We've got used to 'the dead body in the living room'

The story is told of a man named Ron Marshall who once purchased an older house in New York. It was a 65-year-old fixer-upper. His realtor advised him to make a list of the improvements and fixes needed and to get them done within six months. Marshall was stymied at the deadline. His real estate... Read More

A state of pubic emergency
Jamaica has too many unwanted children. Babies born out of wedlock, young ones brought up by a single parent, usually by a mother who is likely to be dealing with more than one babyfather. Despite the fact that recent statistics have revealed that the country has an...... Read More

Taxpayers must raise their voices against corruption
Jamaicans have been stepping up with tax compliance, exceeding the budgeted amount for revenues and grants by 3.9 per cent, with Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) collecting $390.9 billion for the period April to December 2018. This was disclosed in the February 2018...... Read More

Holness's philosophy of power puts democracy under threat
It is now two full years since Andrew Holness assumed the reins of government, enough time to understand his perspectives on a number of important issues, not least of which is his perspective on power. This is an important issue, as how the leader uses power determines...... Read More

The big question: Are we satisfied with the justice from our justice system?

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market. — Beninese proverb  Read More

A grand wedding in the making

Lance Neita | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

I am looking forward to my invitation to Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19. After all, I had a front row seat at the wedding of Charles and Diana on July 29, 1981, in St Paul's Cathedral, London, and don't forget I was right upfront at William's and Catherine's... Read More

The PNP's current strategy is politically asymmetrical

Christopher Burns | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

On the face of it, the strategy appears to be a classic skew-whiff folly — everything about it seems asymmetric in design, confusing and politically amateurish. Put simply, the People's National Party (PNP) is pursuing a strategy which, at its best, is tantamount to political miscarriage... Read More

A royal wedding

Sunday, March, 4 2018    

With royal watchers abuzz as they observe every move from London in the run-up to the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, columnist Lance Neita explores all the variables at play — race, culture, breeding, and, of course, rank. He chronicles the high and low points that... Read More

Bankers need to 'Value Shift'!

Al Miller | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

It was my thinking that the ideological wars and real conflicts of rapacious capitalism versus benevolent socialism had long been over. However the recent banking fees conundrum has brought it to the fore once again. Read More

Jamaica's population dynamics — Why we should take notice

BRUCE GOLDING | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

Address delivered to Rotary Club of Kingston on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Read More

Sir Hans Sloane's account of Sir Henry Morgan's death

SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

MY article in the Sunday Observer of February 25, 2018 on England's assassination in Honduras of a three-time acting governor and one-time lieutenant governor of Jamaica, Sir Henry Morgan, has created quite a stir. Read More

The use of technology can lift agriculture and the rural poor

BY EDWARD SEAGA | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

Up to the middle of the 1960s the revenue of the Jamaican economy was largely based on the earnings of sugar and bananas. They were the only two mainstays of the economy. Minor crops also helped: coffee, cocoa, pimento, citrus, and a few other items. Read More

A single market and single economy is a strange beast

Franklin Johnston | Friday, March, 2 2018    

The amalgamation of states to form a single nation is not new. The term single market and economy (SME), as in CSME, is unusual. In times past states united by conquest — imperial Rome in the 2nd century; West Indies by Europeans in the 15th century; Africa's land capture in the... Read More

Fighting for our heritage

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March, 2 2018    

THE other day I was quite unsettled. I had come to the conclusion that we could make a contribution to change the society. How, and in what ways, I asked myself. Whatever it is, I knew that I could play a part to make my country better, but I seemed to have absolutely no idea of which... Read More

Should the JCF be disbanded?

Dennis Chung | Friday, March, 2 2018    

A frequently asked question over the years is whether or not the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should be disbanded and a new police force created. Many influential people have said publicly that the JCF, as an organisation, is not capable of transformation or being effective, and that... Read More


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