Editorial

Clive Lloyd's appointment right move

Clive Lloyd

FOR many cricket followers, news that Mr Ottis Gibson and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had "mutually agreed" to end his contract as coach of the regional team was long overdue. To be fair, Mr Gibson — as was pointed out by the WICB — was the man in charge when the West Indies wo ... Read More

JUTC Bus A few words for the JUTC
Jamaica's commuters were again rocked by another price increase earlier this week, which could have ... Read More

IMF staff sees Jamaican dollar as over-valued by three to 15
per cent. Private investment the cure for borrowing
It seems that not a day passes that there is not a grand announcement by some Caribbean government o ... Read More

President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association Mark Nicely Has the Jamaica Teachers’ Association gone rogue?
IN this space we are strong believers in Jamaica's teachers and the saying 'if you can read this, th ... Read More

Dealing with the funding of tertiary education

Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Mr Ronald Thwaites

IT’S a recurring dilemma — this issue of funding tertiary education, and with each year it seems to get worse. The education minister, Mr Ronald Thwaites, spoke feelingly on the subject at last week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), he said, is yet to identify $1 billion of the $1.8 billion it needs to service the new loan applications received so far. According to Minister Thwaites, of the approximately 15,000 applications received thi ... Read More

The reward of struggle and sacrifice

Monday, August 18, 2014    

Tashana Rowe, endured a lot and is now an assistant branch manager at Citibank North America
in Boston, Massachusetts.

This newspaper takes great pride in its reputation for striving, as much as possible, to provide inspiration and hope through its news stories, features and commentaries. For what is to become of a people without hope? We are satisfied that yesterday's Sunday Observer provided aplenty those messages of vision and inspiration for which we are so proud. Readers should catch up with our story of small businessman Mr Lincoln Gordon of Clarendon who, through determination and innovation, is carvin ... Read More

Are there other national heroes among us?

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

The Rt Excellent Marcus Masiah Garvey

It has been 50 years since Jamaica named its first National Hero in Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, who would have been 127 years old today, having been born on August 17, 1887. During those 50 years since Garvey was conferred with the country’s highest honour in 1964, only six other Jamaicans have been elevated to national hero status — Nanny of the Maroons; Sam Sharpe; George William Gordon; Paul Bogle; Sir Alexander Bustamante; and Norman Washington Manley. Nanny was the last to be nam ... Read More

Good business must be a bottom line for football clubs

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Tivoli Gardens players celebrate a goal in an RSPL game last season.

HARD times mean that at some stage a top club such as Tivoli Gardens FC would have contemplated withdrawal from the National Premier League. Jamaican football lovers shouldn't be fooled into thinking Tivoli are the only ones with such thoughts. It's not by accident that newly promoted clubs invariably fall back after a season or two. Football is an expensive sport, and the returns for those who make the investment in clubs and infrastructure won't be immediate. Those with returns on their inv ... Read More

Animation's huge potential and the World Bank's generosity

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites (centre) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday
Exchange. With him are Maxine Henry-Wilson commissioner, Jamaica Tertiary Education
Commission, and Byron Buckley, the education ministry’s communications spokesman.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' revelation that all 17 students who sat the newly introduced Digital Media course in the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) received passing grades is, indeed, encouraging. For it represents another step in Jamaica's venture into an industry that has huge earning potential. We have been told that the global animation industry earns an estimated US$220 billion annually, and the World Bank believes that, here in Jamaica, the industry can gr ... Read More

Mario Deane: without the shedding of blood, no redemption of sin?

Thursday, August 14, 2014    

Mario Deane

AS one of the leading proponents of decriminalisation of ganja in this space, we are encouraged by the Government's very sensible decision to end arrests for possession of small amounts of the weed. Of course, we will continue to lament the fact that these far-reaching decisions have to travel on the backs of extreme tragedy, almost all of which could have been avoided if our governments just had the will to do better by our people. It is to our shame that it took the death of Mario Deane to br ... Read More

UWI, Caricom not filling intellectual void

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

UWI, Caricom
not filling
intellectual void

ON several occasions we have lamented the intellectual void which prevails in Caribbean economic policy, despite the creativity shown in every other field of endeavour. This, we believe, is largely the cause of the individual national and collective regional failure to effectively respond to the global economic crisis and, indeed, the lack of macroeconomic resilience to the impact of the crisis. Ideas about economic policy can originate from external or internal sources, but it is preferable th ... Read More

If MOCA and Col Edwards are to succeed...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014    

Colonel Desmond Edwards

WE welcome the Government's creation of the new Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), especially the fact that it is being headed, at this time, by a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer of high regard. From what we have been able to gather so far, Colonel Desmond Edwards, the man placed in charge of the new MOCA, is most qualified for the job and seems to have the respect of our international partners. That, we believe, is a good start, because Colonel Edwards and his team w ... Read More

A way to deal with major health needs

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Managing Director of CGB Gauge Solution Carey Bolt (left) and
Equipment Service Manager Shawn Verley of West Indies
Home Contractors (WIHCON) check on Atallia Williams at her
home. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

In Alexandria, St Ann, 16-year-old Atallia Williams, described as being "unconscious" since a motor vehicle crash two years ago, is not in a medical care facility. Instead, she is at home, being cared for by her mother, Ms Nadine Beckett Miller, who is at her wits' end trying to make ends meet. While the mother has received help — including from the business sector to set up a chicken rearing project — it has obviously been haphazard. Mrs Cherine Allen-Powell of Manchester is recov ... Read More

Political bacchanal in Trinidad

Sunday, August 10, 2014    

Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar

THE political landscape in Trinidad and Tobago has been bubbling over in the last five years since Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first female prime minister of the twinisland state after grabbing leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) and winning the 2010 general elections to head a coalition government. Mr Keith Rowley took over the leadership of the People’s National Movement (PNM) from Mr Patrick Manning and led the party to victory in the 2013 local government electi ... Read More



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