Editorial

The mission for Child Month and beyond

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency Rosalee Gage-Grey addresses the official opening of a transition house for female wards of the state, My Father’s House, located in Reading, St James, recently. (PHOTO: JIS)

As Jamaica again begins its annual observation of Child Month, we are heartened by the fact that the Child Development Agency (CDA) has said that it will use the occasion to strengthen its focus on the mental, physical and nutritional health of the 4,400 children who are currently in State care. Ac ... Read More

We all need to support the buy Jamaica campaign
The long-standing and enormous trade deficit between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago should have bee ... Read More

A section of the travelling Montego Bay United supporters making their presence felt. Joseph Wellington Let good sense prevail
Two years ago, this newspaper had reason to hail Montego Bay United football club for providing what ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) greets the chairman of his new Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee Chin (left), during yesterday’s press launch of the EGC at Jamaica House. Also pictured are Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw (right), and newly appointed investment ambassador Nigel Clarke.Photo: Joseph Wellington The Economic Growth Council master stroke
So far, so good. The Andrew Holness-led Government is keeping to its pledge to build partnerships in ... Read More

Listen to 104-year-old ex-policeman

Thursday, April 28, 2016    

104-year-old Howell Burke, who now walks with the aid of a cane, said he joined the police force on January 7, 1939.

The interview in Wednesday’s Daily Observer with centenarian and ex-policeman Mr Howell Granville Buxton Burke should be required reading for all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), especially those student constables currently in training. Mr Burke, in his chat with this paper, provided a rare insight into life in the police force before the advent of World War II, the days of working as a policeman under British colonialism and his personal involvement in the now infamous C ... Read More

PNP needs to listen to the complaints and heal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Councillor for the August Town Divison, Venesha Phillips

It’s not unusual for political parties to engage in blame-throwing and internal wrangling after an election loss. And, especially in a case where the party never thought it would have been voted out of office, the quarrels get loud. That’s what the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is now going through in the aftermath of the February 25 General Election which it lost by a mere one seat to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). The latest rounds of charges and counter-charges ... Read More

Political will needed to redevelop downtown Kingston

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Town Clerk Robert Hill

The fire last Wednesday in downtown Kingston, that claimed the lives of three people, including a child, and left many homeless is a stark reminder of government lethargy in redevelopment of the area. We are talking here of the State’s declared intention, which it has repeated every so often, to rid the capital city of urban decay. For decades, successive administrations have made grand announcements that they would divest downtown Kingston in particular of old, dilapidated buildings. Th ... Read More

There is need for popular mobilisation against crime

Monday, April 25, 2016    

The reasons for crime are many and multifaceted. Likewise, there is no single or easy solution. As was said in this space last Friday, the snail-paced nature of Jamaica’s justice system which, for example, has so far served to neuter what was supposed to be potent anti-gang legislation, has weakened crime-fighting. Then there is the chronically under-resourced state of the security forces: inadequate personnel on the ground, as well as sparse mobility and crime-fighting tools. Part of th ... Read More

Mr Shaw’s well-timed visit to Washington, DC

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw

Finance Minister Audley Shaw went to Washington, DC last week to re-introduce himself to the international financial institutions and to re-emphasise the Jamaican Government’s commitment to continuing the current International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. This was necessary because the Washington-based institutions and the New York-based banks were experiencing a severe bout of nerves. They were uncertain as to whether the new Government would want to complete the IMF programme, renego ... Read More

Usain Bolt’s desire should determine how much longer he competes

Saturday, April 23, 2016    

Olympic athlete Usain Bolt attends Hublot’s celebration of its grand opening of Hublot Fifth Avenue on Tuesday in New York City.Photo: AFP

April is almost over and August, that magical time of the Olympic Games in the famed Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, is drawing near. And, of course, all eyes are on Mr Usain Bolt, the biggest superstar in global athletics. Should he win the 100 and 200 metres, he will become the first athlete to take those events at three successive Olympic Games, following his conquests in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years ago. Of course, he will also be hoping for another gold medal in the 4x100m ... Read More

Let’s get those anti-gang legislation cases going

Friday, April 22, 2016    

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams (third right) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Press Club. Flanking him (from left) are Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, deputy commissioners Clifford Blake, Novlette Grant, Glenmore Hinds, and George Quallo. Photo: Kenyon Heymans

You have to feel some amount of empathy for the police. Having arrested and charged more than 253 individuals under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Bill, popularly called the anti-gang legislation, the constabulary is growing frustrated as those cases now sit in the very long queue in the courts. Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Glenmore Hinds told this newspaper on Tuesday that since the arrests last year none of the cases have been brought to tria ... Read More

Polygraph, good move, but there is more to be done

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams speaking Tuesday with Observer reporters and editors at the newspaper’s head office in Kingston.Photo: Kenyon Hemans

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is moving along the right path with the announcement on Tuesday at the Jamaica Observer Press Club that, following the passing out parade of over 300 new policemen and women on Friday of next week, all recruits wanting to join the force will have to take a polygraph test before being formally enrolled into training. This has been a long time in the making and Dr Williams is to be commended for finally implementing this procedure. We believe that using polygr ... Read More

Widen the search for foreign capital

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

A local BPO operation

Economic growth and development can be accelerated by increasing capital investment. That, of course, will create new productive capacity, increase the use of existing productive capacity and enhance the efficiency of productive capacity. The capital for increased investment can be mobilised from local sources, either private or public sector, and from foreign sources, either as loans, portfolio investment, or as foreign direct investment. As Sir Arthur Lewis, the Caribbean’s Nobel lau ... Read More

A message for Jamaica from Japan and Ecuador

Tuesday, April 19, 2016    

Flag of Japan

We extend our deepest sympathies to the peoples of Japan and Ecuador whose countries have experienced the devastating effects of powerful earthquakes over the past five days. In the case of Japan, the southern island of Kyushu was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake last Thursday, followed by a 6.2-magnitude tremor the following day, killing at least 42 people and forcing more than 150,000 into evacuation shelters. Wire service reports have told us that at least 270,000 people are without wat ... Read More



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