We must make Jamaica clean

Volunteers comb the beach in their mission to get rid of trash.

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 ... Read More

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) Words of wisdom from Reggae Boy Mr Kemar Lawrence
WE were moved by the sheer honesty and sense of maturity in remarks made in this newspaper by nation ... Read More

This pool of faecal matter in Riverton Meadows is a potential
breeding ground for mosquitoes and poses other health risks.
(PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS) Representing the people... effectively
For several decades Jamaicans living below the poverty line have been forced to survive in an enviro ... Read More

When Scotland
votes today… When Scotland votes today…
TODAY, the Scottish people will vote on whether to end their 300-year-old union. In last Sunday&rsqu ... Read More

Let us honour Ms Clare Forrester

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Ms Clare Forrester

SENATOR Sandrea Falconer, the information minister, sums it up succinctly in describing the late Jamaican journalist and communications practitioner, Clare Forrester, as "a giant of Caribbean journalism and a lost treasure". Miss Forrester, who died on Monday after losing her courageous fight with cancer, was one of those individuals whose selfless work and burning passion made Jamaican journalism livable for those still clinging tenaciously to the view that it is a noble profession and a delic ... Read More

Honour to whom honour is due

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Former Prime Minister P J Patterson at Saturday's funeral service for
Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke at the St George's Anglican Church in
Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. (MICHAEL GORDON)

We hear the urgings of former prime minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Mr Percival James Patterson, that politicians should be shown appreciation while they are alive and can acknowledge such. Mr Patterson made the call to Jamaicans as he paid tribute to the late agriculture minister and People's National Party Vice-President Emeritus Roger Clarke at his official funeral Saturday last. Give them the accolades while they are alive instead of constantly lambasting politicians, Mr Patterson argu ... Read More

Encouraging news on crime, but there's more to be done

Monday, September 15, 2014    

THERE is a long way to go before Jamaica's crime rate can be considered tolerable. However, news that the country is actually on course to recording less than 1,000 murders for the first time in many, many years is extremely encouraging. We are told in yesterday's Sunday Observer that, up to last Friday, murders since the start of the year stood at 698 — 121 or 15 per cent less than for the same period last year. A major task for the new police commissioner, Dr Carl Williams and his team ... Read More

Jamaica's image bad for business

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Jamaica's image bad for business

BRAND Jamaica is awesome, but our business image has some serious catching up to do. To many people the world over, most Jamaicans smoke ganja, wear dreadlocks and listen to Reggae music all day. Jamaica for them readily conjures up the image of Bob Marley, the Third World's biggest music star, and Usain Bolt, the world's fastest runner. So strong is that image that Jamaicans are not generally seen as hardworking, innovative people. The vast majority do not think of Jamaica as a place to do bus ... Read More

Friendlies aside, the Reggae Boyz must not lose sight of the prize

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

LILLE, France — Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz take a water break from a practice session at the Lille FC training ground recently ahead of last months friendly international against hosts France. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

The Reggae Boyz's defeat by Canada in that country on Tuesday night should not have come as a great surprise to those who follow football closely. Away games are never easy and, in this case, the Jamaicans had very little preparation time after flying to Toronto from diverse places. As it was, and as is often the case for international friendlies, coach Mr Winfried Schaefer was unable to select his best squad since a number of top players were unavailable. Also, as football followers are well ... Read More

Mr Seiveright should cool it

Friday, September 12, 2014    

Dr Fenton Ferguson and Delano Seiveright

WE could not help but observe the continuing political tracing match and obtuse tit for tat involving elements of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the ruling People's National Party that have erupted since cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease started to increase. Of particular note is the seeming showdown between Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and the JLP's constituency caretaker for St Thomas East, Mr Delano Seiveright, who will likely challenge Dr Ferguson for t ... Read More

How about a venture capital task force, Dr Phillips?

Thursday, September 11, 2014    

Dr Peter Phillips

OVER the last three days, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) mounted its second annual venture capital conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The unassuming but effective Managing Director Milverton Reynolds and his team must be congratulated for this timely event. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has stabilised the macroeconomic fundamentals and, under duress, has implemented reforms stipulated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Confidence in the economy ... Read More

A suggestion for Mr Peter Bunting and Sir Patrick Allen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014    


THE national agony over the early retirement of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and the relief that has apparently greeted the appointment of new commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, are pointing to what would amount to a useful and productive development. It's a suggestion we make to National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who would need to act as convenor at the beginning. The idea is to put together a board of ex-police commissioners to advise the current commissioner, with the aim of taking ... Read More

Hard task ahead for new commissioner of police

Tuesday, September 09, 2014    

New Commissioner of Police Carl Williams

THIS newspaper joins with others in congratulating Dr Carl McKay Williams on his appointment as the 28th commissioner of police, replacing Mr Owen Ellington who took early retirement. Dr Williams, a career police officer with over 30 years of service, takes over a police force that is seemingly steeped in corruption, reeling from accusations of human rights abuses, and an organisation which has, for all intents and purposes, totally lost contact with the Jamaican people. There are too many ills ... Read More

Do Jamaican doctors observe the Hippocratic Oath?

Monday, September 08, 2014    

BAILEY... My father slept on my bed every night to take me to
the bathroom because I could not walk

YESTERDAY'S Sunday Observer provided the intriguing information that, for the first time ever, the Medical Association of Jamaica — founded in 1872 — met with a Jamaican prime minister. Mrs Portia Simpson Miller and president of the medical association, Dr John Hall, are said to have discussed a range of issues central to medical care. Given the stresses and strains affecting the medical sector—- often reported on in this newspaper and other media outlets — it is clear ... Read More



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