Be careful now, Mr Aubyn Hill

Mr Aubyn Hill

WE were a bit taken aback by the speed with which Mr Aubyn Hill, head of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) economic council, rushed to rebut this week's statement on inflation by Bank of Jamaica Governor Mr Brian Wynter. Mr Hill appeared in a radio interview to be fretful that Mr Wynter had put too po ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller & JLP leader Andrew Holness PNP must not gloat over small JLP protest
IN our political culture, the effectiveness of a protest is measured by the number of people who tur ... Read More

Mr Richard Meggoo Flush out the water thieves... whosoever they may be
NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) executive Mr Richard Meggoo wants stronger legislation to give judge ... Read More

Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar Let the people decide
LONG gone are the days when democracy involved direct consultation with the people. We have all hear ... Read More

Make health questionnaire compulsory

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Among the expected results is rehabilitation of the entire labour and delivery suite and maternal-foetal area at the Victoria
Jubilee Hospital in Kingston.

ARISING from the situation involving expectant mothers who had sought medical care in delivering their children at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the Ministry of Health has little alternative but to introduce measures that will see less complaints and ultimately better customer care for the women of this country. Much has been said and written about alleged occurrences at Jamaica's, and indeed the English-speaking Caribbean's, only all-maternity institution. We are told by the Minister of Healt ... Read More

Clive Lloyd's appointment right move

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Clive Lloyd

FOR many cricket followers, news that Mr Ottis Gibson and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had "mutually agreed" to end his contract as coach of the regional team was long overdue. To be fair, Mr Gibson — as was pointed out by the WICB — was the man in charge when the West Indies won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012. That success came alongside a good run in Test cricket against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as well as New Zealand. The WICB also praised Mr Gibson for his "unwav ... Read More

A few words for the JUTC

Friday, August 22, 2014    


Jamaica's commuters were again rocked by another price increase earlier this week, which could have far-reaching effects for the people of the Kingston Metropolitan region in particular. The new round of price increases on fares to travel on buses operated by the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) have come at a time when families are in advance preparation for the start of the new school year early next month. With parents already decrying the increased cost of books and school f ... Read More

Private investment the cure for borrowing

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

It seems that not a day passes that there is not a grand announcement by some Caribbean government of borrowing from external sources. The sources include bonds subscribed to by local and foreign commercial entities, bilateral development assistance agencies and international financial institutions, in particular the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Every episode of borrowing is hailed as a sign of confidence in the economy and a vindic ... Read More

Has the Jamaica Teachers’ Association gone rogue?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association Mark Nicely

IN this space we are strong believers in Jamaica's teachers and the saying 'if you can read this, thank a teacher'. Yet we must admit to a growing discomfiture with the emerging image of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA). Let us first confess that we hold teachers to a special standard because so much of what our children and our country become rests on their shoulders. For us they must be paragons of virtue, beacons of learning and pillars of wisdom, charity, industry and discipline. W ... Read More

Dealing with the funding of tertiary education

Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Mr Ronald Thwaites

IT’S a recurring dilemma — this issue of funding tertiary education, and with each year it seems to get worse. The education minister, Mr Ronald Thwaites, spoke feelingly on the subject at last week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), he said, is yet to identify $1 billion of the $1.8 billion it needs to service the new loan applications received so far. According to Minister Thwaites, of the approximately 15,000 applications received thi ... Read More

The reward of struggle and sacrifice

Monday, August 18, 2014    

Tashana Rowe, endured a lot and is now an assistant branch manager at Citibank North America
in Boston, Massachusetts.

This newspaper takes great pride in its reputation for striving, as much as possible, to provide inspiration and hope through its news stories, features and commentaries. For what is to become of a people without hope? We are satisfied that yesterday's Sunday Observer provided aplenty those messages of vision and inspiration for which we are so proud. Readers should catch up with our story of small businessman Mr Lincoln Gordon of Clarendon who, through determination and innovation, is carvin ... Read More

Are there other national heroes among us?

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

The Rt Excellent Marcus Masiah Garvey

It has been 50 years since Jamaica named its first National Hero in Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, who would have been 127 years old today, having been born on August 17, 1887. During those 50 years since Garvey was conferred with the country’s highest honour in 1964, only six other Jamaicans have been elevated to national hero status — Nanny of the Maroons; Sam Sharpe; George William Gordon; Paul Bogle; Sir Alexander Bustamante; and Norman Washington Manley. Nanny was the last to be nam ... Read More

Good business must be a bottom line for football clubs

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Tivoli Gardens players celebrate a goal in an RSPL game last season.

HARD times mean that at some stage a top club such as Tivoli Gardens FC would have contemplated withdrawal from the National Premier League. Jamaican football lovers shouldn't be fooled into thinking Tivoli are the only ones with such thoughts. It's not by accident that newly promoted clubs invariably fall back after a season or two. Football is an expensive sport, and the returns for those who make the investment in clubs and infrastructure won't be immediate. Those with returns on their inv ... Read More

Animation's huge potential and the World Bank's generosity

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites (centre) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday
Exchange. With him are Maxine Henry-Wilson commissioner, Jamaica Tertiary Education
Commission, and Byron Buckley, the education ministry’s communications spokesman.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' revelation that all 17 students who sat the newly introduced Digital Media course in the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) received passing grades is, indeed, encouraging. For it represents another step in Jamaica's venture into an industry that has huge earning potential. We have been told that the global animation industry earns an estimated US$220 billion annually, and the World Bank believes that, here in Jamaica, the industry can gr ... Read More



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