Columns

Holness's blatant breach of his own standard

Sunday, July, 8 2018    

The year 2018 will be go down in history as the year in which Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, blatantly breached a most scared standard that he had set, and sought to cover this up by an unconstitutional use of the powers of the Cabinet as a means of avoiding... Read More

Donald Trump: An emperor or disaster on the world stage?

Leroy A Binns | Sunday, July, 8 2018    

The Donald Trump presidency in the US harkens to a period when protectionism dominated world politics. He heralds the revival of supremacy that invigorates his base through a hegemonic exhibition of exclusion and admonishment congruently derailing allies and... Read More

The road (names) less taken

Lance Neita | Sunday, July, 8 2018    

The north-south link of Highway 2000 was in my sights again when it took me from St Ann to Kingston last week. I use the name guardedly as it has been officially named the Edward Seaga Highway. Read More

A new political culture for the new Jamaica

Al Miller | Sunday, July, 8 2018    

Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all of the darkness. — Desmond Tutu  Read More

Proven method of long term incarceration

BY JASON MCKAY | Sunday, July, 8 2018    

The use of the word 'war' has differed in its application since the days it was viewed as a description of infantry invading with an intention to defeat, occupy and conquer. Read More

Dr Peter David Phillips — the other side

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, July, 8 2018    

On the night of the People's National Party's (PNP) 1972 devastating 37-16 victory over the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), with the dashing Michael 'Joshua' Manley basking in national adoration, a young reporter with a disrespectful smirk, asked outgoing Prime Minister Hugh Shearer if the... Read More

In praise of maids, household helpers and 'Miss Brenda'

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 6 2018    

The minimum wage increase to $7,000, effective August 1, was relief for many, including maids, but we can do more. Since Emancipation, and despite HEART Trust/NTA, we have surplus of unskilled labour, so household workers abound as demand and supply works, so rates are... Read More

A return to values and attitudes

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 6 2018    

OH dear, oh dear! How many of us from one end of the island to another were surprised recently to hear a call for the return of the Values and Attitudes Programme which was launched in the 1990s? Retired Prime Minister P J Patterson made the plea last weekend, as reported in this... Read More

Only one race — the human race

Melissa Martin | Thursday, July, 5 2018    

What if every person in America saw a human being before skin colour, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social status, age, disability, weight, mental illness? Read More

Who stands to gain most by

Kerensia Morrison | Thursday, July, 5 2018    

I submit this in response to a letter to the editor published in the Jamaica Observer, titled 'I had to abstain for St Cath NC', in which Member of Parliament for St Catherine North Central Natalie Neita gave her reasons for abstaining from the vote to extend the state of public... Read More

Norman Washington Manley 1893-1969

Michael Burke | Thursday, July, 5 2018    

Yesterday, July 4, 2018, marked 125 years since the birth of National Hero Norman Washington Manley. Today marks 50 years since Norman Manley stated at his 75th birthday banquet (held the day after his birthday) that he would step down as president of the People's National Party (PNP)... Read More

This is what quality looks like

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

According to Fortune magazine, supported by popular sentiment, FedEx, General Electric, Microsoft, Singapore Airlines, Sony, Toyota, and Walmart are among the most admired brands in the world. To this rarefied group belongs one Jamaican brand, Sandals. Read More

A cannabis game-changer

Ellen Campbell- Grizzle and Reggie Gaudino | Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

The recent approval of the drug Cannabidiol (CBD) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a decision of seismic proportions to the medical cannabis business. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must now make a determination as to the... Read More

UTech to host medical cannabis symposium tomorrow

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —  The University of Technology (UTech) will be hosting its third staging of the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Integration Symposium (JAMECANN 2018) tomorrow under the theme “Merging Science, Spirit & Business”. The Ministry of Agriculture, in an... Read More

Americans should be wearing sackcloth and ashes today

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Today is July 4, a date which resonates with all Americans as it is the national celebration of the country's independence from Britain. No one can deny that since the founding of the nation America has been an interesting, if not fascinating, experiment in freedom, democracy, upholding... Read More



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