Using or abusing parliamentary privilege?

Last week, in the Senate, Ruel Reid, minister of education, made disparaging remarks about a private citizen — Dr Franklin Johnston. This caused hurt, distress and continues into this week ( Sunday Observer , June 3, 2018). Reid... Read More

When the sugar too sweet
Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, is not a “joke man” when he says that schoolchildren have to give up on the sweet drinks and do the right thing — drink nice, fresh water, and keep their young bodies healthy and pure, yuh...... Read More

Will JUTC go the way of JOS?
So the taxi drivers will now get a break. The taxi routes are going to be opened up to more taxi drivers. The good of this is that the public will have more access to get to and from work. For the wealthy who live in affluent areas where Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses are...... Read More

Body rights: Forgotten/unknown basics?
At the risk of losing gynaecologist Dr Michael Abrahams as a friend, and further irritating my wife's former gynaecologist and esteemed fellow Cornwallian Dr Errol Daley, I wish to point out a few things about which I have been reliably informed by scientists (including...... Read More

Neglect the west, neglect our history

BY Shane Reid | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

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Church in Jamaica lacks influence

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, June, 6 2018    

On a scale of one to five — with one being very little and five being very much — I rate the influence the Church in Jamaican has on the affairs of State at two (below average). Before my fellow clergymen with whom I enjoy a congenial and close working... Read More

No evangelical outrage for the agony of the Palestinian people

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 6 2018    

The opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has exposed the widening divide between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It has demonstrated once again how intractable it is to achieve peace between these warring neighbours, and by extension the wider Middle... Read More

The 'messy middle' of democracy and the need

Henry J Lewis | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from State interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be... Read More

Barbados telephoned the IMF, is St Lucia next?

Melanius Alphonse | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

One week after her Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) historic victory at the polls and getting to work on the economic reality in Barbados — meeting with social partners, trade unions and the business community — Mia Mottley telephoned managing director of the... Read More

Let's hope the G7 Summit does not descend into chaos

By Elizabeth Morgan | Tuesday, June, 5 2018    

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This Jamaica train is rolling

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June, 4 2018    

“The traffic!” is a common complaint here in Kingston. My theory is that, with our efficient ports and infrastructure, Kingston became a hub after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Within a week after the storms I noticed busy hotel lobbies and a deluge of traffic. It... Read More

Trump not sole person to be blamed

BY TONY MILES | Monday, June, 4 2018    

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Counter punch of climate change and political 'permission'

Sunday, June, 3 2018    

The hurricane season started officially on June 1. Already, however, heavy rains and flash flooding have started. Last Sunday, flash flooding in Maryland, USA, resulted in one river rising 17 feet in two hours. Some eight inches of rain was recorded in six hours. Read More

Ramshackle PNP — Allan Isaacs said it from in the 70s

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

Ears that do not listen to advice accompany the head when it is chopped off. — Kenyan proverb  Read More

The place of women in the Church

Raulston Nembhard | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

The clearly misogynistic and intemperate comments of American evangelist Gino Jennings on how women in the Church should dress and adorn themselves is a matter that has incensed a lot of Jamaicans. It has brought into public gaze, once again, the issue of the place of... Read More


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