The CSME: A time for reckoning

BRUCE GOLDING | Sunday, June, 10 2018    

It is appropriate to remind ourselves that it is now almost 30 years since the Grande Anse Declaration of 1989 in which member states committed themselves to transforming the Caribbean Community into the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). The report of the most recent review of... Read More

Untrained children and gangs in the education system

Edward Seaga | Sunday, June, 10 2018    

Some segments of the education system are improving as can be seen in the outcome of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council school-leaving exam taken by students who are graduating. This does not include those who it is felt will fail and are not allowed to sit the... Read More

Jamaican talent and the World Cup

Sunday, June, 10 2018    

TWENTY years ago a packed National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, cheered enthusiastically the Reggae Boyz. Read More

What were the roles of Sabina Park, Cubah and John Dunbar in the struggle against slavery?

Shalman Scott | Sunday, June, 10 2018    

JEWISH history is the psychic glue that holds that nation together for thousands of years of struggle, oppression, resentments, revolts, slaughter and triumph. Read More

Using or abusing parliamentary privilege?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, June, 8 2018    

Last week, in the Senate, Ruel Reid, minister of education, made disparaging remarks about a private citizen — Dr Franklin Johnston. This caused hurt, distress and continues into this week ( Sunday Observer , June 3, 2018). Reid... Read More

When the sugar too sweet

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, June, 8 2018    

Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, is not a “joke man” when he says that schoolchildren have to give up on the sweet drinks and do the right thing — drink nice, fresh water, and keep their young bodies healthy and pure, yuh... Read More

Will JUTC go the way of JOS?

Michael Burke | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

So the taxi drivers will now get a break. The taxi routes are going to be opened up to more taxi drivers. The good of this is that the public will have more access to get to and from work. For the wealthy who live in affluent areas where Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses are... Read More

Body rights: Forgotten/unknown basics?

Clinton Chisholm | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

At the risk of losing gynaecologist Dr Michael Abrahams as a friend, and further irritating my wife's former gynaecologist and esteemed fellow Cornwallian Dr Errol Daley, I wish to point out a few things about which I have been reliably informed by scientists (including... Read More

Neglect the west, neglect our history

BY Shane Reid | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

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Church in Jamaica lacks influence

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, June, 6 2018    

On a scale of one to five — with one being very little and five being very much — I rate the influence the Church in Jamaican has on the affairs of State at two (below average). Before my fellow clergymen with whom I enjoy a congenial and close working... Read More

No evangelical outrage for the agony of the Palestinian people

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 6 2018    

The opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has exposed the widening divide between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It has demonstrated once again how intractable it is to achieve peace between these warring neighbours, and by extension the wider Middle... Read More

The 'messy middle' of democracy and the need

Henry J Lewis | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from State interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be... Read More

Barbados telephoned the IMF, is St Lucia next?

Melanius Alphonse | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

One week after her Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) historic victory at the polls and getting to work on the economic reality in Barbados — meeting with social partners, trade unions and the business community — Mia Mottley telephoned managing director of the... Read More

Let's hope the G7 Summit does not descend into chaos

By Elizabeth Morgan | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

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This Jamaica train is rolling

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June, 4 2018    

“The traffic!” is a common complaint here in Kingston. My theory is that, with our efficient ports and infrastructure, Kingston became a hub after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Within a week after the storms I noticed busy hotel lobbies and a deluge of traffic. It... Read More


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