Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Social partnership needed against crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Social-partnership-needed-against-crime_18183971 In the fashioning and implementing of an effective law-enforcement strategy there has to be a partnership between the security forces and the citizenry. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, opined: "If you do not seek out allies and helpers, then you will be isolated and weak." Local Opinion Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Calls to end Tivoli Enquiry condemn us to tyranny http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Calls-to-end-Tivoli-Enquiry-condemn-us-to-tyranny_18240861 AS I opened my computer this morning and hit the links to the two major newspapers in Jamaica I was greeted by the screaming Jamaica Observer headlines with West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie calling for an end to the Commission of Enquiry on the basis of its costs. McKenzie was speaking at a JLP Area Council meeting in Olympic Gardens. The other major paper featured a similar call from the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, as he delivered the main address at the same meeting. Local Opinion Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Are we better off today than before the PNP took office? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Are-we-better-off-today-than-before-the-PNP-took-office-_18288055 WHEN the Jamaica Labour Party took office in September 2007 the Jamaican economy was in free-fall decline with ponzi schemes, like Cash Plus and Olint, running amok, completely unregulated by the State, and giving vulnerable citizens a false sense of financial security. Local Opinion Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT A letter to Justice Minister Mark Golding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/A-letter-to-Justice-Minister-Mark-Golding_18288371 Dear Minister Golding: Local Opinion Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Speaking the language of success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Speaking-the-language-of-success_18278847 IT was good to learn that the recent business survey sponsored by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce showed a resurgence in confidence. More of us are understanding that positivity is energising, while negativity is draining. Positivity demands energy to follow through on one's resolve, while negativity robs us of our will to succeed. Local Opinion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Why I am visiting Israel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Why-I-am-visiting-Israel_18235951 The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was founded in 1947. As the only democracy in the Middle East, and as our key ally in the fight against terrorism, Israel holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans. This is especially true in New York City, which has shared a unique and significant relationship with the Jewish people and the state of Israel for decades. Local Opinion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Free speech supporters should still criticise Charlie Hebdo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Free-speech-supporters-should-still-criticise-Charlie-Hebdo_18231382 I was first made aware of the horrific attack on Charlie Hebdo employees by my mother. She was watching the rolling news coverage, phone in hand, trying to contact my father who was travelling on the Eurostar at the time. A wave of panic rushed through me; the sense of being far removed from such events evaporated. Local Opinion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Changing pervasive culture of violence critical to any crime reduction strategy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Changing-pervasive-culture-of-violence-critical-to-any-crime-reduction-strategy_18256656 THE hope was to end 2014 under 1,000 homicides, but instead, at the close of play in 2014, a total of 1,005 homicides had been reported. Local Opinion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica does not need any more 'rubber teeth' commissions of enquiry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jamaica-does-not-need-any-more--rubber-teeth--commissions-of-enquiry_18274165 "The use of specialist commissions and committees of inquiry serves a number of valuable purposes. These include: immediate action on a wider range of issues than would otherwise be possible ... availability of specialised skills ... providing a ... channel of communication between Parliament and the people." Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Does Caribbean integration have practical value? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Does-Caribbean-integration-have-practical-value-_18273863 THERE is no doubt about the passion of Owen Arthur, one of the Caribbean's foremost economists and thinkers, for the economic integration of the region. Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT The continuing failure of "the system" in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-continuing-failure-of--the-system--in-Jamaica_18273887 THE continuing failure of "the system" in Jamaica that evolved from the dynamics of the social revolution of 1938 to offer redemption to every single Jamaican citizen, if not hope, cannot be good news at the beginning of the New Year 2015 for Jamaica House and those with ambitions to occupy it in the future. Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Petrol price reductions not in line with Petrojam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Petrol-price-reductions-not-in-line-with-Petrojam PETROL prices have been declining at pumps nationwide, but the majority of the prices “have not been falling in line with Petrojam's price reduction,” according to the results of a just-released National Petrol Price Survey by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC). Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:21:57 GMT Honour among your own people http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Honour-among-your-own-people_18274133 THE 2014 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards ceremony on Friday January 16 was refreshing. For a couple hours (and a bit more) we kept company with some of the finest sportspersons on the planet. The performances and accomplishments were in most instances world-class. It's mind-boggling to see how this little island of ours can produce such talent and ability event after event, year after year. Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cuba thanks Jamaica, Caricom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Cuba-thanks-Jamaica--Caricom A lightly edited address by the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, at a reception marking the 56th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban revolution on January 22, 2015. Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Local government deformed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Local-government-deformed IN a little while from now taxpayers will be called upon to spend a billion dollars to elect 228 local government councillors, and if trends are maintained more than half the voters will consider it a waste of time going to the polling stations. Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:05:12 GMT 'Youth man and youth daughter' don't succumb to cynicism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/-Youth-man-and-youth-daughter--don-t-succumb-to-cynicism_18274173 Youth man and youth daughter, the Earth is yours to inherit, as you will. Whether good or ill betide you, trust in yourselves. It is an incontrovertible truth that times are tough, but there is no sane purpose in using the challenges as grounds to revoke your citizenship. For although the stubbornness of the challenges you face is borne by an unkind sort of wind, forsake neither your potential nor that of your country to convert your hopes and dreams into meaningful realities. Never surrender to the illusion that better resides in a foreign land. It will be only a matter of time before you realise that the realities on the other side are usually distinctly different from the perception of prosperity -- the grass is not always greener on the other side". Local Opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Diffr'nt strokes for diffr'nt folks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Diffr-nt-strokes-for-diffr-nt-folks_18268320 THE saga of the stranded man who has discovered that his half-a-century of residence in England where he laboured under the illusion that he was a Brit has caught public attention. His secret now exposed, Lloyd Bogle has been the subject not only of news stories introduced by local media but his plight has gone far and wide. Local Opinion Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Minimum wage or a living wage? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Minimum-wage-or-a-living-wage-_18263777 Every employer wants to pay good wages, but what the business can afford is another matter, and all employees want the highest pay for effort, however small. Local Opinion Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Why is the JLP not more upbeat about its poll numbers? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Why-is-the-JLP-not-more-upbeat-about-its-poll-numbers-_18254633 IN the seemingly long and tense months leading up to the mid-2001 by-election in the North East St Ann constituency, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership (read, Eddie Seaga), had been mulling just which person from the JLP would be chosen or selected to run on the party ticket after the People's National Party's (PNP's) Danny Melville had walked away and created a vacancy. Local Opinion Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT Three more milestones http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Three-more-milestones_18258681 TWO weeks ago, my column was entitled 'Milestones in 2015'. There are even more milestones this year. It will be 75 years since the death of Marcus Garvey on June 10. February 6 will be the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley. This Saturday, January 24, marks 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill. Local Opinion Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:02:00 GMT CCJ questions for Mr Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/CCJ-questions-for-Mr-Holness_18227464 A lightly edited version of a presentation to the House of Representatives by Richard Parchment, member of parliament for St Elizabeth South East. Local Opinion Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hand in hand we create a bright future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Hand-in-hand-we-create-a-bright-future_18250728 THE First Ministerial Meeting of the 'Forum of China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)' was successfully concluded in Beijing on January 9, 2015. Local Opinion Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Where is our conscience? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Where-is-our-conscience- I followed the 2010 security forces’ operation into Tivoli Gardens sorrowfully. Despite full knowledge of our warts, I was still left reeling at the assault on citizens, in part, because I thought we were getting better with respect to human lives, compared to the 1970s when so many of our citizens died in the name of ideology, ambition and expediency. Local Opinion Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:23:00 GMT Beyond (and before) the crime data http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Beyond--and-before--the-crime-data_18241224 BY Louis EA Moyston Local Opinion Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT It's not only Muslims that take offence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/It-s-not-only-Muslims-that-take-offence_18231225 BY George Garwood (pic in folder for logo) Local Opinion Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT