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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

Facing the women’s story

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 10, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet (third left, front row) share a photograph with the attendees at the Prime Minister’s Women’s Day Luncheon at Jamaica House on Wednesday. (Photo: Jamaica House)

MARCH 8 — Wednesday just gone was International Women’s Day. I bet a man somewhere kissed his teeth and grumbled “Chupidniss” while not too far off a woman buss a bitter laugh, followed by a dry remark: “Keep it up, Mister, and you’ll see where chupidniss come from. Women are not going to put up with the lack of respect for much longer. You can’t continue to take us for punching bags”. The argument heated up… HE: “Then, if women have ... Read More

20 years after Michael Manley

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

MANLEY... did not live to see the People’s National Party serve more than two terms of Government in succession

This past Monday, March 6, marked 20 years since Michael Manley died in 1997 at the age of 72 years. Had he lived he would have been 92 years old now, and in December this year he would have been 93. Manley did not live to see the People’s National Party (PNP) serve more than two terms of Government in succession. On December 18 1997 P J Patterson led the PNP to a third term in office, which was Patterson’s second term. Michael Manley died nine months before that. Manley did not l ... Read More

Continue the fight against corruption

Henley Morgan | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

National Integrity Action staff (standing from left): Omar Lewis, Mark Morgan, Lisanne Hamilton, Marlon Moore, Loy Taylor-Bloomfield, Lenworth Burke, Tressa West, Richard Pasley, and Gavin Myers. Seated from left: Sheila McDowell, Jamie-Ann Chevannes, Trevor Munroe, Patrece Charles, and Macrena Bennett.

The National Integrity Action (NIA) is celebrating five years of existence. The NIA was established with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build public awareness of the dangers of corruption and to influence action towards: • new legislation to strengthen transparency and accountability in governance; • enforcement of the law against individuals and institutions involved in corruption; • ensuring that anti-corruption agencies are pro ... Read More

Danger in the rise of nationalism

Clyde McKenzie | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

LE PEN... could become the president of France in the soon-to-be-held elections (Photo: AFP)

In my Observer article appearing on Christmas Day last year I sought to explain the causes of the current backlash against the forces of globalisation and some of its possible consequences. I pointed out that nationalism is an emergent global political phenomenon and identified its strains in seemingly disparate developments including the rise of ISIS and the electoral triumph of Donald Trump. I stated that some of the institutions and structures designed to constrain the more deleterious asp ... Read More

Great economic benefit in closing employment gender gap

António Guterres | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realise their full potential. Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination aga ... Read More

Labour market: The key to women’s equality in Latin America

Alicia Bárcena | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Maureen Hayden-Cater, managing director JN Bank, embraces Corporate Area sixth-formers Sarah Tucker (left) Ardenne High School; Tasheka Cooke (second right) Papine High School; and Lesha Blair of St Andrew High, after sharing a word of advice with the young ladies during a visit to the JN Bank’s main branch yesterday in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. Hayden-Cater, who was the first woman in the island to head a Jamaican commercial bank, encouraged the young ladies to be confident, bold and committed to their goals in life in order to achieve success at the highest level. In observance of International Women’s Day today, women senior managers across the Jamaica National Group are mentoring young ladies from several schools across the Corporate Area.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the last four decades and without interruption, states have met to debate and commit politically to eradicating gender discrimination and inequality and moving toward guaranteeing the full exercise of women’s autonomy and human rights. Since the first Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Havana in 1977, the region has lived through years of political, economic, social and cultur ... Read More

Lent reaffirming the intrinsic value of life

Raulston Nembhard | Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent. For many people it was just another workday. Being a national holiday it was just simply that for many people: a day of rest and relaxation, of catching up with friends or on things that have been neglected for sometime. For those with a more religious persuasion, it was a time for meditation and worship, for reflection upon their relationship with God and for assessing their own personal lives within the context of pe ... Read More

Great need to ensure senior citizens are protected

BY WAYNE CAMPBELL | Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

“ Too many of the elderly do not have the family or the communal attachments necessary to feel valued; too many are widowed or otherwise alone; too many live in surroundings where they are essentially without the companionship necessary to stimulate a mind in danger of deteriorating” — Sherwin B Nuland It is a topic we rarely speak about in this ‘conservative’ society. The Jamaican society, for the most part, still has not accepted the practise of placing the elder ... Read More

Sister Mary Paschal — what a life!

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Sister Mary Paschal Figueroa addressing the congregation at the celebration of her 80th Anniversary Mass as a Sister of Mercy last August..

In this week celebrating International Women’s Day, we visit the legendary Sister Mary Paschal Figueroa, a Religious Sister of Mercy whose life started at the end of World War I in 1918. When we arrive at the Claver Home for retired nuns at Mount Mercy, in the cool hills of Widcombe, St Andrew, she pushes her wheeled walker to meet me and says with a twinkle, “Do you like my BMW?” Yes, the 98-year-old Sister Paschal’s wit and memory are quite intact, as she recounts he ... Read More

The many faces of Peter Phillips

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Peter Phillips.

Naked Truth needs no shift. — William Penn Last week during an unprecedented full day of interviews with the media, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made several lucid observations, that in all likelihood would have been lost on those who prefer to keep their heads buried in political quicksand. One in particular would have annoyed some folks. “Let‘s be clear, he is not new, not new. He is part of the old guard. He is not new,” said Holness in response to a question from ... Read More



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