What now for Outameni Experience?

The Outameni tourist attraction in Trelawny

BIG ideas run big risks. That is perhaps what the folks at the state-run National Housing Trust (NHT) are seeing, albeit under a firestorm of criticisms from the public about the purchase of the Outameni Experience for $180 million. Over the past two publications, the Jamaica Observer has sought to ... Read More

Patrick Robinson Election of Judge Robinson to ICJ a proud moment for all Jamaicans
Judge Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean person to serve on the ICJ in its 70-ye ... Read More

JLP Leader Andrew Holness If Lord Hoffman has faith in us...
Mr Andrew Holness, the Opposition leader, has again signalled his intention to not support any move, ... Read More

PAULWELL… UC Rusal has until December 31 to re-establish the plant or their reserves will be
taken away and provided to those able to do so A revival of the bauxite/alumina sector, yes, but not at all costs
All Jamaicans, but especially those in south central Jamaica, will be hoping that Mining Minister Mr ... Read More

Why Japan is maintaining a presence in the Caribbean

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

All 14 CARICOM member-states represented at the 4th Japan/CARICOM
Ministerial-Level Conference underway in Japan. (Photo: Donna Hussey-Whyte)

The Fourth Japan/Caricom Ministerial-Level Conference held yesterday in Tokyo was attended by all 15 Caricom member states. It follows the visit of Japan's prime minister to the Caribbean in July of this year when he announced a large aid package to be used for climate change. The full attendance suggests that the Caricom foreign ministers have gone to ask for more or to make an immediate drawdown. Attendance also reflects the special dispensation which the Japanese prime minister made on his t ... Read More

If we are to prevent the death of West Indies cricket...

Saturday, November 15, 2014    

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

IT'S testimony to the rapid decline in the credibility of West Indies cricket that a new-look regional domestic first-class season opened yesterday with very little fanfare. This, despite the fact that a professional franchise system has been introduced in regional four-day cricket for the very first time. And that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has sensibly returned to the home-and-away format, thereby lengthening the season. Yet we can safely predict that as the season progresses, only ... Read More

Another giant step for mankind...

Friday, November 14, 2014    

DARMSTADT, Germany — The picture released by the European Space Agency
ESA shows scientists as they react in the main control room at the ESA after the
first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on the comet called 67P/Churyumov-
Gerasimenko, at the control centre in Darmstadt. Europe's Rosetta space probe
was launched in 2004 with the aim of studying the comet and learning more
about the origins of the universe.

THE successful landing of a spacecraft on the surface of a speeding comet on Wednesday will definitely go down as one of mankind's greatest feats ever. It's mind-boggling just thinking of the fact that man could have developed the technology to send a craft into space 10 years ago, have it slingshot three times around Earth and once around Mars, so it could work up enough speed to chase a comet travelling at approximately 41,000 mph. In fact, the historic nature of the achievement can only be ... Read More

NHT debate: Like sharks at the sight of blood

Thursday, November 13, 2014    


IT is clear, we are sure, to our growing readership, that one of the things that get our goat in this space, is the tendency to play partisan politics with the nation's business. The National Housing Trust's (NHT) engagement with the Outameni Experience is the latest political football. Gripped as we are in the throes of a stubborn international economic recession, intelligent Jamaicans have been consistently urging all to think outside the box and reach deep down for our creativity to take us ... Read More

Guyana headed for dictatorship

Wednesday, November 12, 2014    

Guyana is a country where democracy has traditionally been weak; indeed, for long periods political manipulation has just barely masked some form of dictatorship. The history of Guyana shows a consistent unwillingness to accept the will of the people as expressed in free and fair elections. The root cause of the undemocratic tendency is the unabated tension between the two ethnic groups, the Afro-Guyanese and the Indo-Guyanese. This persistent, pandemic and virulent racism has become even more ... Read More

Excellent advice from Mr Patterson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014    

P J Patterson

ANYONE with the best interest of the Caribbean at heart would agree wholeheartedly with the views articulated by former Jamaican Prime Minister P J Patterson which were published in yesterday's edition of the Jamaica Observer. Mr Patterson, known as a strong advocate of regional unity, urged the Caribbean to focus on developing a creative economy that has the potential of stimulating employment and providing financial gain for the region's peoples. "The creative economy is that sector which pr ... Read More

Using sports as a tool for tourism

Monday, November 10, 2014    

BURRELL... the support has been very poor to say the least

FROM the perspective of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup, which begins in Montego Bay tomorrow, is of crucial importance. It is the top football tournament in the Caribbean with the winner earning a place in the Centennial Cup in the USA in 2016 and at the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year. Prize monies and bragging rights apart, participation in those tournaments will provide priceless prep as countries set out on their qualification campaign ... Read More

Again, austerity will not bring economic growth!

Sunday, November 09, 2014    

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine
Lagarde is greeted on her arrival in Jamaica on July 27 by
Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips.

THE concept of austerity as the essential character of stabilisation and adjustment policy pursued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been questioned recently because of its lack of effectiveness in prompting economic recovery. For this reason, our editorials since 2012 have been calling for a switch from austerity to economic growth programmes. We are not suggesting fiscal imprudence or a resort to our addiction to borrowing. Rather, there needs to be a redesign of the economic progr ... Read More

More questions for West Indies cricket

Saturday, November 08, 2014    

West Indies One-day captain Dwayne Bravo

We note with interest a letter in yesterday's edition which briefly explored the perilous position of West Indies cricket following the catastrophic decision of players, led by Mr Dwayne Bravo, to abandon their tour of India last month. In seeming reference to team selection, letter writer Mr Winston Tai says "the WICB and selectors should act from a position of strength as their predecessors did with the rebel tour of South Africa during apartheid". Just as a summarised reminder, the letter w ... Read More

ISSA on right track with schoolboy football probe

Friday, November 07, 2014    

Jamaica College captain Junior Flemmings (right) holds off Denham Town defender Dennis
Adair in first-half action at Constant Spring playing field on Wednesday. JC won 16-0.

ANY display of exceptional talent must always be applauded. And, conversely, whenever instances of perceived impropriety raise their ugly head, they must be thoroughly investigated and dealt with. So the immediate intervention by Jamaica's governing body in school sports, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), into the 16-0 and 12-0 victories recorded by Jamaica College and Excelsior High School respectively in the Manning Cup competition on Wednesday is welcome. It always make ... Read More



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