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Edward Seaga at 85

Edward Seaga

Edward Seaga was born May 28, 1930, which makes him 85 today. His impact on Jamaica was mainly in his political years, from the late 1950s to 2005 when he stepped down as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. Edward Seaga’s 85th birthday comes at a time when the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union ... Read More

Shanique Myrie Must our final court be Trinidadian, too?
I note with great interest all the differing views from various commentators on the Caribbean Court ... Read More

The International Monetary Fund offices. The IMF, Ja & missing targets
ONE of the most important targets of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility ag ... Read More

A fundamental error A fundamental error
I am a graduate of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and currently pursui ... Read More

Let's restore May Pen Cemetery to its former glory

Joseph M CORNWALL | Monday, May 25, 2015    

Let’s restore May Pen
Cemetery to its former glory

KINDLY allow me space in the Daily Observer to comment on an article on page 7 of the Sunday Observer, May 24, 2015, 'KSAC to probe grave allegations at May Pen Cemetery'. The local funeral industry, which started over 100 years ago remains unregulated, and as a result anybody can set up shop just about anywhere and provide final care services without any formal training. In the absence of regulations, unscrupulous people will seize the opportunity to "rob the grave". The May Pen Cemetery cons ... Read More

Where were they when what happened in St Kitts-Nevis took place in Guyana?

Donya FRANCIS | Monday, May 25, 2015    

Where were they when what
happened in St Kitts-Nevis took
place in Guyana?

I am writing on behalf of the youth and the Kittitians and Nevisians who have similar questions. What happened in Guyana after the elections? Where were the results? Is this going to be a trend that the Caribbean will be following? No results until days after the elections. We must become more cooperative and responsible. We must not jeopardise people's right to know. The world is watching us; the youth are still looking up to those who are older. Now, let's go back to February when the same ha ... Read More

The pain, the joy of South Africa

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, May 25, 2015    

DIAMANI-ZUMA... Leaders must put their country and their
people before themselves.

I am writing this from South Africa, where the media images of decades, pre- and post-apartheid, have sprung to life in tours and first-person accounts. Oh, the pain of the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Oh, the joy of hearing courageous leaders express their resolve to build their country, even as we see the scars of their struggle etched by sleepless, ever-watchful nights. Born and still living in Soweto, our tour guide Richard Thabo Muso took us to the Hector Pieterson Museum, named for ... Read More

The talk-to-action gap — Part 1

Grace VIRTUE | Monday, May 25, 2015    

TIME is an intangible. We cannot see, touch or hear it, but we are aware of its passing measured by everything from the wrinkles on once youthful faces or the threads of grey in our hairs, to life changes like marriages, childbirth, graduations, divorces, and deaths. I take stock of my life through these experiences, those of my friends or even people in the spotlight. Last Saturday, for example, my neighbour held a welcome home reception for her grandson, born two months ago in Massachusetts. ... Read More

National 'man-made' disasters

Howard HAMILTON | Monday, May 25, 2015    

An accident on the island’s road.

FOR our size, we already have a record for carnage in our households by the use of the gun. So it should come as no surprise that we also have the dubious record for deaths on our roads by the second deadliest invention of mankind -- the motor vehicle. All our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The police have revealed that in the first 100 days of this year, 102 deaths have occurred on our roads -- more than one per day. Have all the pleas and campaigns of these statistics had any effect? No! Bec ... Read More

Failure to launch... just tyre skid marks

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

The old Goodyear tyre factory still lies
idle in St Thomas since its closure in
1997, after none of the announced plans
have been successful.

"When I use a word", Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less". -- Lewis Carroll AN excerpt from Aesop's fable The Gnat and the Bull: A gnat settled on the horn of a bull, and sat there a long time. Just as he was about to fly off, he made a buzzing noise, and inquired of the bull if he would like him to go. The bull replied, "I did not know you had come, and I shall not miss you when you go away." Moral/Interpretation: Som ... Read More

'God nah gi yuh more dan yuh can bear'

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

SIMPSON MILLER...
No one has the
right to abuse you;
you are to be loved
and cared for

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller said a lot about child safety and protection during her national televised broadcast on Sunday, May 17, 2015. She reminded parents that their "ultimate responsibility is to care for their children". As I see it, this was one of the most salient features of her broadcast. The prime minister's intervention is significant. It is significant because it marked the first time -- at least that I can recall -- that a Jamaican prime minister dedicated an entire nation ... Read More

Pope Francis and President Obama: Almost Twins

EARLE SCARLETT | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

almost twins

MAJOR powers may interpret Pope Francis's foreign policy initiatives as either promising or problematic. As expected, the Obama Administration has been assessing the pontiff's calibrated moves in the global political arena. It appears both President Obama and the papal leader share common perspectives on several key issues, but sometimes differ on interpretation, interests, and tact. However, harmonising their strategies could pay dividends in handling contentious international matters. The Pop ... Read More

Tourism competition is not a guessing game

RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Caribbean countries, like the rest of the world, must invest in developing their historical sites, natural heritage resources
to drive traffic to their destinations.

THE performance of only five of the 14 independent Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are recorded in the 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum. Of the 144 countries measured by the report, Barbados is the highest ranked Caricom country at 46, with Trinidad and Tobago at 69, and Jamaica at 76. Guyana at 104, and Haiti at 133 are at the tail end of the index. The only other Caribbean country graded in the report is the Dominican Republic at 81 ... Read More

Who says you can't go home again?

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Movies were the highlight of any entertainment package for folks who did not
have the modern instant viewing on the television.

THE first time I went to the movies was when my eyes were at my knees. The movie was Oliver Twist, shown at the old Theatre Clarendon in May Pen. I remember the occasion because it was a school trip from Four Paths, a little village four miles away, and the headmaster thought it would be educational. It was a bit too early for me to meet Charles Dickens, but what stands out and made the trip so memorable was the threepence patty made and bought from Uncle Sam's restaurant, and the soft drink whi ... Read More



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