Columns

Education levels the playing field for the disabled

Ruel Reid | Monday, December, 4 2017    

More than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, live with some form of disability, with 80 per cent living in developing countries. Read More

Gov't making good enviro ground

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Read More

Of Afros and beards

Lance Neita | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

There's much to talk about this week as we approach the Christmas season. First there is that wonderful news about Davina Bennett placing third in the Miss Universe competition. I missed all the media hype that accompanies global beauty contests like this one, and even... Read More

Ministers can't stop murders

Jason MCKAY | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

I do acknowledge that Jamaica's greatest problem is the loss of human life by violence. Read More

Reggae, dancehall and the culture of violence

Basil Wilson | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

Ninjaman, dubbed as the Gold Teeth Don Gargan of dancehall, will not be celebrating a Merry Christmas in 2017. Read More

The triumph of the 'informal'

Howard Gregory | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

Any serious examination of the biblical tradition will reveal that God not only is represented as creating human beings to live in community, but that community should be structured by a system of governance for the good ordering of the life of its inhabitants. The... Read More

NIDS: Good or evil?

Al Miller | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

The national identification systems (NIDS) has occupied the pages of the newspapers and dominated the airwaves and social media for some weeks now. It has inspired late-night sessions in the House of Representatives and a walkout by the parliamentary Opposition . There has been a lot of heat but... Read More

Where's the sexual harassment Bill?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, December, 1 2017    

A few columns ago (October 13, 2017) I wrote about the matter of sexual harassment, which at the time had been making the headlines about a certain influential man in the American movie industry who had become a pariah as a result of allegations of sexual harassment involving young women... Read More

Toxic men, abused women, and trial by media

Franklin Johnston | Friday, December, 1 2017    

I am intrigued by our men as we watch living dramas in America as if sex abuse does not involve our politicians, entertainers, and businessmen too. Grace Jones gave a shout and our men tout machismo, laud their sex drive, and we love to bawl injustice, but all is quiet —... Read More

Church anniversaries and ironies

Michael Burke | Thursday, November, 30 2017    

Several churches have observed the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in this year. At the same time, the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica has four anniversaries in the latter part of 2017. Read More

I pray for every gunman, robber and their supporters

BY G O A | Thursday, November, 30 2017    

Why are people of Jamaica standing by looking and allow thieves to steal and rob people without anyone crying out, grabbing, and stopping them from doing it? Why are criminals allowed to choose and refuse what they want and everybody simply submits to their authority?... Read More

Glad that Masonic fraternity has over 300 years of instilling ethics in good men

BY James A Marples | Thursday, November, 30 2017    

I was pleased to read the article in the Jamaican Observer article 'Freemasons 300th anniversary celebration ends on high note' in the Friday, November 24, 2017 issue. The occasion marking the tercentenary (300 years) since four individual Masonic... Read More

Sugar, are you too sweet?

Andrene Chung | Wednesday, November, 29 2017    

Many Jamaicans would, by now, have seen video and print advertisements, and heard on the radio about the woman drinking herself sick with her consumption of many sugary, sweetened beverages throughout the day. What they may not have realised is that this advertisement represents the start of a... Read More

Environmental integrity is essential to christian discipleship

BY Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, November, 29 2017    

 The Government has now presented to Parliament the long-awaited and debated boundaries of the Cockpit Country. The minute details are still to be worked out, and legislation promulgated, but we now have the basic framework of what the boundaries are. Read More

Taking justice reform to the next level

Tuesday, November, 28 2017    

The judiciary is one of the most important arms of government. Its chief mission is to resolve disputes in a just and timely manner to protect the rights and liberties of not some or those who can afford it, but of all, thereby facilitating the attainment of the rule of... Read More



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