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Is Peter Phillips promising a new heaven and new Earth?

PHILLIPS.. Jamaica’s economy will suffer under the current Jamaica Labour Party Administration (Photo: Observer file)

Now that the major part of the 2017-18 Budget Debate has ended, the country is in a better position to see the Government’s intentions for the fiscal year. Understandably, such intentions will not please everyone, and indeed could not. There are too many disparate interests to satisfy; too man ... Read More

When it comes to education we have the same issues, boys are given the rough treatment and we are seeing the negative results. Men under siege
Our men are under siege and are involved in a daily and oftentimes ignored fight for their lives. Wh ... Read More

Minister of Finance Audley Shaw (left) has a word with Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Garfield Robinson Holness, Shaw still need to apologise to Jamaicans
The explanation given to the nation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Finance Minister Audley Sha ... Read More

The Jamaican education system is a mirror of the pervasive culture which shifts blame by pointing fingers when someone is to be held accountable. Navigating the realities of the teaching profession: Chronicles of a beginner — Part 2
In my last article, published on January 31, 2017, I discussed the realities of the teaching profess ... Read More

Vision or perish? Part 2 — We need an igniting vision

Al Miller | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Stanley Beckford and the Starlights articulated their vision on the Jamaica Festival Song Contest in August 1980 with the song New Jamaica. 

The year 1980 was a horrendous year in Jamaica’s journey from Independence towards prosperity. Hundreds of Jamaicans lost their lives to horrific politically motivated violence by the time the election took place in October 1980. Two months before ballots were cast, Stanley Beckford and the Starlights won the prestigious Jamaica Festival Song Contest in August 1980 with the song New Jamaica: “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, a land of peace and love. Some say they cannot see ... Read More

The many feelings of ISSA

Dave Miller | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Arymanya Rodgers of Uganda, now representing KC (Bryan Cummings)

Much has been said about the decision by the Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) to allow Aryamanya Rodgers, a native of Uganda, to compete in the 2017 ISSA Boys’ & Girls’ Athletics Championships. And it is also being said far and wide that the Calabar family is adamant that Rodgers should not be allowed to compete, and is therefore against Kingston College (KC). Nothing is further from the truth. It was stated in Calabar High School’s press release of March 1 ... Read More

Battles lines drawn in the sand

Lance Neita | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) walkout from Gordon House last week is the prelude to any number of walkabout opportunities likely to come their way. New Opposition Leader Peter Phillips is off on a roll, and if the media coverage pictures are anything to go by, he and his portly parliamentary colleagues all seem to need the exercise. Roll back the taxes was transformed into a roly-poly parade before our very eyes as they made for the door looking like a church choir that had mis ... Read More

What do we do for Africa?

Franklin Johnston | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Images of starving in Africa are plenty.

Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Once we were in tune with roots; black Americans had no glossy picture books about fictional empires to balm racial hurt, but we needed no opiates. The West Indies (Anglophone Caribbean), aka Caricom, is the largest body of black nations outside Africa (all islands 90 per cent black). We run thi ... Read More

The ups and downs of Race Course history

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 24, 2017    

National Heroes Park (File Photo)

It seems a force is determined to deprive residents of Allman Town and other long-established communities in mid-town Kingston from what could have been put to use, long ago, to create a recreation space which could add to the quality of life of citizens long resident there. Heroes’ Park is an area getting set to be hauled and pulled again. Why couldn’t they have a park like others did? Whoever benefits, it won’t be the citizens, some believe. I am fully aware that Heroes&rs ... Read More

It all comes out in the wash

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

The entrance to Jamaica College on Old Hope Road.

The Welshman William Haydn Middleton, who was headmaster of Jamaica College (JC) from 1965 to 1970, died on February 25. He was approaching his 92nd birthday, which he would have reached yesterday had he lived. Students in his time as JC headmaster who served or still serve in Jamaica’s legislature include Bruce Golding, Dr Peter Phillips, Thomas Tavares-Finson, and Lambert Brown. I was in second form and a boarder when Middleton took over as headmaster. On his very first morning we heard ... Read More

Responsible accounting of our history

Hugh Blackford | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

No attempt at dissecting Jamaica’s political and economic fortunes during this 1972-1980 period can ever be made without providing a full account of the role played by the United States of America.

There is an African proverb that states, “Unless the lion is able to read and to write, the only story of the hunt we will know comes from the mind and the pen of the hunter.” I say this against a background of observation of how some people generate and use information, specifically Jamaica Observer columnist Garfield Higgins, and I draw attention to his column published by the Observer in The Agenda this past Sunday entitled, ‘The PNP, Michael Manley and democratic socialism ... Read More

Views from the west: A look at western Jamaica’s crime problem

BY Fernandez ‘Bingy’ Smith | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

There are three basic factors driving the crime wave in western Jamaica — the economic factor, social factor and the political factor. These collectively are the main pillars on which criminal intent, anti-social behaviour, and lawlessness are built. They give the clearest indication that a community is ideal for the planting of the seeds for crime and other aspects of anti-social behaviour. When one looks at the crime statistics in western Jamaica’s four parishes -—Trelawny ... Read More

Not with whips, but with scorpions

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw

One of the important goals of Government this fiscal year is the rationalisation of public bodies to see how best they could serve in promoting national development. This exercise is long overdue. There are 61 self-financed public bodies in the country varying in size and regulatory functions as far as the physical and economic infrastructure of the country is concerned. In the 2016-17 fiscal year they would have transferred $52.2 billion to the Government’s coffers while retaining a surpl ... Read More

Walk good, Mama P, the people’s heroine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Portia Simpson Miller blows a farewell kiss to her parliamentary colleagues after making her final presentation as leader of the Opposition last week. (Garfield Robinson)

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. — Merchant of Venice On April 2, 2017, Portia Simpson Miller, a woman known for her compassion and love for her people, especially the poor, will demit office as leader of the Opposition and president of the People’s National Party (PNP). She will hand over leadership of the PNP to the ‘thinker’, Dr Peter Phillips, who is widely expected to reinvigorate and rejuvenat ... Read More



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