Missed opportunity if Heroes' Circle project not put to competition

Comments following the article written by architect Clifton Yap (FJIA) in the Jamaica Observer about National Heroes' Park's design and proposed competition lead me to think that a lot of Jamaicans have great disdain for architects. This disdain does not appear to be limited to the few... Read More

Gender-based violence — A regional problem
Last year the head of United Nations Development Programme's Gender Mission in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Eugenia Piza-Lopez, reported that, outside of conflict contexts, Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world against women.... Read More

Productivity in Jamaica
Henry J Lewis wrote an interesting piece, 'Jamaica moves…slowly', published in the Jamaica Observer on May 1 2018, on productivity in Jamaica. It set me thinking about his final lament — “Jamaica, let's move 'fasser'!”... Read More

Is Peter Bunting publicly sparring with Peter Phillips?
You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. — Congolese proverb ... Read More

Productivity and the need for political action

Everton Pryce | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

As we gear up for yet another observance of Labour Day and the celebration of National Workers Week, it is expected that the spotlight will once again turn on the issue of the virtues of productivity improvement in the country; in particular, the need for improvement in... Read More

Good journalism is like a toothache; it hurts, but it warns

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries is “fairly good”. The worst rated, as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana. Read More

The Outsider Movement

Lorenzo Smith | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

Recently , I came across a thought- provoking quotation from a renowned civil rights activist, Ella Baker, as I guided my students through the unit of civil rights movement in the United States under the topic of the 'March on Washington 1963'. Baker argued, “The... Read More

Windrush: Brexit and Blackxit

BY SIR HILARY BECKLES | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

CARIBBEAN prime ministers witnessed it first-hand. They were gathered in England as a Commonwealth when PM Theresa May tried to take the sails out of the Windrush. They spoke of the crime of citizenship denied; they demanded justice for all West Indians. Prime Minister Holness spoke to... Read More

A G S Coombs fought fiercely for MoBay, Jamaica

SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

ALLAN George St Claver Coombs, affectionately called “Father” by the masses of the people not only in Montego Bay but throughout Jamaica, is one of our outstanding trade union and political representatives and we must never allow our memory of him to fade into... Read More

The anguish of the 1976 State of Emergency and its disasters

BY EDWARD SEAGA | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

The state of public emergency now being held in specific areas of the country has been attacked by partisan voices because of the length of the periods of existence, of merely a few months. These attacks are made by those who gave full political support to the State of... Read More

Who will bell the cat?

Al Miller | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

In conceptualising the new Jamaica we must be prepared to first engage some serious conversations around some critical issues. These are national issues which must be transformed if prosperity is to be achievable for most Jamaicans. Some we are ignoring and refusing to even engage in dialogue. Read More

We owe much to the heroes of 1938

Lance Neita | Sunday, May, 6 2018    

The Government has announced special commemorative projects to mark the 80th anniversary of the 1938 workers' uprising which led to the foundation for Jamaica's labour movement. Plans will culminate with special Labour Day 'ramp projects' through which 130 schools... Read More

Kanye West debunks the slavery myths we hug up

Franklin Johnston | Friday, May, 4 2018    

In black and white issues things are often not as they seem, and with slavery few blacks can be cerebral — just fake feelings and hypocrisy! Bill Cosby was in our living rooms and peeps say he is a victim of slavery, as master's example means he could not keep his penis in his... Read More

Delay and death

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, May, 4 2018    

Someone said the other day, “Why do we always draw attention to the difficult times? Find a little joke, nuh?” Today a little laugh would do us some good. Like it or not, there are more and more occasions to be concerned about the dark times with which we... Read More


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