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 The mobile wallet: Financially included, but users must be security conscious http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-mobile-wallet--Financially-included--but-users-must-be-security-conscious_90699 Today there are in excess of four billion mobile phone users across the world. The figure continues to increase daily and it is therefore likely that by 2020 over five billion people will be connected to mobile technology. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Exposure to fumes at the CRH: A matter of safety http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Exposure-to-fumes-at-the-CRH--A-matter-of-safety_90403 Nurses are front-line workers and are often at risk of occupational hazards. The health care environment is considered the most hazardous. Sadly, it is an environment that has been neglected by successive governments and institutions generally. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT After failed experiments, it’s morning again in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/After-failed-experiments--it-s-morning-again-in-Jamaica_90574 The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston Churchill Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The fate of immigrants in a praetorian America http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-fate-of-immigrants-in-a-praetorian-America_90417 Donald Trump has turned the tiger loose. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has embarked on escapades of deportation sweeps. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Rekindling the Caribbean Renaissance...70 years on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Rekindling-the-Caribbean-Renaissance---70-years-on_89594 I offer support for the objectives of Black History Month by placing on its agenda the need for an urgent Caribbean dialogue on the development challenges facing our people. Where we have reached in our historic flight to freedom as a community needs to be assessed, and the depth of our dedication to promoting popular democracy should to be reviewed at this time. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Those exciting budget debates of the 1970s http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Those-exciting-budget-debates-of-the-1970s_90575 The formal budget debate that follows the official opening of Parliament each year is used not only to present numbers, but as an indicator of the policies, plans and tactics that either side will be pursuing to fulfil their mandates to govern or oppose. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Nutrition and productivity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Nutrition-and-productivity_90525 Growth Local Opinion Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT What will be the children’s legacy? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/What-will-be-the-children-s-legacy_90528 I would add further that it was the day of the little ones who made the cutest photos, dressed in bandana plaid, complete with head tie and everything possible to imitate Miss Lou. I like the scenes, too, in which boys were dressed up to represent policemen, firemen, soldiers, and all that macho stuff. It was a great day for the little guys. They love to imitate ‘big people things’ and had a lot of fun doing it. Local Opinion Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT 50 years after the first transition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/50-years-after-the-first-transition_90389 February 21, 2017 marked 50 years since the general election of 1967. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won that general election, and a day later Donald Sangster was sworn in as Jamaica’s second prime minister in political independence. At that time, Norman Manley was still president of the People’s National Party (PNP). Local Opinion Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Christians don’t have to apologise for what we believe, Dingwall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Christians-don-t-have-to-apologise-for-what-we-believe--Dingwall_89749 This is in reply to Michael A Dingwall’s letter to the editor entitled ‘Christians praying for a world that can never be’. Local Opinion Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT It’s better to be a little paranoid than dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/It-s-better-to-be-a-little-paranoid-than-dead_90358 Nothing can spoil a good afternoon with the family, or a good domino game for that matter, like being suddenly pounced upon and being robbed. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Have the managers of the Universal Service Fund become Eskimos? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Have-the-managers-of-the-Universal-Service-Fund-become-Eskimos-_90333 The Universal Service Fund (USF) has turned out to be one of the most important and lasting initiatives to have come out of a People’s National Party (PNP) Administration. Despite his other shortcomings at the ministerial wicket, Phillip Paulwell, under whose stewardship USF came into being, must be credited for this important introduction to the country’s digital space. One well remembers the struggles to get service providers to even grudgingly accept that a fee had to be paid on telephone calls terminated in Jamaica. Local Opinion Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT If we must use preventative detention... