Letter: Some reflections on Caribbean legal education – Part 2

Dear Sir: There is little point (in my view and practice) to criticize something unless one puts on the table the underlying causes of the situation and contributes to its solution by offering ideas. These...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean’s cybersecurity response must evolve

By David Jessop A few days ago, the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, a Conservative, began an important address in an unusual way. Speaking on the subject of ‘Deterrence in the Cyber Age’ he quoted...

Commentary: Uncomfortable and conspicuous socio-economic threats surround St Lucia’s instability

By Melanius Alphonse A misfit is a person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others in an uncomfortable conspicuous way. While some misfits are merely unconventional many others are branded as outsiders and...

Commentary: Montserrat’s St Patrick’s Day; Irish connection or African disconnection?

By Michael Jarvis Culture, history and identity clash in Montserrat as the island marks the anniversary one of the Caribbean’s first slave uprisings, celebrate the feast of an Irish saint, and lay claim to Irish...

Commentary: What will it take to develop more renewable energy in the Caribbean?

By Robert Blenker With the abundance of clean energy resources in the Caribbean — sun, wind, water and geothermal — it’s a natural environment for more renewable energy generation. Undoubtedly over time, renewable energy projects...

Commentary: PM Netanyahu hails Israel as ‘only for the Jewish People.’ And Rep Omar’s...

By Anthony L Hall Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland ‘only of the Jewish people,’ in a new jab at the country’s Arab minority ahead of April’s election. … Arabs comprise about 20...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Washington owes the region an explanation

By David Jessop From Iraq, through Libya to Syria, the approach to regime change by the US and its allies has been to support the removal of a disliked government with little serious thought as...

Commentary: The real hero and the real villain

By Arley Gill A Windies test series win against England at home is a commendable accomplishment. For so long the West Indies cricket, ranked eighth in the world, brought embarrassment on and off the field...

Commentary: Supreme court screw-up sullies US constitution

By Stephen Cooper Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “The Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, after the Supreme Court’s February 7 refusal to...

Commentary: A more assertive EU in a volatile world

By Helga Schmid The predictions made last year with regard to the growing importance of great power rivalries still rings in our ears. What is more, our strategic environment grows ever more unpredictable. Today, major powers...

Commentary: Keith Tharpe and the death penalty’s racist roots

By Steven Cooper Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, re-entered the American consciousness; if you haven’t heard about this travesty of...

Commentary: Respect rule of law internationally

By Sir Ronald Sanders The United States of America, Canada and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean together share the deeply-held values of democracy and human rights more than the majority of other countries in...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The challenge of developing health tourism

By David Jessop Health tourism is an enormous and highly competitive global business. Reliable estimates indicate that by 2021 the worldwide health tourism market will reach somewhere between US$46.6 billion and US$125 billion per annum and...

Commentary: The strength of the voting power of the Haitian electorate in the United...

By Jean H. Charles I have always suspected that the Haitian electorate in the United States has the strength of a laser beam that can make or break a candidate at election time. Like the...

Commentary: TCI Bank liquidation is almost nine years old.

By Drexwell Seymour Background Information: In December 2005, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Bank opened its doors in the Turks and Caicos eventually serving three islands, Providenciales, North Caicos and Grand Turk. In April 2010,...

Letter: Fake news about Argyle International Airport

Dear Sir: “I am sure that the operation of the AIA will prove the politically jaundiced doomsayers wrong again” (Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister, St, Vincent and the Grenadines , February 6, 2017). *** “ONE OF...

Letter: PNM tagging the PP as over-spenders

Dear Sir: The People’s National Movement (PNM) is obsessed with tagging the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership (PP) government as over-spenders. It seems to me if you have money in the treasury to spend, then you should...

Letter: Jamaica ranks the third poorest of English-speaking Caribbean countries

Dear Sir: All the Jamaican government is doing is redistributing wealth created outside of Jamaica by hard-working Jamaicans overseas. Hence, devaluation as the only policy instrument to create growth in the Jamaica economy has failed...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago and Estonia, similar but remarkably different

Dear Sir: It appears that the regional governments, including that of Trinidad and Tobago, have asked the government of Estonia for help in implementing the digital technologies in e-government. We have been talking about doing...

