‘Informa fi ded’? Then let’s all become informers!

crime scene

WHAT manner of evil is this stalking our beloved country? What, we ask, could have been going through the minds of the beasts — for they are certainly not fit to be called humans — who so brutally ended the lives of three teenaged boys and a man in Hayes, Clarendon, last week? The countr ... Read More

Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw makes a joke with his Opposition colleagues from left Pearnel Charles, Desmond McKenzie and Dr Kenneth Baugh.
Internal party contests good for democracy
JAMAICANS are now no more than about 20 months from the next parliamentary elections and the politic ... Read More

KCT Don't we get it? Export or die!
DURING the 1930s, the world economy experienced its worst crisis in the period known as the Great De ... Read More

West Indies batsman Jason Holder (centre) celebrates his
century beside English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (right)
yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP) Well done, Windies, let's get even better from here
THE West Indies team didn't win in Antigua yesterday, but all West Indian cricket fans are feeling l ... Read More

Chilling revelations from the Tivoli Enquiry

Friday, April 17, 2015    

(L-R)  Bruce Golding, prime minister at the time of the security forces
operation into Tivoli during May 2010, makes a point to the Tivoli
Commission of Enquiry recently.

Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington giving evidence at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry this week.

THE testimony being given by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington at the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry is quite revealing. In fact, we find one aspect of what he has so far disclosed to be extremely chilling. On Monday this week, Mr Ellington told of a conversation he had with Rev Al Miller, whom he had asked to try to convince then Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke -- who was wanted by the United States Government -- to surrender to the authorities. According to M ... Read More

It's not easy being in Opposition. Ask the JLP!

Thursday, April 16, 2015    

HOLNESS... PNP incapable of offering solutions or finding a
path to sustainable economic growth

The late People's National Party (PNP) Prime Minister Michael Manley was reported as saying that being in Opposition was boring. It's probably worse than that. Almost all the major internal fights and bloodletting seem to come during the period that a political party is in Opposition. The latest examples have been the current in-fighting in the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) triggered by a bid to change its leader Mr Andrew Holness and subsequent actions on his party to remove some of t ... Read More

Summit of the Americas: Success or failure?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

US President Barack Obama (right) speaks with Cuba’s President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention Centre in Panama City on Saturday, April 11. (PHOTO: AFP)

MANY Jamaicans are awaiting indications as to whether our attendance at the Summit of the Americas was a waste of time and money. This is because the impact of these international meetings on Jamaica is often not fully appreciated. The Summit of the Americas, a meeting of the countries of the western hemisphere at the highest political level, was first held in December 1994 in Miami and subsequently in Chile, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Seventh Summit has just conc ... Read More

Is the NWA awaiting tragedy?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

File photo shows NWA workers repairing a section of roadway.

If, as is commonly stated, a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photo published in this week's Sunday Observer showing a truck driving behind a female Ardenne student crossing Trafalgar Road is quite telling. That photo and two others accompanied a story on the danger posed to schoolchildren and adults who cross daily the busy Hope/Trafalgar/Waterloo roads intersection near Devon House and just above Half-Way-Tree. Students and adults who use the intersection have admitted that they a ... Read More

The task of keeping WI cricket afloat

Monday, April 13, 2015    

Windies skipper Jason Holder (centre) celebrate one of his four wickets with team-mates

OFF-FIELD worries, not least that burdensome US$42-million claim by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), remain like a shroud. Yet West Indies cricket must find a way to put all that aside as the regional team takes on England in a three-Test series which opens today in Antigua. West Indies must also put behind them their patchy and inefficient play at the 50-over ICC World Cup in Australia/New Zealand in February/March. Consolation, perhaps, for the Caribbean side is that their o ... Read More

Still so little information about the substance of President Obama's visit

Sunday, April 12, 2015    

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before leaving
Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, April 9,
2015. (PHOTO: AP)

OUR editorial entitled 'Why President Obama is coming to Jamaica' elicited a generous number of comments, demonstrating, we think, the high level of interest among Jamaicans at home and in the United States of America. It also demonstrated that there was insufficient information about the visit, its timing, the reasons for the visit, who initiated it, what was on the agenda for discussion and what were the goals of the Government of Jamaica. The Jamaican public is not much wiser now than they ... Read More

Richie Benaud, great cricketer and a gentleman

Saturday, April 11, 2015    

A fan lays flowers
at the base of a
bronze sculpture
of Australian
cricketer and
Richie Benaud at
the Sydney Cricket
Ground yesterday.

NEWS that Mr Richie Benaud, legendary Australian cricketer and captain and among the great cricket broadcasters, has succumbed at 84 to skin cancer is a body blow to the game's global fraternity. For West Indians to fully understand the relevance of Mr Benaud, it's perhaps best to revisit the 1960-61 West Indies tour of Australia, which is routinely remembered for some of the most enthralling cricket ever played. Blessed with tight finishes, including the first ever tied Test match, the five-T ... Read More

KCT deal good for Jamaica

Friday, April 10, 2015    


THE scale of the investment being made by French company Terminal Link CMA CGM in the Kingston port is certainly nothing to sneeze at. That they have committed to spend US$600 million to upgrade and expand Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) is, we believe, a strong statement of their confidence in Jamaica and the opportunities the country offers as a strategically located trans-shipment port. That statement is further strengthened by the company's agreement to dredge Kingston Harbour, an operat ... Read More

Welcome and fare thee well, Mr President

Thursday, April 09, 2015    

PRESIDENT of the United States (POTUS), Mr Barack Obama, at Jamaica Observer press time yesterday, was scheduled to be in our beautiful island, a historic visit for only the second sitting POTUS, and one of great national pride for the people of Jamaica. The preparations for the visit seemed to have gone very well, despite a few complaints by people who have been dislocated because of the traffic restrictions and sprucing up activities. The great majority of Jamaicans are hoping that the presid ... Read More

Caricom’s agenda for President Obama

Wednesday, April 08, 2015    

Barack Obama

WE have in this space provided an analysis of the likely motivations for the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica. Today we suggest what should be the tenor of his meeting with Caricom leaders. First of all, Caricom must be aware that the president is fully briefed and therefore there is no need to waste the short time available to belabour the obvious and the known. Instead, spend the time telling President Obama what we are doing to help ourselves. We must remember that t ... Read More



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