Let's use local best practice to transform education faster

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid may have scored an own goal by criminalising (almost?) his best schools and principals, but this energised debate on education — great! Education for all is now on a bipartisan path, but tweaking or innovation — which... Read More

After Hurricane Irma, where is the helping hand?
LAST weekend the weather took on a bully attitude. Word had been coming in about the path of destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. Through Friday and Saturday Irma battered the Caribbean islands, and by Sunday she was headed to South Florida, and there she went wild.... Read More

Content regulation: 'next generation' issues and solutions
The media and communication industry is undergoing a profound transformation. In the old era, the media industry was organised, legislated and regulated by infrastructure (radio, television, telephone, print, etc), which imposed clear divisions and boundaries. Today, content flows over...... Read More

Violence did not start in the 1970s
Jamaica has a problem with crime and violence that is far more serious in specific areas of the country. While stating the facts, there are some who are very selective with what they choose to relate. This is why witnesses in court swear to tell the truth, the whole...... Read More

The well-being of the nation

Henry Lewis | Wednesday, September, 13 2017    

Why do successive governments in Jamaica miss the mark when it comes to connecting with the day-to-day 'livity' of ordinary Jamaicans? Is it a case of neglect or just downright ignorance about the plight of the ordinary man in the street, including the poor and the... Read More

ZOSO naysayers fear its success

Stephen Edwards | Wednesday, September, 13 2017    

Jamaicans have endured many unsuccessful anti-crime initiatives in the past, which have been largely characterised by the use of brute force and the wonton abuse of human rights. However, initial reports from residents of Mount Salem, St James, where the first zone of... Read More

What type of leadership do schools need?

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, September, 12 2017    

It is the start of a new school year and a good time for us to ponder the type of leadership our schools have been receiving and the kind of leadership they need if we are to emerge from the dismal situation in which more than half of our schools have been found to be... Read More

Here's another thought, Tony Becca

Zaheer Clarke | Tuesday, September, 12 2017    

Every weekend while growing up I had to read the Tonys — Tony Becca, Tony Cozier and Tony Deyal. For me, respectively, they are the transition, vocabulary and satire gods among Caribbean columnists. Unashamedly, I am overly biased towards them, since they all... Read More

ZOSO #1: Clear, hold and build community

Henry J Lewis | Monday, September, 11 2017    

After an unusually long delay and a semi-hyping of the declaration — which should have never happened — by the Minster of Justice Delroy Chuck at a sensitisation session, the long-awaited Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations Special Security) and (Community Development... Read More

'Life is precious, celebrate life'

Wayne Campbell | Monday, September, 11 2017    

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800,000 people die annually due to suicide. The WHO also reports that in 2015 suicide was the second-leading cause of death among the 15-29-year-old population. Unfortunately, as depression in the society grows, due to a... Read More

Phillips not the hope the PNP wished for

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 10 2017    

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues. — John Locke  Read More

If ZOSO is to succeed…

Canute Thompson, PhD | Sunday, September, 10 2017    

Last week I asserted that the zones of special operations (ZOSO) Act and strategy, as conceived and articulated in terms of the measures of success enunciated by the prime minister, is bound to fail. The prime minister had said that the success of the ZOSOs would be... Read More

The great deception

Al Miller | Sunday, September, 10 2017    

In the Sunday Observer of September 3 there was a story entitled 'Violence spoils summer fun for Rockfort children'. The subhead read, 'Gangsters agree to truce at back-to-school treat'. The story outlined that “gangsters”... Read More

The Chinese are here...

Lance Neita | Sunday, September, 10 2017    

The recent wave of allegations critical of Chinese companies operating in Jamaica have been heavy-handed and, according to the Chinese Embassy, “...could encourage a backlash and create an unsafe environment for Chinese nationals working in... Read More

Statue for Miss Lou's people — Iconic order of importance

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, September, 8 2017    

HELLO, please! When last have you had the opportunity to use the words “icon” and “iconoclast” to show style? You mean, you are not ready to throw words around the place? You mean, you really haven't met an icon yet? How then are you going to join the conversation... Read More


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