Henry Stewart and I were in high school together. He was a year ahead. Stewie was Olympic material. Although short and thick, he was a speedball on the track in the sprints, making his house a terror to the others.
The year 2010 can be deemed to be the 50th anniversary of Jamaican popular music. While a couple of recordings were composed before that date, notably by Laurel Aitken, there was little commercial thrust of any magnitude. It was in 1960 that Jamaican popular music became sufficiently energised to emerge as a promising cultural medium.
On September 20, 2005, then prime minister P.J. Patterson and leader of the Opposition, Bruce Golding, signed a Declaration on Political Conduct in Parliament amid their parliamentary colleagues and in the presence of the political ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair.
As Farmer Joe looked down at me, his furrowed brow could not escape attention. There we were, way up in the skies, aboard an Air Jamaica flight from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston. He said that he had already taken his seat when he saw me in the aisle, trying to find space for my small suitcase in one of the luggage compartments.
On February 4, the latest instalment of Jamaica's relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was made official. A year and a half after the crash of Lehman Brothers, signalling the world financial and economic crisis, the support under the IMF programme was a welcomed move, and the attendant other multi-lateral support should be useful as Jamaica pursues economic and social prosperity, at least in the short term.
The Spokespersons' Council (Shadow Cabinet) of the Opposition People's National Party held an important retreat on March 6 and 7, last weekend. This was part of its preparation to resume its role as government, whenever the electorate asks it to.
Dennis Chung has abandoned the usually narrow economistic concerns of financial analysts and is focusing almost exclusively these days on Jamaica's urgent need to fix our social problems, particularly crime and the lack of respect for public order. That's priority number one for Jamaica, not balancing the books.
Mr Prime Minister, tear down those walls and set yourself and the other captives free! You have promised to dismantle the garrisons and there is no better time than now. From The Gleaner of June 1, 2005: "Opposition leader Bruce Golding on Tuesday, May 17, appealed for the implementation of crime recommendations to dismantle garrisons and reshape politics in these communities.
The hot news of the last week has been the damning American report on Jamaica which mentions the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition request; Prime Minister Golding's sharp rebuttal and the heated discussion on the role and power of the reputed don of...
This article was presented at a Planning Institute of Jamaica/Department of Economics seminar on The IMF Agreement: Implications for the Jamaican Economy at the UWI Library Multifunctional Room on February 25, 2009.Jamaica's...
One of the main reasons why the Christopher Coke extradition matter has generated such interest and passion is the hope that external pressure by the United States government will force the dismantling of garrisons.
A recent headline in the local media highlighted the fact that there are some women who sexually abuse children, especially boys. Such stories often cause a kind of knee-jerk response from various sectors of the population.
The road that has taken recent Jamaican delegations to China has paved the way for Chinese assistance to Jamaica for road building, among other things. Chinese assistance in roadways and other ways goes back to our negotiations with China from 2004-5.
A sharply worded editorial in another newspaper recently questioned the relevance of the Economics Department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) as, it charged, no leadership has emerged from those quarters to help us through the muddle.
In a debate in the House of Representatives, just after the turn of the century, concerning the ratification by Jamaica of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice, the then leader of the Opposition, Edward Seaga, expressed the view that the Privy Council was a court from which "pure justice" flows.
Last July, I wrote a column cautiously welcoming the Road Maintenance Fund established from the Special Consumption Tax (SCT) on fuel, while being critical of the low allocation to the Fund of only 20 per cent of the tax.