I created the Tivoli Gardens community-development model to fill a vital need in the development of housing schemes in the area. Rehousing the population of West Kingston was my primary objective when I became a member of Parliament for the constituency in 1962.
The following is the first part of an excerpt from a presentation made by Rupert Lewis, professor of political thought, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, during a symposium 'States of Freedom: Freedom of States' at the Mona Visitors' Lodge,...
I am not a joiner. Although there is no shortage of invitations, coming mostly from my presence in media. I have to say no to virtually all of them. Had I said yes to even half of them, I would now be a member of dozens of things - or a dead man.
IN THIS society which finds it so difficult to coalesce around anything other than sports (when we are winning!), the consensus on the need for social intervention as a key strategy for building post-garrison communities is both heart-warming and a...
AN EDITORIAL in Barbados' New Nation News on June 8 reported that a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Jamaica had proposed a set of suggestions that arise from and relate to a number of current and critical issues we face as a nation.
BECAUSE OF the public interest aroused recently concerning the community-development model in Tivoli Gardens, I am referencing here the appropriate section of my autobiography, Edward Seaga: My Life and Leadership (Chapter 9, pp 152-156).
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY is central to Jamaica's escape from chronic economic stagnation and economic instability (high and variable inflation and unemployed economic resources). Indeed, the Jamaica Debt Exchange would not have been necessary had there been greater fiscal responsibility.
THE BRIEF flirtation with consensus is unravelling. A society as distinguished for its contentiousness as it is for its music and sports basked in a rare moment of unison in late May as it demanded that the Government 'tear down that wall' in Tivoli to get the fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke - and the United States (US) off our backs.
SIX CRIME bills were debated in Parliament on June 8. Coincidentally, by the end of May, Jamaica's murder rate had passed 750. Last year was a record year for murders. This year could be another. The end-of-May number was 99 more than that of the same period last year.
MOST OF US heard on the news reports on Monday, May 25, the anguished cry of a resident of the Tivoli Gardens community: "All dis fi one man? Dat nuh right!" In the moment, I thought to myself that truer words were never spoken, but on reflection changed my view. This isn't all for one man. This is a battle for Jamaica.
This is the final of a two-part series on education. The writer argued in the end of the first instalment that the policy of free education introduced by the Michael Manley administration in 1973 was costly and, thus, adversely impacted the financial viability of other social programmes.
PORTIA SIMPSON Miller likes to speak of the power of community. The power of community can be good or bad, depending on who controls power in the community. Of the 780 communities across the island, a small minority is terrorised by gangs and an even smaller amount is actually controlled by them.
AS TIME passes and the history of our parliamentary democracy comes to be examined, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, will come to be remembered as the day when two members of the House of Representatives, Mrs Shahine Robinson and Mr Clive Mullings, came to represent the face of Jamaica's Government.