The Olympic Games' impact on productivity is most likely not the kind of subject patriotic, sports-loving Jamaicans would want to contemplate at this time. In fact, it may be considered going against the grain of Jamaican culture to suggest that the attention paid to the spectacular athletic feats of our campaigners in London has sapped productivity in a number of critical areas.
There is a story about three Jamaicans working on a construction site near the Olympic Stadium in London who wanted desperately to see Usain Bolt win the hundred metres. They were certain he was going to win, but had no tickets and no money. As the time approached for the event, they became even more frantic.
Responses to Gleaner Online story, 'Bolt says he has no respect for American Carl Lewis'.
"It's been a long time coming, but we have to get back to the basics of life" are the words that came to mind as I ruminated on the excerpts of a recent speech given by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites.
No Olympics, no Independence. Thanks, Jamaica Public Service (JPS)! And while Digicel would like to boast of its islandwide coverage, perhaps both were working in tandem, because while JPS locked off the electricity on us for more than two days, every time the power went out we had little or no signal on our mobile phones.
I would like to contribute by relating my experiences in relation to the matter of the recent power outage. News reports on TVJ have repeatedly quoted the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd attributing the incident to a lightning strike at the Duhaney Park installation and the time of the outage as around midnight August 5, 2012.
Two days ago, a tragic accident on the Melrose Bypass claimed the life of a Jamaica Teachers' Association executive, depriving our country of a valuable contributor to the education sector. Initial police reports indicated that the victim was travelling downhill in the middle lane reserved for upbound traffic.