Professional versus amateur conundrum

(L) O’HARA…was expected to play a
leading role for Calabar High School.
HYDE… was down to run on
Wolmer’s Boys’ 4x100m team.

This tension between amateurism and professionalism in sport is as old as the hills. In the old days of English cricket, for example, there was a ludicrous demarcation between 'Gentlemen' and 'Players'. The former were classified as amateurs, usually public school and university-trained -- products ... Read More

CHUNG… to lead seven-member team Welcoming Dr Carlton Davis and Mr Dennis Chung
THE appointment of Dr Carlton Davis for a second stint as chairman of the National Housing Trust (NH ... Read More

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton  'Cockroach (read: big investors) nuh bizniz inna fowl fight'
WHILE we agonise every day that Jamaica is not attracting the level of foreign direct investment (FD ... Read More

 SIDS We're not as small as we like to think
The dilemma facing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, is ... Read More

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

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 country was, to say the least, shocked by the murders of 14-year-old Raymond Givans, 14-year-old Ricardo Briscoe, 16-year-old Alex Turner, and 35-year-old Marquis Hamilton. But this vicious act has also t ... Read More

Internal party contests good for democracy

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw makes a joke with his Opposition colleagues from left Pearnel Charles, Desmond McKenzie and Dr Kenneth Baugh.

JAMAICANS are now no more than about 20 months from the next parliamentary elections and the political atmosphere is heating up. Of course, local government elections are also due soon. But it is testament to the ever-decreasing respect for governance at the local level that few seem to care whether it's held or not. The real prize will come after the prime minister 'fly the gate' for parliamentary polls which, under the Jamaican Constitution, must be held by early 2017. If they had not been ... Read More

Don't we get it? Export or die!

Sunday, April 19, 2015    


DURING the 1930s, the world economy experienced its worst crisis in the period known as the Great Depression. It was characterised by economic contraction, decline in international trade, high unemployment and increased poverty. Jamaica's economy in the last decade has had similar features. The US economy did not experience an economic recovery until it started to export more to the European countries involved in World War II. With few exceptions, the countries that have achieved high and susta ... Read More

Well done, Windies, let's get even better from here

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

West Indies batsman Jason Holder (centre) celebrates his
century beside English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (right)
yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP)

THE West Indies team didn't win in Antigua yesterday, but all West Indian cricket fans are feeling like winners just at the moment. The drawn first Test match against England felt like victory largely because the regional side -- with their backs against the wall — batted through the entire last day showing fight and resolve, confounding the cynics who love to dismiss them as hopeless. It's useful to recall that England are ranked at number three in Test matches, behind South Africa and ... 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



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