Andrew Holness’s Israel visit and the British prison gift

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently. Photo: Jamaica House

Friday, January 13, 2017 may be a defining date for Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made a serious error of judgement by his high-profile meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s enemies are now ours, so recall 30 British tourists killed on a Tunisia beach and be ... Read More

A view of the historic Sam Sharpe Square. Leave the fountain alone!
“The St James Parish Council plans to remove the fountain from Montego Bay’s historic Sa ... Read More

TRUMP… preparing for tomorrow’s inauguration (PHOTO: AP) We’re all wary of the unpredictable Trump
The world is on edge as the time for Donald Trump to be sworn in as president of the United States a ... Read More

Ambassador Dudley Thompson: January 19, 1917 - January 20, 2012                                Dudley Thompson centenary
The late Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson was born on January 19, 1917. He died at age 95, one day ... Read More

Can’t listen to the empty talk; check the figures

Garfield Higgins | Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson  addresses farm workers at the ministry’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in Kingston, yesterday.

To love truth for truth sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed plot of all virtues. — John Locke Extraordinary claims must be matched by extraordinary facts. This is an axiom. Those who reject this simple rule of good polemics invariably relegate themselves to the category of the ridiculous. Two Wednesdays ago financial analyst Ralston Hyman — a man with a penchant for the fantastical — opined on NewsTalk 93 FM that the present Jamaica La ... Read More

The acting police commish’s crime stats just a bunch of malarkey

Richard Blackford | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Novelette Grant, deputy commissioner of police.

The acting police commissioner in Jamaica, Novelette Grant, last week released an impressive list of statistics in a desperate attempt at burnishing the much-fractured image of the Jamaican Constabulary Force. This comes after the continued public outcry for more effective policing across the island and in the wake of the continued murder rampage, with 38 Jamaicans murdered on the island, year to date, and with 2017 only 17 days old. It comes against a background also of the sensationalised sex ... Read More

Is rejecting the prison deal really beneficial to Jamaica?

BY Dujon Russell | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

The Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, also known as General Penitentiary. (Observer)

The Andew Holness Administration has taken the retrograde step of rejecting, without more, the very generous offer made by the United Kingdom (UK) Government to assist in building a well-needed, modern penal facility which would improve the living conditions of the prisoners and propel us into conformity with domestic and international human rights laws. It remains to be seen what the alternative will be. The minister of foreign affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith, who spoke in Parliament on the iss ... Read More

Beyond immorality?

Rev Clinton Chisholm | Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

A Christian who claims to have never struggled with a temptation is extremely rare.

The church of Jesus Christ (all groupings including Moravians) should not register alarm or surprise at the mixed flock of birds that has swarmed around us and will continue so to do (most of the birds being John crows or dead flesh eaters, but not all) because we have provided the dead flesh that such birds delight in tearing to bits. I confess that owing to a barrage of work over the past few weeks I came to the sex scandal saga (soap opera, to be continued?) a bit late in the day and registe ... Read More

No quick fix to nursing brain drain

Adella Campbell | Monday, January 16, 2017    


Nurses are the backbone of Jamaica’s health system and some have earned the reputation of being among the best in the world, so it’s no wonder they are increasingly sought after internationally. As expected, the poaching of nurses from the public health care system is again on the national agenda. Indeed, given the ease of this nurse brain drain, one is left to ponder whether Jamaica, by itself, has the ability to retain its nurses, particularly specialist nurses, in this competitive ... Read More

Pride in this rich country called Jamaica

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, January 16, 2017    

(From left) RJR Sportman of the Year Usain Bolt, runner-up hurdler Omar McCleod and Sportswoman of the Year Elaine Thompson pose for pictures at the RJR National Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year awards function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Last Friday and Saturday, we attended the RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, glittering with world-beaters; the GraceKennedy Annual Business Conference, punctuated by applause for captains of industry Butch Hendrickson and their own CEO, Don Wehby; a prayerful and hopeful meeting of the Associates of the Sisters of Mercy; and a laughter-rich evening with close friends, happy to escape the cold north. Yes, indeed, we are ultra-rich in body, mind and spirit. Ascending the ... Read More

Stop fighting crime

Carey Wallace, PhD | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

I need not elaborate on Jamaica’s crime challenges and the repercussions they are having on every aspect of society. I’d rather use this medium to join the many patriots who are spending time, energy and resources on a sustainable solution. My proposal is to have a fundamental, 180-degree shift in our attitude towards our objective of a peaceful and prosperous Jamaica. The attitude of “fighting crime” is fundamentally wrong, as it places focus, attention, time and resour ... Read More

Passion aside, desperate times call for desperate measures

Christopher Burns | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Mournful resisdents huddle and look on as police officers process a crime scene.

A great many people believe passion is placed in opposition to reason. Still, whilst passion may not good policies make, it is instinctive, and, if expressed with reasonable restraint, could be at the service of reason — particularly if its expression is moulded within certain contexts. It is within the framework of Jamaica’s burgeoning but very complex crime epidemic and murder statistics that we should place and begin to scrutinise the passionate outbursts of so many Jamaicans, ev ... Read More

Leadership by example: casting the first stone

A J Nicholson | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Edmund Bartlett

The unequal struggle against child sexual abuse in our country calls for the unyielding effort of all of our well-thinking citizens. I join all such persons in recommitting ourselves to that struggle minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day; morning, noon and night. It is reported that Heather Murray, the principal of an all-girls school, was summoned by the minister of education, youth and information, Senator Ruel Reid, concerning her attendance at court in relation to a matter involving a ... Read More

The end of ‘wet foot-dry foot’ — Parting gift for whom?

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

In this March 21, 2016 file photo, Cuban President Raul Castro (right)  lifts up the arm of US President Barack Obama at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba. Obama was joined by wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha in the first visit by a sitting US president to the island nation in 88 years.Ramon Espinosa

Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami — long a hotbed of Cuban exiles — has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Barack Obama Administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’ policy towards Cubans seeking entry to the US. The question is: A parting gift to whom? President Obama announced the decision on January 11, 2017 in a three-paragraph statement on Cuban immigration policy. Regalado believes the decision is a parting gift to Raul Castro ... Read More



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