Let the new political conversation begin

(L-R) Patrick
Casserly and Trevor

As we keep searching for a way out of the disillusionment of so many Jamaicans, there were encouraging signs last week from Professor Trevor Munroe and entrepreneur Ambassador Patrick Casserly. Professor Munroe is the executive director of National Integrity Action (NIA), which is an affiliate of T ... Read More

The current spread of 4 per cent to 6 per cent between
Jamaica’s inflation rate and that of our major trading partners
is one factor that will continue to put downward pressure on
the value of the Jamaican dollar. Let the readers decide who to trust, Observer
If the Observer’s editorial page writer was taken aback by the speed of my response to Bank of ... Read More

At $10 to $20s, the semi-frozen, coloured syrupy water is a big seller all over
Jamaica, and it is an absolute hit outside the gates of schools hosting children
from the poorest households in this country. Bag juice children and stunted brains
JACKIE is in her late 30s, highly educated and a professional. She pulls in around $6 million per ye ... Read More

Today, race in the United States continues to be an unresolved issue. 51 years later, Dr King's dream remains unfulfilled
I write this commentary on August 28, 2014 — 51 years after the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King ... Read More

So what's in a name?

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

The character
African slave of
Kunta Kinte,
played by LeVar
Burton in the
miniseries Roots,
suffered a beating
by his master
when he rejected
being renamed

Family names in Jamaica are linked to a crossword puzzle of English, European, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern origins. African to a lesser extent, as our slave ancestors were given English names by their owners after purchase, or simply inherited the names of the plantations on which they slaved. In fact, there was hardly any consideration given by the owners to attach a surname to their slaves, it was simply easy to give a name which demanded the shortest possible pronunciation: John, Bla ... Read More

Food security: satiety, self-

GAUNETTE SINCLAIR-MARAGH | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Food technologists should strive to develop agro-processing facilities to absorb
the quantities of the fruit (mango) not readily consumed in season.

UPON reading Sir Ronald Sanders' column in this newspaper entitled 'Addressing the Caribbean's grave economic crisis', where he drew on Professor Norman Girvan's paper 'Re-Energising Caricom' which focused on regional agriculture and food security, three words emerged from my reflection. They are respectively satiety, self-reliance and sustainability. The following discourse, however, will be within the Jamaican context, which can possibly be generalised at the regional level. Here it goes... ' ... Read More

The 'duppies' of JOS/Jolly Joseph still haunt the JUTC

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Dr Garnett Roper
Colin Campbell

I would argue that one of the issues which the public should be much more emphatic about with all patronage, appointing people to high positions becausethey supported your campaign or helped you raise money. — John Hickenlooper IT is not in our individual or collective interest to witness the demise of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company. Indeed we cannot go back to the cruel days when 'schoolers', boys in particular, were persona non grata on minibuses; when pregnant women ... Read More

What we don't know about marijuana

By DR BASIL SIMMS | Sunday, August 31, 2014    


SINCE Jamaica became an independent nation and a signatory of the International Convention of the United Nations (UN) against the planting, possession and illicit use of marijuana, Jamaica has saved over a trillion dollars in health care, especially in the maintenance of the sanity of its citizens, by continuing with the criminalisation of the planting, possession and illicit use of marijuana as a narcotic substance. The marijuana plant is of Asian origin. It was first observed to be grown on t ... Read More

The criminal who cried gay

DIANE ABBOTT | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

The British legal system now seems to take it for granted that a homosexual’s
life is not safe in Jamaica.

Another story has erupted in the British press about a Jamaican criminal escaping deportation because he claims to be a homosexual. This week the Daily Mail has reported on the case of 55-year-old Alvin Brissett. He originally came to Britain from Jamaica when he was 13. Since then he has had 18 convictions for theft, three for possession of drugs, and four for assault. So he is not just a young man who has made mistakes. He can reasonably be described as a career criminal. In 1993, he receive ... Read More

What makes a school successful?

ALCIA MORGAN BROMFIELD | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

What makes a school successful?

I will dare to enter the debate on the makings of a successful school and proffer some hopefully sagacious solutions to help us decide on a modus vivendi. Most educational institutions are labelled as being successful on the basis of students' performance in their major exit examinations. At the secondary level, the regional Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are the measuring sticks by which schools are considered top perf ... Read More

For every solution, a problem

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, August 29, 2014    

For every solution, a problem

There has been no natural hurricane so far this year. We seem eager to fill the vacuum, however, by cranking up some stormy weather of our own. Political breeze-blow seems to be drawing nearer. We haven't yet established the speed of the winds, but there are definite signs that we may have to batten down soon. This is not the kind of warning you will get from the Met Office so you'd be best prepared to learn how to recognise the direction from which the wind is blowing and how to differentiate ... Read More

London bridge is falling; will Scotland exit the UK? Jamaica exit CSME?

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, August 29, 2014    

The people of Scotland will vote whether or not to exit the United Kingdom on
September 18.

On September 18, the people of Scotland will vote whether or not to exit the United Kingdom. This is the oldest Union aka Single Market and Economy (SME) and Scottish leaders now feel the need for their own identity. Our leaders are going in the opposite direction and wish us to subsume our identity into a puny, poor Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). It will have MPs, tax us, determine foreign policy, and subject our economy to 'group-think'. St Kitts is like Papine, and 12 members wh ... Read More

The presence of an absence

Michael BURKE | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

The town of Falmouth has changed with the development of the cruise ship pier. Those who question it need only think of the
town without it.

WHEN a loved one dies and is missed by relatives, it can be called 'the presence of an absence'. When the garbage collectors do not pick up the garbage with regularity we have the presence of an absence. When there is no discipline, we experience the presence of an absence. There is a story about a man who chastised his wife who was unemployed that all she did was to sit around all day and do nothing. The following day the man came home from work and saw the living room untidy, the beds were no ... Read More

Andrew Holness would make an excellent school principal

Mark WIGNALL | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Andrew Holness speaking with supporters at the JLP
demonstration in Half-Way-Tree on Monday condemning the
recent increase in bus fares.

ON Monday, when JLP leader Andrew Holness moved outside of his comfort zone, actually stole some time from behind a safe desk, went out into the sunlight, and spoke to a shrunken community of his own political people in Half-Way-Tree, and did so outside of a real upcoming election season, it occurred to me that it was the very first time in his political life that he had ever agitated at the public level for anything. And he is Opposition leader? What is it that made Alexander Bustamante the f ... Read More



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