Editorial

The partnership for Jamaica must be reinvigorated

In its latest review of Jamaica's extended fund facility, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observes that "While societal support for the programme remains broad, several stakeholders stressed the importance of ongoing consultation in designing reforms. "The high pace of reform thus far has ben ... Read More

A good deed worthy of mention
With the chikungunya virus sweeping Jamaica at a rapid rate, we pause to hail the work of medical pe ... Read More

The road to Port Royal
where residents say
squatters are making
their lives hell. (PHOTOS:
JOSEPH WELLINGTON) What in God's name is happening at Port Royal?
BACK in April of this year, the Sunday Observer carried an alarming story reporting an upsurge in cr ... Read More

Guns seized Can the Arms Trade Treaty reduce the flow of illegal guns?
THE Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a multilateral pact to regulate the international trade in conventional ... Read More

Good sense plus give and take

Saturday, September 27, 2014    

WICB President Dave Cameron (left) and WIPA President Wavell Hinds during the signing ceremony at the Accra
Beach Hotel in Barbados on Thursday. (PHOTO: WICB MEDIA/RANDY BROOKS)

No matter that West Indies are ranked eighth by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Test match cricket. They are still expected to easily beat Bangladesh. Once that job was done in August/September — efficiently in three One Day Internationals as well as two Test matches -- there wasn't a lot left to say. Of far more note in the long-term interest of West Indies cricket was the new "watershed" Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last ... Read More

World shouldn't just sit and watch as evil forces emerge

Friday, September 26, 2014    

TEHRAN, Iran — In this photo released by the official website of
the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan
Rouhani kisses the head of Armita, daughter of Iranian scientific
researcher Darioush Rezaeinejad who was assassinated in July
2011, during a news briefing after Iran and world powers came
to an agreement in Geneva, over its nuclear programme, at the
Presidency compound. (PHOTO: AP)

IT'S not insignificant that five Arab countries -- Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- have joined the United States' air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. It is also not insignificant that the president of Iran, Mr Hassan Rouhani, told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday that extremists are creating chaos in the Middle East with the aim of destroying civilisation and increasing the l ... Read More

Sustainable talk on climate change

Thursday, September 25, 2014    

climate change

This week as the United Nations holds its annual General Assembly at its headquarters in New York, heads of government, with their ministers of foreign affairs in tow, have descended on Manhattan creating havoc, traffic jams and a security nightmare, and producing little else than photo opportunities. Unfortunately, the international community has, over many years, grown sceptical of the General Assembly as it has produced much talk, few decisions and even less action. This year, in addition t ... Read More

Badly needed: A Caribbean democracy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

The University of the West Indies

Last week, the University of the West Indies (UWI) held a two-day conference entitled 'Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean: Critiques, Challenges and Reform'. The objective was to examine the practice and contemporary processes of political reform in the region, assessing attempts to modify, regenerate, or overhaul the Westminster model of governance in the post-independence Caribbean. Speakers were drawn from the ranks of practising politicians, notably Peter Phillips and Ralph Gonzales; ex-p ... Read More

An opportunity missed

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Dr Wykeham McNeill

IT'S not easy to pin down in bald figures exactly how much Jamaica benefits from tourism -- though the Planning Institute of Jamaica has estimated visitors spent US$2.077 billion here last year. It is a high cost industry with significant outflows of foreign exchange required to keep it going. Yet, Jamaicans need only visit those areas most-frequented by tourists to see the massive economic spin-offs. Tourism — alongside or just behind remittances, and ahead of bauxite/alumina, agricult ... Read More

The United Kingdom of Great Britain

Monday, September 22, 2014    

GLASGOW, Scotland — A group of No campaign supporters holding up posters as
former British Prime Minister and No campaigner for the Scottish independence
referendum Gordon Brown (right) briefly speaks to them as he leaves after
delivering a speech at a No campaign event in Glasgow, yesterday.

THE Scottish people voted to keep their country in the 307-year United Kingdom by 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989 in Thursday's referendum. Nearly 90 per cent of the 4,283,392 people entitled to vote exercised their franchise, with 55 per cent rejecting independence — a sufficient majority to put the issue to rest, at least for now. It was argued that a break-up of Great Britain would have caused economic turmoil, instability of the currency, uncertainty in the stock market, and a diminution ... Read More

We must make Jamaica clean

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

Volunteers comb the beach in their mission to get rid of trash.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

WE laud those hundreds of Jamaicans who turned out yesterday — International Coastal Clean-Up Day — to help spruce up sections of the Jamaican landscape that a nasty lot had disgustingly left in a shoddy state with no regard for the environment. Civic pride apart, the many Jamaicans who continue to give work to those who participate in International Coastal Clean-Up Day are not equipped with any social responsibility; and that seems to be catching on faster than the chikungunya viru ... Read More

Words of wisdom from Reggae Boy Mr Kemar Lawrence

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

LILLE, France — France defender
Mathieu Debuchy (right) in a battle with Jamaica defender Kemar
Lawrence during their friendly
international at the Pierre Mauroy
stadium in France.
(PHOTO: AP)

WE were moved by the sheer honesty and sense of maturity in remarks made in this newspaper by national footballer Mr Kemar Lawrence. Speaking against the background of mounting frustration with the pace at which his professional career is moving, the Harbour View winger summed up aptly the importance of remaining focused even in the face of gloom. Mr Lawrence's predicament of not landing a professional overseas contract at what is considered a very fruitful and promising stage of his football ... Read More

Representing the people... effectively

Friday, September 19, 2014    

This pool of faecal matter in Riverton Meadows is a potential
breeding ground for mosquitoes and poses other health risks.
(PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS)

For several decades Jamaicans living below the poverty line have been forced to survive in an environment that offers little or no hope to them. We have noted, with grave concern, how our elected political representatives have stepped forward, presented themselves as the messiahs, but have inspired no confidence at all in those who depend on them for policy guidance. A look at some of our communities across Jamaica, but particularly in the Corporate Area, would show that, instead of the living ... Read More

When Scotland votes today…

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

When Scotland
votes today…

TODAY, the Scottish people will vote on whether to end their 300-year-old union. In last Sunday’s Observer, respected Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders stated that if the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, with consequences that will go far beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. He added that Scottish voters will quickly learn what many small independent Caribbean countries unde ... Read More



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