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St Vincent, Jamaica and a tale of two entitled families in politics

Franklin Johnston | Friday, January, 26 2018    

We were drawn to the headline, 'Ex-model who 'dissed' minister's wife sent back to mental hospital' ( Caribbean Media Corporation , Kingstown, St Vincent report in the Jamaica Observer , January 23,... Read More

Concern for the youth in a time of challenge

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, January, 26 2018    

JAMAICA has known some trying times in its history, according to an old-timer: “It seems as if the devil have nutten to do but mess we up.” There were other times before this when we had to face some serious constraints laid on by Government to save the nation. There were... Read More

Gaston Browne is like a broken, badly scratched record

By Verona Barnaby | Thursday, January, 25 2018    

In his contrived quarrel with Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne is sounding more and more like a broken, badly scratched record that is hard to listen to. It's worse that he provides no evidence to back up any claims he makes. Read More

Women's Centre — 40 years, over 90,000 lives impacted

Olivia Grange | Thursday, January, 25 2018    

The following is an edited version of greetings brought by the Minister of Gender Olivia Grange at the 40th anniversary service of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) at Boulevard Baptist Church on January 21, 2018:  Read More

Some old habits die hard

Michael Burke | Thursday, January, 25 2018    

To make any form of change one has to have the fixity of purpose to endure to the end, because some old habits die hard. Today I give a few examples, some of which have serious consequences, and others not anywhere as serious. Read More

When will the NHT help people like me?

BY NKoy Van Buren | Thursday, January, 25 2018    

 For year we have been hearing the same cry about people contributing to the National Housing Trust (NHT) and will never be able to own a home. Read More

Lack of proper planning root cause of MoBay's crime problems

Lloyd B Smith | Wednesday, January, 24 2018    

In June 1997, at the United Nations Earth Summit +5, at a special session of the General Assembly to review and appraise the implementation of Agenda 21, held in New York, among the “success stories from Latin America and the Caribbean” that were hailed was... Read More

After St James state of emergency then what?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, January, 24 2018    

The declaration of a state of public emergency in St James, and especially in its famous tourism capital of Montego Bay, is a welcome development for most Jamaicans. With 335 murders over the past year, Montego Bay has become a lightning rod for crime which had reached... Read More

JCF needs a bold reform

Tuesday, January, 23 2018    

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, Minister of National Security Programme Robert Montague presented to the nation the Security Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC), and immediately I said to myself, “Gosh, not another committee!” But, on reflection, I convinced myself that this is not just... Read More

Prevention better than cure

Tuesday, January, 23 2018    

I have always admired Dr Christopher Tufton and the drive he has for his assigned ministry. Dr Tufton is a thinker and a visionary and I would hope the prime minister would keep him very close. In the face of much ridicule, Dr Tufton embarked on a campaign to revolutionise the Jamaican... Read More

China-LAC have a promising shared future

NIU Qingbao | Monday, January, 22 2018    

On January 22, 2018, the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)-China Forum (CCF) will be held in Santiago, Chile. This CCF, attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi; Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of... Read More

Olympian efforts to make Jamaica a place of safety

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, January, 22 2018    

I can write volumes about our experience 30 years ago with a so-called place of safety for children. We had decided to adopt a second child and were told that we could visit the baby boy who was being kept at a 'place of safety' until our home could be passed for his relocation as the... Read More

We've been through some turbulent times

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. — George Orwell  Read More

Making the most of the limited state of emergency

Al Miller | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

The recently imposed state of emergency is unfortunate, but necessary. Unfortunate because it is sad that it has come to this, but necessary because St James, Montego Bay in particular, is out of control with shootings in broad daylight, scamming and disorder. It has... Read More

National leadership must include moral leadership

Howard Gregory | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

One feature of life in our contemporary world — our nation being no exception — is that once the issue of morality comes up there is the appeal to moral pluralism, and hence the inability of our nation to engage in meaningful moral discourse. Accordingly,... Read More



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