Farewell to Mr Brian George, a decent human being

A file photo of the late president and CEO of Supeme Ventures Limited Brian George during a meeting with Observer editors and reporters at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue head office.

We don’t think there’s a Jamaican who, after meeting Mr Brian George, was not impressed by his intellect, magnanimity and wit. Indeed, Mr George’s good friend, distinguished attorney Mr Walter Scott, QC, spoke to those characteristics in this newspaper’s report yesterday on ... Read More

Hurricane Matthew’s projected path is shown on this NOAA graphic released on Thursday, September 29, 2016. That uncertain business of weather predictions
In late September 1963, Hurricane Flora, among the most destructive Atlantic storms ever, entered th ... Read More

The entrance to Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. (Photo: things-to-do-in-jamaica.com) Does Kingston have what it takes to be a tourist destination?
The proposed development of Kingston as a tourist destination, including a cruise shipping port, is ... Read More

Jamaica’s Alvas Powell (left) and Haiti’s Sebastien Thuriere compete for the ball during last night’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier inside the National Stadium. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Great need for good sports facilities
This newspaper is pleased that the venue for the rescheduled Caribbean Cup qualifier between Jamaica ... Read More

Public sector reform and this new IMF deal

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed that his Government had negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff a “high access” precautionary three-year Stand-By Arrangement worth US$1.7 billion, or just under double the US$932 million of the soon expiring four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The new deal will replace the current EFF once it is approved in November, and will allow immediate access to over US$430 million, which will climb over time as more te ... Read More

When not to ‘Spice up’ an event

Thursday, October 20, 2016    


The current brouhaha over the premature end to the performance of Ms Grace Hamilton, stage name ‘Spice’, at the salute to our Rio athletes on Saturday, demonstrates, we think, that Jamaicans want separate standards of behaviour at official events. The central issue for many of those who were offended by Spice’s racy lyrics and gyration in front of no less than the governor general and the prime minister, is the choice of an entertainer known for her special brand of dancehall ... Read More

A plea for the justice system

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla observing a parade and march past during the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court on
January 7, at the Supreme Court, downtown Kingston. (Photo: JIS)

It’s not a secret that the island’s justice system is being hobbled by a lack of resources. After all, this newspaper and other media houses have given a lot of ink and air time to the problems. Myriad solutions have been advanced over the years and, to be fair to the authorities, some attempts have been made at improvements, particularly since the Jamaican Justice System Reform Task Force submitted its report in 2007. However, as the Ministry of Justice has stated, while many refo ... Read More

If the US presidential elections are rigged...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016    

Donald Trump

The free world, which proudly includes Jamaica, relies heavily on the United States to remain the greatest bastion of democracy, with free and fair elections as the central feature and an enduring symbol. For that reason, we are appalled at the recent claim by the Republican presidential nominee, Mr Donald Trump, that the US elections are rigged. We note, of course, that he has not yet provided any evidence of his claim. To the contrary, however, the US electoral commission has said in a revie ... Read More

God helps those who help themselves

Monday, October 17, 2016    

MONTAGUE ... the spate of crime didn’t start on February 25, 2016

Like most Jamaicans, Mr Robert Montague obviously has a belief system firmly grounded in religious faith. He tells us he was chosen by God to lead Jamaica’s fight against crime. However, it’s also obvious, that, while the national security minister believes in divine intervention and the power of prayer, he also knows that God helps those who help themselves. Hence his assertion that resolving Jamaica’s crime problems will require “unity, hard work, a political will, ... Read More

50 years of productive relations: Viva Mexico! Viva Jamaica!

Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Mexico’s Jesus Manuel Corona (right) prepares to go by Jamaica’s Garath McCleary.

Mexico, one of the powers of the western hemisphere and an influential country in international affairs generally, has been an important and decidedly essential partner in Central America and the Caribbean. The Spanish-speaking country has been an ally of the Caribbean and at times stood with the region against the United States — for example, on the US embargo against Cuba. One of its most enduring relations in the Caribbean has been with Jamaica, and this year marks 50 years of formal ... Read More

The country cannot continue like this

Friday, October 14, 2016    

One of the houses on March Pen Road, Spanish Town, which was torched by gunmen after killing the
occupants early Sunday morning. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The seemingly unending cycle of violent crime that has been affecting this country for decades can easily weigh you down with a sense of hopelessness. It’s not easy, we admit, waking up to news of another atrocity, such as that committed in March Pen, St Catherine on Sunday morning. Five Jamaicans — Ms Salesha Evans, 24; her nine-year-old son Revaughn Evans; Ms Venisha Bartley, 22; her two-year-old daughter Koyandra Wynter; and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr — are now, unfo ... Read More

If we are serious about rectifying the shame of Armadale

Thursday, October 13, 2016    

The front of the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston. (Observer file photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of six former wards of the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre, setting the stage for settlement of cases for another 26 girls who brought claims against the Government for breaches of their constitutional rights. Readers will recall the absolute shame visited upon this country on May 22, 2009 when fire destroyed the Armadale facility where they were being held. Seven girls lost their lives in the fire, while several others were injured. The cause ... Read More

Win or lose, the Grand Old Party faces an uncertain future

Wednesday, October 12, 2016    

Donald Trump

The fissures in the Republican Party a month before the United States presidential elections are ominous signs that the Grand Old Party (GOP) may lose the White House for a third consecutive term and face an uncertain future. There is open warfare between presidential nominee Mr Donald Trump, who represents the blue collar-driven base of the party, and Mr Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House and the highest ranking elected Republican who represents the party elite. To be sure, the relationship ... Read More

Give to Haiti, but let the UN co-ordinate aid

Tuesday, October 11, 2016    

We are not at all surprised at the stark differences in the death toll figures being reported out of Haiti after the south-western region of that country was struck by Hurricane Matthew last week. Yesterday, the Associated Press reported Mr Guillaume Silvera, a senior official with the Civil Protection Agency in Grand-Anse, which includes Jérémie, one of the affected towns, as saying that at least 522 deaths were confirmed there alone. That did not include people in several remot ... Read More



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