What do we do for Africa?

Images of starving in Africa are plenty.

Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Once we were in tune with roots; black Americans had no glossy picture books about fictional emp ... Read More

National Heroes Park (File Photo) The ups and downs of Race Course history
It seems a force is determined to deprive residents of Allman Town and other long-established commun ... Read More

The entrance to Jamaica College on Old Hope Road. It all comes out in the wash
The Welshman William Haydn Middleton, who was headmaster of Jamaica College (JC) from 1965 to 1970, ... Read More

No attempt at dissecting Jamaica’s political and economic fortunes during this 1972-1980 period can ever be made without providing a full account of the role played by the United States of America. Responsible accounting of our history
There is an African proverb that states, “Unless the lion is able to read and to write, the on ... Read More

Wanted: Primary school maths specialists

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Mathematics Teacher of the Year Neisha Grant Lawrence (third right) of Crescent Primary School in Spanish Town displays her tophy in the presence of (from left) Dr Tamika Benjamin, national mathematics coordinator; Dr Renee Rattray, senior manager, learning, development and culture at the Jamaica National Group; Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education; Vernon James, vice-president, Insurance Association of Jamaica; and Dean-Roy Bernard, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information intends to strengthen the number of mathematics specialists in primary schools, thus assisting children to develop a better appreciation for mathematics at a young age. The announcement was made by the minister, Senator Ruel Reid, at the National Mathematics Teacher of the Year awards ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge at The University of the West Indies, on Monday. The minister commented that there are not enough teachers specialisin ... Read More

Brains, not brutality — smart(phone) crime fighting

Kevin Obrien Chang | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Robert Montague

Andrew Holness is quoted as saying: “The police need your help. Information is probably the greatest weapon against criminals.” Holness is right. And most Jamaicans genuinely want to help the police. But we cannot give the police useful information if they do not provide us with accurate information. Garbage in, garbage out. Google “America’s most wanted” and you get an up-to-date list of most wanted persons in every category. Google “Jamaica’s most wa ... Read More

Homework: a necessary evil

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Dr Karla Hylton. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Do you struggle with your kids to complete homework on a regular basis? Are you in constant battle at the mention of the word “homework”? It is very easy to get caught up in power struggles with your child on this issue, but these battles will only lead to undue stress for both you and your child. Children are more likely to complete homework successfully if they are monitored, but this depends to a large extent on the age of your child. Setting good work ethic begins at an early ag ... Read More

Transformation of the public sector — Part 1

Dr Canute Thompson | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

It has been reported that between 2010 and 2017 the Jamaican Government spent over $1.4 billion on the training of 1,453 civil servants. This figure could be a conservative estimate, according to some sources. At $1.4 billion, the annual expenditure is just under $200 million, and with the approximate 1,400 civil servants trained, the expenditure per trainee is in the region of $1 million. That is a huge investment in and massive spending on training - depending on how one looks at it. To plac ... Read More

Andrew Holness — A prime minister on the move

Raulston Nembhard | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Andrew Holness.

When Andrew Holness was monarchically anointed head of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, I was one of the strong critics of such a move. It was not that I thought Holness did not have it in him to be a good leader. In fact, his stint at the ministry of education had demonstrated latent leadership and management capabilities which, if properly honed and directed, could augur well for him as a future leader of the party and government. My concern arose out of a v ... Read More


Saturday, March 11, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness talks about some of his Administration’s first-year achievements at a breakfast meeting with Jamaica Observer editors and directors last Friday at the newspaper’s head office in Kingston. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

After just over a year in his second turn in the prime minister’s chair, many Jamaicans at home or abroad have warmed up to the leadership and substance of Andrew Holness. One person willing to confess an about-turn in how he views him is columnist Raulston Nembhard. He admits being initially critical of how he was “anointed” party leader and prime minister and remembers Holness’s first arrogant missteps; however, Nembhard says the focus on growth and the steady hand of l ... Read More

Beg no murderer for mercy; just ask God’s forgiveness and kill the crook

Franklin Johnston | Friday, March 10, 2017    

The police help with white-collar crime but can’t protect from violence.

Crime is at epidemic proportions. It damages individuals, society and inhibits all the good things we desire — family, growth, peace. We no longer go for quiet walks; many practices in Government, church, school are curbed — too risky. Children are sexualised, groomed, fondled; parents silenced by fear, food, gifts. But the biggie is, we are not even organising to repel but submit to criminals meekly — why? The vulnerable grow — children, old folk. Many live alone &mdas ... Read More

Facing the women’s story

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 10, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet (third left, front row) share a photograph with the attendees at the Prime Minister’s Women’s Day Luncheon at Jamaica House on Wednesday. (Photo: Jamaica House)

MARCH 8 — Wednesday just gone was International Women’s Day. I bet a man somewhere kissed his teeth and grumbled “Chupidniss” while not too far off a woman buss a bitter laugh, followed by a dry remark: “Keep it up, Mister, and you’ll see where chupidniss come from. Women are not going to put up with the lack of respect for much longer. You can’t continue to take us for punching bags”. The argument heated up… HE: “Then, if women have ... Read More

20 years after Michael Manley

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

MANLEY... did not live to see the People’s National Party serve more than two terms of Government in succession

This past Monday, March 6, marked 20 years since Michael Manley died in 1997 at the age of 72 years. Had he lived he would have been 92 years old now, and in December this year he would have been 93. Manley did not live to see the People’s National Party (PNP) serve more than two terms of Government in succession. On December 18 1997 P J Patterson led the PNP to a third term in office, which was Patterson’s second term. Michael Manley died nine months before that. Manley did not l ... Read More

Continue the fight against corruption

Henley Morgan | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

National Integrity Action staff (standing from left): Omar Lewis, Mark Morgan, Lisanne Hamilton, Marlon Moore, Loy Taylor-Bloomfield, Lenworth Burke, Tressa West, Richard Pasley, and Gavin Myers. Seated from left: Sheila McDowell, Jamie-Ann Chevannes, Trevor Munroe, Patrece Charles, and Macrena Bennett.

The National Integrity Action (NIA) is celebrating five years of existence. The NIA was established with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build public awareness of the dangers of corruption and to influence action towards: • new legislation to strengthen transparency and accountability in governance; • enforcement of the law against individuals and institutions involved in corruption; • ensuring that anti-corruption agencies are pro ... Read More



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