On the night of the People's National Party's (PNP) 1972 devastating 37-16 victory over the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), with the dashing Michael 'Joshua' Manley basking in national adoration, a young reporter with a disrespectful smirk, asked outgoing Prime Minister Hugh Shearer if the JLP could recover as a viable party. The tall Hugh Lawson Shearer looked down, met the reporter's eyes fully and offered an irrefutable truth:“Young man, no Government lasts...
The use of the word 'war' has differed in its application since the days it was viewed as a description of infantry invading with an intention to defeat, occupy and conquer. The use of the word 'war' in the popular term 'the 'crack wars of the 90s' is often represented in films featuring southern Los Angeles. The 80s in Florida experienced 'the cocaine wars', which led to murder rates of 800 per annum from an average of 150.
Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all of the darkness. — Desmond Tutu There is hope of a new Jamaica; the year 2018 being a turning point! There are some potent signs which, to the insightful eye, are indicators of hope. What are they?
The Donald Trump presidency in the US harkens to a period when protectionism dominated world politics. He heralds the revival of supremacy that invigorates his base through a hegemonic exhibition of exclusion and admonishment congruently derailing allies and foes.
As controversy currently surrounds the appointment of a judge to the Supreme Court of the United States, the ease with which a new chief justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was installed on July 4, 2018, without any political involvement, should be cause for pride in the Caribbean.
It was really hard on Caricom to be holding its 39th heads of government conference during the World Cup. There they were, discussing and signing off on life-changing issues, and there we were, glued to 'the greatest show on Earth'. Lucky for them, but to the sorrow of many, the great Brazil lost to a powerful Belgium on Friday, and so folks could drown their sorrows in some positive news out of the conference which ended the same day.
The Windrush victims may be separated from their enslaved ancestors by multiple generations, but their treatment and need for redress is not dissimilar. Jamaican poet Claude McKay made the point in 1922 regarding the legacy of intergenerational suffering from slavery to the colonial period when he wrote his poem Enslaved:“Oh when I think of my long-suffering race,For weary centuries despised, oppressed,
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. — Albert Einstein Two weeks ago I watched a short, animated film called The Story of Solutions by the award-winning film-maker and environmentalist Annie Leonard. She described the current economy as a board game in which players are expected to produce and produce regardless of whether what is produced is beneficial to them or not.
The various traits of the personality of the Negro slave fell into a general pattern that has been recognised all over the New World.Stanley Elkins has analysed what he termed the “Sambo Personality”. His description bears a remarkable resemblance to those that existed in Jamaica. The term used in Jamaica to designate this personality pattern was “Quashee”.
It was a lovely morning, last Saturday, when scores gathered at the entrance of the Police Officers' Club on Hope Road for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. This event is held worldwide by members of the security forces to raise funds for their countries' Special Olympians. We can be proud that Jamaica was the first country outside of the US to start the torch run several decades ago.
In a newspaper article entitled 'Seven new stop lights erected on Marcus Garvey Drive', Stephen Shaw, communications and customer service manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), was recorded as urging pedestrians to use the facilities provided. The article puts it this way: “He is reminding road users to obey the speed limit along Marcus Garvey Drive, and urges pedestrians not to climb over the median barriers but to use the facilities that have been provided for them to safely...
So the taxi drivers will now get a break. The taxi routes are going to be opened up to more taxi drivers. The good of this is that the public will have more access to get to and from work. For the wealthy who live in affluent areas where Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses are seldom seen it will mean that their domestic helpers and babysitters will be able to get to work without being late.
Western Jamaica has played its role for centuries in forcing this country to come to terms with the various social ills that haunt this land. On Christmas Day 1831, Samuel Sharpe and his band of revolutionaries sent a very clear message to the British Crown that the inhumane, cruel and degrading system of slavery could not continue; the status quo had to change.
One week after her Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) historic victory at the polls and getting to work on the economic reality in Barbados — meeting with social partners, trade unions and the business community — Mia Mottley telephoned managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde.
A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from State interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution so that it can protect our rights as citizens. — Nelson Mandela
“The traffic!” is a common complaint here in Kingston. My theory is that, with our efficient ports and infrastructure, Kingston became a hub after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Within a week after the storms I noticed busy hotel lobbies and a deluge of traffic. It follows that with the damage to ports and infrastructure in neighbouring islands there was dislocation and some relocation to Jamaica.