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/If-we-must-use-preventative-detention---_90326 A few weeks ago, the Government announced a number of measures that will be encouraged and taken to address our country’s high crime rate. Amongst these measures was the resurrection of the concept of preventative crime detention. That this measure is a resurrection — and therefore not anything new — comes from the existing laws that govern us. Local Opinion Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mathematics education: A case for problem-solving http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Mathematics-education--A-case-for-problem-solving_90150 A country’s entire economy and growth revolves around different aspects of mathematics. The role of mathematics in national, regional and international developments has become more evident in contemporary societies, as emphasis is now being placed on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Local Opinion Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fight crime with science, not ‘sciance’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Fight-crime-with-science--not--sciance-_90149 Jamaica continues to be punched into the corner by an unbridled crime monster. And, disturbingly, a still much-divided country based on partisan lines continues to believe that the responsibility of dealing with crime rests solely with the Jamaica Labour Party or the People’s National Party — whichever is in power. Yes, it is the primary duty of every administration to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens, but crime is such a complex issue that it demands a consensual approach that must involve all sectors of the society. Local Opinion Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s getting well-tuned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jamaica-s-getting-well-tuned_90045 Garfene Grandison posted a query in social media about the heavy traffic in the Corporate Area since the beginning of the year. My response was that I was hearing and seeing growing interest in Jamaica. The latest Don Anderson Business Confidence Survey indicates a positive outlook from businesses and high expectations from consumers. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The real ‘Portia Effect’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-real--Portia-Effect-_90089 Columnist Garfield Higgins — in his piece on former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in the Jamaica Observer’s The Agenda in yesterday’s edition — said, in part, “…the PNP’s National Executive Committee meeting held in Hatfield, Manchester... witnessed a bitter and toxic explosion from Simpson Miller. In her rage, she went off script and emptied her political soul…” My view is that she has finally decided to vent her feelings over 40 years of less than welcoming behaviour by various factions in this country. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Henry Garrett and white myths http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Henry-Garrett-and-white-myths_89602 There is, among some white folk, the view that once you think of ancient Africa — or modern Africa for people like Henry Garrett — you think of a monolithic primitive society and of savages. Ignorance is commingled with ethnocentric or racist arrogance and each feeds on and fuels the other, and together they provide a fertile setting for ethnocentric or racist myths or exaggeration. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Portia Simpson Miller: Pushed out ‘legacy-less’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Portia-Simpson-Miller--Pushed-out--legacy-less-_89748 The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. — Niccolò Machiavelli Local Opinion Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT They’re going to do it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/They-re-going-to-do-it_88994 It is now clear that the Government, in order to fund the second tranche of the so-called ‘$1.5-million tax break’, will resort to either increased taxes or a further drawdown on funds from the National Housing Trust (NHT), or both. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT We reap what we sow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-reap-what-we-sow_89984 Are any of you afraid of croaking lizards? I am talking about the big, white, pale, juicy ones, about 10” long, and fat that slither across the wall... Can you see it on the wall now? Well, what if one night as you opened your bedroom door, just before you reach for your light switch, you feel something hit you on the top of your head and grab onto your hair? Local Opinion Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A sit-down with a living legend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/A-sit-down-with-a-living-legend_89865 The following is a lightly edited version of an interview with Lloyd Lindbergh Local Opinion Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Facing the truth — Part 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Facing-the-truth---Part-1_89866 I have often said, and history confirms, that it is the spiritual and moral that determines the social and economic realities of a society. The spiritual and moral answers ‘who we are’; the social and economic reflects ‘what we do’. And what we do is governed by who we are. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The gig economy can erode youth unemployment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-gig-economy-can-erode-youth-unemployment_89840 The old vision of employment with hundreds streaming through factory gates at 6:30 am is giving way to gigs. Work is changing. What firms need and employees want may remain the same, but how to get it and pay for it is evolving, so the State, trade unions should re-jig in line with job market and labour force reality. Local Opinion Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The crime thing: What’s gone so wrong? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-crime-thing--What-s-gone-so-wrong-_89833 THE crime epidemic is upon us and we are turning in every direction to find the solution. There is no shortage of suggestions and recommendations, even as the doubts and fears continue. Never mind the obeah story, this is no time for jokes. Every life taken brings pain to everyone, even if we didn’t know the victim. We want to live in a safe environment. Crime and violence are not unknown elsewhere in the universe, but that is of little comfort to us. What we want to have is our own safety. Local Opinion Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT