COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Jamaica’s Richards wins gold in shot put

GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaica's O'Dayne Richards won gold in the men's shot put with a Commonwealth Games record of 21.61 metres. Read more

Letters to the Editor

Athletes should use Commonwealth Games as stepping stone

Flag bearer Warren Weir leads Jamaica’s delegation last Wednesday, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on in Glasgow, Scotland. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Dear Editor, With 2014 being a year where there is no major event on the track & field calendar, such as the Olympic Games or the World Outdoor Championships, many Jamaican track & field fans and enthusiasts are not fully interested in the current performances of the country's athletes. ... Read More

IMF staff sees Jamaican dollar as over-valued by three to 15
per cent. The price of democracy is responsibility
Dear Editor, In a democracy, the citizens are responsible for the actions of their government. Som ... Read More

NHT office in Kingston We serve contributor needs — NHT
Dear Editor, We write in response to a letter by, published in your new ... Read More

Peter Phillips Just hubbub
Dear Editor, This Government seems to have come to power with absolutely no clue about what they wi ... Read More

Bahá'ís say thanks to the late Sir Howard

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Late Governor General
Sir Howard Cooke

Dear Editor, The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Jamaica and the entire Bahá'i community of this island and the Cayman Islands joins in expressing condolence on the passing of this humble, astute, wise, kind, loving gentleman who was a friend to all. Our late Governor General Sir Howard Cooke was a man who sought to live a God-fearing life. In so doing, he embraced the adherents of the different religions that share these islands. Shortly after his 1991 in ... Read More

Can't watch police statistics

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Dear Editor, While the police statistics say robberies are on the decrease, on the ground experience indicates that they have reached crisis level. The police seem not to be recording them, hence they can claim decrease? I say this without fear of contradiction as, over two months ago, my neighbour was ambushed at his gate, tied up, and the house ransacked. Up to now the Half Way Tree police has not turned up to take a statement or do any form of investigation, so which statistics would this ... Read More

Name the substance used by Gay

Friday, July 25, 2014    


Dear Editor, I share Bolt's disappointment about the "slap on the wrist" one-year ban awarded to Tyson Gay. But I have a further concern. Why is there secrecy in releasing the name of the anabolic steroid for which he tested positive? It took several weeks before it was announced that he had failed the drug test, and we are yet to hear the name of that steroid. When Ben Johnson tested positive at the 1998 Seoul Olympics, there was no secrecy in naming stanozolol. The stimulant oxilofrine c ... Read More

Wanted: Male Nurse of the Year

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Shashana Lawrence, 2014/2015 LASCO Nurse of the Year, receives her trophy from
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left), chairman and chief executive
officer of LASCO Group of Companies Lascelles Chin (second right), and managing
director of LASCO Distributors Limited Peter Chin.

Dear Editor, Nursing, like all other professions of a nurturing nature, continues to be female-dominated. According to the US Census Bureau, less than 10 per cent of American registered nurses (RNs) are men. Since its inception, 15 years ago, the Nurse of the Year Award has served to highlight the sterling contribution of nurses to the general well-being of the Jamaican society. Lasco, the sponsors of the Nurse of the Year award, should be commended for their vision as they continue to lead ... Read More

If we are to see success...

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Dear Editor, Every generation has a picture of success and that picture causes us to behave in particular ways and do particular things. The generation born in the late 60s and early 70s has not done something properly in providing for our children this picture of success. Therefore, we see our young people doing things which the nation finds so unacceptable. One of the guests on TVJ's All Angles aired on Wednesday, July 23, said that life was hard and he saw that girls got what they wanted. ... Read More

I stand by my statement, Observer

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Anthony Hylton

Dear Editor, This letter is response to the editorial that appeared in the July 15, 2014 edition of the Observer newspaper titled 'Stop fulminating and promote Investment', which provided an inaccurate portrayal of my position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. The editorial misconstrued the basis of my sotto voce response to Opposition MP Dr Kenneth Baugh during his presentation in the recently concluded sectoral debate in Parliament. I reminded the Oppositi ... Read More

Really, PM, you don't know hunger

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... I feel the
pain and suffering of my people

Dear Editor, While watching the local news broadcast recently I was quite disheartened to hear our dear prime minister's remarks at a political rally about hunger. Surely, I must have heard wrong so I searched online and was able to play back the video clip which confirmed what I had heard. She stated: "I feel the pain and suffering of my people, I feel it, I know what it is, because I know what it is. Despite the fact that you may look at me and say 'prime minister can't be hungry,' there ... Read More

Our apathy has caused our parlous state

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Minister Robert Pickersgill

Dear Editor, Transformational leadership has become a rather popular topic these days, but we often ignore the importance of effective followership in determining the quality of a leader. Jamaica is a like a company in which the shareholders and employees alike do not expect superb performance from management. This apathetic attitude has resulted in declining profits, lower returns on investments for shareholders, and eventually massive lay-offs for employees, since a failing company will no ... Read More

NWC to be blamed again

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

The National Water Commission Eastern Divisional Office in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

Dear Editor, The rotten egg smell emanating from the gully that runs between Wellington Drive and Wellington Glades in the Liguanea area has become unbearable and it is downright wickedness perpetrated by the National Water Commission. This smell is linked to hydrogen sulphide, among other things like methane, ammonia, which in high concentrations can cause death, in lower concentrations causes irritation of the respiratory tract and eyes, resulting in nausea, nervousness, drowsiness, and hea ... Read More

The death of the youth club movement

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Some time ago I wrote on the youth club movement losing its influence, but it now seems that apart from the police youth clubs, SDC (Social Development Commission) clubs are nowhere to be found. The youth club movement had its genesis in the days of the Social Welfare Commission. Now the SDC has almost been discriminated against with the change in community relationships values and attitudes. Youths clubs, up to the 80s, were vibrant, with clubs displaying strong leaderships an ... Read More



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