Editorial

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

FAMILY AFFAIR
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

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

Time for action, not a bag o’ mouth

Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

Education Minister Ruel Reid, emphasises a point during a press conference yesterday at his National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.

The staff at the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) must feel that they’re on a treadmill. One would think that after years of making recommendations to prevent breaches of government procedures and weak management practices, public sector employees, at all levels, would, by now, be aware of what not to do and avoid being reckless with the country’s resources. What is particularly disturbing about the latest report tabled by the AGD in Parliament last week is the agency&rsqu ... Read More

The mission of Mr Audley Shaw

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Audley Shaw (File photo)

We have had our share of disappointments with prominent people paying lip service to important causes and principles, yet we sense in Mr Audley Shaw, the finance minister, a renewed and sincere zest for improving the lot of Jamaican youth. In many of his key speeches since his appointment for a second time to the finance portfolio a year ago, and again in his budget presentation last week, he has shown unusual passion for the well-being of the youth, seeing it as integral to the growth and deve ... Read More

Don’t give scammers a free pass

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Alleged scammers being led
away by security forces.

The decision of the court last week to approve an extradition request from the United States for eight Jamaicans accused of involvement in lottery scamming should hopefully open the eyes of people engaged in this illegal activity. That a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was among the eight accused was most disappointing, because the Jamaican people have a right to believe that they can repose trust in those among us who have taken an oath to uphold the law. We have no proof tha ... Read More

Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chinese construction projects?

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

The Michael Manley-led Government of Jamaica in the 1970s initiated close Sino-Jamaica relationship on the basis of the “One China” policy which has been adhered to since then by successive governments. China has never forgotten this valuable support, and when it was asserting its new status as a global superpower, it chose Jamaica as its diplomatic platform in the Caribbean, by increasing development aid to the island and the region. Aid started as grants and donations of buildi ... Read More

JADCO needs to say why

Saturday, March 11, 2017    

Andre Russell wipes his eyes after hearing that he was sanctioned for 12 months and will not be eligible to play until January 30, 2018. (Michael Gordon)

This newspaper’s position on the anti-doping rules in sport is well known to our readers. The rules, we believe, are to be observed, and athletes, as we have repeatedly stated, have a responsibility to abide by the rules. Early last month we had reason to discuss this issue after Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Mr Andre Russell received a one-year ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules. Mr Russell received the sanction because he did not file his whereabouts on three occasions ... Read More

Don’t yield to the disorder, Mayor Williams

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Vendors and shoppers fill Beckford Street in downtown Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

In his assessment of the chaos that exists in downtown Kingston, Mayor Delroy Williams certainly has got one thing right — simply that what obtains is not sustainable. “We can’t continue like this,” Senator Williams told this newspaper last week. “Vendors are all over the streets. There is the municipal police, but when they take any action, as soon as they leave the vicinity the vendors just go right back and take up the spaces again. That is not conducive to orde ... Read More



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