The Economic Growth Council master stroke

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) greets the chairman of his new Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee Chin (left), during yesterday’s press launch of the EGC at Jamaica House. Also pictured are Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw (right), and newly appointed investment ambassador Nigel Clarke.Photo: Joseph Wellington

So far, so good. The Andrew Holness-led Government is keeping to its pledge to build partnerships in its push to generate economic growth. After naming two investment ambassadors in Messrs Aubyn Hill and Dr Nigel Clarke, the Government on Wednesday announced that Jamaican-born billionaire investor ... Read More

104-year-old Howell Burke, who now walks with the aid of a cane, said he joined the police force on January 7, 1939. Listen to 104-year-old ex-policeman
The interview in Wednesday’s Daily Observer with centenarian and ex-policeman Mr Howell Granvi ... Read More

Councillor for the August Town Divison, Venesha Phillips PNP needs to listen to the complaints and heal
It’s not unusual for political parties to engage in blame-throwing and internal wrangling afte ... Read More

Town Clerk Robert Hill Political will needed to redevelop downtown Kingston
The fire last Wednesday in downtown Kingston, that claimed the lives of three people, including a ch ... Read More

There is need for popular mobilisation against crime

Monday, April 25, 2016    

The reasons for crime are many and multifaceted. Likewise, there is no single or easy solution. As was said in this space last Friday, the snail-paced nature of Jamaica’s justice system which, for example, has so far served to neuter what was supposed to be potent anti-gang legislation, has weakened crime-fighting. Then there is the chronically under-resourced state of the security forces: inadequate personnel on the ground, as well as sparse mobility and crime-fighting tools. Part of th ... Read More

Mr Shaw’s well-timed visit to Washington, DC

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw

Finance Minister Audley Shaw went to Washington, DC last week to re-introduce himself to the international financial institutions and to re-emphasise the Jamaican Government’s commitment to continuing the current International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. This was necessary because the Washington-based institutions and the New York-based banks were experiencing a severe bout of nerves. They were uncertain as to whether the new Government would want to complete the IMF programme, renego ... Read More

Usain Bolt’s desire should determine how much longer he competes

Saturday, April 23, 2016    

Olympic athlete Usain Bolt attends Hublot’s celebration of its grand opening of Hublot Fifth Avenue on Tuesday in New York City.Photo: AFP

April is almost over and August, that magical time of the Olympic Games in the famed Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, is drawing near. And, of course, all eyes are on Mr Usain Bolt, the biggest superstar in global athletics. Should he win the 100 and 200 metres, he will become the first athlete to take those events at three successive Olympic Games, following his conquests in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years ago. Of course, he will also be hoping for another gold medal in the 4x100m ... Read More

Let’s get those anti-gang legislation cases going

Friday, April 22, 2016    

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams (third right) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Press Club. Flanking him (from left) are Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, deputy commissioners Clifford Blake, Novlette Grant, Glenmore Hinds, and George Quallo. Photo: Kenyon Heymans

You have to feel some amount of empathy for the police. Having arrested and charged more than 253 individuals under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Bill, popularly called the anti-gang legislation, the constabulary is growing frustrated as those cases now sit in the very long queue in the courts. Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Glenmore Hinds told this newspaper on Tuesday that since the arrests last year none of the cases have been brought to tria ... Read More

Polygraph, good move, but there is more to be done

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams speaking Tuesday with Observer reporters and editors at the newspaper’s head office in Kingston.Photo: Kenyon Hemans

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is moving along the right path with the announcement on Tuesday at the Jamaica Observer Press Club that, following the passing out parade of over 300 new policemen and women on Friday of next week, all recruits wanting to join the force will have to take a polygraph test before being formally enrolled into training. This has been a long time in the making and Dr Williams is to be commended for finally implementing this procedure. We believe that using polygr ... Read More

Widen the search for foreign capital

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

A local BPO operation

Economic growth and development can be accelerated by increasing capital investment. That, of course, will create new productive capacity, increase the use of existing productive capacity and enhance the efficiency of productive capacity. The capital for increased investment can be mobilised from local sources, either private or public sector, and from foreign sources, either as loans, portfolio investment, or as foreign direct investment. As Sir Arthur Lewis, the Caribbean’s Nobel lau ... Read More

A message for Jamaica from Japan and Ecuador

Tuesday, April 19, 2016    

Flag of Japan

We extend our deepest sympathies to the peoples of Japan and Ecuador whose countries have experienced the devastating effects of powerful earthquakes over the past five days. In the case of Japan, the southern island of Kyushu was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake last Thursday, followed by a 6.2-magnitude tremor the following day, killing at least 42 people and forcing more than 150,000 into evacuation shelters. Wire service reports have told us that at least 270,000 people are without wat ... Read More

Derrick Rochester served his people well

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Derrick Rochester (File photo)

It’s common, even fashionable, for Jamaicans to ‘cuss’ politicians. In large measure, politicians have themselves to blame, since apart from their own missteps, many are all too quick to indulge in the ‘blame game’, to castigate and denigrate opponents, often for no good reason. One who was rarely the subject of public denigration was the late Mr Derrick Rochester, a former president of the National Workers’ Union (NWU) who also served five terms as Member o ... Read More

Make haste slowly in removing our diplomats

Sunday, April 17, 2016    

Fay Pickersgill, new ambassador of Jamaica to China

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has spent approximately 13 of the last 44 years warming the Opposition benches which, when added to a 32 to 31 majority, can make for anxiety in Government. One of the risks is too much haste in decision-making which could turn out to be costly to the people of Jamaica. As the old dictum says, haste makes waste. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the JLP Government need to distinguish between situations where speed is required and where excessive speed is harmful ... Read More

Mrs Hemmings-McCatty’s continued service to Jamaica’s athletics

Saturday, April 16, 2016    

Olympian and chairman of the organising committee Deon Hemmings-McCatty addressing the audience at the launch ceremony.

Younger Jamaicans can be forgiven for thinking that Jamaican female athletes have always been dominant at global events such as the Olympic Games. In fact, while Jamaican men, starting with Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley have been winning Olympic Gold and other medals since 1948 in London, it wasn’t until 1980 before a Jamaican woman won an Olympic medal. That was the extraordinary Ms Merlene Ottey who, while still a teenager, captured a bronze medal at the 1980 Games in Moscow. N ... Read More



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