Give thought to High Commissioner Naik’s offer

Shri Sevala Naik

The offer by Indian High Commissioner Shri Sevala Naik to help develop Jamaica’s film industry through scholarships and internships is indeed one that the Government should give some amount of attention. High Commissioner Naik was responding to a suggestion at this week’s Jamaica Observ ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo) If a Jamaican were to design the new parliament building…
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has already given his commitment to maximise Jamaican involvement in t ... Read More

PNP President Dr Peter Phillips (centre) and wife Hilary pose with sons (from left) Jacob, Luke, Mikhail and David at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) A time for national unity
The generation from which new People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips spring ... Read More

US President Donald Trump (Photo: AFP) Lessons from the American Heath Care Bill defeat
Given the deep and historic economic, social and cultural ties that Jamaica has with the United Stat ... Read More

Applause is in order

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

From left: Leon Mitchell, assistant general manager of Jamaica National, world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, and Racers Track Club president Glen Mills share conversation at the launch of the second JN Racers Grand Prix at the Jamaica Pegasus yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Mr Usain Bolt says he wants to say farewell to competitive sprinting on Jamaica soil with a 9.7-second clocking over 100 metres at the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Racers Grand Prix on June 10. He can rest assured that even if he doesn’t run quite as fast as that, even if he fails to win the race, the thousands gathered at the National Stadium will honour him as one of Jamaica’s greatest sons. His countless achievements on the track, his multiple gold medals and world ... Read More

Congrats to our Special Olympics contingent

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Jamaica’s Romaine Austin bites into his gold medal won in Division 15 of the 500m race inside Liebenau ice rink stadium at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Austria, yesterday. Austin won in a time of 1:18.97 minutes ahead of the Hong Kong pair of  Wing Lee and Anthony Tsoi, who won silver and bronze, respectively. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

We were still celebrating the silver medal won by Mr Dave Oddman in division 23 of the 222-metre speed skating race at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria on Wednesday when the most delightful news came yesterday morning that his teammate, Mr Romaine Austin, captured a historic gold medal for Jamaica in division 15 of the 500m speed skating race. As if those were not enough, a few minutes later we learnt that the island’s floor hockey team came from a goal down to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 ... Read More

Clear, Hold and Build can work if…

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Soldiers inside Tivoli Gardens following the bloody May 2010 operation. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

There are at least three things we can agree on about crime without much controversy, even in this politically polarised society: • We have failed miserably as a nation to tame the crime beast; • We have created a plethora of anti-crime programmes or special crime prevention forces over many years with little more than their fancy names to show for it; and • We have never been able to come together across political administrations for anything more than a fleeting moment to pre ... Read More

Don’t expect anyone to bail us out

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

US President Donald Trump

There has been some anxiety locally over the budget blueprint unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last week as he is proposing US$54 billion in cuts to large swathes of the Federal Government, including popular programmes that have some bearing on foreign aid. We are told that, under President Trump’s proposal, funding for several agencies, including development groups, public broadcasting and the arts would be cut off entirely. At the same time, the US State Department and t ... Read More

Thank you for your assurance, Prime Minister

Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo)

After our editorial of March 12, 2017 asking “Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chinese constructions projects?”, we are very reassured by Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s subsequent statement on the issue. Mr Holness on Friday said definitively that the plans for a new parliamentary complex at National Heroes’ Circle would draw on “the expertise of all relevant local skill sets”. The size and scope of the parliamentary complex will make it undoubte ... Read More

Saluting Racers Track Club and Dr Bolt

Monday, March 20, 2017    

From left: Leon Mitchell, assistant general manager of Jamaica National, world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, and Racers Track Club president Glen Mills share conversation at the launch of the second JN Racers Grand Prix at the Jamaica Pegasus yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The announcement on Friday of the second staging of the Racers Grand Prix is another golden feather in the cap of not only Racers Track Club, led by the indomitable and world renowned track coach, Dr the Honourable Glen Mills, it is also recognition of the international prestige and prowess of Jamaica’s athletics. In June, the track at the National Stadium will be graced with the presence of Kenyan Mr David Rudisha, the only man to have gone below 1:42.0 seconds in the 800 metres; the r ... Read More

Farewell Sir Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet to the world

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

The late Derek Walcott (Observer)

The death on Friday morning of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, playwright and painter, at his home in St Lucia, has left a yawning gap that will be hard to fill. Born in Castries, the St Lucia capital, in January 1930, his first poems — which were self-published — emerged in 1948. He studied at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, and after graduation in 1953 moved to Trinidad where he worked as a teacher and journalist. He lived in several places, but alway ... Read More

ISSA could have avoided this row

Saturday, March 18, 2017    

Linvern Wright (left), principal of Rusea’s High, and Dr Walton Small, president of ISSA and principal of Wolmer’s Boys’ School. (File Photo)

We accept Dr Walton Small’s explanation that the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has never before published the discussion and result of any meeting dealing with requests from schools seeking reviews of the entry requirements for athletes for the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. However, we believe that the case of Ugandan student Mr Arymanya Rodgers, who was approved to compete for Kingston College (KC) in this year’s ... Read More

National DNA register a boon in the crime fight

Friday, March 17, 2017    

In some cases, DNA
testing may be the only
means available.

Word this week that the Government is acquiring equipment for the establishment of a national DNA register is most welcome. Jamaica has been on a slow march towards the use of DNA in the fight against crime. Therefore, any measure to quicken that pace is indeed worthy of commendation. According to National Security Minister Robert Montague, the Government is about to sign off on a US$146,000 purchase order for the equipment, which is expected to arrive in the island in approximately six weeks. ... Read More

What should Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition do?

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Leader of the House of Representatives Derrick Smith

Theoretically, at least for now, the country is heading into a political crisis with the potential that the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) might not have its full slate of 32 Members of Parliament MPs in the House of Representatives should there be a need to vote to approve this year’s budget. The JLP member for St Andrew North Western, Mr Derrick Smith, is ill and away from the island in Miami, Florida, and so could be absent if such a vote is called for by the Opposition People&rs ... Read More



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