Robust national effort needed to tackle crime

Police at the scene of a murder in Kingston.

The peaceful and tranquil parish of Portland was rocked last weekend by a brutal double murder which had residents and the country on a whole, shivering with fear and disbelief. Then we have the continued murder mayhem in Montego Bay, St James, which has the famous sobriquet ‘the friendly ci ... Read More

US President Barack Obama and Ruth Odom Bonner (purple), along with her family and US First Lady Michelle Obama (L), ring a bell to mark the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (ZACH GIBSON / AFP) A museum of African-American history at long last
Yesterday, United States President Barack Obama formally opened the National Museum of African Histo ... Read More

Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz going through their paces at a recent training session at the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Centre at UWI. Good sense must prevail in Ja’s football future
The Under-17 Reggae Boyz’ advance to the CONCACAF level at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) ... Read More

Dominic James of St George’s during the match against Rusea’s (Photo: Hurburn Williams) Let’s honour Dominic James by setting safety standards
Despite its ultimate inevitability, it is human nature to grieve when death strikes. That grief is m ... Read More

World should heed President Obama’s final call to the UN

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Barack Obama (Photo: AP)

United States President Barack Obama is greeted at almost every public event he attends these days - including, unbelievably, the Canadian parliament - by the chant “Four more years”, which suggests that the world is going to miss the quality of his presidency when it ends in about four months’ time. Mr Obama’s powerful final address as US president to the current general assembly of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday is palpable evidence of why he will be missed ... Read More

Economic Growth Council report must not gather dust on a shelf

Wednesday, September 21, 2016    

Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the Economic Growth Council, speaks about the council’s work during a consultation Monday with a team from the Jamaica Observer.

Last week, we welcomed the long-awaited report of the Economic Growth Council (ECG) and stressed that, while the ideas offered were not freshly minted, what needed to happen was implementation. Jamaica is full of acres of shelves with multitudes of reports and recommendations which are covered up under mounds of dust. The beneficiaries have been paid consultants and committee members. There are billions of dollars in grants that remain unspent over the years because the myriad projects for whic ... Read More

Good sounds from the PNP, but talk is cheap

Tuesday, September 20, 2016    

It’s a healthy sign that the People’s National Party (PNP) intends to act on the recommendations of its appraisal committee that looked at the reasons for the party’s narrow loss at the general election in February this year. Because the easy thing to do would be to discuss and analyse the recommendations to the point where their non-implementation would have gone unnoticed, as has been the case with so many reports on a range of troubling issues. Readers will recall that the ... Read More

The true value of defeat

Monday, September 19, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller hugs defeated vice-presidential candidate Lisa Hanna after the party’s internal election yesterday inside the NAtional Arena in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

If you have lived for any reasonable length of time you know about defeat. It’s a draining, disheartening thing. Many have simply given up after defeat. But there are those who grow stronger after losing, more sure-footed and hardened for future battles. If her words are anything to go by, Ms Lisa Hanna, a former Miss World — who at 41 remains a woman of uncommon beauty — is of the latter ilk. “The fire in my belly is just burning brighter because I am not giving up ... Read More

The case of Rev Al Miller: O ye of little faith…

Sunday, September 18, 2016    

Rev Al Miller

For being found in the company of Mr Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the most wanted Jamaican at the time, Rev Merrick ‘Al’ Miller was on Thursday fined $1 million or 12 months in jail. He paid the fine and is now a free man. But the case, while it was being tried and even now in the aftermath, unmasked one of the enduring dilemmas faced by Christian believers, including the revered men and women of the cloth — that is, how to interpret the mind of God in adverse circums ... Read More

West Indies cricket needs a fresh start

Saturday, September 17, 2016    

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons

It’s typical of the mismanagement that has afflicted West Indies cricket over a period of many years that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) would have chosen to sack its coach on the eve of the team’s departure for duties in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan. If the directors who voted in favour gave any thought to the likely negative impact of Mr Phil Simmons’ dismissal on West Indies cricket, and the players who must take the field, that thought was soon discarded ... Read More

Jamaica has best chance of growth in decades

Friday, September 16, 2016    

Chairman of the EGC Michael Lee-Chin

On Monday, the Economic Growth Council (EGC) presented a list of eight key recommendations to Cabinet which, we are advised, were greeted with enthusiasm and the strong support of the prime minister. The recommendations themselves: maintain macroeconomic stability and pursue debt-reduction strategies; improve citizen security; improve access to finance; pursue bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment; stimulate greater asset utilisation; build human capital; harness the power of ... Read More

Why the FBI could be a game-changer for Jamaica

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

US Embassy

One of the really interesting announcements coming out of last week’s Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) forum titled ‘Dialogues between Democracies’, was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be setting up offices in Jamaica. Our instinct is to be very supportive of this move for what we think are obvious and compelling reasons. And we are not going to be sidetracked by empty talk about n ... Read More

The pain and anguish of deportation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016    

This deportee was very upset about having been ejected from the UK under circumstances which he described as racism and

“Regardless of colour, creed, circumstances or station in life, we wish to assure all Jamaicans that Jamaica will be that ‘abiding city’ for its sons and daughters wherever they may be or whatever they would have done, because Jamaica is still the land that we love.” – Ministry of National Security We would have liked to embrace wholeheartedly this noble sentiment above from the Ministry of National Security in respect of the 42 Jamaicans who were deported from the ... Read More

Why remembering 9/11 is important

Tuesday, September 13, 2016    

September 11, 2001 attacks

Sunday’s reflection on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States served to remind us of how the world has changed because of those heinous acts. Most notably, America has made significant changes to its national security structures and has been engaged in two wars overseas that have cost thousands of lives and diverted millions of dollars from projects that could have helped make the world a better place. Also, international travel has become somewhat of a chore as countries, i ... Read More



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