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Continuing the mission of education

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. — Kofi Annan  Read More

Greater cooperation needed before and during hurricane season
In light of the inclement weather currently being experienced by Jamaica, coupled with the novel coronavirus, curfews, online schooling, etc, it is only appropriate to slightly modify the words of the self-acclaimed, internationally renowned artiste Amari: “2020,...... Read More

Leadership through empowerment
Transformational leadership has to be disruptive by nature and it cannot conform to the status quo. Flexibility and emotional intelligence are also key to ensuring that your team can adequately adapt to any circumstance which may arise.... Read More

'You are a servant of the people'
THE year 2020 has been one which has changed all our lives in one way or another. The COVID-19 pandemic is with us and seems to be here to stay for a while longer than any of us expected or want. Through it all, one of the things which has stayed with us is politics. Love it or hate it,...... Read More

Where is the grave of Amy Ashwood Garvey?

Rhone Fraser | Thursday, October, 29 2020    

It is written that the grave of Amy Ashwood Garvey is somewhere in Kingston's Calvary Cemetery. It needs to be found so a tombstone can be placed on it. She co-founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1914 with Marcus Mosiah Garvey, whom she married... Read More

Is this what Americans want for the next four years?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, October, 28 2020    

At the time of writing, over 60 million Americans have already voted. Former US Vice-President Biden, an effective politician and supporter of the policies of President Barack Obama, has never held presidential power. If he wins, it is yet to be seen how he will... Read More

More solutions needed to assist tertiary students

Jhenelle Small & Devaraine Rowe | Wednesday, October, 28 2020    

THE novel coronavirus pandemic has increased the levels of fear and anxiety of students across the nation as we try to cope with the many challenges presented with this new normal. Amidst this, the mental health of the students at The University of the West Indies has been further... Read More

Let's have a National Heritage Month

Michael Barnett | Wednesday, October, 28 2020    

IN the Friday, October 16, 2020 edition of the Jamaica Observer a story entitled 'Grange announces adjustments for Heritage Week celebrations 2020' illuminated how the observance of National Heritage Week this year, which was formally from October 11 to October 19, was primarily virtual because... Read More

I've switched to supporting Lisa Hanna

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

I have tremendous respect for Mark Golding. We are in the same age group (I'm just a bit older than he) and share many values and principles. He is intellectually sound and is a hard worker. He is a gracious, humble, and genuinely warm person and a brilliant legislator and lawyer. From... Read More

Living in the time of COVID-19

Ethon Lowe | Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

With extraordinary ferocity and speed, the novel coronavirus swept the world and unleashed the greatest health crisis since the 1918 Influenza pandemic — which claimed 50 million lives — creating unprecedented social, economic, and political catastrophe and... Read More

History in the House

BY Duane Harris | Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

Sixty years ago, on October 26, 1960, Jamaica's legislature was transferred from Headquarters House to the newly built George William Gordon Houses of Parliament. Beyond a doubt Jamaica's democracy has grown tremendously within Gordon House over the last 60 years with... Read More

A teacher who lifts our spirits

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, October, 26 2020    

WE know the old saying, “If it bleeds, it leads,” but look at the outpouring of love and support for Taneka McKoy Phipps, who first came to attention via a UNICEF Jamaica video circulated on social media. The dedicated teacher said she noticed children playing in the street... Read More

America after Trump

Bruce Golding | Monday, October, 26 2020    

IT is being said that the US presidential election, to be held in just over a week, is the most crucial in that country's history. It is perhaps superseded only by the 1932 election when Franklin D Roosevelt challenged Herbert Hoover at the height of the Great Depression. Yet, given the... Read More

'Fada God, a wah dis?'

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, October, 25 2020    

The young men who risked their lives and formed a human chain to rescue a 12-year-old girl from almost certain death in the Sandy Gully are to be celebrated and thanked for the enormous lift in spirit and hope that they gave the nation on the eve of the national heroes' holiday. I had... Read More

Mission: Comrade unity

FLOYD MORRIS | Sunday, October, 25 2020    

The People's National Party (PNP) is once again in the process of electing a new leader. This has come within the context of Dr Peter Phillips indicating that he is resigning as president after the horrific defeat in the September 3 national election. Like all decent leaders, Dr Peter... Read More


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