Columns

Venezuela, Trump and our topsy-turvy values

Franklin Johnston | Friday, August, 25 2017    

Jamaica is not the paradise of 55 years ago. We are in a dark place. It's not that colonialism was better and Independence worse; it is us. New residents come from town to the district and the impact is stark. Community spirit is flaccid; morality negotiable; good or... Read More

The weight of disappointment

Friday, August, 25 2017    

WHAT a difference life can be, eeh? Who would ever believe that what started out as an opportunity for one of the world's finest champions in the athletics arena would find him laid low, deprived of his health and his skills. Usain Bolt's name has borne the weight of disappointment in... Read More

Combating Pre-GSAT Disorder —Part 2

Brittany Singh Williams | Friday, August, 25 2017    

As the last set of students prepare to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in 2018, parents must acknowledge and guard against GSAT Disorder — consciously or subconsciously measuring their child's value based on a school placement. Read More

Political hypocrisy in Jamaica

Michael Burke | Thursday, August, 24 2017    

Opposition Leader Peter Phillips has apologised for his remark that could have been construed as being insensitive to Derrick Smith. The remark was indeed unfortunate. But who apologised for remarks made by prominent politicians when Michael Manley was sick? Such remarks are inappropriate, no... Read More

No need to worry about safety in South Korea

Young Guy Lee | Thursday, August, 24 2017    

Within the space of a day, August 8 to August 9, 2017, North Korea's leader, Kim Jung-un, declared his plan to fire Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters just 30-40 kilometres off the US-controlled Pacific island of Guam. In response, United... Read More

Who is laughing all the way to the bank now that the World Championships are over?

Wednesday, August, 23 2017    

Jamaicans got great psychic pleasure from going to the capital of the former promoters of the African slave trade and reaping a treasure trove of medals at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. When we failed to produce the same success at the just-concluded 16th IAAF World Championships, also held... Read More

The PNP brand is a broken cistern

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, August, 23 2017    

There has been talk in recent times about the People's National Party (PNP) brand. Broadly, and properly understood, a brand says something distinctive about a product, service or concept. Organisationally, it speaks to that which defines the ethos of that organisation... Read More

Shaping school culture through change from within

Therese Ferguson-Murray | Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

Think for a moment about the school where you work, the school your children attend (or where you attended as a student), or the school within the community in which you live. Have you ever consciously considered the visible elements of this institution, such as the way staff and students dress,... Read More

To know is to know...is to know

Clinton Chisholm | Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

In a recent Jamaica Observer column titled 'Let's not misrepresent what the Bible says about gays', Glenn Tucker, an educator and sociologist wrote, “Should we take the Bible literally? Did Moses really point a stick in the... Read More

Little school days, but big learning

Lance Neita | Monday, August, 21 2017    

I am grateful to those readers of my columns who have said they enjoy the occasional nostalgic stories. One person actually described me as prehistoric, perhaps he meant hysteric. Another asked me to describe Marcus Garvey's features from personal recollection. Read More

Those two Tivoli Gardens reports

Dr Alfred Sangster | Monday, August, 21 2017    

There are two reports now making the news on Tivoli Gardens. The first is the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, appointed to enquire into certain events which occurred in West Kingston in May 2010. This report, commissioned by the governor general, was... Read More

Future of work a future that includes everyone

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim & Stefan LÖfven | Monday, August, 21 2017    

It is our belief that work is the foundation for people and societies to grow. With a decent income, work can pave the way for broader social and economic advancement, strengthening individuals, their families and communities. Read More

Ain't no valley low enough in the PNP's quest for Jamaica House

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, August, 20 2017    

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75. — Benjamin Franklin  Read More

Our Own Civilisation'

Sunday, August, 20 2017    

The following is a tribute to Marcus Garvey on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of his birth. It is also in support of reparations and how the reparations can be used to the benefit of the progeny of the enslaved Africans mainly in the Diaspora.   Read More

Preparing for greatness

Al Miller | Sunday, August, 20 2017    

Our experts and analysts had expectations of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England, that did not materialise, and yet there was no lack of ability or potential for greatness. The nation had high hopes for a good medal haul but was left disappointed. Read More



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