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Multi-destinational tourism the answer to big growth

Jamaica now records 3.4 million stopover and cruise visitors and revenues of US$2.5 billion per annum but nets less than US$300 million after related imports of goods and services are factored.

The growing tourism industry represents the most important form of economic activity in the Caribbean today with earnings in excess of US$30 billion, providing jobs for one out of every five employed persons and attracting just over 25 million visitors annually. Beyond that, it is the only industry ... Read More

Metropolitan bishop Kenneth Richards embracing two children. You’d never guess what drew Archbishop-elect Kenneth Richards to the priesthood
The Roman Catholic ecclesiastical province of Kingston (comprising the three Roman Catholic dioceses ... Read More

An eye for an eye?
The majority of nations that execute citizens do so based upon the premise that death is the most po ... Read More

INDIANA, United States — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign stop in South Bend, Indiana on Monday.Photo: AP Would any Caribbean democracy elect a Donald Trump?
I combed the archives of history, entering the bowels of information banks in order to harness the n ... Read More

Asset-Based Community Development the way to go

Henley Morgan | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) shakes hands with Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the newly formed Economic Growth Council (EGC), while Dr Nigel Clarke, who has been appointed ambassador plenipotentiary for economic affairs, shares the occasion at the launch of the EGC last Wednesday at Jamaica House.

The Jamaica Labour Party has picked up right where the People’s National Party left off in its disastrous march over the cliff toward defeat in the national polls. We have heard nothing from the new Government to suggest that it will speak in language that the ghetto dweller understands or pursue actions that directly address issues that keep him perpetually mired in poverty. The progressive agenda on which all parties come to power is being sacrificed on the altar of economic expedienc ... Read More

Go beyond the symbolism of Child Month and treat the youth right

Chris Burns | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

An Office of the Children’s Registry poster encouraging people to report child abuse.

There is no need to over-romanticise the myriad issues affecting our youth. However, it is necessary to reassert a core belief that innocence, dignity and happiness are foundational for good childhood. It follows, therefore, that those who rob children of the benefits of their innocence or intrude upon their self-worth and happiness are worthy of a lifetime of misery and painful guilt. For although poet William Blake was famous for saying, “The man who never alters his opinion is like st ... Read More

Will this end that conspiracy?

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, May 02, 2016    

LEE-CHIN... has clearly seen that with keen planning and expert implementation, Jamaica’s economy can take off

This column has been noting for a few years well, that Jamaica’s double-blight of low productivity and corruption has its genesis in a conspiracy. I have dubbed it “the conspiracy of mediocrity”, and when I discussed this theory with several solid folks, a lightbulb goes off as they realise that they have been victims of said conspiracy. If you have been shunned after you have made concrete suggestions to improve productivity at your workplace, if you have been sidelined after ... Read More

Who is to be blamed for classism in Jamaica?

Sashakay Fairclough | Monday, May 02, 2016    

The poor, black Jamaicans who are most affected by classism have done a lot for their country, so why are so many still made to feel like second-class citizens?

I had never experienced this thing called classism until I moved back to Jamaica. I had left at age 16 and after almost 10 years in a foreign country which has been labelled the most expensive place to live in the world, it took returning to this small third world nation to experience my first real bout of discrimination. As a young lawyer, things are clearly difficult. I moved to Kingston and met a young architect who was doing quite well for himself. He had dark skin and was from uptown Kings ... Read More

To be(t) or not to(b)?

BY WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SAUNDERS | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

The Petrojam oil refinery in Kingston.Jamaica Observer file

(With apologies to Shakespeare) Hedging is a gamble. To be successful, gambling or betting on racehorses requires knowledge and history of the animal, as well as an understanding of the race its best fit to run. Commodity hedging is no different. Hedging provides a useful insurance against adverse oil price movements as experiences in several developing countries have demonstrated. The World Bank Policy Research Working paper 1667, published in October 1996, “Dealing with Commodity Pr ... Read More

A world according to Trump

Ronald Sanders | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

TRUMP... the countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence, and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselvesChris Carlson

Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on April 27 did not once mention the Caribbean. The Caribbean should be grateful, or there might have been a price tag for his attention. He did say, after all: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence, and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” Whew! And he was talking about US friends in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) such as Britain, France and Germany. In ... Read More

Key issues facing the PNP and the paper groups that are mashing it up

BY DR DAYTON CAMPBELL | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER ... her story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things         Jamaica Observer file

This is a lightly edited version of an address given by Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western, Dr Dayton Campbell, at the annual conference of the Belfield Division in South East St Mary on Sunday, April 24: During the 2016 election cam p aign, I said it was a campaign about progress versus promises that proved to be prophetic. We are here today to have a discussion that is necessary. It is clear in my mind that we need to revisit what our movement was founded on. I will, therefore, ... Read More

The Alexander Bustamante/Norman Manley alliance

By Lance Neita | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Jamaican Premier Norman Manley (left) points out the place for Opposition Leader Sir Alexander Bustamante to sign, as delegates signed the conference report at the conclusion of the Jamaica Independence Conference at Lancaster House, London, on February 9, 1962. Jamaica became independent on August 6, 1962. While both men were miles apart on political policies, they were closely aligned as cousins in the flesh who looked after each other’s back.Photo: AP

It is not generally known that following the upheaval of the labour riots in May 1938 and the subsequent incidents of strikes and violence that erupted across the country, Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante formed a partnership that travelled from Negril to Morant Point to restore calm to the island’s trouble spots. Together they went from milepost to milepost, cane field to sugar factory, street corners to town plazas, indefatigable in their mission to represent the interest of the w ... Read More

Auxiliary fee policy is not about promoting freeness mentality

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

MANDELA... education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. – Maximilien Robespierre Nelson Mandela, former South African president, co-founder of the African National Congress’s Youth League, and freedom fighter extraordinaire famously said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I agree.   In recent days, there has been much hue and cry about the Administration’s propo ... Read More

Clearly, the JLP did the math

Troy Caine | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness (centre) is greeted by jubilant supporters at JLP headquarters on the night of February 25, 2016 after it became clear that the party had won the general election.

IT was quite difficult to figure out that the 17th general election in February 2016 was going to be Jamaica’s most exciting and would produce the closest result in the country’s 71 years of electoral contests since adult suffrage. And while so many people were confident of a People’s National Party (PNP) victory and even another PNP landslide, a few of us were quietly cautioning that it was going to be very close, although inwardly, ‘close’ would have been relat ... Read More



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