Honour to whom honour is due

Former Prime Minister P J Patterson at Saturday's funeral service for
Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke at the St George's Anglican Church in
Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. (MICHAEL GORDON)

We hear the urgings of former prime minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Mr Percival James Patterson, that politicians should be shown appreciation while they are alive and can acknowledge such. Mr Patterson made the call to Jamaicans as he paid tribute to the late agriculture minister and People's ... Read More

Encouraging news on crime, but there's more to be done
THERE is a long way to go before Jamaica's crime rate can be considered tolerable. However, news tha ... Read More

Jamaica's image bad for business Jamaica's image bad for business
BRAND Jamaica is awesome, but our business image has some serious catching up to do. To many people ... Read More

LILLE, France — Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz take a water break from a practice session at the Lille FC training ground recently ahead of last months friendly international against hosts France. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) Friendlies aside, the Reggae Boyz must not lose sight of the prize
The Reggae Boyz's defeat by Canada in that country on Tuesday night should not have come as a great ... Read More

Mr Seiveright should cool it

Friday, September 12, 2014    

Dr Fenton Ferguson and Delano Seiveright

WE could not help but observe the continuing political tracing match and obtuse tit for tat involving elements of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the ruling People's National Party that have erupted since cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease started to increase. Of particular note is the seeming showdown between Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and the JLP's constituency caretaker for St Thomas East, Mr Delano Seiveright, who will likely challenge Dr Ferguson for t ... Read More

How about a venture capital task force, Dr Phillips?

Thursday, September 11, 2014    

Dr Peter Phillips

OVER the last three days, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) mounted its second annual venture capital conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The unassuming but effective Managing Director Milverton Reynolds and his team must be congratulated for this timely event. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has stabilised the macroeconomic fundamentals and, under duress, has implemented reforms stipulated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Confidence in the economy ... Read More

A suggestion for Mr Peter Bunting and Sir Patrick Allen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014    


THE national agony over the early retirement of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and the relief that has apparently greeted the appointment of new commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, are pointing to what would amount to a useful and productive development. It's a suggestion we make to National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who would need to act as convenor at the beginning. The idea is to put together a board of ex-police commissioners to advise the current commissioner, with the aim of taking ... Read More

Hard task ahead for new commissioner of police

Tuesday, September 09, 2014    

New Commissioner of Police Carl Williams

THIS newspaper joins with others in congratulating Dr Carl McKay Williams on his appointment as the 28th commissioner of police, replacing Mr Owen Ellington who took early retirement. Dr Williams, a career police officer with over 30 years of service, takes over a police force that is seemingly steeped in corruption, reeling from accusations of human rights abuses, and an organisation which has, for all intents and purposes, totally lost contact with the Jamaican people. There are too many ills ... Read More

Do Jamaican doctors observe the Hippocratic Oath?

Monday, September 08, 2014    

BAILEY... My father slept on my bed every night to take me to
the bathroom because I could not walk

YESTERDAY'S Sunday Observer provided the intriguing information that, for the first time ever, the Medical Association of Jamaica — founded in 1872 — met with a Jamaican prime minister. Mrs Portia Simpson Miller and president of the medical association, Dr John Hall, are said to have discussed a range of issues central to medical care. Given the stresses and strains affecting the medical sector—- often reported on in this newspaper and other media outlets — it is clear ... Read More

Poor, working class locked out of the banking system

Sunday, September 07, 2014    

An aerial view of the New Kingston commercial district in Jamaica.

THE popular saying goes "It is what it is". But are we forever condemned to exclude the vast majority of the population — the poor — from the business economy? About 35 per cent of our adult population is "unbanked", a severe form of financial exclusion, and 80 per cent of those who have access to banks do not have chequing accounts, debit cards or credit cards. In the main, commercial banks collect money from all customers but lend it only to better-off people who can pledge c ... Read More

Exemplary courage and commitment

Saturday, September 06, 2014    

TALKATIVE know-it-alls are part and parcel of the game of cricket. Just as well, therefore, that so many umpires are the exact opposite — quiet, understated and very prepared to be the unseen participant. Mr Douglas Sang Hue, who died at his home in Kingston on August 22 at age 82, exemplified that special breed. Those who played during the 1960s, 70s and 80s in games umpired by the diminutive Mr Sang Hue knew he was a decisive man, not as a result of anything he said, but because of hi ... Read More

Let's see the report cards of the new MPs

Friday, September 05, 2014    

This young boy interacts with Member of Parliament Dr Dayton
Campbell during one of the health fairs held recently.

OUR latest set of elected officials have just completed a little over a half of their constitutional term in office and there are mixed views from near and far regarding their performance as members of parliament. Those team members of whom we speak involve not just members of parliament of the governing People's National Party, but also of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party, who, though not holding the reins of power, are also held accountable by the people who elected them. Our primary focu ... Read More

Government keeping a cool head over Mario Deane affair

Thursday, September 04, 2014    

keeping a cool
head over Mario
Deane affair

AT this rate, if the Government's approach to the Mario Deane affair becomes a pattern, they could put the human rights groups out of business. The arrival of the high-profile international pathologist Michael Baden and activist lawyers from the United States — Ms Jasmine Rand and Mr Benjamin Crump — and the excitement over the autopsy on Mr Deane's body have not forced the national security or the justice ministry onto the back foot. Rather commendably, we think, the combination o ... Read More

Have Jamaicans lost the culture of production?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014    

Have Jamaicans lost the culture of production?

OUR large and persistent trade deficit means that Jamaica is spending more on imports than it is earning from exports and tourism, and the gap between expenditure and earnings of foreign exchange is being bridged by remittances and loans. Clearly, as a country with a debt/GDP ratio of almost 150 per cent — minus what little the International Monetary Fund programme has managed to shave off it — Jamaica cannot afford to borrow anymore. Remittances have grown steadily over the years ... Read More



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