Let Brexit be a lesson to us

Sir Ronald Sanders (file photo)

Understandably Britain’s narrow vote to leave the European Union (EU) last Thursday has created some amount of anxiety in the Caribbean. A lot of the concerns in the region were outlined in this week’s Sunday Observer by Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the ... Read More

Edmund Bartlett Tourism, Brexit and crime
All well-thinking Jamaicans will be pleased at the news that the country recorded growth in visitor ... Read More

Could Brexit lead to Jamexit from Caricom?
The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) ushers in, understandably, a period of glorious un ... Read More

Excelsior’s coach Kirkland Bailey (green shirt) restrains a supporter of his team from getting involved in the brawl at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association T20 cricket final at the Melbourne Cricket Club last Monday.  (Photos: Lloyd Brooks) A task for ISSA, coaches and others
Cricket is not a contact sport. Indeed, an individual player can go through an entire game, regardle ... Read More

Kingston three centuries on

Friday, June 24, 2016    

Sean Garnier showcases his skills in downtown Kingston recently. Observer

Historians differ on the actual date that Kingston was founded. Some say it was June 24,1692, others are adamant that it was in July 1692. Whichever we choose to accept, the fact is that this city is more than three centuries old, founded in the aftermath of the 1692 earthquake that struck Port Royal which, at the time, was regarded as one of the richest and busiest ports in this region. There’s no doubt that over the centuries Kingston has made significant strides in development. The ca ... Read More

What PM Holness must tell Antigua’s Gaston Browne

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Antigua’s Gaston Browne

The bilateral meetings and the informal camaraderie of prime ministers between plenary sessions of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government summit are a good place to discuss thorny issues involving member nations at any level. From July 4 to 6, in just under two weeks from now, the heads of government will have an opportunity to talk at the 37th Regular Meeting of their annually held conference, set for Guyana, home of the Caricom Secretariat. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andre ... Read More

Extracting the deadwood from the justice system

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck 

Minister of Justice Mr Delroy Chuck, in his sectoral presentation last week, disclosed important initiatives to enhance the efficient and effective discharge of justice, with special focus on reducing that stubborn backlog of court cases. Mr Chuck cited progress by the two previous administrations and promised to build on their work to reform our very flawed justice system. This paper welcomes his broad bipartisan approach as important in the delivery of justice to Jamaicans in the firm belief ... Read More

Update on Caricom Review Commission, please

Tuesday, June 21, 2016    

The headquarters of the Caricom Secretariat in Guyana

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his contribution to the Budget Debate, announced the intention to establish a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission (CCRC), which we welcomed as a wise and timely decision on a vexed issue in Jamaica. Mr Holness was correct when he stated: “The time has come to fully assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of Caricom, and to assert ourselves in such a way that Jamaica gets the full benefits that membership in Caricom promises.” ... Read More

Unprotected water tanks a public safety issue

Monday, June 20, 2016    

The deceased five-year-old Dwight Jones

In a check of the Jamaica Observer online archives one will come upon a story published September 25, 2013 about a seven-year-old boy, Rivaldo Dwyer, who drowned in an open, concrete water catchment tank on Levy Lane in Mandeville. Reports said the child drowned after attempting to swim in the catchment tank which was in the yard where he lived. Fast-forward three years and nine months to last Friday, just a few miles away from Mandeville, in the community of Bottom Albion. There we find resid ... Read More

Merely shuffling the deck cannot refresh the PNP

Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Given the importance of the People’s National Party (PNP) to a thriving democracy in Jamaica, we hope that a full-fledged discussion is underway at all levels of the party on the Julian Robinson-led report on what went wrong in the last election campaign. Too often such reports become one -day wonders, only to be stacked away to gather dust on some forgotten shelf after all the noise and excitement has died down. It is our view that as the PNP contemplates regaining political office, it ... Read More

Copa America over...we still have a programme to build

Saturday, June 18, 2016    

SCHAEFER... I hope we can win the match because it would be good for our confidence. Photo: AFP

Predictably, there are calls for the sacking of Reggae Boyz Coach Mr Winfried Schaefer following the dismal results at the Copa America Centenario. For this newspaper, results at the tournament were never of primary importance. Far more crucial was for the national team to build towards their ‘must-win’ semi-final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti in September. Obviously, had the Reggae Boyz advanced to the next round of Copa Centenario, that preparation ... Read More

Impolite, unbecoming behaviour unacceptable

Friday, June 17, 2016    

Perhaps parliamentarians live in some kind of insulated capsule which forces them to hear what they think they’re hearing, with the result that they seem to be
giving answers to questions which were not asked.

We have had occasion to address the business of the need for proper parliamentary conduct. That has obviously fallen on deaf ears. It is undesirable and unacceptable that parliamentarians continue to display improper, indeed impolite and unbecoming conduct while engaged in the crucial role of advancing the nation’s welfare. We would have thought that with the Budget and Sectoral debates — now underway — coming so soon in the life of a new Administration, parliamentarians woul ... Read More

What the PM should tell Mrs Malahoo Forte

Thursday, June 16, 2016    

Marlene Malahoo Forte,
Attorney General

Attorney General Mrs Marlene Malahoo Forte has unnecessarily ignited a firestorm by her ill-considered tweet Monday evening which accused the United States Embassy of disrespecting the laws of Jamaica by flying, at half-mast, the rainbow flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and Transgender) community. The embassy took the action as a mark of respect for the 102 people killed or injured in the horrific shooting incident at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which was carried out ... Read More

Caribbean  gets decisively on US radar

Wednesday, June 15, 2016    

The Caricom headquarters in Guyana

The Caribbean has always appeared to be asking for more financial aid, more trade preferences and more security assistance than the United States is providing. On the other hand, the view in Washington policy circles is that the Caribbean, with the exception of the special cases of Cuba and Haiti, is a bunch of economically well-off, middle-income developing countries that do not need economic aid. But the US believes that the Caribbean cannot be weaned from its addiction to aid because the re ... Read More



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