The disgraceful truth about the St Andrew SW run-off

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

Proverb: Yuh neva see smoke widout fiyahTranslation: You never see smoke without fire. Read More

Finding ways to beat back the crime wave

By Basil Wilson | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

A few weeks before the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, the Minister of National Security Mr Robert Montague and his Security Brain Trust visited New York City and held a town hall meeting at Bishop Riley's Freedom Hall Church of God in Brooklyn. There is no question... Read More

Tribal politics, alternative facts, and the Fourth Estate

Kanute Thompson, PhD | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

In his piece entitled 'Good things are happening in Jamaica', Jamaica Observer columnist Garfield Higgins writes: Read More

Beyond Reggae Sumfest: The 'festivalisation' of Jamaica's music and cities

Donovan Watkis | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

Jamaican popular music has a rich history of performance-based competitions and shows that have produced many stars. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) slate of competitions, the Tastee Talent Trail, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, and Digicel's Rising Stars have... Read More

Migrating teachers speak out

Verona Antoine-Smith | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

In January, scores of language teachers were interviewed for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. They hoped to be recruited as assistant language teachers in Japan. The start of the 2016/17 academic year found many schools administrators grappling with the void created by... Read More

Defending and dismantling the buggery law sloppily?

Rev Clinton Chisholm | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

Two respected clergy colleagues have gone public in support of decriminalising buggery. These are my former United Theological College of the West Indies lecturer in psychology, Dr Howard Gregory, Anglican lord bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and my Jamaica... Read More

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations — Part 3

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

This is the final of a three-part commentary discussing the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled 'The relevance of US-Caribbean... Read More

Prisoners of hope

Rev Phyllis Smith Seymour | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

The following is a lightly edited text of a sermon delivered by then acting president of the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev Phyllis Smith Seymour. Her main text was Zechariah 9:12. She was later elected... Read More

How Eric Donaldson found his rhythm

Lance Neita | Sunday, July, 30 2017    

The Festival train roared into 1969 with the new sound of the reggae beat creating excitement on bandstands and on dance floors across the island. As we donned our Festival fashion stripes, we danced in the streets to the infectious beat of the reggae, and, in the... Read More

Holness's words must match actions

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 28 2017    

We are optimistic for Andrew Holness. His seeks to be a bridge generation, one which saw the putrid politics of the past and can do things differently. We applaud his many announcements, but are distressed by his penchant for old politics and scorched-earth... Read More

Challenge for a new generation

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 28 2017    

Alright, so we're getting ready to celebrate another milestone, one more occasion of bigging up wi-self. This time marking the 55th anniversary since we were declared a nation of our own. Nothing is wrong with engaging in acts of celebration — looking at the good wherever we can find it. Read More

Impact of shift system on quality health care and health practitioners

Adella Campbell | Thursday, July, 27 2017    

Shift work is a known phenomenon in the job industry. It is usually dependent on supply and demand of staff. Workers are often rotated through set periods throughout the day, typically performing the same kind of work. Read More

World of supply and demand

Michael Burke | Thursday, July, 27 2017    

K law of supply and demand is the first rule of capitalist economics. Prices go up when demand is great but supply is inadequate. Prices go down when there is little demand, but there is a surplus of goods. Read More

Why change the rules, PNP?

BY Eroll Walters | Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

The People's National Party, yet again, finds itself in the position of becoming the news — as opposed to dealing with the issues in the news. Background Read More

Trump: Six months and counting

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has miraculously been able to survive six months as president. I say miraculously because he has escaped so far self-inflicted political wounds that would have led to the demise of one holding the presidency. Many... Read More


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