Commentary: Zion’s fall should lift hopes for paying college athletes, but it won’t

By Anthony L Hall Zion Williamson is Duke University’s freshman phenom. More to the point, he was on track to enter this year’s NBA Draft with professional potential and media attention not seen since LeBron...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A match made in heaven

By Adrian Loveridge It was fascinating listening and watching online the Appropriation Bill and Estimates 2019 from parliament last Monday, which I understood to be under the auspices of the Standing Finance Committee. The ground breaking...

Commentary: Taiwan’s existence and its practice of democracy should be respected

By Youri A Kemp Taiwan, whose official name is the Republic of China, is a sovereign state which espouses the universal values of democracy, freedom, respect of human rights and the rule of law. Hence...

Commentary: Hell breaks loose when the honeymoon ends

By Dr Neals J. Chitan Despite the exuberance, glamour, precision and sophistication of the wedding day, as far as the couple is concerned, the honeymoon is the crescendo of the whole marriage experience. It’s the...

Letter: The lure of energy rents in Guyana

Dear Sir: Sometime ago I wrote about the petroleum find in Guyana and given the state of our planet, climate change, global warming, sea level rise etc. I suggested that the petroleum should be left...

Letter: Guyana needs criminal justice reform now

Dear Sir: Larry John Adams is a 20 year old former student of School of the Nations. On February 22, Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly sentenced him to three years in jail as well as imposed...

Letter: Water is a human right

Dear Sir: The Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) is being chastised for water shortages. Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte in turn is blaming the harshness of the dry season. Instead of playing a blame...

Letter: The Great Shift: Vision 2020

Dear Sir: There have been much positive feedback from my letter to the editor entitled ‘Dream Big and Advance’ published in the Barbados Advocate of Friday, February 22, 2019. This letter is to give the...

How should Jamaicans build a strong football culture?

Television sports commentator and humorist Mr Oral Tracey recently raised an interesting but age-old topic.Since Uruguay with a population of 3.4 million people can be a dominant force in global football, Jamaica with its population of 2.8 million should also be able to do very well in the so-called beautiful game, he argued.

Myopia of politicians and nations

“Inattentional blindness”, also known as perceptual blindness, is a psychological lack of attention that is not associated with any vision defects or physical deficits, but an individual's failure to perceive an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight.

Jamaicans have a right to know

It is our hope that the Government will heed the advice of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) and senior editors regarding post-Cabinet press briefings which, we are told, will resume on Wednesday (July 11) following a protracted break.

Dr Peter David Phillips — the other side

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...

Proven method of long term incarceration

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.

A new political culture for the new Jamaica

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 road (names) less taken

The north-south link of Highway 2000 was in my sights again when it took me from St Ann to Kingston last week. I use the name guardedly as it has been officially named the Edward Seaga Highway.

Donald Trump: An emperor or disaster on the world stage?

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.

Justice free of politics

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.

So much to gain from Caricom unity

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.

Redress of Windrush suffering must not be isolated

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 circular economy: A new business model

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.

Quashee takes centre stage

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”.

Doing good on the Sabbath

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.

Planning without people in mind

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...

Will JUTC go the way of JOS?

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.

Neglect the west, neglect our history

 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.

Barbados telephoned the IMF, is St Lucia next?

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.

Rename Lady Musgrave Road the Edward Seaga Road

JAMAICA'S's fifth prime minister, the Honourable Edward Seaga, who has significantly contributed to the development of the road infrastructure in Jamaica, should have one of the city's important roads renamed after him — Lady Musgrave Road.

The ‘messy middle’ of democracy and the need

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 

This Jamaica train is rolling

“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.

Let Mia Mottley’s seed sprout across the Caribbean

In the wake of the clean sweep by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of all the seats in the general election on May 24 for the Barbados House of Representatives, the problem of no parliamentary Opposition has rightly become a matter for wider discussion in the Caribbean and farther abroad.

The place of women in the Church

The clearly misogynistic and intemperate comments of American evangelist Gino Jennings on how women in the Church should dress and adorn themselves is a matter that has incensed a lot of Jamaicans. It has brought into public gaze, once again, the issue of the place of women in the Church. It might be easy to just simply ignore Jennings' misinformed comments as arrant nonsense, but when so many people, including women, seem to agree with him, the matter needs further...

