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'Upon this rock I build my church'

Michael Burke | Thursday, June, 29 2017    

Today, June 29, is the feast of Sts Peter and Paul. It is of ancient origin within Christianity. This year the feast day coincides with a historic Jamaican event: Portia Simpson Miller and Omar Davies have indicated that they will resign from Parliament effective today. There are indeed... Read More

Stay conscious? We prefer to stay woke

Thursday, June, 29 2017    

In reference to Franklin Johnston's column published in the Jamaica Observer on Friday, June 16, 2017, 'Should China build our Parliament at Heroes' Park?' The article reads of benevolence and a naivety of foreign policy, yet it concludes with “Stay conscious!” Ironically,... Read More

Is the PM serious about fighting corruption in Jamaica?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 28 2017    

Persistently and consistently surveys of Jamaicans' attitude to corruption reveal that most believe they are living in a corrupt society. They believe that the major institutions — the constabulary, the judiciary, Government and its agencies, to name a few — are woefully corrupt and... Read More

In pursuit of a fair minimum wage

Henry J Lewis | Wednesday, June, 28 2017    

I ncreasing the minimum wage is a hotly debated issue in economics, and in political discourse more generally. On the one hand, supporters of increasing the minimum wage argue it will lead to a higher standard of living among low-income workers and their families. On the... Read More

Charting the course for success — Part 1

Education Matters | Tuesday, June, 27 2017    

Jamaica has been trying for many decades to reconfigure the education system so that our children can gain more from the learning process. Having produced many scholars and experts who are au fait with the ins and outs of the education system and what it should be, the... Read More

No need to disband INDECOM, Dr Sangster

Monday, June, 26 2017    

Dr Alfred Sangster, writing in the Jamaica Observer dated Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in a letter to the editor headlined 'Disband INDECOM [Independent Commission of Investigations] and re-establish Civilian Oversight Authority', declared that it is his view that INDECOM... Read More

Raising age of consent is foreplay for disaster

Summer Eldemire | Monday, June, 26 2017    

Raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 is foreplay for disaster. This was proposed by the People's National Party's (PNP) Women's Movement as part of their recommendations to amend the Sexual Offences Act. Opposing them was the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, who rightly stated that raising... Read More

Jamaica right on Venezuela

Monday, June, 26 2017    

It is important to accurately reflect a full understanding of engagement in the context of negotiations in multilateral fora and the circumstances leading to Jamaica's decisions on the Venezuela issue within the Organization of American States (OAS). The facts are worth noting and should... Read More

Portia's broken promises and missed opportunities

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

Jamaican proverb: Nuh buy puss inna bagTranslation: Do not purchase a pussycat in a bag. Read More

The bauxite industry revival

Lance Neita | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

Mike Henry named it “Revival time again”. The mining minister could hardly contain his delight as he spoke at the reopening of the Alpart alumina plant in St Elizabeth on Wednesday last week. He even did a little revival jig — for which he is famous — when he described... Read More

National Identification System — the cyber security aspect

BY KEDRIAN JAMES | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

With the Government of Jamaica seeking to develop and design a National Identification System (NIDS) to effectively capture and store personal identity information for citizens and persons ordinarily residing in Jamaica, there have been mixed reviews about such a... Read More

Whose interests do politicians represent?

Dr Canute Thompson | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

In a democratic society such as ours, those who compete for elected office promise to represent the interests of the people. Indeed, the classic definition of our democratic arrangements is: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” But, as... Read More

Time for serious consideration of a gun amnesty in Jamaica

Hugh Graham | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

Last week I read with horror the case in which a suspected gang leader was hunted down and murdered in public shortly after exiting a courtroom in western Jamaica. His is just one of the many murders that have occurred in recent weeks that bring to the fore the serious threat of crime to... Read More

Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley — a comparison

Paul Buchanan | Sunday, June, 25 2017    

(In continuing our series of serialising sections of the book Jones Town Trench Town The Journey Back written by former Jamaica cricketer, economist and politician Paul Buchanan, today we continue with a comparative look at Reggae greats Jimmy Cliff and Bob... Read More



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