Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 www.thedaytheInternetbroke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/www-thedaytheInternetbroke-_17394328 LAST week something big went wrong on the Internet and we were not alerted. I got word by midday UK time from a geek who said, "It's happened." Others said, "The Internet full up." The 4.2 billion unique 12-digit identifiers of everything were used up; as if there were no phone numbers. I trawled local media — no news. My server had problems, but what do I know about the Internet? So what happened? Local Opinion Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Time to act or time to chat? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Time-to-act-or-time-to-chat_17394148 THE heat over the death of Mario Deane, the young man who met his demise while incarcerated at the Barnett Street lock-up in Montego Bay, has subsided somewhat but the public's outrage and concern are by no means over. Social media continues to reflect the conviction that this is yet another instance of dereliction of duty by police officers, in particular those concerned with administration of the jail. There is anger also at perceived neglect by the Government in not seeing to the condition of the cells in which persons in police custody are held. Local Opinion Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT None but ourselves... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/None-but-ourselves---_17388880 It was Marcus Garvey who said we must emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because while others can free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. It was Bob Marley who put those words to lyrics as you might know. But it should be known that, after all of the persuasion that might take place by whatever method, it is still left to the individual to free his or her own mind. We were all told in school in my day, "you can take the horse to the water but cannot make him drink". Local Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Independence: The finely woven silk of sentiment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Independence--The-finely-woven-silk-of-sentiment_17311036 THIS story starts, as many do, with a beautiful woman, and with man seeking power, affluence and recognition. Local Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Prayer still works, Wignall, ask the Reggae Boyz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Prayer-still-works--Wignall--ask-the-Reggae-Boyz_17371715 THANKS to all for your responses to the article, 'God speaks through the drought', regardless of the positions taken. Local Opinion Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Is Viber the problem or the victim? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Is-Viber-the-problem-or-the-victim-_17239240 ARE Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) providers, like Viber, the real issue or are they completely innocent bystanders being singled out to take the blame for someone else's mistakes? Local Opinion Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Time to explore alternative funding for tertiary education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Time-to-explore-alternative-funding-for-tertiary-education_17373084 I am overly concerned by the revelation of the Minister of Education with respect to the state of the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) and its capacity to support the applicants. I must say that those who applied to the SLB are qualified students who have more than likely got acceptance into universities and the only obstacle preventing them from advancing their education status is funding. The minister of finance stated following his budget presentation that: "$2 billion by the Government in addition to expected collections and funds in hand will meet the demand projected at Local Opinion Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT The results are in! What next? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-results-are-in--What-next-_17371804 Let me extend heartiest congratulations to all the students who have received their 2014 CSEC and CAPE results. As expected, some students will be extremely elated with their performance, while others will be disappointed with the outcome. Irrespective of how these results are viewed, let us continue to encourage all our students to strive for excellence. Local Opinion Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT All our industries must operate at world-class levels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/All-our-industries-must-operate-at-world-class-levels_17377213 Our athletes are world class. They win in fine style, making them star attractions at premier international sporting events. Usain Bolt has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Life Magazine, among numerous other publications, and his Facebook page has more than 15 million likes. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce holds her own, despite the clear gender bias in how athletes are treated. She has nearly half a million Facebook likes, has appeared on the cover of Buzz Magazine, and she is the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica. There are others who are doing just as well and some are comfortable multimillionaires (in US dollars!). They are my favourite rich people; shining examples of what it means to succeed by dint of talent and hard work. No one will ever question where they got their wealth. They made it right before our eyes. Local Opinion Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Garveyism more relevant today than ever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Garveyism-more-relevant-today-than-ever_17372084 THE black race needs Garveyism now more than maybe ever before. It appears that, for the most part, the majority of Africans are not conscious of their own dignity and the dignity of their fellow black brothers and sisters. We have failed the younger generation in this regard, in that we have not imbued them with any sense of pride about what it means to be a member of our noble race. Local Opinion Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT We all deserve better, Jamaica! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-all-deserve-better--Jamaica-_17371695 TODAY, the day after we celebrate the birthday of our first National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, we are still asking why the teachings of this great man are not part of our school curriculum. Garvey produced numerous books. Academics and authors like Professor Rupert Lewis, Professor Robert Hill, Ken Jones, and Geoffrey Philp have explored his work and philosophy. And there is a wealth of information that can be shared with children at every stage of their lives. How I would love to hear our schoolchildren recite, "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!" Local Opinion Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Politicians hiding the truth about the job market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Politicians-hiding-the-truth-about-the-job-market_17367969 CYNTHIA didn't do too well in school so she was an ideal candidate for a poorly paid job in the back office of a bookshop. Almost two weeks on the job, she has been absent for three days and is about to be told to go home and never return. Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Emancipendence: The unfinished chapter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Emancipendence--The-unfinished-chapter_17343890 I believe it is a truism to say that we all recognise that the process towards the realisation of the objectives of the struggle for Emancipation and Independence is an ongoing one which demands the commitment of all our citizens. What I find most disturbing is that at the very moment when we are celebrating these historic moments in the life of the nation there should be vulgar manifestations of our captivity to the forces of oppression and division by institutions of the State. Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT T&T 2.0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/T-T-2-0_17343882 "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Flourishing Jamaican literature http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Flourishing-Jamaican-literature_17355338 At the recent 37th Annual Convention of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO), Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States of America Stephen Vasciannie offered the following comments on developments in Jamaican literature in his keynote address: Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Here comes the... weed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Here-comes-the----weed_17368697 Jamaica has always specialised in providing the perfect venue for dream weddings. It could be amongst the beautiful gardens of Devon House in Kingston or on the beach at a fabulous property on the north coast. But, with the relaxation of attitudes to marijuana worldwide, could it be possible to add an extra special touch to your wedding and give it a marijuana theme? Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Reparatory justice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Reparatory-justice_17360484 IN the face of the ongoing struggle for reparatory justice, it is ridiculous for those of us in the Caribbean of African descent who continue to live by the conditioning we have suffered for more than half a millennium in the name of "civilisation" to pretend that we have not been affected by all those centuries of calculated subjugation of millions in the interest of commercial profit by the enslaving Europeans. Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Scotland's Independence: Should the Commonwealth Caribbean care? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Scotland-s-Independence--Should-the-Commonwealth-Caribbean-care-_17355301 ON September 18, the electorate in Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide if Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom (UK). A vote for independence will have far-reaching implications for both Scotland and what remains of the UK — England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT That Jamaica may flourish —'s 2nd governor general http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/That-Jamaica-may-flourish---s-2nd-governor-general_17355482 Former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke was laid to rest on Friday, August 8,2014, in a dignified and stately manner as befitting the office he held as former head of state. Sir Howard was lauded as a man who served the nation with distinction in a number of capacities, including politician, a founding father of the political system, teacher, churchman, sportsman, cabinet minister, and Governor General. Local Opinion Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT More trouble ahead for police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/More-trouble-ahead-for-police_17355815 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica: Young man taken into police custody for smoking a ganja spliff. Placed in cell with other men. A beating occurs. Young man taken to hospital where he dies. Citizens demonstrate in city streets with blockades and fire. National outrage. Two police officers brought before the court. Two other men alleged to have a hand in the beating also make court appearances. One more to go. Case gathers more and more national interest. The journey has only just begun... Local Opinion Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Misguided festivities, poorly targeted national honours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Misguided-festivities--poorly-targeted-national-honours_17355578 August is a month of intense jingoism. We celebrated 1962 full of hope and optimism, and 52 years on, knee-deep in IMF swill, we still celebrate full of hope and optimism — Aaah, how things change. Local Opinion Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Norman Manley as premier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Norman-Manley-as-premier_17349996 Fifty-five years ago, on August 14 1959, Norman Washington Manley was formally sworn in as the premier of Jamaica, the first of two persons ever to hold this post -- Sir Alexander Bustamante being the other on April 24 1962. On August 6 1962, Bustamante became the first prime minister of independent Jamaica. Local Opinion Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Intellectual feebleness, Rev Miller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Intellectual-feebleness--Rev-Miller_17349143 DRIVEN by the twin imperatives of his religious 'calling' and the burden constantly triggering his need to mount a public podium 'Mr Bawl Out' himself, the Rev Al Miller, wrote a spectacular bit of religious nonsense, 'God is speaking to Jamaica in the drought', on July 29 in which he attributes the drought to every human foible and wickedness we Jamaicans have embarked on. Local Opinion Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Transformation as an enabler of growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Transformation-as-an-enabler-of-growth_17304692 The following are excerpts from remarks made by Patrick Hylton at the PSOJ President's Forum on July 22, 2014. Local Opinion Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Explaining free health care to a 94-y-o http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Explaining-free-health-care-to-a-94-y-o_17306763 I recently had a patient complain to me about the way she was treated by a member of staff. Although she celebrated her 94th birthday in hospital, she was surprisingly very sharp and witty. Local Opinion Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT