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He came, saw, conquered...or did he?

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was truly on show for the visit of President Barack Obama.

PRESIDENT Obama has come and gone and the echoes remain. He made history, and not just because he is the first man of colour to lead a nation billed as the most powerful on Earth. Whether that is so or not, its significance will be debated elsewhere. What we saw was a man who didn't hesitate to reac ... Read More

The visit
On April 8, 2015, around 6:00 pm, word was "The eagle has landed" and nail biting turned to jubilati ... Read More

Use PetroCaribe, green energy
bonds to pay for renewables Use PetroCaribe, green energy bonds to pay for renewables
HOW do we raise the US$2,800 million to finance the all-renewables initiative? First up, let's jump- ... Read More

(L-R)  Bruce Golding, prime minister at the time of the security forces
operation into Tivoli during May 2010, makes a point to the Tivoli
Commission of Enquiry recently.

Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington giving evidence at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry this week. The Tivoli time bomb had to be defused
As I continue to listen to evidence coming out of the Tivoli Enquiry, and especially that from forme ... Read More

Obama and the Jamaican reality

Michael BURKE | Thursday, April 16, 2015    

OBAMA...announced at
US$70m entrepreneurship
package which targets the
youth of the region

In his book Struggle in the periphery, the late Michael Manley began the first chapter by explaining the Munro doctrine of 1823. James Munroe, who was president of the United States at that time, said: "...we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their political system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety". Michael Manley further wrote: "This speech, largely unnoticed at the time, came to provide the excuse for the assertion of US powers in the ... Read More

Take your energy where it is needed: Take it to Jamaica

Leo Gilling | Thursday, April 16, 2015    

Leo Gilling

On leaving our homeland Jamaica to be a resident in another country, we and our offspring become members of the Jamaican Diaspora. The Diaspora movement seeks to engage all Jamaicans living overseas to know the benefits of its strength and to give back to Jamaica in whatever way possible. The areas of focus are trade, investment, business and philanthropy. In 2004, the Government of Jamaica accepted the movement and representatives were identified from three major diasporic regions, namely USA, ... Read More

In defence of Chronixx

BY Yannick Pessoa | Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

Reggae musician Chronixx

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -- Martin Luther King Jr (1963) THE press is supposed to be the "Guardian of the Republic" and a "pillar of democracy". The press is the only industry explicitly referenced in the US constitution. How, then, is it that the press and media in Jamaica and abroad seem so spineless in critiquing President Obama? Have they abdicated their role in ... Read More

Obama's visit and Ja's expectations

Raulston NEMBHARD | Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

US President Barack Obama

MANY people expected that when President Barack Obama came to Jamaica he would be a harbinger of good news. Almost everyone had some expectation of what he could do. If you listened to or read the vox populi there could be the conviction that he possessed divine qualities, or at the very least had the ability to part the waters of the Caribbean. He did not disappoint in some respects, especially with regard to the fact that he did come and many were able to be enthralled that he had set foot on ... Read More

Honesty versus optics

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

White House photographer Pete Souza captured this moment as
President Obama departed Jamaica on Thursday.

ON his way out from his post-Easter conquest of Jamaica, Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, stood on the step of Air Force One and "flung a rainbow from his hand". White House photographer Pete Souza caught the image of Obama, silhouetted against the evening sky, his right arm raised toward the glorious multicoloured arc in the sky. Science and Christianity both claim the rainbow as a most magnificent phenomenon. Scientifically, it is a collection of suspended raindrops "cap ... Read More

Going solar can reverse the dollar slide

David COOKE | Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project

Now that you have excess electricity virtually "for free", make the switch to electric vehicles; the "fuel" is already paid for! There is Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and a host of other makes and models for the general population; Tesla Model S or BMW i3 or i8 instead of Pajeros and Benz and the like for those with luxury needs; and in-between there is a host of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) such as Toyota Avalon or Prius PHEV -- not the regular Toyota Prius -- that use electric motors a ... Read More

Why has the port privatisation awakened a 'toothless' TUC?

BY THE DRONE | Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

SO, matters concerning the running of Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) have now been settled and it has been officially declared and signatures affixed to a deal that will see Terminal Link CMA/CGM take charge of this national asset, on a concession deal, for the next 30 years. The journey to this point has been uncertain, bumpy and untidy, but we have reached this juncture. The Jamaica Observer and more importantly the author of a series of articles on matters concerning the privatisation exe ... Read More

Obama and PJ — 'Wah gwaan Jamaica?'

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, April 13, 2015    

United States President Barack Obama makes opening remarks
at a town hall meeting organised on the Mona Campus of the
University of the West Indies during his recent one-day working
visit to Jamaica

IT was a privilege to have been present at two moving events last week: President Obama's town hall meeting and former Prime Minister P J Patterson's 80th birthday celebrations. Both politicians were outstanding law students and have been acknowledged for their even temperament. In campaigning, Obama was nicknamed, "No drama Obama" and P J, the "Fresh Prince", who was not given to the platform dramatics of his predecessors. Ever since the young African-American Barack Obama was nominated as a U ... Read More

Solar would save Jamaica US$1,200m each year

David COOKE | Monday, April 13, 2015    

Solar would save Jamaica
US$1,200m each year

WHAT is the equipment cost for this massive over-abundance of solar and wind we talked about last week? The 700MW of solar energy would cost some US$1,400 million, give or take, or about 14 months of imported electricity fuel savings. Another 700MW of large-scale wind would be a little cheaper, but for this simple exercise let's keep them the same cost. So, that means US$2,800 million, all told, for both, with no storage necessary. That's all? you might be asking yourself. Less than two years' ... Read More

Cock-ups, mistakes, bungling, and fallouts... still no shame

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, April 12, 2015    

You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. — Barack Obama An excerpt from Aesop's fable The Raven and the Swan: A raven saw a swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the swan's splendid white colour arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the raven left the altars in the neighbourhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not chang ... Read More



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