The signs of these changing times

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

For a lizard to bask in the sun it must have a cave in view. — Shona proverb, Zimbabwe 

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House wars in the House

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The political season started off with some cass-cass on the first day of the year when we saw darts being thrown at each side by Government and Opposition regarding the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips over crime and national security issues.

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Guyana must carefully manage its constitutional crisis

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

From a distance, Guyana has seemed poised for an era of unprecedented development and prosperity. Since 2015 it has confirmed 10 offshore oil wells capable of generating over 750,000 barrels per day. New wells are being discovered every few months and the technical data suggest that there are many more wells to be drilled.

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Andrew Holness and the destruction of trust

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

IT is impossible to keep pace with Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s breakneck pace of creating news worthy of worry and analysis. Journalists and analysts in the United States of America face the same challenge with President Donald Trump. In any given day there could be five or six different issues related to Trump or his Administration, each of which, by itself, could make a full news cycle. In many cases anchors report that at the last minute they have had to change their script because of…

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Top minister of 2018

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Many will say that with the tourism sector performing as it is, that the title of best performing minister should go to Ed Bartlett. While Ed has done his job, tourism has been on the upswing for several years, and it is good the minister has managed to hold things tight and build on the foundation that was laid.

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The culture of violence and the state of emergency

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The Jamaican people begin the year 2019 with some gratification that there was a decline in homicides of approximately 20 per cent in 2018 when compared with 2017. Yet, there is a dissensus in the body politic as to whether the decline can be attributed to the selective states of emergency and the special zones of operations, or whether the decline can be attributed to more effective police work.

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Make decisions to save lives

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

Pretending that a reality does not exist because it should not exist does not mean it ceases to exist.I say this in relation to the country’s security dilemma and the recent decision to end the states of emergency.

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Auld Lang GoldenEye

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Lifestyle -

Along a quiet stretch of the Oracabessa main road, a black hand-painted sign with white, all-cap letters spelling the word “PARTY” seemed to jut out of nowhere.

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Fireworks on The Fairways

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Lifestyle -

The last streaks of shimmering fireworks criss-crossing the hazy night skies signalled the drawing to an end of Frenchmen Climax held New Year’s Day at the Caymanas Fairways. The annual event that attracts patrons ranging in age from 20 to 80 has remained for decades the place to convene come January 1. The camaraderie, the d é cor courtesy of Novelty Party Rentals, the non-stop pour from the fully-stocked premium Select bars, the snaking lines for…

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Indoor Orchid Care Tips

Observer on January 6th, 2019 | File Under Lifestyle -

Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings. One way to check for when it’s time for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it’s dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be. Indoor orchid plants also need adequate humidity: about 50 to 70 per cent. There are various ways to increase the humidity in your home. Place a water-filled saucer or tray of pebbles beneath plants; mist plants daily; or use a humidifier.

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