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

Jamaica’s tourism in good hands

Lance Neita | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Port Antonio harbour, as seen from the Bonnie View Hotel, is breathtaking.(Photo: everard Owen)

The late John Pringle, Jamaica’s first director of tourism, remains a legend in the international tourism industry 10 years after his death. This was a man who had no time for second rate stuff, and that’s probably the secret of his success. His vision and foresight helped to transform Jamaica’s tourism from a marginal enterprise to an industry which now commands pride of place in the Caribbean and remains one of the country’s major economic mainstays. Pringle was a Jama ... Read More

Facing the truth — Part 2

Rev Al Miller | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

GOLDING... set a bold example of leadership succession

In part 1 of this article, I introduced the second pillar on which strong societies are built — truth. It’s foundation for national stability and the ultimate prosperity we all seek. It is important that we do not fall into the trap of narrowly defining prosperity as money, or else we may miss its transforming and fulfilling power. The Key to Real Prosperity Real prosperity includes health, both physical and mental; emotional stability, relationship quality, economic and financial ... Read More

When Tosh sang Jah is my keepa

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 03, 2017    

Peter Tosh in performance.

THE MID-WEEK observation of the Christian ritual of Lent provided another day off from school and work, with none of the confusion of Christmas. The time-off spirit was not as overwhelming as others. We have returned quickly to “earning the daily bread” and making plans for Easter already. A week or so ago, round this time, the spotlight was turned on the icons of the local music industry… who they were and what contribution they claim to have made. Not too many have been he ... Read More

Does the diaspora add value to brand Jamaica?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, March 03, 2017    

Jamaican immigrants arrive in England on the Empire Windrush in June 1948. (Photo: Daily Herald Archive)

Our diaspora is wonderful. I lived in their countries, met many at the education ministry. One wanted an official vehicle to take friends and gift books to a rural school. The entitlement was palpable but their passion was infectious, so my mechanic took them in my personal car. They work, support schools, send cash to their families — good folk. Yet our diaspora was no forced dispersal as Jews or Palestinians — both exiled. Ours made personal decisions to migrate as cabinets failed ... Read More

PNP strategies in the 1972 campaign

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Michael Manley

The People’s National Party (PNP) led by Michael Manley won the general election of February 29, 1972. Michael Manley was sworn in as prime minister on March 2, 1972, 45 years ago today. It was the end of a political campaign that really started in 1969 when Michael Manley was selected PNP president and appointed leader of the Opposition. Despite the booming economy of the 1950s and 1960s, many Jamaicans lived in hovels, went about barefooted, and in the rural areas little children carrie ... Read More

Success in the crime fight not attained by magic

Wayne Campbell | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

This sign in August Town, St Andrew, is part of an effort in that area to keep crime and violence at bay. (Lionel Rookwood)

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein The extent to which Jamaica’s development has been hampered over the years by high levels of crime and violence is debatable. However, what is indisputable is that 1,350 Jamaicans were murdered in 2016, this according to police statistics. Despite the downward trend of other crimes, such as rape, aggravated assault and robbery, the murder rate for the island has been rather troubling, to say ... Read More

Towards a solution...

By Noel Mitchell | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Holness ... became Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister at age 38

Every time I visit my beloved country Jamaica I’m more convinced that it has become a failed State. It is very painful for me to say this. I may be wrong, but nothing seems to be working right in the country. There has been a complete breakdown in law and order. Both political parties take turns in mismanaging the country and its economy by mostly selling out the country’s assets to foreign interests for a song and a dance, while wasting the country’s meagre resources. The la ... Read More

Some (engineering) thoughts on Cornwall Regional Hospital

BY HOWARD CHIN | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

The Cornwal Regional Hospital in St James (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

Based on anecdotal information in the media, it is apparent that Cornwall Regional Hospital’s air-conditioning system was wrecked by politically expedient cost-cutting. I consider that it might still be working to specification if engineers operated and maintained the system. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc (ASHRAE) publishes rules to which most air-conditioning systems have been designed, and is now going to be the standard referenced by ... Read More

We need to speak out against child abuse

by ADDADGA CRUICKSHANK | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child. Child abuse can occur in a child’s home or in the organisations, schools or communities the child interacts. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, psychological/emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. Child abuse is occurring in Jamaica right under the noses of the relevant authorities, yet nothing of any substance is being done to prevent these acts. Almost everywhere you go in and arou ... Read More

Dancehall not the source of the problem, Lisa Hanna

BY O’Neil D Phipps | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna making a presentation at Gordon House.

Recently, Opposition spokesperson on youth and culture Lisa Hanna received harsh criticisms for suggestive comments she made in regards to the dissemination of music on the airwaves from artistes who are incarcerated. She questioned whether corruption exists in the prison system that allows for the songs to be made as well as popular personalities who have an imprint on the value system of Jamaican children. Her comments arose amidst a nationwide discussion on whether dancehall music and contemp ... Read More



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