Since May, at least 400 children have died in the Nigerian state of Zamfara, and thousands of children and adults have been hospitalised in the worst case of acute lead poisoning ever reported. The tragedy came to light when visiting teams, who were checking on a vaccination programme, noted the remarkable absence of children in several villages.
Before I continue the discussion, let me remind readers that what I am talking about is the problem of how to grow income faster than planned expenditures in order to improve the living standards of the people of Jamaica and stabilise its exchange rate. The online comments of several individuals on Part II appeared to have confused this problem with that of merely growing income.
The best proof that all points of view are given free rein in Jamaica are the contrasting outlooks of two doyens of local journalism, Wilmot 'Mutty' Perkins and John Maxwell. While Maxwell remains a more or less unreformed leftist, Perkins has become somewhat of a right-wing anarchist.
Following the recent internal elections in the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Mike Henry has been elevated to the chairmanship of the party. The new general secretary, Aundré Franklyn, has said that his priority is completing the selection of candidates for the next general elections so Government can be ready to call an election as soon as it wants to.
For almost a decade, Jamaica has been one of the most heavily-indebted countries in the world. The ratio of debt to (nominal) gross domestic product (GDP) exceeded 140 per cent in 2003, and after a slow decline and a favourable data revision, we are getting back to that peak again.
I was enjoying the early Saturday afternoon ride when I was jolted by a headline glimpsed on a newspaper rack: 'John Maxwell is dead'. "Maxwell dead!" I exclaimed to my wife. As she continued driving, I felt as though I had left a whole chunk of my life behind.
On Thursday when Jamaica for the first time marked International Anti-Corruption Day, Professor Trevor Munroe, director of the National Integrity Action Forum brought together Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Opposition spokesman on security, Peter Bunting (deputising for the leader of the Opposition) to speak...
The human psyche is strange and variable. The sudden onset of a major problem may be regarded as a crisis and may elicit a rush to the emergency room with an overwhelming rage to live. If the same problem emerges over a protracted period...
Jamaica's financial sector has received both criticism and accolades for the way in which it has played its increasingly critical role in national development and contributed to growth, or lack thereof, in our economy over the years.
If Information Minister Daryl Vaz did speak abusively and used expletives in expressing his disgust to Christene King over her newspaper's reports on him, then his action should be roundly condemned by all decent persons, including our 'chief servant'.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) went into its 67th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston last Sunday under a heavy media cloud of gloom and doom. Journalists, commentators and analysts in the last few weeks, and even more so in the days leading up the event, gave the distinct impression to the Jamaican public that the conference would be a definite flop.
The first Commonwealth Conference, organised by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in collaboration with the Commonwealth Foundation and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies was held November 10-12, at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom, at which many of the current award holders, from across the Commonwealth member states were in attendance.
It was not a bad week for the Jamaica Labour Party and its embattled leader, Bruce Golding. Moving from the disastrous week preceding, the Labourites held their love-in at the National Arena on Sunday, pulling out the big crowds and, reportedly, tears of joy from a highly-appreciative leader who needed all the love he could get.
From whatever angle it is viewed, fly high or fly low, the J$31-million gift from a Dutch company doing business in Jamaica, to the People's National Party (PNP) in 2006, was nothing more or nothing less than a campaign donation, ineptly handled.
The Member of Parliament for Central Kingston has raised again the need to settle the question of dual citizenship. I share his anxiety, perhaps for different reasons, to have our tardy representatives address the subject with dispatch and good sense.
Recent press reports of the dramatic deterioration in the Irish political economy such as: 'Irish grasp at EU, IMF lifeline' by David Enrich and Charles Forelle, in the Wall Street Journal of November 17; 'Ailing Ireland accepts bailout', by Marcus Walker, Charles Forelle and David Enrich, Wall Street Journal (November 22)) serve as a timely cautionary tale, full of meaning and truth for the Jamaican political economy.