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A bikini for the politician and Miss Facebook

Minister of
Youth and
Culture Lisa on
one of our
beautiful
beaches. For a
swim at the
beach, some
people said, as a
public figure,
there should
have been more
cover-up.

IN the new dispensation, characters can be attacked and the anonymous can find followers. Nobody has to take responsibility for anything. It is a new time and a new world. One of the most intriguing chapters involves the beautiful politician who set the mill spinning, when she dared to have a morni ... Read More

Word is that the board of the
National Housing Trust is a most
efficient body. Detractors need to
volunteer and serve on a board. Race, corporate cash may derail democracy
When white people or rich people fight watch, listen, learn. The rich are not like us. They run t'in ... Read More

Christmas has a practical side to it apart from the commercialisation that it has
become. Somehow it bestows on us — even the worst of us — a sense of peace
and contentment. Why an atheist like me absolutely adores Christmas
WITHOUT Christmas I would be empty at this time of the year. As a child, in the 1950s, I saw my fath ... Read More

There are four weeks in the season of Advent, which prepares us for the birth of the Saviour,
who is Christ the Lord. Advent, Christmas and resolutions
ADVENT, like the word Maranatha, means "the Lord is coming". For Christians, the four weeks before C ... Read More

Oh, for an old-time Jamaican Christmas

BY RUPERT JOHNSON | Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Jonkunnu parades were a big feature of Jamaican Christmas
(PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THIS is the time of year when I always reminisce about those unforgettable days of never-ending fun and frolic in Jamaica. There was no guessing about this memorable event because I felt the soothing "Chrismus breeze" gliding across my face. I can still recall what transpired at Christmastime in the 1940s and 50s. In anticipation of Christmas Day, the house underwent a thorough cleaning. The floors and furniture were immaculately polished, cobwebs removed, linen washed, new curtains hung, and e ... Read More

Columbus/LIME merger risks taking telecoms back to the dark ages

Barry O’BRIEN | Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Columbus/LIME merger risks taking
telecoms back to the dark ages

Surely legitimate opinions held in good faith can only be based on facts, so I would like to take this opportunity to point out to Wignall and his readers salient facts that have led Digicel to ask regulators and governments to scrutinise the proposed deal closely and to make every effort to ensure that a level playing field is in place for all parties to use for the benefit of customers. Fact #1 The proposed merger will lead to a very substantial lessening of competition in at least six geogr ... Read More

Are we waiting for Godot?

Robert MORGAN | Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

John Green giving testimony at the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry
yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

While some people are concerned about the fairness of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry, what bothers me is that I don't expect much from it. The Government will spend over $100 million, Jamaicans will be entertained by the emotional twists and turns, lawyers will get paid, but fundamentally, Jamaica will not change for the vast majority of people who look like me. The fact is, to be poor and black in Jamaica puts you at risk for abuse and even death by agents of the State. The reality is whene ... Read More

What has Barack Obama done for black people?

George S GARWOOD | Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

OBAMA... we have to be persistent, because typically progress is in steps

BARACK Obama seems to be a really nice and friendly person. He's a great speechmaker. Take for instance, his 2008 speech, 'A more perfect union', there he waxes eloquently and profoundly about the founding of America, slavery, civil rights, his own experience as a son of a Kenyan father, and a white American mother; about his religious beliefs, and so forth. This great speech could be summed up by one single quote: "If we simply retreat into our respective corners we will never come together." ... Read More

Hard talk

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

MUNROE... current work on corruption is laudable

Years ago, as a journalism intern, I was sent to interview and write an article on the late Professor George Beckford. Beckford was one of those professors whose legend preceded him. He had been at the University of the West Indies (UWI) for over 25 years. He was the author of numerous journal articles and several books, including his best known work, Persistent Poverty: Underdevelopment in Plantation Economies of the Third World. Although I was a student at UWI, the assignment would be my firs ... Read More

Jamaicans who care deeply

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Paula Llewellyn and Floyd Morris

IT was one of those rich weeks when we were reminded that we have high-calibre Jamaicans who care deeply about their country. Paula Llewellyn, our director of public prosecutions, Senator Floyd Morris, president of the Senate, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, acting president of the University of Technology (UTech), and Dr Lucien Jones, National Road Safety Council vice-chairman, held sway over their audiences. At a Jamaica Bankers Association breakfast hosted by President Maureen Hayden-Cater las ... Read More

Scandal paradise

Peter EDWARDS | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Scandal paradise

SO it is scandal season again in Jamaica, and I am not referring to the popular US television show. I am speaking of the recent drama starring defiant board members of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the supporting cast of the PNP-led Government and their usual sycophants. Much like the Stevie Wonder song Pastime Paradise and its remixed version Gangsta's Paradise by rapper Coolio, so too can we Jamaicans sing our own version because we've been spending most our lives, living in a 'Scandal ... Read More

Ja’s political immune system has been terribly compromised

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

SHEARER...perhaps the most underrated leader of the
Jamaica Labour Party to date.
MANLEY...Jamaica’s fourth prime minister

Voting is a civic sacrament. — Theodore Hesburgh  WHEN Richard Nixon [he suffered with a fateful character flaw called 'bad mind' coupled with a police mentality especially with regards the Kennedys], one the brightest [intellectual brilliance] men to have become president of the United States in the last 60 years, and who did more for America than he is often credited, was 'see-sawing' as to whether he should resign over his involvement in the Watergate Scandal, 13th White House counsel, John Dean, admonished him with these now famous words: Dean: "I think that there's no doubt about the seriousness of the problem we've got. We have ... Read More

More civility in the Tivoli enquiry?

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

A friend of mine, a lawyer, emailed me the following: "I read your Sunday, December 7 Observer column about the Tivoli inquiry. I liked your passion. I was sad to learn that my fellow brethren of the law profession are behaving so poorly and crassly as you observed. "My mentor, a judge in Miami, told me once, which I have never forgotten, 'cross-examination does not mean to examine crossly'. In my dealings with witnesses, rich, poor, educated, not educated, I am always civil and respectfu ... Read More

Embrace the healthy competition, Digicel

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

In 2001, when Digicel arrived in Jamaica it had the body of a skinny little kid who had an eagerness to prove that it could discover the lay of the land and make its name felt throughout the tropical paradise. At that time, Cable and Wireless was just this overweight, lumbering kid who never quite seemed as if it wanted to break out into fully blown adolescence. It just wanted another fat burger. At that time, I had a Cable &Wireless (C&W) mobile phone, plus its landline and, having no ... Read More



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