Editorial

Mr Holness’s 10-point plan worthy of debate

JLP Leader Andrew Holness

The 10-point plan for economic growth presented last week by Mr Andrew Holness has stimulated the kind of debate that is good for any election campaign. Already, his detractors have come out swinging against the proposals, saying that they are unworkable and are merely designed to attract votes. ... Read More

Labour Market Information System offers hope
As Jamaica’s two major political parties woo voters over the next two-and-a-half weeks leading ... Read More

Bernie Sanders Are Jamaicans in the US ‘feeling the Bern’?
WHO becomes the president of the United States and the policies which emerge from the US political s ... Read More

(From left) Minister with Responsibility for Sport Natalie Neita Headley, legendary Jamaican sprinter Don Quarrie and Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller pose for a photo after last Thursday’s launch of the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan at the Office of the Prime Minister. Insurance scheme for athletes a good move
It’s not possible to precisely quantify the value of sport to Jamaica . What we can all say f ... Read More

Let all parliamentary aspirants declare

Friday, February 05, 2016    

John-Paul White (File photo)

Whatever way you look at it, $17 million is a lot of money. So, for Mr John-Paul White’s company to have owed Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) that amount of money, something must have gone terribly wrong, either with the firm’s accounting or administration. It may be that Mr White’s company, Equilibro Solutions Jamaica Ltd, has, like other firms, been feeling the effects of the harsh economic measures that had to be implemented by the Government in its agreement with the Inte ... Read More

NAJ, PSOJ welcome Holness’ tax relief plan

BY PAUL HENRY henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 05, 2016    

JLP Leader Andrew Holness

REPRESENTATIVES of at least two stakeholder groups are greeting a commitment given by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness that a Jamaica Labour Party Administration would increase the income tax threshold to $1.5 million, in an effort to ease the burden on low-income earners. Holness made the commitment during an address to the nation last night. “It would be wonderful. That would be absolutely wonderful but I need a bit more details regarding how it would be achieved because this Governmen ... Read More

Two things we endorse from the PNP platform

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER… has called the general elecction for the day of her tenth anniversary of being elected People’s National Party president

Jamaican political rally platforms can be heady things and much stupidity has characterised the declarations emanating therefrom over the years. That is why we are pleased to be able to wholeheartedly endorse two very key declarations made from last Sunday’s People’s National Party (PNP) mass rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. First, PNP President and Prime Minister Mrs Portia Simpson Miller urged her supporters to keep the campaign free of violence. Her call will make more sense t ... Read More

C’bean must not lose sight of debt stranglehold

Wednesday, February 03, 2016    

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips (File photo)

Jamaica’s small but encouraging success in its fight to reduce the stranglehold of debt should not cause us or the region, to forget that Caribbean countries continue to be among the most indebted in the world. The debt remains a major impediment to economic growth because it has deprived our governments of the ability to use fiscal policy to promote growth. By now, it must be immediately obvious that everything has to be done to reduce the debt, because it is inadvisable to be burdened ... Read More

Now that we have an election date...

Tuesday, February 02, 2016    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (File photo)

WE feel sure that the great majority of Jamaicans are happy that uncertainty has now been removed about the date of the parliamentary election. For, as is self-evident, uncertainty has the potential for economic and social instability. Also, the February 25 date announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday night means this final leg of intense political campaigning will last just over three weeks – also good, we believe. Of course, local analysts have long suggested that ... Read More

Heart Month a good time to start dealing with obesity

Monday, February 01, 2016    

Workouts for the
plus-sized woman

Obesity is commonly thought to be a problem only in rich countries where people both habitually overeat and ingest the foods most dangerous to health. The United States, for instance, has earned the moniker ‘Fast food nation’ because of its notorious consumption of excessive amounts of “junk food”. Ironically, though, obesity is also a major and growing problem in lower income groups in both rich and poor countries. Here in Jamaica, for instance, obesity is a problem, a ... Read More

Why Mr Barrington Watson painted the Jamaican woman

Sunday, January 31, 2016    

Master artist Barrington Watson

Many have praised the late Mr Barrington Watson’s skill and masterly artistry as a painter, and there is considerable publicly available biographical information and documentation of his numerous achievements. We join in lauding him for his contribution to Jamaican visual arts, and culture in general, but Mr Watson was much more than a gifted artist. All of this could easily cause one to miss what is really important about his life and work. First, he was a pioneer, establishing the feas ... Read More

Shiv Chanderpaul’s way

Saturday, January 30, 2016    

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (File photo)

A week ago came the announcement of Mr Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s long expected retirement from international cricket at age 41. Readers will recall that Mr Chanderpaul actually played his last Test in May of last year. Though he had every desire to continue, the West Indies selectors dropped him after an unprecedented poor run of form stretched over six Test matches. That sour note notwithstanding, Mr Chanderpaul will be remembered among the great West Indian batsmen. Great but different, ... Read More

We must all take ZIKV seriously

Friday, January 29, 2016    

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo University on January 18. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. The Brazilian Government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research centre to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to brain damage in babies.

Word yesterday that World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said that the Zika virus (ZIKV) is “spreading explosively” in the Americas is not very comforting, especially to people living in this region. According to WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan, “the level of alarm is extremely high”. With concern growing over the spread of the virus, the WHO has called an emergency meeting for next Monday to decide whether to declare a public health emergency. That mee ... Read More

Ms Paula Llewellyn’s certain legacy

Thursday, January 28, 2016    

DPP Paula Llewellyn

Lord Chief Justice Hewart’s comment in a far-reaching 1923 case that “…a long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done” has been given life in Jamaica. Last week, legal history was created when the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) launched Jamaica’s first Manual for Prosecutors, henceforth providin ... Read More



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