Editorial

Trayvon Martin déjà vu in Ferguson

MISSOURI, USA — Police arrest a protester in Ferguson, Missouri, during a demonstration Wednesday — a day after violent
protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown.
(PHOTO: AFP)

ON Monday, a United States grand jury decided that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on any charge for the fatal August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson was never arrested, charged or subjected to any disciplinary action. Th ... Read More

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell If Dr Raymond Wright is proven right...
ON November 1, 2014, Jamaica, yet again, began the sporadic search for oil and gas, carrying on a st ... Read More

Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns There's a way to resolve the 'Night Noise' debate
Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns has predictably opened a very passionate debate with her call for an ame ... Read More

SHIRLEY-PHILLIPS…
we want to get to
the mastery level. Dahlia Lewis, a Johns Town resident in training
with Daughters of Indigo, sews fabric. Inspiration from the Daughters of Indigo
MANY Jamaicans will be unaware that their country was once a significant player in the global natura ... Read More

Obama understands the migration dilemma

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

US President Barack Obama
speaks about his executive
action on US immigration
policy at Del Sol High School
on November 21, in Las
Vegas, Nevada. (PHOTO: AFP)

When Senator Barack Obama was campaigning, successfully, for the presidency of the United States — a country populated by migrants and their descendants — he promised to tackle the issue of migration. Six years into his presidency, he has announced a fundamental plan to overhaul the system of immigration which will drastically alter the lives of an estimated five million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. The dilemma faced by the US society and economy is t ... Read More

Caribbean Cup victory vindication for slipping Reggae Boyz

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz
pose with their trophy
after they were crowned
regional champions by
defeating rivals Trinidad
and Tobago 4-3 on
penalties in the 2014 CFU
Caribbean Cup at the
Montego Bay Sports
Complex on Tuesday
night. The teams had
played to 0-0 scoreline
after regulation and extra
time. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

THIS newspaper takes immense satisfaction for being able to congratulate coach Mr Winfried Schaefer and his team for the just-concluded triumphant campaign in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men's Caribbean Cup. As football watchers will know, Mr Schaefer had come under severe pressure with some people actually calling for his dismissal had he failed to win the regional competition on home soil. His critics were upset that under his stewardship the Reggae Boyz had fallen precipitously in th ... Read More

World Festival of Religious Freedom a feather in Jamaica's cap

Friday, November 21, 2014    

(L-R) GRAZ… the festival is our
way to thank Jamaica publicly
for protecting religious
freedom for all in the frame of
the law BROWN… the festival is for
people of all religious
persuasions

RELIGIOUS freedom is not the kind of issue that many Jamaicans will give a lot of focus. That reality, though, is an indication of our development as a society. For there are a number of countries where people experience discrimination because of their faith. In fact, the United States International Religious Freedom Report 2013 tells us that approximately 76 per cent or three quarters of the world's population are experiencing total or some form of religious infringement. It is to Jamaica's g ... Read More

What now for Outameni Experience?

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

The Outameni tourist attraction in Trelawny

BIG ideas run big risks. That is perhaps what the folks at the state-run National Housing Trust (NHT) are seeing, albeit under a firestorm of criticisms from the public about the purchase of the Outameni Experience for $180 million. Over the past two publications, the Jamaica Observer has sought to peel away the confusion and entrenched positions to provide a clear view of what actually took place at the NHT and what are the issues to be addressed, based on the concerns raised by Jamaicans, mos ... Read More

Election of Judge Robinson to ICJ a proud moment for all Jamaicans

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Patrick Robinson

Judge Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean person to serve on the ICJ in its 70-year history. His election caps a distinguished legal career both on behalf of Jamaica and in hemispheric and international legal fora. From 2008 to 2011, he was president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, having served the Tribunal as a member from 1998. In 2004, he presided over the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president and the first former hea ... Read More

If Lord Hoffman has faith in us...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014    

JLP Leader Andrew Holness

Mr Andrew Holness, the Opposition leader, has again signalled his intention to not support any move, at this time, for Jamaica to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final appeal court. According to Mr Holness, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) bloc is not doing so well now, plus, we have big problems here in Jamaica to fix, chief among them the economy. Let's deal with those first, he told supporters and guests at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) 71st Annual Conference on Sund ... Read More

A revival of the bauxite/alumina sector, yes, but not at all costs

Monday, November 17, 2014    

PAULWELL… UC Rusal has until December 31 to re-establish the plant or their reserves will be
taken away and provided to those able to do so

All Jamaicans, but especially those in south central Jamaica, will be hoping that Mining Minister Mr Phillip Paulwell is on the right track and that a resurgence of the bauxite/alumina sector is around the corner. However, given the false hopes of recent years, Jamaicans will be forgiven if they do not hold their collective breath. What's for sure is that the shutting down of the Alpart and Kirkvine plants have had catastrophic consequences for the economy and society. Indeed, the painful deci ... Read More

Why Japan is maintaining a presence in the Caribbean

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

All 14 CARICOM member-states represented at the 4th Japan/CARICOM
Ministerial-Level Conference underway in Japan. (Photo: Donna Hussey-Whyte)

The Fourth Japan/Caricom Ministerial-Level Conference held yesterday in Tokyo was attended by all 15 Caricom member states. It follows the visit of Japan's prime minister to the Caribbean in July of this year when he announced a large aid package to be used for climate change. The full attendance suggests that the Caricom foreign ministers have gone to ask for more or to make an immediate drawdown. Attendance also reflects the special dispensation which the Japanese prime minister made on his t ... Read More

If we are to prevent the death of West Indies cricket...

Saturday, November 15, 2014    

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

IT'S testimony to the rapid decline in the credibility of West Indies cricket that a new-look regional domestic first-class season opened yesterday with very little fanfare. This, despite the fact that a professional franchise system has been introduced in regional four-day cricket for the very first time. And that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has sensibly returned to the home-and-away format, thereby lengthening the season. Yet we can safely predict that as the season progresses, only ... Read More

Another giant step for mankind...

Friday, November 14, 2014    

DARMSTADT, Germany — The picture released by the European Space Agency
ESA shows scientists as they react in the main control room at the ESA after the
first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on the comet called 67P/Churyumov-
Gerasimenko, at the control centre in Darmstadt. Europe's Rosetta space probe
was launched in 2004 with the aim of studying the comet and learning more
about the origins of the universe.

THE successful landing of a spacecraft on the surface of a speeding comet on Wednesday will definitely go down as one of mankind's greatest feats ever. It's mind-boggling just thinking of the fact that man could have developed the technology to send a craft into space 10 years ago, have it slingshot three times around Earth and once around Mars, so it could work up enough speed to chase a comet travelling at approximately 41,000 mph. In fact, the historic nature of the achievement can only be ... Read More



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