Ramshackle PNP — Allan Isaacs said it from in the 70s

Ears that do not listen to advice accompany the head when it is chopped off. — Kenyan proverb Early last month I made reference to Allan Isaacs, a former People's National Party (PNP) minister, and quoted his disgust for what he deemed was the ramshackle state of Norman Manley's party in the 70s. Some of whom I suspect are my younger readers have been asking me to say more on Isaacs. I hope this bit helps.

Counter punch of climate change and political ‘permission’

The hurricane season started officially on June 1. Already, however, heavy rains and flash flooding have started. Last Sunday, flash flooding in Maryland, USA, resulted in one river rising 17 feet in two hours. Some eight inches of rain was recorded in six hours. Residents looked on in horror as roads quickly became rivers and vehicles moved away like match boxes.

The visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

“And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour, because He has looked with favour on the humble condition of His servant. And from now on all generations will call me blessed… He has done a mighty deed with His arm; He has scattered the proud in their conceit; He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away...

The Barbados election and the Jamaican context

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in Barbados, under the leadership of then Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Barbadian Labour Party (BLP) led by now Prime Minister Mia Mottley. It was a complete wipeout of the DLP. They did not get one seat in the people's parliament. All 30 went to the BLP.

Montego Freeport — driver of growth in the second city

'Progredimur Ne Pereamus', translated to the English language and meaning 'Progress Lest We Perish', is inscribed at the bottom of Montego Bay city's crest.

The elusive growth: Agriculture (Part 2)

“If education is the forgotten child in the Jamaican family, agriculture is the wayward one. It's a matter of choice: one has nowhere going and the other has nowhere to go” — Edward Seaga  Up until the mid-1960s Jamaica was run by “king sugar” and while bananas had no royal position, it could be called “queen” banana. They were the two drivers of the Jamaican economy.

World power: The arms race, security dilemma and polarity trifecta

Colin Grey (1971) describes arms race as when two or more parties (nation states), believed to be in an adversarial relationship, are increasing or improving their armament at a rapid rate, and reconstructing their respective military posture with general attention to the current, past and anticipated military and political behaviour of the other party. The general understanding of arms race, however, is said to be a gradual and substantive development, build-up, or...

To raise or not to raze a village?

As a society, we should realise that evil knocks on the door when we purpose in our hearts to lock others out. Bob Marley, inspired by Haile Selassie, reminds us of the stakes of the purposeful alienation of others: “Until the philosophy [thinking/school assignment] that holds [or makes] one race [group] superior and another inferior is finally and permanently, discredited and abandoned everywhere is war.”

Ethical leadership, governance and fighting corruption

“ Many speak strongly, quietly, but effectively as whistle-blowers. There aren't enough women in powerful positions, and the few in power often don't have enough organisational roots to challenge the men they find in powerful enclaves within the organisations they run. Speaking out is indeed risky and isolating.” — Thuli Madonsela.

1-7 recovery

When the 2018 World Cup opens on Thursday, June 14, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, all eyes will be on Brazil following their shocking crash-out in the 2014 tournament.A promising campaign on home soil had ended in dismal failure. Brazil had gone into the semi-finals against Germany with their tails up and most of the world's fans supporting them.

Political hubris and justice

On the heels of a massive election loss for outgoing Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart, columnist Sir Ronald Sanders, ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the US, charges that his termination by his country's electorate can be traced to his recent assault on the institution that is the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Sir Ronald offers that the scary proclamation of his intention to withdraw Barbados — one of the first four signatories — from the appellate...

Unlocking dyslexia in Jamaica

In 2007, when Prince Harry — the younger son of Charles, prince of Wales, and the late Diana, princess of Wales, now duke of Sussex and sixth in line to the British throne — revealed that he is dyslexic suddenly the world took notice. Prince Harry, no stranger to controversy, created waves around the world by falling in love with and marrying a mixed race and divorced American actress/philanthropist, Meghan Markle — now the duchess of...

Rethinking and realigning our relationships

Bad relationships are like a bad investment. No matter how much you put into it you'll never get anything out of it. Find someone — or something — that's worth investing in. — Sonya Parker 

We must not set back the hand of time to bad elections

If your only tool is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail. — Gambian proverb No one can deny that widespread political violence and murders that almost always accompanied elections in Jamaica are now a thing of the past. Fair elections and elections free from fear make up a most precious democratic safety valve. A return to the bad, old days would be disastrous for Jamaica.

