IN last Sunday's Observer, a headline and accompanying photos introduced us to one young man and seven girls who were listed as missing children. The youngest listed was 12 years old, another 13, two others 14, two 15 and one 16. The oldest was the young man at age 17. The photos and the text reve ... Read More
Can Greece or Jamaica avoid austerity and 'run wid it'?
NEWS that the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) platform may challenge International Monetary Fund (IMF) ... Read More
Should we applaud or boo you off the stage, Holness?
AS Opposition Leader Andrew Holness strode through a door of the Boulevard Baptist Church on Sunday, ... Read More
THERE are two terms that have been bandied about in this society for quite some time now without sufficient attempts at careful definition of either, and seemingly without realisation of certain implications arising from these terms. The terms are ethics and integrity. And whether we are dealing with the old Parliamentary Integrity Commission or the later proposed Ethics Commission, or the very recent call for ethics in business, I maintain that more careful thought is needed. The rough real ... Read More
I read with great distress an article under the banner Covering the Courts in the Sunday Observer edition of December 28, 2014 in which the learned Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey sentenced a mother to 30 days in prison for rubbing faeces on a child, splashing some on a school building, and causing some to catch a guidance counsellor. Perhaps your reporter could not write the full story, for you did not give the expected other remarks from the fearless Judge Pusey, she with the deserved reputa ... Read More
SCAMMING is big money. It has made many ordinary, impoverished, uneducated Jamaicans very rich. Students still in high school have been known to become multimillionaires overnight. In Western Jamaica, moreso St James, which has been regarded as the "capital of scamming", raw cash, United States dollars changed out into Jamaican dollars, has helped to transform the parish's socio-economic landscape which has seen many hillsides, upscale residential areas, as well as some inner-city areas, become ... Read More
DURING Barack Obama's first term as president of the United States, he was forced to produce his birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii and not Kenya. No matter how many times he asserted citizenship, bigots insisted otherwise. When he released the certificate, they dismissed it as a fake. They believed that, in 1961, when America was a hotbed of racism, the Hawaiian registrar of births envisioned that decades later, the child born to 18-year-old Stanley Ann Dunham and her 23-yea ... Read More
THE testimony of the former Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington to the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry (COE), last week, has left me astonished and puzzled. However, I am grateful for the seven-week break the commission will be taking before resuming testimony in April, as it certainly must give us time to fully digest and analyse the commisioner's evidence. It might also provide the commission's chairman, a Barbadian, the opportunity to have a long laugh at wh ... Read More
At the risk of being called liberal, apostate or a 'tun back parson', I confess that I do not share the puzzlement of most people concerning the divorce rate, even among Christians. If anything, I am puzzled that so many married people stay married given the known vagaries of marriage if we are honest with ourselves. The alleged scriptural quotation has become so popular that you may wonder about my eyesight or sanity when I assert that God, nowhere in scripture says "I hate divorce". I know yo ... Read More
AS we examined the healthy vegetables grown by students in the greenhouse at Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, last Tuesday, as we listened to the young singers and dramatists; we saw the bright promise of Jamaica. With their fine tradition of excellence and discipline, Jamaica's first high school has produced brilliant graduates who have been making their mark on their country and beyond. These include Food for the Poor board director, attorney-at-law Debbie-Ann Gordon Crawford ... Read More
JAMAICA'S desire to gain maximum advantage from the sustainable exploitation of its mineral resources remains a critical policy objective of the Government of Jamaica. This commitment has been reiterated on many occasions by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, particularly since the recent decision to suspend the red mud beneficiation-based (rare-earth elements) project in Jamaica. A state-of-the-art pilot plant, totally financed by a US$5-million (approximately ... Read More
This parody on the Jamaican Constitution may be timely as we fumble about what to do with a double appointment of senators. IN the year 2011 I was at the age — and long past it — for enjoying the "Whereas" in the constitution, as I understood them. But that was the year they interrupted my reverie and changed whereas. Whereas is now hidden in an arrangement for future generations, children and their education, the environment, my passport, and my vote, and other accommodations as ... Read More
Competition and excellence are the hallmark of a successful school. In a hard-to-please society and nation, non-traditional schools have traditionally been bombarded by texts and innuendos. Prejudices are rife and many of our parents take pre-emptive measures in bolstering academic knowledge to ensure their students gain a pass for the traditional high schools. In a country where status is a norm, non-traditional high schools are for the most part avoided. Non-traditional high schools, however, ... Read More