Jamaica’s political dilemma

Observer on September 18th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Let us pause to reflect. In the eyes of some citizens the 2020 political campaign was reduced to an ongoing sports day for adults when the ‘green and orange houses’ became mobilised on asphalt, television, and the airwaves to showcase ‘talent’. The difficulty to perceive substance extended itself into how some people identified the political parties; not by their names, but merely by their colours— an indication of individuals’ struggle to satisfactorily see…

Complete Story

Comment

Do you remember passing Arlington Villa?

Observer on September 18th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

There are a number of interesting old buildings around Kingston that are rapidly disappearing. Did you notice an old Edwardian-type house on Lyndhurst Road? I passed it in 2018 and it piqued my interest. There was a “for sale” sign on the fence and the column bore the name Arlington Villa. From inquiries, I heard that two elderly women had lived there for years and that at one point it had been a convent. I did some research and uncovered the Abrahams family of Kingston…

Complete Story

Comment

The people voted for hope!

Observer on September 17th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

We have come through another general election with a resounding victory and mandate from the people being given to both major parties. “Keep your train chugging on the track!” the people shouted to one. “Repair your train and come back!” the people said to the other.

Complete Story

Comment

New Cabinet, do not fail your country in this hour

Observer on September 16th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a 19-member Cabinet which will help him to steer the ship of State through the rough and treacherous waters of a ravaged COVID-19 economy. All the economic indices indicate that the next 12 months will be a time of great economic hardship for the country. In its latest assessment of economic trends, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) painted a gloomy and dismal picture of further contraction in the economy in the near future. This is…

Complete Story

Comment

The 2020 General Election and the future of the PNP

Observer on September 16th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Let me again congratulate the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for a decisive victory at the 2020 polls. The people have spoken, and their sovereign decision is sealed until they are again asked to speak on the issue of who should rule over them.

Complete Story

Comment

The new normal Coexisting with COVID-19 requires growth

Observer on September 15th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

By now it should be evident to most that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. That considered, those so minded would do well to adjust to the reality of coexisting with this virus. A vaccine, the timing of which is uncertain as of right now, suffered setbacks as recently as September 9, 2020 with the challenges related to AstraZeneca’s late-stage trial. It is therefore reasonable to say that coexisting with COVID is the new normal.

Complete Story

Comment

Internal strife making Guyana a continuing regional problem

Observer on September 15th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Once again, Guyana is causing regional and international worry following two sets of killings of young men (two of African origin and two of Indian origin) that have sparked the flames of communal violence and threaten to engulf the country.

Complete Story

Comment

If ever someone deserved to be honoured by Jamaica, it’s Patsy Robertson

Observer on September 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Several of the pioneers who led and managed the difficult transition from colony to politically independent Jamaica are not adequately recognised or appreciated. Their stories are not well known; indeed, in many cases, not at all.

Complete Story

Comment

Toots Hibbert: Rise up, Jamaica

Observer on September 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Jamaicans everywhere are deeply moved by the passing of Frederick Nathaniel ”Toots” Hibbert, our favourite brother whose voice was joy itself, and whose music danced us through decades of ups and downs. Major media houses here and abroad have been carrying obituaries and features on our charismatic Toots. It was serendipitous that it was he who named the reggae beat; indeed, he personified the happiness of a rhythm that gladdened our hearts and captivated the…

Complete Story

Comment

Stop insulting the Jamaican people, PNP

Observer on September 14th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

I note with growing consternation, and sometimes laughter, the many commentaries about the massive ‘murderation’ meted out to the People’s National Party (PNP) at the hands of a marauding Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election machinery and a well-crafted public relations strategy focused on its performance. These commentaries are all focused on what the PNP did not do, how low the voter turnout was, and vote-buying allegations.

Complete Story

Comment