Editorial

Disabilities Bill: Better (10 years) late than never

?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 ... Read More

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

Minister Robert Pickersgill The worsening drought — let's conserve, conserve, conserve!
WATER and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill's announcement Sunday night that the drought cu ... Read More

Fake Clarks
shoemakers,
what a waste! Fake Clarks shoemakers, what a waste!
A mere glance at the photos would not alert you to the fact that the shoes confiscated by the police ... 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    

Homosexuality:
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

Germany’s success a lesson for Jamaica

Monday, July 14, 2014    

Germany’s success a
lesson for Jamaica

ABOUT a month before the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA.com asked Germany captain Mr Phillip Lahm what would he be doing on July 13. “Hopefully, playing football,” he replied with a smile. Yesterday, Mr Lahm got his wish… and more, as he proudly hoisted the World Cup trophy after a nail-biting final against Argentina in the historic Maracana Stadium. The single goal — scored by substitute Mr Mario Goetze — that separated both teams did more than giv ... Read More

Sir Howard Cooke: Selfless patriot

Sunday, July 13, 2014    

COOKE... was strong right up to the end

A defining quality of the men and women who gave birth to Jamaica’s modern political movement is their selflessness and unwavering commitment to the country’s development. Indeed, these individuals were true patriots, who never gave a thought to personal reward for their sacrifice. For them, the ultimate prize was a sovereign nation in which individual were respected as equals and its people could live in peace and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke, In ... Read More

Mr Zacca's appeal

Friday, July 11, 2014    

MR Chris Zacca

MR Chris Zacca, the PSOJ president, made an interesting call at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. It was time, he said, to stop talking down the Jamaican dollar which, for many months, has been falling against the US dollar. As is natural, this movement had acquired a certain momentum, verging on fear in some quarters due to its unpleasant consequences on the standard of living of almost every Jamaican. A key reason for the fall was that for much of that period there was a fundamen ... Read More

A foreign police commissioner? Not so fast!

Thursday, July 10, 2014    

Owen Ellington

The private sector-led lobby for a replacement for Police Commissioner Owen Ellington from overseas is ironic, coming at the height of a private sector-led campaign encouraging Jamaicans to "Buy Jamaican". If nothing else, Mr Ellington, a locally bred career policeman, proved convincingly that something good can come out of Nazareth. Those now reviving the old 'everything foreign is better' syndrome, a throwback to a time of grave national insecurity, are showing that they still have no faith ... Read More



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