An epic awaits us

Three months of hard-fought football have come down to this one last game. Today, Jamaica College and Cornwall College, arguably the two most talented schoolboy football teams in the country, face each other in the all-island final — the celebrated Olivier Shield. The two schools boast rich ... Read More

US president-elect Donald Trump COP21 must not fail
For a moment we had speculated that US President-elect Donald Trump was walking back his campaign co ... Read More

Japan flag Powerful signals of reconciliation between the US and Japan
Yesterday, people around the world, particularly in the United States, marked the 75th anniversary o ... Read More

New PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson addresses the media (Kenyon Hemans) If Mr Julian Robinson fails...
Somewhere on the not-too-distant horizons, destiny awaits a member of the People’s National Pa ... Read More

Mr Trump, China and Taiwan

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Donald Trump

Over many years, the United States and China have managed their relations in a manner of peaceful coexistence. While they are rivals in economic, diplomatic, political, and military/naval terms, they have an understanding that they compete in the global economy, and in international diplomatic influence, but avoid military/naval confrontation. Washington and Beijing will never admit this in any policy statement because global superpowers never acknowledge any limitations on their power and g ... Read More

PNP should aim for speedy and smooth transition

Monday, December 05, 2016    

Portia Simpson Miller (File photo)

MUCH has been said and will continue to be said about Mrs Portia Simpson Miller having broken the “glass ceiling” for women in Jamaican politics when she became President of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Prime Minister of this country in 2006. Her mark became even more emphatic when she led her party to a landslide triumph in December 2011. However, from this newspaper’s perspective, her greatest contribution to good governance in Jamaica came in the four years ... Read More

Pray that we did not squander the benefits of lower oil prices

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

A motorist fills up at a petrol station.

Mr Phillip Paulwell is right to sound the alert that oil prices could begin the disastrous climb to levels the world has not seen in a long time, following the decision just taken by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to reduce oil production. The OPEC oil cartel made a decision last week in Vienna, Austria, to set the ceiling of oil production at 32.5 million barrels per day, a reduction of 1.2 million barrels per day by January, to help force down the oversupply of oil ... Read More

ISSA, school leaders need reality check

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Members of the Kingston College team hold aloft the ISSA Tru-Juice Under-16 trophy after defeating Calabar High 3-0 in the final. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

It’s getting close to Christmas and the hectic schoolboy football season is closing down. Much attention has been focused on the Under-19 competitions organised by the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) and sponsored by Telecoms giant FLOW. Two weeks ago, unfancied Lennon High won the Ben Francis knock-out title contested among rural schools, beating St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) which had won the title six times in a row up to 2015. And earlier this week Kin ... Read More

Press the pedal now that there’s fuel for growth

Friday, December 02, 2016    

CEO of National Baking Company, Gary ”Butch” Hendrickson (left) discusses a piece with operator of Touch by VLS Victoria Silvera, and Tiffany Wong (right), head of special projects at National. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

We can’t say we are surprised at the statements of satisfaction from exhibitors at the just-concluded A Jamaican Made Christmas staged by Continental Baking Company. After all, the event, conceptualised by Mr Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, Continental’s chairman and managing director, is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses get exposure and sales of Jamaican products, especially for the festive season. But Mr Hendrickson’s wider goal in staging this event ... Read More

What on earth is happening with Mrs Simpson Miller?

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller 

We have been, over the years, very taken with Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, recognising her as an extraordinary politician — exit the party spectacles — who has achieved well beyond what would have been expected from someone of such humble antecedents. Mrs Simpson Miller has shattered the Jamaican glass ceiling, becoming the first woman to be elected prime minister and leader of her country. That achievement has not yet been realised even the mighty United States, the world’s on ... Read More

Mere crocodile tears over low voter turnout

Wednesday, November 30, 2016    

Jubilant Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters celebrate the party’s Local Government Election victory at JLP headquarters in Kingston last night.

There’s a lot of hand-wringing in the country over the fact that Monday’s Local Government Election has been dubiously distinguished by the inability of both major political parties to persuade the majority of Jamaicans to vote. Voter turnout, we are told, was a mere 30 per cent — the lowest in local government election history in this country. Both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which won the election, and the vanquished People’s National Party (PNP) have said they ne ... Read More

Why Grenadians rejected the CCJ

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    

The CCJ headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad

We are not in the least bit surprised that the people of the Eastern Caribbean island of Grenada voted overwhelmingly last week in a referendum to reject the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their appeal court of last resort. We have in the past embraced the notion of a Caribbean court of appeal that might enrich regional jurisprudence and conceivably be less expensive to access than the United Kingdom Privy Council based in London. But over the years we have grown more despondent as we see ... Read More

Local government suffering from low credibility

Monday, November 28, 2016    

This newspaper would not be surprised if voter turnout for today’s local government elections is a record low. Anecdotal evidence suggests very little enthusiasm for the poll; nor do many Jamaicans even see the need. In such circumstances, the two major political parties should be wary of reading too much into victory or defeat. As we have indicated previously in this space, ruling parties are usually favoured when a local government election is called within months of parliamentary tri ... Read More

Will history absolve President Fidel Castro?

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - A woman sweeps the Cuba Plaza backdropped by a mural depicting Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, in Managua.

Mr Castro was one of those rare leaders who devoted his whole life to working for the betterment of his compatriots, a majority of whom revered and loved him for changing Cuba from a decadent plantation society ruled by a series of dictators and used as the playground of rich Americans. At his death he could point to a country which at one point provided full employment, free education and healthcare to all its citizens, on par with and in some cases exceeding the standards of developed countr ... Read More



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