky programme that they were unwilling to take on board at this time when they ... Read More

Traditional development banks better change or else...

Thursday, March 19, 2015    

Brasilia, Brazil — Leaders of the BRICS and South American nations pose for a group photo at the BRICS summit at
Itamaraty palace in Brasilia on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Back row (from left), are Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica,
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar and Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos. Front
row (from left), are Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and China’s President Xi Jinping. (PHOTO: AP)

Suggesting that the traditional development banks have not been serving them well, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have decided to establish their own development bank. More recently, China has decided to lead the creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Last October, 21 Asian nations signed a pact to establish the AIIB, with Britain agreeing to be a founding member in spite of discouragement by the United States. The Beijing-led initiative has been ... Read More

Would be nice if the people could see President Obama

Wednesday, March 18, 2015    

US President Barack Obama
speaks about his executive
action on US immigration
policy at Del Sol High School
on November 21, in Las
Vegas, Nevada. (PHOTO: AFP)

A warm Jamaican welcome awaits United States President Barack Obama - and the first family, whom we hope will accompany him - when he arrives here for a one-day state visit on April 9, 2015. Jamaica House, in announcing the visit yesterday, said President Obama and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest. The president will also hold discussions with Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on Caricom-USA is ... Read More

Get the politics out of waste management!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015    

A fire burns at the Riverton City dump, emitting toxic fumes.

There is great merit in the recommendation by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) that the country is in urgent need of a general waste-management strategy. For, as the public policy think tank has pointed out, the country's problem with effective waste management is larger than what obtains at the Riverton dump. While the full CaPRI study has not yet been released, the University of the West Indies-based institute has made a number of recommendations that, we believe, can guide the ... Read More

Very positive tourism news, but...

Monday, March 16, 2015    

Tourists enjoyng Jamaica’s warm sunshine on Negril’s famous seven-mile-long white sand beach last month. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

NEWS of strong growth in the tourism sector will have come as music to the ears of all well-thinking Jamaicans. More so to the ears of Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips and his team at the Ministry of Finance and related agencies and departments tasked with managing Jamaica's very difficult economy. We are told by chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board Mr Dennis Morrison that, from January 1 through to the first week of March, stopover (non-cruise ship) arrivals were 6.3 per cent up over last ... Read More

Yes, the water is fine for investors

Sunday, March 15, 2015    

Digicel’s Barry O’Brien talks with Bert Van Selm, IMF resident representative to Jamaica,
during the recent Jamaica Investment Forum in Montego Bay.

LAST week, the Government, with the support of corporate sponsors and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), hosted what appears to have been a successful Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre and the Hyatt Ziva hotel. Efficiently organised by Jampro, the Investment Forum heard from Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, Industry and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton, CEOs and top executives from private and public c ... Read More



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