Kudos to 'Butch' Hendrickson, a true visionary

Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson

You really can't beat vision. And when the conceptualiser of an idea is endowed with the capacity to translate vision into reality, the natural outcome is success. This newspaper watched with pride as Jamaicans flooded the inaugural staging of Continental Baking Company Foundation's Jamaican Made C ... Read More

CHARLES ... I would prefer to
se less MPs serving
constituencies. Jamaicans need to be told: 'There is no other way'
A big mistake would be to dismiss Mr Pearnel Charles' warning of potential popular uprising as just ... Read More

Is Caricom still a collective bargaining unit for the region?
THE Caribbean Community (Caricom) is intended to serve three purposes — economic integration, ... Read More

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) West Indies must put aside distractions and defy the odds
FOR cricket followers, this weekend there is much to hear and read about the first officially sancti ... Read More

Does anyone still think climate change is a myth?

Friday, November 27, 2015    

WORLD leaders gathering in Paris, starting next Monday, for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), will hopefully be guided by data released this week by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) showing that global average temperatures this year are most likely to be the warmest on record. According to the WMO, a preliminary estimate of the data for the period January to October 2015 showed that global average surface temperature was 0.73 degrees Celsius above the average f ... Read More

Jamaican journalists in the struggle for a new identity

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

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)

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), the professional organisation of journalists here, is in the throes of National Journalism Week celebrations, which afford serious media people a once-a-year moment to reflect on the work they do. It can truly be said of the media that the only thing constant about it is change. Indeed, few industries in Jamaica have seen more dramatic changes in recent years than the media, none more profound than the emergence of the phenomenon called social media. Tho ... Read More

Breaking the British colour bar with a kiss

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Marcus Garvey

EVERYWHERE Jamaicans live and work they have had to fight against injustice, in particular, racism, one of its most pernicious forms. This includes racism in their own homeland during the era of British colonialism. During slavery, the white British held the wealth and all the top positions in government. This monopoly on the top position was maintained by institutionalised racism until political independence in 1962 when it was then mirrored by private sector domination mainly involving foreig ... 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



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