Andrew Holness’s Israel visit and the British prison gift
Jamaica Observer

Friday, January 13, 2017 may be a defining date for Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made a serious error of judgement by his high-profile meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s enemies...

Leave the fountain alone!
Jamaica Observer

“The St James Parish Council plans to remove the fountain from Montego Bay’s historic Sam Sharpe Square and replace it with a statue of the national hero after whom the square was named, a reliable source told...

Dudley Thompson centenary
Jamaica Observer

The late Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson was born on January 19, 1917. He died at age 95, one day after his birthday, on January 20, 2012. Born in Panama to Jamaican parents, Dudley Thompson grew up in Westmoreland,...

We’re all wary of the unpredictable Trump
Jamaica Observer

The world is on edge as the time for Donald Trump to be sworn in as president of the United States approaches. Trump has turned out to be unorthodox, unusual, contentious, and could also be described as cantankerous....

Can’t listen to the empty talk; check the figures
Jamaica Observer

To love truth for truth sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed plot of all virtues. — John Locke Local Opinion Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT The acting police commish’s crime...

Beyond immorality?
Jamaica Observer

The church of Jesus Christ (all groupings including Moravians) should not register alarm or surprise at the mixed flock of birds that has swarmed around us and will continue so to do (most of the birds being John crows or...

Is rejecting the prison deal really beneficial to Jamaica?
Jamaica Observer

The Andew Holness Administration has taken the retrograde step of rejecting, without more, the very generous offer made by the United Kingdom (UK) Government to assist in building a well-needed, modern penal facility...

The acting police commish’s crime stats just a bunch of malarkey
Jamaica Observer

The acting police commissioner in Jamaica, Novelette Grant, last week released an impressive list of statistics in a desperate attempt at burnishing the much-fractured image of the Jamaican Constabulary Force. This comes...

Pride in this rich country called Jamaica
Jamaica Observer

Last Friday and Saturday, we attended the RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, glittering with world-beaters; the GraceKennedy Annual Business Conference, punctuated by applause for captains of...

No quick fix to nursing brain drain
Jamaica Observer

Nurses are the backbone of Jamaica’s health system and some have earned the reputation of being among the best in the world, so it’s no wonder they are increasingly sought after internationally. As expected, the...

The end of ‘wet foot-dry foot’ — Parting gift for whom?
Jamaica Observer

Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami — long a hotbed of Cuban exiles — has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Barack Obama Administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’...

Leadership by example: casting the first stone
Jamaica Observer

The unequal struggle against child sexual abuse in our country calls for the unyielding effort of all of our well-thinking citizens. I join all such persons in recommitting ourselves to that struggle minute by minute,...

Passion aside, desperate times call for desperate measures
Jamaica Observer

A great many people believe passion is placed in opposition to reason. Still, whilst passion may not good policies make, it is instinctive, and, if expressed with reasonable restraint, could be at the service of reason...

Stop fighting crime
Jamaica Observer

I need not elaborate on Jamaica’s crime challenges and the repercussions they are having on every aspect of society. I’d rather use this medium to join the many patriots who are spending time, energy and...

Bustamante hospital repairs to be completed in 2 weeks
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says repairs to the Bustamante Hospital for Children Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Kingston, which was damaged by fire, are expected to be completed...

Taylor half-century helps Thunder to dramatic win
Jamaica Observer

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — Stafanie Taylor’s season-best half-century was nearly in vain but somehow Sydney Thunder managed to hang on and beat city rivals Sydney Sixers in a dramatic Women’s Big Bash League...

Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend
Jamaica Observer

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman...

New national consular policy being developed
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith says the Government is targeting the completion of a new National Consular Policy this year. Local News Sat, 14 Jan 2017...

Man dies in crash, passenger hospitalised
Jamaica Observer

ST MARY, Jamaica — An auto-electrician from Lennox district in Portland, died from injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision on the Golden Grove main road yesterday. Local News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:14:14 GMT...

Woman among 4 arrested after gun found in toilet tank
Jamaica Observer

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Four people were this morning taken into police custody in connection with a firearm seizure in Mafoota district, St James. Local News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:42:40 GMT Man dies in crash, passenger...

Morocco to provide 100 scholarships annually to Jamaicans
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaican students will benefit from approximately 100 tertiary scholarships to be provided annually under a co-operation agreement between Jamaica and the Kingdom of Morocco. Local News Sat,...

Cameron focused on keeping WICB relevant, profitable
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron has renewed his commitment to making the embattled regional body profitable, even as he announced a name-change of the organisation to...

US ends automatic visa status for Cubans
Jamaica Gleaner

Outgoing United States President Barack Obama has ended a longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in America without visas. The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become...

Belize group calls for end to sexual abuse of children
Jamaica Observer

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) Friday said it remained deeply concerned about the most “recent hideous act of leaked sex tapes with alleged under-aged...

ICU at Bustamante Hospital for Children temporarily closed
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children has been temporarily closed due to a fire inside the unit last night. Local News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:51:49 GMT Belize group...

Liberty depicted as black woman on US$100 gold coin
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The US Mint has unveiled a commemorative US$100 gold coin that features an image of Liberty as a black woman. Local News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:40 GMT ICU at Bustamante Hospital for...

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