Do more than talk, Mr Green

GREEN... we will keep having these issues where politicians believe they can come in and reward their friends and it’s supposed

Highly educated and, we suspect, very well read, Mr Floyd Green will know that the political ideals and principles advocated by him in yesterday's Sunday Observer are by no means original. He is only 32 years old, but much of his adult life has been spent very close to the hierarchy of Jamaican par ... Read More

Mr Vin Martin Taking our honorary consuls for granted
The loss of Jamaica's former honorary consul to Atlanta and prominent attorney Mr Vin Martin, who di ... Read More

Jamaica’s Odaine McCatty swings for six to reach his 50 during his undefeated 81 against Barbados in their Regional
Under-19 Tournament at Everest in Guyana yesterday. (PHOTO: WICB MEDIA/ADRIEL RICHARD) Shame on you, WICB
WE suspect that it has never happened that a Jamaica Under-19 cricket team finds itself being praise ... Read More

Nigel Clarke Take a bow, Dr Nigel Clarke
JUDGING from the large turnout at Emancipation Park Wednesday night, it is clear that Jamaicans have ... Read More

Disabilities Bill: Better (10 years) late than never

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

?Paralympian swimmer Rupert Morgan struggles up the stairs to the second
floor of Gordon House to listen and watch as legislators finally pass the longawaited
Disabilities Bill yesterday.

Tuesday's passing in Parliament of the much-awaited Disabilities Bill was marred, ironically, by the inability of several disabled persons to get access to Gordon House to be present on the historic moment. The lack of a ramp at the seat of government is obviously shameful and sends a bad signal to the rest of the country that the disabled really don't count. We expect that this sad state of affair will be corrected in short order. Still, we won't let that incident overshadow the monumental si ... Read More

Water shortage in Jamaica is a man-made disaster, not an act of God

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Water shortage in Jamaica is a man-made disaster, not an act of God

THERE is no doubt that the small island developing states of the Caribbean are vulnerable to natural disasters, both in regard to their frequency and severity, in particular hurricanes. Disaster preparedness is therefore an important mitigating factor. Some climates, such as Jamaica's, have a seasonal pattern of rainfall. We have two rainy seasons and in between there are dry periods. If these dry periods are longer than usual they are described as droughts. In a small land mass like Jamaica a ... Read More

The worsening drought — let's conserve, conserve, conserve!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Minister Robert Pickersgill

WATER and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill's announcement Sunday night that the drought currently affecting the island will not ease soon, is a worrying thought. According to Minister Pickersgill in his national broadcast, "the El Nino weather phenomenon that is currently affecting our weather pattern is projected to continue and will result in no significant increase of rainfall even during the next rainy season, which is from October to November". Place that on top of the sparse ra ... Read More

Fake Clarks shoemakers, what a waste!

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Fake Clarks
what a waste!

A mere glance at the photos would not alert you to the fact that the shoes confiscated by the police last week from an underground factory in Kingston were fake Clarks. In fact, the manufacturers of these fake shoes have obviously tricked thousands people for some time now as our report in last Friday's edition stated that the factory was being operated for more than two years. That the individuals who ran this operation decided to set it up in a building across from the Kingston Central Polic ... Read More

NAJASO, Jamaicans in the US look to the future

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

NAJASO, Jamaicans in the US look to the future

The activities of the umbrella National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) in the United States demonstrate that the role of the diaspora is much more than the remittances that it sends to families and organisations back home. NAJASO, which concluded its three-day 37th annual conference in the Washington, DC area yesterday, is itself in transition but has, unlike many other organisations, happily embraced the process, as was evident in the seminar and workshop discuss ... Read More

Let's learn from Treasure Beach

Saturday, July 19, 2014    

Jason Henzel (left), chairman of the BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation, points out features on a
blueprint of the future multi-purpose building to be constructed at the Treasure Beach Sports
Complex in St Elizabeth to partners in the project (from second left) Lisa Lewis, chairman,
Digicel Foundation; Clyde Harrison, executive director, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); and W
‘Billy’ Heaven, CEO, The CHASE Fund, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
between CHASE, TEF, Digicel and BREDS at the TEF office in Kingston, yesterday.

THIS newspaper has found good reason previously to laud BREDS, the admirably proactive community organisation in Treasure Beach, south St Elizabeth, which has been instrumental in the development of a sports complex there. We now find even more reason to shower praise following news that BREDS has attracted the joint support of leading public and private sector agencies in the further development of its sports facility. The story in Wednesday's sports pages tells us that the Culture, Health, A ... Read More

BRICS version of IMF, World Bank an intriguing development

Friday, July 18, 2014    

IMF’s managing director Christine Lagarde. (PHOTO: AP)

The agreement of the BRICS nations to create their own development bank is undoubtedly a move to strengthen their political influence in developing countries. In fact, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) came close to admitting that in their statement on the decision issued on Tuesday at their summit in Brazil. According to the group, their New Development Bank (NDB), which will start off with US$50 billion in capital and eventually increase to US$100 billion, will use so ... Read More

Caricom finally makes some decisions, but deeds, not words please

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

USUALLY the Caricom Heads of Government (HOGS) conference is a feast of semantics, reciting the mantra of regional integration and making solemn commitments to implement decisions long overdue. At the end, most items have been merely noted or postponed. This time round, the recent summit in Antigua made some potentially important decisions. For example, the heads approved the Draft Strategic Plan for the Community, which identifies several key strategic priorities for the Community over the fiv ... Read More

Homosexuality: the long, painful search for workable rules of engagement

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

the long, painful
search for
workable rules
of engagement

THE search for viable rules of engagement between homosexual and heterosexual Jamaicans will, regrettably, be a long, arduous and painful one, we think. In common with nearly every country across the globe, Jamaicans are agonising over whether homosexuality is to be accepted as normal or aberrational, and we don't, in this space, expect any considerable narrowing of the gap any time soon. But what we can reasonably expect is tolerance of the different lifestyles, while the search continues to ... Read More

Stop fulminating and promote investment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014    

Stop fulminating and promote investment

Whenever a country is doing badly economically there is always an immaturity in its political culture. This immaturity is evident when politicians in Opposition believe that their role is simply to oppose anything the Government proposes, even though they would be pursuing the exact policy if they were in government. In addition, some politicians do not know or adhere to the policies of the political party and government to which they belong. Jamaica is a case in point. Part of the damage cau ... Read More



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