Fire out in the hills

The effect of the St Andrew hills on fire.

THE wind has abated. The flames have been brought under control. In the hills, many acres of agricultural land were destroyed. Thankfully, no one was injured. No life was lost. What has been described as possibly one of the worst bush fires ever seen in lickle Jamaica has been brought under control. ... Read More

Why does my car, insured every year, need an ER every year? Is the engineer's report a scam?
It's a miserable time. I pay exorbitant fees to a man who ticks boxes on a form as an engineer's rep ... Read More

Residents look on a
fire grows in the St
Andrew hills recently. Worker participation and bush fires
SO National Labour Day comes around again this coming Monday. We have certainly come a long way from ... Read More

Christopher Tufton, Alexander Williams, Arthur Williams and Kamina Johnson Smith Super 8 to decide
FIFTY-four years ago Jamaica, the envied country by its neighbours, and affectionately called the Pe ... Read More

Vision 2030 — A pipe dream?

Michelle FARQUHARSON | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Vision 2030 — A pipe dream?

VISION 2030 is Jamaica's strategic road map to guide the country towards achieving its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. Its signposts are in line with the inclusive development goals of the United Nations that has graduated beyond basic food, clothing and shelter to integrate the standards and principles of human rights through participation, non-discrimination and accountability. The overall aim of Vision 2030 Jamaica, the national development plan, is to make Jamaica th ... Read More

Education must fuel the 'engine of development'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    


ON Tuesday May 11, 2015, The House of Representatives approved a Bill to entrench in the constitution the oldest form of government - local government. This act is an expression of confidence in the ability of one institution within Jamaica to change the developmental landscape of the country. Local government may very well be the 'engine of development' within Jamaica once we conjure up the political will to do so. It is therefore critical that we highlight the effect local government can have ... Read More

How many of us could really go to the Privy Council, Holness?

Linton GORDON | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

The vast majority of lawyers in
Jamaica have never appeared before
their final court of appeal and the vast
majority of citizens have never had
their case dealt with there.

IN opposition to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has gone as far as having senators sign pre-dated resignation letters which he keeps for use to "resign" any senator who may intend to vote against the stance. There was a time when the JLP was in full support of us having the CCJ. This change to a hard-line opposition has never been fully explained by the party for the simple reason that there is no rational explanation. It appears from a letter ... Read More

MOCA must be given a strong brew

BY Andrew B King | Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting addressing Parliament.

IN his sectoral presentation to Parliament on May 29, 2015, National Security Minister Peter Bunting said, inter alia, "MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) is the vanguard agency for detection and investigation of criminal kingpins, corrupt public officials, and professionals who facilitate money laundering". Minister Bunting further noted: "Cabinet has issued drafting instructions for legislation to establish MOCA as a statutory body independent of the JCF (Jamaica Constabul ... Read More

What makes a child vulnerable?

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

A busy scene in Mandeville.

I normally write on Sunday nights, leaving Monday mornings for tidying up, but at 8:00 am yesterday I had not written a line. With so much churning in my head after a week in Jamaica, I could not decide what to write or how to say it. Then, I logged onto my Facebook page and saw a quote from Pope Francis. "Many powerful people don't want peace because they make money off war," it said. Isn't that the truth? But how many people have the gall to say it? How much courage does it take for a religio ... Read More

Grown up politics, please!

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, May 18, 2015    

We need to get rid of
this colour-foolishness
and free up people’s

ONE of Jamaica's most backward political habits is this 'colour-terrorism' to the point where people avoid wearing the beautiful colours of orange and green, for fear of being labelled, and even being injured, as a follower of one political party or another. That is why I have time for Aloun Assamba, who showed up at an event when she was a People's National Party (PNP) member of parliament wearing green and replied to a puzzled query, "I am wearing green...because I like green!" Because we Jam ... Read More

Is betrayal synonymous with politics?

BY TONY MILES | Monday, May 18, 2015    

Is betrayal synonymous
with politics?

POLITICS and betrayal are intertwined as if blended to make an unholy alliance. Do you know the odds of winning the lotto with a prize of $385m is an astounding odds of 175,711,536:1? That's about equal to the odds of separating betrayal from politics, if we use the Oxford Dictionary's definition of betrayal. The Daily Observer lead article on Friday, May 15, 2015 was aptly placed and a better caption would be impossible, despite that most people are aware that politics is bedded in web of dec ... Read More

Made for TV

Dexter WHARTON | Monday, May 18, 2015    

What is made for television often reflects what exists in the
practices of the real world.

NOT all television shows are for everyone. I remember, growing up, my parents deciding what made for appropriate viewing for my sister and me. I do not resent them for it. And, even though I may have missed out on a few shows youngsters my age were watching, it made me appreciate even more the shows I was allowed to watch. I am a huge fan of horror shows and borderline occult offerings on TV. Supernatural is easily one of my favourites. Constantine was not far behind either. Not for the acting ... Read More

Lights, cameras, Take 2

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, May 17, 2015    

The former Goodyear factory has again
been announced as the future location of a
film production facility.

We are what we repeatedly do. — Aristotle CITIZENS in a functioning liberal democracy have not only a responsibility but a duty to be critical of government and those who wield power and authority in matters of public affairs and, indeed, all spheres of influences that have civic consequences. Buddha, hundreds of years ago, posited a guide, some logicians say formula, for critical thinking: "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply ... Read More

Our appetite for doom and gloom is endangering our existence... Stop it!

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, May 17, 2015    

While Jamaica missed its $121-billion target under the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility pact, the IMF has not declared the programme

AMONG its many other purposes, the hypothalamus in our brains controls our appetite. From the look of things, it would appear that some of us have an overactive political hypothalamus -- a very dangerous condition that can impair our ability to manage the production and consumption of doom and gloom. Paradoxically, the supply of doom and gloom always appears insufficient relative to the high demand for it because, like it or not, demand for bad news and bad vibes keeps popping up in different f ... Read More



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