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Asset-Based Community Development the way to go

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) shakes hands with Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the newly formed Economic Growth Council (EGC), while Dr Nigel Clarke, who has been appointed ambassador plenipotentiary for economic affairs, shares the occasion at the launch of the EGC last Wednesday at Jamaica House.

The Jamaica Labour Party has picked up right where the People’s National Party left off in its disastrous march over the cliff toward defeat in the national polls. We have heard nothing from the new Government to suggest that it will speak in language that the ghetto dweller understands or pur ... Read More

An Office of the Children’s Registry poster encouraging people to report child abuse. Go beyond the symbolism of Child Month and treat the youth right
There is no need to over-romanticise the myriad issues affecting our youth. However, it is necessary ... Read More

LEE-CHIN... has clearly seen that with keen planning and expert implementation, Jamaica’s economy can take off Will this end that conspiracy?
This column has been noting for a few years well, that Jamaica’s double-blight of low producti ... Read More

The poor, black Jamaicans who are most affected by classism have done a lot for their country, so why are so many still made to feel like second-class citizens? Who is to be blamed for classism in Jamaica?
I had never experienced this thing called classism until I moved back to Jamaica. I had left at age ... Read More

To be(t) or not to(b)?

BY WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SAUNDERS | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

The Petrojam oil refinery in Kingston.Jamaica Observer file

(With apologies to Shakespeare) Hedging is a gamble. To be successful, gambling or betting on racehorses requires knowledge and history of the animal, as well as an understanding of the race its best fit to run. Commodity hedging is no different. Hedging provides a useful insurance against adverse oil price movements as experiences in several developing countries have demonstrated. The World Bank Policy Research Working paper 1667, published in October 1996, “Dealing with Commodity Pr ... Read More

A world according to Trump

Ronald Sanders | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

TRUMP... the countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence, and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselvesChris Carlson

Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on April 27 did not once mention the Caribbean. The Caribbean should be grateful, or there might have been a price tag for his attention. He did say, after all: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence, and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” Whew! And he was talking about US friends in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) such as Britain, France and Germany. In ... Read More

Key issues facing the PNP and the paper groups that are mashing it up

BY DR DAYTON CAMPBELL | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER ... her story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things         Jamaica Observer file

This is a lightly edited version of an address given by Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western, Dr Dayton Campbell, at the annual conference of the Belfield Division in South East St Mary on Sunday, April 24: During the 2016 election cam p aign, I said it was a campaign about progress versus promises that proved to be prophetic. We are here today to have a discussion that is necessary. It is clear in my mind that we need to revisit what our movement was founded on. I will, therefore, ... Read More

The Alexander Bustamante/Norman Manley alliance

By Lance Neita | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Jamaican Premier Norman Manley (left) points out the place for Opposition Leader Sir Alexander Bustamante to sign, as delegates signed the conference report at the conclusion of the Jamaica Independence Conference at Lancaster House, London, on February 9, 1962. Jamaica became independent on August 6, 1962. While both men were miles apart on political policies, they were closely aligned as cousins in the flesh who looked after each other’s back.Photo: AP

It is not generally known that following the upheaval of the labour riots in May 1938 and the subsequent incidents of strikes and violence that erupted across the country, Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante formed a partnership that travelled from Negril to Morant Point to restore calm to the island’s trouble spots. Together they went from milepost to milepost, cane field to sugar factory, street corners to town plazas, indefatigable in their mission to represent the interest of the w ... Read More

Auxiliary fee policy is not about promoting freeness mentality

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

MANDELA... education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. – Maximilien Robespierre Nelson Mandela, former South African president, co-founder of the African National Congress’s Youth League, and freedom fighter extraordinaire famously said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I agree.   In recent days, there has been much hue and cry about the Administration’s propo ... Read More

Clearly, the JLP did the math

Troy Caine | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness (centre) is greeted by jubilant supporters at JLP headquarters on the night of February 25, 2016 after it became clear that the party had won the general election.

IT was quite difficult to figure out that the 17th general election in February 2016 was going to be Jamaica’s most exciting and would produce the closest result in the country’s 71 years of electoral contests since adult suffrage. And while so many people were confident of a People’s National Party (PNP) victory and even another PNP landslide, a few of us were quietly cautioning that it was going to be very close, although inwardly, ‘close’ would have been relat ... Read More

PHOTO: Trump’s world

Ronald Sanders | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

It seems that businesses will have to conform to the dictates of a Trump government; their freedom will be constrained, and failure to comply will have untold consequences. America will be a different place if this comes to pass; so will the world, writes Sir Ronald Sanders Read More

Children lose in a bitter game

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, April 29, 2016    

OH no, not another one! It is bad enough when the victims are adults. When it comes to children, are none too young to be spared? Bob sang, “Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die… Don’t ask me why.” When it’s a three-year-old, we have to ask. There’s no easy answer, if one could answer at all, but we must keep on asking — and try to stop the pain. The words leapt off the front page of this publication on Wednesday, “Awful deat ... Read More

Unleashing radio’s power to transform society

Franklin Johnston | Friday, April 29, 2016    

REID... needs to begin a cross-party conversation

There is a raft of mass media, new media and social media around, and we need to revisit radio as a tool to develop our people. Formal school is being transformed at a slow pace since 2004, but we can use informal and innovative means to fast-track and aid Vision 2030 goals for human capital. Our flawed schools mean most people are undeveloped in values, reasoning, English, numeracy. Ignorance is close by. Peeps say men under 40 will not use the many out-of-school education offerings as peers ... Read More

Co-operative democracy being eroded

Michael Burke | Thursday, April 28, 2016    

The Credit Unions of Jamaica logo

The main purpose of any co-operative is to empower the dispossessed. It was the Roman Catholic Church that established credit unions and in the early days, one had to undergo six months of training before one could apply for membership. A co-operative without democracy is a contradiction in terms. A co-operative is not only about equal share ownership but also about democracy. This is the fundamental difference between registered co-operatives and registered companies. Credit unions are co-opera ... Read More



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