Oh! so clumsy!

British Prime Minister David Cameron addressing a joint sitting of the Jamaican
Parliament last Wednesday morning. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

THE truth is that, for both the Jamaican and British governments, the announcement of a grant of £25 million towards the construction of a new state-of-the-art prison in Jamaica amounted to a public relations disaster. Perhaps the British could be forgiven for not knowing how Jamaicans would ... Read More

Students from secondary schools islandwide participating in the second annual Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Youth Climate Change Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Friday.
New and old in climate change
CLIMATE change has been going on from the birth of planet Earth. In recent times the pace of climate ... Read More

BAPTISTE (right)... was a last-minute replacement for Phil
Simmons More questions than answers
Mr Phil Simmons' explanation that his recent unwise outburst regarding the selection of the West Ind ... Read More

Andrew Holness (file photo) Kudos to Mr Holness, and questions for the Gov't
IF people divest themselves of their political blinkers they will agree with Opposition Leader Andre ... Read More

What was Senator Montague drinking at the JLP’s Central Executive meeting?

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Robert Montague

FORGIVE us if we seemed stunned by a call for a national summit — in effect a rare call to put country before politics — from Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Chairman Senator Robert Montague in a speech at the party's Central Executive on Sunday. Again, readers may need to forgive us for wondering if Mr Montague’s statement to the JLP’s highest decision-making body outside of annual conference was pre-approved by the leader, Mr Andrew Holness. “Let's have a nati ... Read More

The real reason Japan is coming

Wednesday, September 30, 2015    

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

THE official visit today of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a gracious gesture which, we believe, all Jamaicans welcome. Frequently, pundits read these high-profile visits for their geopolitical importance. However, we think that Prime Minister Abe is not coming because Japan plans to assert itself as a global political superpower. The Asian tiger relinquished this fleeting illusion way back in the 1980s. The visit to Jamaica is in reciprocity for the visit of Prime Minister Portia Simps ... Read More

CCJ: Too important to be left to politicians alone

Tuesday, September 29, 2015    

Senator Mark Golding

Government Senator Mark Golding, we see, is urging his Opposition counterparts to vote in favour of Jamaica accepting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final court of appeal on criminal matters. According to Mr Golding, who is also the justice minister, the Opposition senators "must dig deep and do the right thing, and thereby ensure that in this fundamental matter, the Bill is passed with bipartisan support". The Opposition, which is maintaining that the matter be put to a referendu ... Read More

Vendors too, should be subject to law and order

Monday, September 28, 2015    

Linstead market in St Catherine

AMONG the more disheartening aspects of Jamaican social life is the constant squabbling involving illegal vendors and the authorities. It's not new. In fact, as far back as any Jamaican can remember, local authorities and vendors who prefer to occupy space on sidewalks and street sides have been at loggerheads from time to time. It used to be that the problem was largely confined to Kingston, especially approaching Christmas. In recent decades, such problems have popped up at rural towns all ... Read More

If the PNP wants to win the next general election...

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

WE did not need the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to tell us that Jamaica requires more economic growth and more jobs. The real question remains how to get economic growth at a higher rate on a sustainable basis that translates into jobs. The belief that the Government of the People's National Party (PNP) intends to have a general election much earlier than required by law is based on two main things: First, the political opportunism of taking advantage of the disunited, underfunded Jamaica ... Read More

No repeat of Sabina pitch fiasco, please!

Saturday, September 26, 2015    

A section of the pitch at Sabina Park yesterday. (PHOTOS: SANJAY MYERS)

Cricket fans should be forgiven if they shouted "oh no, not again!" when they heard that one of a series of trial matches to select the Jamaica Franchise cricket squad for the upcoming four-day season was abandoned because the pitch was deemed dangerous and unfit. It's been 17 years, but many still remember the national embarrassment when a Test match between West Indies and England at Sabina Park was abandoned on the opening morning for the same reasons. Of course, there are those who will re ... Read More

Will politicians support a fixed election date?

Friday, September 25, 2015    

Deputy Director of Elections Earl Simpson (right) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday
Exchange. Also photographed are (from left) Director Elections Orrette Fisher, Electoral Commission of
Jamaica (ECJ) chair Dorothy Pine McLarty, and ECJ Commissioner Earl Jarrett. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

SOME of the points raised by members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange have given us reason to reiterate our call for a fixed election date. Mr Orrette Fisher, the director of elections, told us that to recruit and train more than 30,000 workers, polling station assistants, and reserve workers require a significant length of time and resources. In other words, it's not an overnight job. Add to that the other features of the election ma ... Read More

Venezuela-Guyana border dispute: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Thursday, September 24, 2015    

GRANGER… could meet with
Venezuelan leader on the margins of
the UN General Assembly.

There is hardly a better example of Robert Louis Stephenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the bright and dark sides co-existing in one person, in this case one country. It is highly unlikely that any country is going to give up parts of its territory to any other claimant without going to war -- a war that could turn out to be more costly than the value of the land being sought. Outmatched militarily as it is, Guyana yesterday deployed troops near to its western borders, in answer to the earlier ama ... Read More

Let's have Spanish as a second language

Wednesday, September 23, 2015    

Jamaican school children
using tablets

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language, accounting for 5.85 per cent of the global population, or 405 million people. Roughly 5.52 per cent or 365 million people speak English, making it the third most widely spoken language. In some countries where several languages are spoken, English is the language used to conduct business and its use enables the majority of the population to communicate with others. For example, in India, which has over 100 languages, 30 of which are recognised, ... Read More

Saluting the life of Mr Anthony Winkler

Tuesday, September 22, 2015    

Author Anthony Winkler
wearing his Musgrave Medal
at an awards ceremony held at
the Institute of Jamaica in
downtown Kingston last year.

THE passing last Friday of Mr Anthony C Winkler, one of Jamaica's best-loved writers, has left a void in the artistic community that will not be easily filled. Indeed, Mr Winkler was one of those writers who had the ability to give readers profoundly insightful and humourous depictions on the idiosyncrasies of Jamaican culture and the peculiarities of the Jamaican personality. His novels were widely read, starting with The Painted Canoe published in 1984, followed by The Duppy, Dog Wars, Croco ... Read More



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