Generating growth through science and technology

Dr Henry Lowe

A few months ago, noted scientist Dr Henry Lowe made another pitch for the use of science and technology to aid sustainable development in Jamaica. Addressing the 50th anniversary annual general meeting of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, Dr Lowe pointed out that successful societies, such ... Read More

Pro-EU supporters hold banners denouncing Britain’s vote to leave the European during a rally in Trafalgar Square in London on Tuesday.Photos: AP Great Britain after Brexit: From global power to small island developed State
At the height of its power, the United Kingdom of Great Britain had the largest empire in recorded h ... Read More

Cuba Flag Cuba a friend in need and a friend indeed
We draw attention to the report in our Monday publication which covered the story of eight young Jam ... Read More

Sir Ronald Sanders (file photo) Let Brexit be a lesson to us
Understandably Britain’s narrow vote to leave the European Union (EU) last Thursday has create ... Read More

Tourism, Brexit and crime

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Edmund Bartlett

All well-thinking Jamaicans will be pleased at the news that the country recorded growth in visitor arrivals as well as tourism earnings up to May (last month). According to Tourism Minister Mr Edmund Bartlett, there were 1.7 million visitors to the island, representing a 6.7 per cent increase over the same period last year, with a 4.9 per cent growth in earnings worth $1.1 billion. This newspaper is also pleased that the minister will not simply sit and wring his hands following the shocking ... Read More

Could Brexit lead to Jamexit from Caricom?

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) ushers in, understandably, a period of glorious uncertainty. Whether one was in the “Leave” or “Remain” camp, the British people are to be highly congratulated for carrying out such a massive and complex exercise with relative ease, the unfortunate killing of one pro-remain Member of Parliament notwithstanding. A careful and rational weighing of the costs and benefits of exiting the EU would indicate that the leave decisi ... Read More

A task for ISSA, coaches and others

Saturday, June 25, 2016    

Excelsior’s coach Kirkland Bailey (green shirt) restrains a supporter of his team from getting involved in the brawl at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association T20 cricket final at the Melbourne Cricket Club last Monday.  (Photos: Lloyd Brooks)

Cricket is not a contact sport. Indeed, an individual player can go through an entire game, regardless of the duration, without ever coming into physical contact with an opponent on the field of play. That apart, centuries-old cricket has a much-prized tradition as a genteel sport, with high expectation in terms of behavioural standards, good manners, integrity and respect for others, not least opponents. It’s not by accident that the expression, ‘it’s not cricket’, h ... Read More

Kingston three centuries on

Friday, June 24, 2016    

Sean Garnier showcases his skills in downtown Kingston recently. Observer

Historians differ on the actual date that Kingston was founded. Some say it was June 24,1692, others are adamant that it was in July 1692. Whichever we choose to accept, the fact is that this city is more than three centuries old, founded in the aftermath of the 1692 earthquake that struck Port Royal which, at the time, was regarded as one of the richest and busiest ports in this region. There’s no doubt that over the centuries Kingston has made significant strides in development. The ca ... Read More

What PM Holness must tell Antigua’s Gaston Browne

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Antigua’s Gaston Browne

The bilateral meetings and the informal camaraderie of prime ministers between plenary sessions of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government summit are a good place to discuss thorny issues involving member nations at any level. From July 4 to 6, in just under two weeks from now, the heads of government will have an opportunity to talk at the 37th Regular Meeting of their annually held conference, set for Guyana, home of the Caricom Secretariat. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andre ... Read More

Extracting the deadwood from the justice system

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck 

Minister of Justice Mr Delroy Chuck, in his sectoral presentation last week, disclosed important initiatives to enhance the efficient and effective discharge of justice, with special focus on reducing that stubborn backlog of court cases. Mr Chuck cited progress by the two previous administrations and promised to build on their work to reform our very flawed justice system. This paper welcomes his broad bipartisan approach as important in the delivery of justice to Jamaicans in the firm belief ... Read More

Update on Caricom Review Commission, please

Tuesday, June 21, 2016    

The headquarters of the Caricom Secretariat in Guyana

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his contribution to the Budget Debate, announced the intention to establish a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission (CCRC), which we welcomed as a wise and timely decision on a vexed issue in Jamaica. Mr Holness was correct when he stated: “The time has come to fully assess the benefits, opportunities and challenges of Caricom, and to assert ourselves in such a way that Jamaica gets the full benefits that membership in Caricom promises.” ... Read More

Unprotected water tanks a public safety issue

Monday, June 20, 2016    

The deceased five-year-old Dwight Jones

In a check of the Jamaica Observer online archives one will come upon a story published September 25, 2013 about a seven-year-old boy, Rivaldo Dwyer, who drowned in an open, concrete water catchment tank on Levy Lane in Mandeville. Reports said the child drowned after attempting to swim in the catchment tank which was in the yard where he lived. Fast-forward three years and nine months to last Friday, just a few miles away from Mandeville, in the community of Bottom Albion. There we find resid ... Read More

Merely shuffling the deck cannot refresh the PNP

Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Given the importance of the People’s National Party (PNP) to a thriving democracy in Jamaica, we hope that a full-fledged discussion is underway at all levels of the party on the Julian Robinson-led report on what went wrong in the last election campaign. Too often such reports become one -day wonders, only to be stacked away to gather dust on some forgotten shelf after all the noise and excitement has died down. It is our view that as the PNP contemplates regaining political office, it ... Read More

Copa America over...we still have a programme to build

Saturday, June 18, 2016    

SCHAEFER... I hope we can win the match because it would be good for our confidence. Photo: AFP

Predictably, there are calls for the sacking of Reggae Boyz Coach Mr Winfried Schaefer following the dismal results at the Copa America Centenario. For this newspaper, results at the tournament were never of primary importance. Far more crucial was for the national team to build towards their ‘must-win’ semi-final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti in September. Obviously, had the Reggae Boyz advanced to the next round of Copa Centenario, that preparation ... Read More



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