Post-Roger Clarke: Agriculture needs an outstanding minister

The late Roger Clarke on a party paltform.

Agriculture was the mainstay of life for most of the history of mankind because communities had to feed themselves. Trade led to diversification of foods consumed because communities could exchange some of the food they produced for products they did not. International trade therefore meant that c ... Read More

Dr Walton Small, ISSA president, addresses the audience
during the launch of the schoolboy season at the Terra Nova
Hotel yesterday. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS 2014 schoolboy football season a bag of opportunities
THIS newspaper can only concur with Mr Carlo Redwood, of schoolboy football title sponsors LIME, tha ... Read More

Roger Clarke making his contribution to the budget debate on May 23. Also pictured are
colleague members of parliament Julian Robinson (left) and Fitz Jackson. Farewell, Roger Clarke
THIS newspaper joins with the wider Jamaican society and the Diaspora in expressing sadness at the d ... Read More

Mr Aubyn Hill Be careful now, Mr Aubyn Hill
WE were a bit taken aback by the speed with which Mr Aubyn Hill, head of the Jamaica Labour Party (J ... Read More

PNP must not gloat over small JLP protest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller & JLP leader Andrew Holness

IN our political culture, the effectiveness of a protest is measured by the number of people who turn up. By that measure, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) demonstration in Half-Way-Tree, on Monday, was small. That has forced JLP leader Andrew Holness and his spokesmen to supply excuses for the people who did not turn up. Heavy rains fell the night before; some people were afraid of repercussions from the State; it's not in our culture for the civil society groups who ignored his invitation to co ... Read More

Flush out the water thieves... whosoever they may be

Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Mr Richard Meggoo

NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) executive Mr Richard Meggoo wants stronger legislation to give judges greater powers to punish water thieves. "The fines are not punitive enough. It doesn't compare to the fines that are charged for stealing electricity," Mr Meggoo is reported by the Sunday Observer as saying. His comments come amid reports that a large percentage of NWC water is being stolen. It would appear that the phenomenon is on the rise in inner-city communities and other built-up areas. ... Read More

Let the people decide

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar

LONG gone are the days when democracy involved direct consultation with the people. We have all heard of the romanticised ideal of the Greek city states where the citizens could gather in a public square and express their views and preferences on actual and, more importantly, proposed policies. The day is fast approaching — in those countries that are wealthy enough to afford it — when governments will ascertain the views of the people in real time by electronic voting systems. Unti ... Read More

Make health questionnaire compulsory

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Among the expected results is rehabilitation of the entire labour and delivery suite and maternal-foetal area at the Victoria
Jubilee Hospital in Kingston.

ARISING from the situation involving expectant mothers who had sought medical care in delivering their children at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the Ministry of Health has little alternative but to introduce measures that will see less complaints and ultimately better customer care for the women of this country. Much has been said and written about alleged occurrences at Jamaica's, and indeed the English-speaking Caribbean's, only all-maternity institution. We are told by the Minister of Healt ... Read More

Clive Lloyd's appointment right move

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

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 won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012. That success came alongside a good run in Test cricket against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as well as New Zealand. The WICB also praised Mr Gibson for his "unwav ... Read More

A few words for the JUTC

Friday, August 22, 2014    


Jamaica's commuters were again rocked by another price increase earlier this week, which could have far-reaching effects for the people of the Kingston Metropolitan region in particular. The new round of price increases on fares to travel on buses operated by the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) have come at a time when families are in advance preparation for the start of the new school year early next month. With parents already decrying the increased cost of books and school f ... Read More

Private investment the cure for borrowing

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

It seems that not a day passes that there is not a grand announcement by some Caribbean government of borrowing from external sources. The sources include bonds subscribed to by local and foreign commercial entities, bilateral development assistance agencies and international financial institutions, in particular the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Every episode of borrowing is hailed as a sign of confidence in the economy and a vindic ... Read More

Has the Jamaica Teachers’ Association gone rogue?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association Mark Nicely

IN this space we are strong believers in Jamaica's teachers and the saying 'if you can read this, thank a teacher'. Yet we must admit to a growing discomfiture with the emerging image of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA). Let us first confess that we hold teachers to a special standard because so much of what our children and our country become rests on their shoulders. For us they must be paragons of virtue, beacons of learning and pillars of wisdom, charity, industry and discipline. W ... 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



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