Let's confront the root causes of child abuse

Ferron Williams was
re-elected for a
second five-year term
as colonel of the
Accompong Maroons.

IN the remote Maroon village of Accompong Town, the newly re-elected Colonel Ferron Williams wants to revive whipping as a form of punishment. And, responding to the spate of child murders and abuse of women and girls, acting head of the Islamic Council of Jamaica Mr Al Hajj Mekaeel Maknoon wants p ... Read More

Paula Llewellyn Sound recommendations from the OCG
NO one inside the ruling People's National Party, and even more so the individuals on both sides who ... Read More

(L) O’HARA…was expected to play a
leading role for Calabar High School.
HYDE… was down to run on
Wolmer’s Boys’ 4x100m team. Professional versus amateur conundrum
This tension between amateurism and professionalism in sport is as old as the hills. In the old day ... Read More

CHUNG… to lead seven-member team Welcoming Dr Carlton Davis and Mr Dennis Chung
THE appointment of Dr Carlton Davis for a second stint as chairman of the National Housing Trust (NH ... Read More

'Cockroach (read: big investors) nuh bizniz inna fowl fight'

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton 

WHILE we agonise every day that Jamaica is not attracting the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) that would spur growth and provide jobs, we are steadily perfecting the art of scaring off potential investors with our penchant for squabbling as soon as a prospective investment deal comes in sight. The latest example is the proposed US$5-billion investment in a cluster of projects including Vernamfield, Caymanas Economic Zone, a dry dock facility, and a commodity port involving German engin ... Read More

We're not as small as we like to think

Wednesday, April 22, 2015    


The dilemma facing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, is that they are not as small as they like to make out -- based on comparisons with the population, land area and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of other countries. Neither are they as deprived of resources, if they measure their land and their marine space. For example, the land area of The Bahamas is 5,383 square miles but its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 242,970 square miles. St Kitts and Nevi ... Read More

‘Informa fi ded’? Then let’s all become informers!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

crime scene

WHAT manner of evil is this stalking our beloved country? What, we ask, could have been going through the minds of the beasts — for they are certainly not fit to be called humans — who so brutally ended the lives of three teenaged boys and a man in Hayes, Clarendon, last week? The country was, to say the least, shocked by the murders of 14-year-old Raymond Givans, 14-year-old Ricardo Briscoe, 16-year-old Alex Turner, and 35-year-old Marquis Hamilton. But this vicious act has also t ... Read More

Internal party contests good for democracy

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw makes a joke with his Opposition colleagues from left Pearnel Charles, Desmond McKenzie and Dr Kenneth Baugh.

JAMAICANS are now no more than about 20 months from the next parliamentary elections and the political atmosphere is heating up. Of course, local government elections are also due soon. But it is testament to the ever-decreasing respect for governance at the local level that few seem to care whether it's held or not. The real prize will come after the prime minister 'fly the gate' for parliamentary polls which, under the Jamaican Constitution, must be held by early 2017. If they had not been ... Read More

Don't we get it? Export or die!

Sunday, April 19, 2015    


DURING the 1930s, the world economy experienced its worst crisis in the period known as the Great Depression. It was characterised by economic contraction, decline in international trade, high unemployment and increased poverty. Jamaica's economy in the last decade has had similar features. The US economy did not experience an economic recovery until it started to export more to the European countries involved in World War II. With few exceptions, the countries that have achieved high and susta ... Read More

Well done, Windies, let's get even better from here

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

West Indies batsman Jason Holder (centre) celebrates his
century beside English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (right)
yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP)

THE West Indies team didn't win in Antigua yesterday, but all West Indian cricket fans are feeling like winners just at the moment. The drawn first Test match against England felt like victory largely because the regional side -- with their backs against the wall — batted through the entire last day showing fight and resolve, confounding the cynics who love to dismiss them as hopeless. It's useful to recall that England are ranked at number three in Test matches, behind South Africa and ... Read More

Chilling revelations from the Tivoli Enquiry

Friday, April 17, 2015    

(L-R)  Bruce Golding, prime minister at the time of the security forces
operation into Tivoli during May 2010, makes a point to the Tivoli
Commission of Enquiry recently.

Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington giving evidence at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry this week.

THE testimony being given by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington at the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry is quite revealing. In fact, we find one aspect of what he has so far disclosed to be extremely chilling. On Monday this week, Mr Ellington told of a conversation he had with Rev Al Miller, whom he had asked to try to convince then Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke -- who was wanted by the United States Government -- to surrender to the authorities. According to M ... Read More

It's not easy being in Opposition. Ask the JLP!

Thursday, April 16, 2015    

HOLNESS... PNP incapable of offering solutions or finding a
path to sustainable economic growth

The late People's National Party (PNP) Prime Minister Michael Manley was reported as saying that being in Opposition was boring. It's probably worse than that. Almost all the major internal fights and bloodletting seem to come during the period that a political party is in Opposition. The latest examples have been the current in-fighting in the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) triggered by a bid to change its leader Mr Andrew Holness and subsequent actions on his party to remove some of t ... Read More

Summit of the Americas: Success or failure?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

US President Barack Obama (right) speaks with Cuba’s President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention Centre in Panama City on Saturday, April 11. (PHOTO: AFP)

MANY Jamaicans are awaiting indications as to whether our attendance at the Summit of the Americas was a waste of time and money. This is because the impact of these international meetings on Jamaica is often not fully appreciated. The Summit of the Americas, a meeting of the countries of the western hemisphere at the highest political level, was first held in December 1994 in Miami and subsequently in Chile, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Seventh Summit has just conc ... Read More

Is the NWA awaiting tragedy?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

File photo shows NWA workers repairing a section of roadway.

If, as is commonly stated, a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photo published in this week's Sunday Observer showing a truck driving behind a female Ardenne student crossing Trafalgar Road is quite telling. That photo and two others accompanied a story on the danger posed to schoolchildren and adults who cross daily the busy Hope/Trafalgar/Waterloo roads intersection near Devon House and just above Half-Way-Tree. Students and adults who use the intersection have admitted that they a ... Read More



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