Congrats to our Special Olympics contingent

Jamaica’s Romaine Austin bites into his gold medal won in Division 15 of the 500m race inside Liebenau ice rink stadium at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Austria, yesterday. Austin won in a time of 1:18.97 minutes ahead of the Hong Kong pair of  Wing Lee and Anthony Tsoi, who won silver and bronze, respectively. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

We were still celebrating the silver medal won by Mr Dave Oddman in division 23 of the 222-metre speed skating race at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria on Wednesday when the most delightful news came yesterday morning that his teammate, Mr Romaine Austin, captured a historic gold medal for Jam ... Read More

Soldiers inside Tivoli Gardens following the bloody May 2010 operation. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) Clear, Hold and Build can work if…
There are at least three things we can agree on about crime without much controversy, even in this p ... Read More

US President Donald Trump Don’t expect anyone to bail us out
There has been some anxiety locally over the budget blueprint unveiled by United States President Do ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo) Thank you for your assurance, Prime Minister
After our editorial of March 12, 2017 asking “Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chin ... Read More

Saluting Racers Track Club and Dr Bolt

Monday, March 20, 2017    

From left: Leon Mitchell, assistant general manager of Jamaica National, world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, and Racers Track Club president Glen Mills share conversation at the launch of the second JN Racers Grand Prix at the Jamaica Pegasus yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The announcement on Friday of the second staging of the Racers Grand Prix is another golden feather in the cap of not only Racers Track Club, led by the indomitable and world renowned track coach, Dr the Honourable Glen Mills, it is also recognition of the international prestige and prowess of Jamaica’s athletics. In June, the track at the National Stadium will be graced with the presence of Kenyan Mr David Rudisha, the only man to have gone below 1:42.0 seconds in the 800 metres; the r ... Read More

Farewell Sir Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet to the world

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

The late Derek Walcott (Observer)

The death on Friday morning of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, playwright and painter, at his home in St Lucia, has left a yawning gap that will be hard to fill. Born in Castries, the St Lucia capital, in January 1930, his first poems — which were self-published — emerged in 1948. He studied at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, and after graduation in 1953 moved to Trinidad where he worked as a teacher and journalist. He lived in several places, but alway ... Read More

ISSA could have avoided this row

Saturday, March 18, 2017    

Linvern Wright (left), principal of Rusea’s High, and Dr Walton Small, president of ISSA and principal of Wolmer’s Boys’ School. (File Photo)

We accept Dr Walton Small’s explanation that the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has never before published the discussion and result of any meeting dealing with requests from schools seeking reviews of the entry requirements for athletes for the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. However, we believe that the case of Ugandan student Mr Arymanya Rodgers, who was approved to compete for Kingston College (KC) in this year’s ... Read More

National DNA register a boon in the crime fight

Friday, March 17, 2017    

In some cases, DNA
testing may be the only
means available.

Word this week that the Government is acquiring equipment for the establishment of a national DNA register is most welcome. Jamaica has been on a slow march towards the use of DNA in the fight against crime. Therefore, any measure to quicken that pace is indeed worthy of commendation. According to National Security Minister Robert Montague, the Government is about to sign off on a US$146,000 purchase order for the equipment, which is expected to arrive in the island in approximately six weeks. ... Read More

What should Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition do?

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Leader of the House of Representatives Derrick Smith

Theoretically, at least for now, the country is heading into a political crisis with the potential that the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) might not have its full slate of 32 Members of Parliament MPs in the House of Representatives should there be a need to vote to approve this year’s budget. The JLP member for St Andrew North Western, Mr Derrick Smith, is ill and away from the island in Miami, Florida, and so could be absent if such a vote is called for by the Opposition People&rs ... Read More

Time for action, not a bag o’ mouth

Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

Education Minister Ruel Reid, emphasises a point during a press conference yesterday at his National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.

The staff at the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) must feel that they’re on a treadmill. One would think that after years of making recommendations to prevent breaches of government procedures and weak management practices, public sector employees, at all levels, would, by now, be aware of what not to do and avoid being reckless with the country’s resources. What is particularly disturbing about the latest report tabled by the AGD in Parliament last week is the agency&rsqu ... Read More

The mission of Mr Audley Shaw

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Audley Shaw (File photo)

We have had our share of disappointments with prominent people paying lip service to important causes and principles, yet we sense in Mr Audley Shaw, the finance minister, a renewed and sincere zest for improving the lot of Jamaican youth. In many of his key speeches since his appointment for a second time to the finance portfolio a year ago, and again in his budget presentation last week, he has shown unusual passion for the well-being of the youth, seeing it as integral to the growth and deve ... Read More

Don’t give scammers a free pass

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Alleged scammers being led
away by security forces.

The decision of the court last week to approve an extradition request from the United States for eight Jamaicans accused of involvement in lottery scamming should hopefully open the eyes of people engaged in this illegal activity. That a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was among the eight accused was most disappointing, because the Jamaican people have a right to believe that they can repose trust in those among us who have taken an oath to uphold the law. We have no proof tha ... Read More

Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chinese construction projects?

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

The Michael Manley-led Government of Jamaica in the 1970s initiated close Sino-Jamaica relationship on the basis of the “One China” policy which has been adhered to since then by successive governments. China has never forgotten this valuable support, and when it was asserting its new status as a global superpower, it chose Jamaica as its diplomatic platform in the Caribbean, by increasing development aid to the island and the region. Aid started as grants and donations of buildi ... Read More

JADCO needs to say why

Saturday, March 11, 2017    

Andre Russell wipes his eyes after hearing that he was sanctioned for 12 months and will not be eligible to play until January 30, 2018. (Michael Gordon)

This newspaper’s position on the anti-doping rules in sport is well known to our readers. The rules, we believe, are to be observed, and athletes, as we have repeatedly stated, have a responsibility to abide by the rules. Early last month we had reason to discuss this issue after Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Mr Andre Russell received a one-year ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules. Mr Russell received the sanction because he did not file his whereabouts on three occasions ... Read More



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