Where has the spirit of Labour Day gone?

QUESTION: How many were out in their communities on Wednesday in response to the call to observe annual Labour Day activities? How many, it seems, have forgotten what Labour Day means? It used to be a day when we were expected to come out and get involved in doing something, no matter how big or small, to uplift our communities.

The Queen, Prince Harry and the black princess

Harry and Meghan's wedding was a happy event. Bright sunlight, no Trump, Syria, Ebola, or six-a-day murders; goodness shone on Windsor Castle, the UK, and our tourist board did not boost Windsor Castle, Portland.

CCJ: Beware the politicians in (judges’) robes, the wolves in sheep’s clothing

As a country, we have never been as afflicted by intellectual schizophrenia as we are with the decision on whether to accept the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final court of appeal, replacing the United Kingdom Privy Council.

The threat of ‘Trump change’

Donald Trump surprised himself and the world by being elected president of the US in 2017. He then surprised the world by selecting his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jerold as senior advisors. The surprise was because neither of these individuals had any experience in public service. Or any service at all.

Training/education a must for Jamaican agriculture to progress

The son of a farmer and native of the farm-rich Christiana region of Manchester North Eastern, where he has been Member of Parliament since 1993, Mr Audley Shaw, is well qualified to oversee the agriculture ministry.No wonder then that he has delivered himself with great authority about farming and its many problems since his reassignment from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in March.

An abortion primer

When thinking critically about aborting or terminating a pregnancy one needs to ask and attempt to answer a few fundamental questions prior to moving toward a tentative or final informed decision. The most central one, in my view, is dealt with here: What is the unborn within a pregnant woman?

Non-commitment: We don’t see things through

Today, I will address the issue of a new parliament building, the happenings in Venezuela, and the anniversary of the Eventide Home fire. The three issues are in the news, the last two being mentioned by Garfield Higgins in his The Agenda column in the Jamaica Observer of Sunday, May 20, 2018.

From the pipeline to built by Labour

 You could sum up the difference between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government's approach and that of a People's National Party (PNP) Government to building a nation in this way: From the pipeline to reality.The PNP promised Jamaicans a whole lot of things over the decades in power and at one point became known for the popular response: It's in the pipeline.

Financial inclusion and the Jamaica Stock Exchange

With the depression of savings accounts in banks and the horrendous fees that banks charge to keep people's money, Jamaicans must find alternate ways of making and saving money. I know that this is easier said than done, given the fact that many Jamaicans have been locked out of what is still a closed financial system. If the Government is serious about the new buzz terms of financial inclusion and its cognate economic independence, creative ways have got to be...

Will the Duchess of Sussex make the difference in race relations?

In Brixton, London, an enclave of predominantly West Indians, mainly Jamaicans, there has usually been very little motivation to celebrate major activities involving the British monarchy until Ms Meghan Markle — now the duchess of Sussex after Saturday's spectacular marriage to Prince Harry.

Who were Corinaldi, McCatty and Lightbody to Montego Bay?

“...but AGS Coombs, working in the mold, manner and shared vision of David Areleus Corinaldi (1896-1920) and Phillip Lightbody (1921-1936), both members of the Legislative Council, achieved much for the beloved City of Montego Bay” ... quote Shalman Scott's previous — Article on A G S Coombs. 

Discrimination: It may well be necessary

 I have been seriously asking this very important question from the moment I started following American politics: How necessary is discrimination for a moral, functional society?Many in America keep fighting for the 'abolition' of discrimination on the basis that the US is the land of the free and it was designed (intended) to give everyone freedom to everything such as speech, lifestyle, and positions of power.

Gun Control In America: Time For Action Not A Bag of Words

During the 1980s and early 1990s Jamaica was plagued by gun violence due to the divisive political rhetorics of the nations two political parties, the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and the Peoples National Party...

We managed very well without the plastics

Dear Editor, One must say a big “thank you” to the many volunteers who periodically relieve our beach environment of the plethora of plastics and other refuse. It is high time we strongly enforce our anti-litter laws or ban the importation of plastic bottles and styrofoam.

The principle of (good) authority

Increasing numbers of people, sectors and organisations want a world without rules to govern their behaviour. They want to be free to follow their feelings and ideas without restrictions. Whereas rights and liberties must be allowed, they can never be carte blanche and cannot be in contravention of wider governing principles.

