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The tale of two Andrews

Lloyd B Smith | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

The controversies swirling around the scandal-hit State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, have propelled Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his embattled Minister of Science and Technology (formerly energy as well) Dr Andrew Wheatley centre stage, under the glaring spotlight of public opinion —... Read More

Peter calling out JLP, but 'ants inna PNP milk'

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem. — Akan proverb  Read More

Jamaica needs two ministries of education

Lance Neita | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

The graduation cycle has passed and thousands of students have dozed off while listening to their commencement speaker. A commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the US, although the term is also used for secondary education... Read More

Caricom skin in the Haiti game

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

Haiti's current fiscal problems that led to four days of riots, setting back the country's already fragile economic and political stability, have implications for Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) countries that cannot be ignored. Read More

Haiti's hard road to travel

BY BRUCE GOLDING | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

 Violent street protests erupted in Port-au-Prince last weekend following the Haitian Government's announcement of a reduction in fuel subsidies, resulting in price increases ranging from 38 per cent on gasoline to 51 per cent on kerosene. Read More

Holness Government's conto

Canute Thompson | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

The members of the Andrew Holness-led Administration and their PR agents may have been blundering in recent weeks and mishandling various matters concerning the country's governance, but they are not political neophytes. Read More

What kind of leadership does a 'new Jamaica' need?

Al Miller | Sunday, July, 15 2018    

The statement, “Everything rises and falls on leadership” is believed by some to be true — and rejected by others. Whichever camp you may fall in, what cannot be denied is the importance of leadership to the success of any endeavour. Read More

Holness not dancing here; will he dance abroad as Caricom prez?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 13 2018    

Many Jamaicans have not learnt that believing something does not make it true; disliking a man does not mean he is not best for the job, or liking Brazil does not mean they will win. Many people like Andrew Holness and also Peter Phillips. Why? Read More

Helping children

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 13 2018    

QUESTION: What were 12 boys doing in the caves? Over the week past the eyes of the international media were focused on the far eastern part of the world, where a story emerged of a frightening situation. News of the situation swept across the world. Clear over here in Jamaica we divided... Read More

75th anniversary of the JLP

Michael Burke | Thursday, July, 12 2018    

It was on July 8, 1943 that William Alexander Clarke Bustamante launched the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Bustamante was initially a member of the People's National Party (PNP) that was launched on September 18, 1938 — 80 years ago this year — and was, in fact,on the platform... Read More

Discipline, faith and hard work

Gloria Jack | Thursday, July, 12 2018    

The following is an edited version of the presentation made at Glowell Preparatory School's 2018 School Leaving Exercise on July 4, 2018:  Read More

Is Manley's vision worth revisiting?

By Yvad Billings | Thursday, July, 12 2018    

On this side of the pond, over the years, democratic socialism, as a political philosophy, has taken a bad rap. This, of course, is partly due to political propaganda, ignorance, and a failure to think differently. Read More

The shine is coming off the PM's ball

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July, 11 2018    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has so far succeeded in placing a finger in the leaking dyke of Petrojam. But even he would know that this will not be sufficient to hold back the raging tide that has threatened to overwhelm that corporation. Read More

Who did the PNP fire?

By Fabian Lewis | Wednesday, July, 11 2018    

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. — Adlai E Stevenson  Read More

No need to mislead

Alyssa Nebel & Linnette Vassell | Tuesday, July, 10 2018    

In her commentary 'Don't distort abortion conversation, Member of Parliament (MP) Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, published by the Jamaica Observer on July 2, 2108, Phillipa Davies, spokesperson for Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, makes some very misleading statements to justify her... Read More



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