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Love — the dominant criterion of Christian discipleship

Jesus did not indicate that discipleship is measured by the amount of money put in the collection plate or the seat at church. It is by acts of faith and love.

My last piece, ‘Religious tyranny and the love of God’ elicited quite a bit of discussion both in e-mail and blogs. In light of concerns raised, and for further clarity, I find it necessary to further expand on the theme of Christian freedom and the love which undergirds it. I am hearte ... Read More

Armed State personnel secure the Tivoli area from atop buildings with mobile support. Good report on Tivoli disaster
The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry report has now been made public and it appears to have been ... Read More

Getting the most out of tourism
Tourism is big bucks, it is the lifeblood of the Jamaican economy and is the largest foreign exchang ... Read More

Step up so others won’t get stepped on!
The stages of childhood and adolescence can hold some of the toughest years of an individual’s ... Read More

Capitalising on Brexit and other historic events

Toraino Beckford | Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

With the game pieces of the European Union about the change as steps begin for the will of the people of England to leave the European Union to be executed, territories like Jamaica must find the silver lining in all this...for themselves.

It is rare historic opportunities like this which allow for a change in the geopolitical framework of the world. At times like these very rich and powerful countries fall and poor and developing countries rise to new heights. Brexit should be seen by Jamaican and Caribbean people alike as a rare historic chance to improve our global influence by diverting investment, expertise, fiscal strength and trade from Europe. Uniting the Caribbean into a single country Since Brexit, many in Jamaica hav ... Read More

A tea meeting and other cultural titbits

Lance Neita | Monday, June 27, 2016    

I was quite impressed with my grand nephew’s performance as Mordecai in his Sunday School play, Esther, at the Bethel Baptist Church last Sunday. At his age, I had just made my debut on stage in a community production in which I was cast as third foothill. It was a play centred in a village where the Big Father Mountain sits absolutely still with his three foothills as his footstools for most of the action, while Madam Big River meanders across the stage dressed in flowing robes depicting ... Read More

Brexit – the word that swayed the vote

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June 27, 2016    

Brexit — a clever mash-up of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’, used by those who led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. Those of us in the world of marketing know the power of smart branding, the use of catchwords that excite and engage consumers. The word Brexit became a headliner, used not only by the ‘leave’ campaign but also by headline writers, even when the actual story was a balanced discussion. The ‘Remain’ campaign did not re ... Read More

For a better JCF...

Linton P Gordon | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

National Security Minister Robert Montague (second right) inspects the guard at a recent passing out ceremony for new policemen and women. He is followed by Commission of Police Dr Carl Williams.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was originally established as part of the colonial system of Jamaica. It was, in fact, established after the 1865 rebellion and its primary function upon establishment was to keep the blacks, who had just emerged out of slavery, in check. The force has always been seen as part of the establishment of an oppressive system and is referred to by some, especially Rastafarians, as “Babylon”, meaning an instrument of oppression. The JCF is established ... Read More

Legality of non-state flag and international law

Victor Barrett | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

The rainbow flag, which representes the gay community, flies at half staff beside the American flag at the US Embassy in Kingston yesterday in solidarity with the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida that claimed the lives of 49 people.  Karl Mclarty

As a starting point, I too join the United States and the various families that were affected by the horrific and barbaric act at the Orlando nightclub shooting. The American Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, raised the rainbow flag as a symbolic gesture of support for its citizens. The Attorney General of Jamaica Marlene Malahoo Forte, in seeming support of her country’s citizens, echoed her personal views denouncing the raising of the non-state flag while in sympathy with our closest friend ... Read More

The OAS: Not a moment for pride

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

CARACAS, Venezuela — Backers of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro rally in support of the new government’s plan to distribute food through the Supply and Production Committees, in Caracas, recently.

On June 23, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting called by the Secretary General Luis Almagro, under Article 20 of the Inter-Democratic Charter, to present a report on Venezuela to the 34-member body. Below is the statement I made at the meeting as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador. My delegation regrets very much all the circumstances that have brought us to this meeting. The Organisation of American States has been weakened by them. Whatever ... Read More

Brexit creates EU-Britain nightmare for the Caribbean

BY SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

The 12 English-speaking independent countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have, at the most, two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU). Indeed, the time may be less if the current mood of the leadership of the EU intensifies. They want Britain gone “as soon as possible”. The presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament — Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin ... Read More

That 1972 KPH finding on ganja

BY DR JOHN HALL | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Public attention has been focused in recent weeks on the prospective use of ganja for certain medical purposes. The 22nd Annual Conference of University Diabetic Outreach Programme, a joint meeting of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica led by Prof Errol Morrison OJ, the University of the West Indies, Northern Caribbean University, and the University of Technology, with its more recent meeting on medical ganja, have produced several well-researched papers validating the use of the Cannabinoids ... Read More

Customs Agency puts foot down on client’s shoes

BY CLAUDIENNE EDWARDS Observer writer edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Did you pay duty on these shoes?

Dear Claudienne, I would appreciate your views on a recent experience I had with the Jamaica Customs Department. My mom recently returned from England with a pair of shoes for me, but they were 1 1/2 sizes too big. I considered selling them, but doubted that anyone would pay what they were worth. After doing my research I discovered that the post office offered a courier service that would allow me to return the shoes for $1,500, so I made use of the service. I sent the shoes to my aunt in ... Read More

PHOTO: For a better JCF...

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

National Security Minister Robert Montague (second right) inspects the guard at a recent passing out ceremony for new policemen and women. He is followed by Commission of Police Dr Carl Williams.

As National Security Minister Robert Montague makes the headlines with new strategies to combat the crime monster, attorney-at-law Linton P Gordon takes a look at making the Jamaica Constabulary Force more successful in its mandate as part of the fight. Gordon highlights key areas he believes ought to be addressed to create a highly trained, well-motivated and strategic police force to win the hearts and support of citizens. An improved police force is on The Agenda this week. Read More



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