West Indies must put aside distractions and defy the odds

West Indies cricketer
Jonathan Carter
celebrates after he
dismissed Sri Lanka’s
Sachithra Senanayake
(unseen) during the first
One Day International at
the RPremadasa
Stadium in Colombo, SRi
Lanka. Sri
Lanka won by one
wicket. (PHOTO: AFP)

FOR cricket followers, this weekend there is much to hear and read about the first officially sanctioned day-night Test match, using a pink ball. However, there is very little about the arrival in Australia earlier this week of a West Indies cricket squad for a three-Test series. Caribbean cricket ... Read More

Does anyone still think climate change is a myth?
WORLD leaders gathering in Paris, starting next Monday, for the 21st session of the Conference of th ... Read More

Vernon Davidson (right), Jamaica Observer executive editor for publications, receives his citation
from his Observer colleague, Senior Associate Editor Pete Sankey, at yesterday’s Press Association
of Jamaica Veterans’ Luncheon at J Wray & Nephew in Kingston. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Jamaican journalists in the struggle for a new identity
THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), the professional organisation of journalists here, is in the ... Read More

Marcus Garvey Breaking the British colour bar with a kiss
EVERYWHERE Jamaicans live and work they have had to fight against injustice, in particular, racism, ... Read More

This is why we need a fixed election date

Tuesday, November 24, 2015    

MOST Jamaicans, we suspect -- and that could include some of the Government's most blinkered supporters -- have not bought the spin that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller put on her decision to retreat from calling a general election this year. According to Mrs Simpson Miller, she considers it her duty to ensure that young people who have been recently enumerated get the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Those young people are among the estimated 30,000 Jamaicans who have been ad ... Read More

Embrace technology, but watch out for the sexual predators

Monday, November 23, 2015    

children need to guard
their passwords

THOUGH the technology had been around for a long time, the arrival of the fax machine in the 1980s represented cutting edge for most people. In today's world, 30 plus years later, fax is virtually 'stone age'. That speaks to the bewildering speed with which communications technology in particular has advanced and evolved. A central feature of that evolution has been the merging. So that, for instance, a computer is no longer just a relatively large piece of equipment on the desk or the much s ... Read More

If Jamaicans are so special, why are Jamaicans at home so poor?

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Every country exhibits a national character which emanates from, and is a reflection of its national culture, and influences the economic development of the country. If this is the case, what does Jamaica's national character and culture denote for the country's economic development? We Jamaicans like to think we are exceptional and special. We love to recite 'we little but we tallawah', which is taken to mean we can do anything we set our minds to, despite our small size. Jimmy Cliff's You can ... Read More

Focus and professionalism now vital

Saturday, November 21, 2015    

Reggae Boyz midfielder
Lee Williamson (right)
dribbles away from
Haiti’s Jean-Marc
Alexandre during their
World Cup-qualifying
match at the Stade
Sylvio Cator in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
on Tuesday night.
Jamaica won 1-0.

THEY had it to do, and they did it. The Reggae Boyz deserve all praise for pulling their act together on Tuesday evening to beat Haiti 1-0 in their semi-final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. Those who have been paying attention will know that it followed total disaster a few days earlier when a distracted, disjointed Jamaica team went down 0-2 to cohesive Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston. We are pleased to say that, in Port-Au-Prince, the Reggae Boyz heeded the advice of their co ... Read More

Legislators must protect the trust in the DNA Bill

Friday, November 20, 2015    

DNA test

IT took our legislators long enough, but they have finally cleared the first hurdle on the way to full implementation of the DNA Evidence Act. The Bill, having been unanimously passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, will now go to the Senate. We don't expect it will take another nine years to be approved, as was the case in the Lower House, for there is broad acceptance that this measure will enhance the ability of law enforcers to investigate crime, gather evidence, and successfull ... Read More

The urge to splurge and IMF lowering of primary surplus target

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Jamaica Observer Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart (centre) listen as Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips addresses
yesterday’s news luncheon hosted by Stewart at the Observer. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

ONE could be forgiven for having a bit of sympathy for Mr Audley Shaw, the Opposition spokesman on finance, who has an uphill battle in the portfolio he has to shadow. By most yardsticks, the finance minister, Dr Peter Phillips is looking better and better with each test Jamaica passes under our agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The figures are indeed handsome: 10 quantitative tests passed; 20 per cent chopped off the crippling debt; inflation shoved down to a 40-year low; ... Read More

The trouble with political parties overruling the will of their constituents

Wednesday, November 18, 2015    

political parties

In many ways, democracy, which is relatively new in the span of mankind's history, is a work in progress. There are different models of democracy; none of which is without some shortcomings. The model propagated by the Western world is electoral democracy, which, with all its imperfections, is still the closest thing to the ideal democracy to which freedom-loving people aspire. All forms of democracy, especially electoral democracy, are continuously threatened and degraded by degrees of power c ... Read More

Despite doubts, the international community cannot ignore ISIS

Tuesday, November 17, 2015    

Paris terror graphic

LAST Friday’s deadly attacks on Paris have reignited calls for the activation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty under which NATO was established. That article states: “The parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all, and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article ... Read More

There's value in Mr Schaefer's advice

Monday, November 16, 2015    

Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schaefer

THERE are numerous stories surrounding Jamaica's qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France. Not least, that in the 24-hour period immediately after the crucial drawn game against Mexico in the National Stadium, which secured Jamaica's spot, not a single murder was recorded on the island. Whether that story was ever established as fact or not, we can't recall. What's for sure is that there was a noticeable decline in criminal activity immediately after that watershed afternoon in November ... Read More

That dastardly terrorist attack on Paris

Sunday, November 15, 2015    

PARIS, France — Women comfort each other as they stand in front of the Carillon cafe
in Paris yesterday. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State
without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility yesterday for orchestrating
the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (PHOTO: AP)

On Friday, a co-ordinated series of explosions and shootings brought the grand city of Paris to a petrified stop, reminding us of the insidious presence of terrorists in our midst who can strike at will. The Paris death toll yesterday reached 129 people with a further 352 wounded. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in France since World War II more than 70 years ago and the second attack this year following January's assault on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The cruelty and impact of ... Read More



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