A blot on our nation

If you close your eyes to facts you will learn through accidents. — Moroccan proverb 

Use your votes to protect yourselves and Jamaica

Taken from an address to a town hall meeting last Thursday at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York, put on by GraceKennedy Money Services and Western Union. The Jamaican Diaspora continues to be a source of immense pride to us back home. It is exceptional in the depth of its patriotism the extent to which it cherishes its identity and exudes the strength of our culture.

Foreign policy lessons from the resistance of Rastafarians

The use of force is still very much a part of the foreign policy and diplomatic considerations of all states, even small ones. In the latter case, what they consider is not using force themselves, but force being used against them.

Is Jamaica ‘coming in from the cold’?

“Well, the biggest, biggest man you ever, ever did-a see, was-a was-a once a baby in this life, in this life, in this life in this, oh, sweet life, we're (coming in from the cold) from the cold.” — Coming in From the Cold, Bob Marley, Uprising album, released in 1980. 

A foreign policy that must speak truth to friend and foe

Jamaica's foreign policy appears to be becoming less possible to predict in respect of what stance the country will take on international issues. Our guess would be that at the core of this presumably new direction is pragmatism over the idealism that emerged out of the pre- and post-independence euphoria which won Jamaica pride of place among small developing states as an important voice in the corridors of world power.

World Council of Churches’ cry of agony and despair over Israeli violence

Christian churches, for the most part, have long held that Jews are the chosen people of God, and they have generally looked the other way when Israel was using deadly weapons to mow down stone-throwing Arab men, women and children.

Pentecost, credit unions and history

 This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in most churches. Also, this weekend the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League will hold its annual convention, at the end of which will be the annual general meeting of the credit union league. I attempt, as I did last week, to use major church events to teach and comment about current realities; this week Pentecost and credit unions.

Avoid the bunker mentality, Mr Holness

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has chastised the Government for its failure to host post-Cabinet meetings with journalists since November last year.“The Government seems to have effectively abandoned the post-Cabinet press briefings,” PAJ President Mrs Dionne Jackson Miller said in a statement circulated last week.

Woman empowerment and/vs marginalisation of our men

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), in its recently published report on employment in Jamaica, indicated that women are being employed 11 times more than their male counterparts. To some people this report may have come as a shock; for others, it speaks to the unwelcomed marginalisation of our men which has been taking place for some time. Still, for others, the report is welcomed as it points to women reasserting themselves in making themselves...

The green of stress and greed

Money . Cash. Green stuff. Why is US currency green? Who decided on the classic green hue? According to an online article by the History Channel , the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving selected the green colour because the ink was plentiful and resistant to chemical changes; and green symbolises stability, life, and growth ( www.history.com ).

No need to dispense with EPOC, Dr Clarke

Incompetent fiscal planning and ineffective macroeconomic management have been among the largest contributors to Jamaica's extremely poor record of economic growth.The institution responsible for fiscal management is the Ministry of Finance which, it must be said, has been staffed by honest, dedicated and hard-working civil servants who should be lauded for doing the best they can.

Keeping our fingers crossed for an oil find

Over the next 12 to 18 months Jamaicans will be keeping their fingers crossed that the country's first-ever oil and gas exploration 3-D seismic survey, just ended, will confirm indications of commercial quantities of the commodity on our south coast.

A world less safe

Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not!

Setting the table for culture

The Creator in nature teaches fundamental lessons that, when observed and applied, produce amazing results and pay great dividends. One such lesson is that everything that grows has a culture and an environment in which it flourishes best. Some plants grow in cold climates, some in warm, some in dry areas, and others in damp.

Is North Korea sincere in its commitment to complete denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula?

The summit meeting between President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea produced tangible progress on three fronts. Those are: 1) the development of inter-Korean relations in a sustainable manner, 2) the alleviation of military tension, and 3) the denuclearisation and the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

A legacy tarnished

The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom starring the legendary comedian Bill Cosby. The show aired for eight seasons on NBC , from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992.The show's main focus was the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class, African American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

On taking Louise Bennett very seriously, indeed

I first saw Louise Bennett at my primary school (it was known as elementary school in those days) when she made repeated visits on behalf of the Jamaica Welfare and the Education Department.

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