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 Cry not for Britain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Cry-not-for-Britain_65634 The majority of the British electorate have acted. Now that this nation has detached herself from the superstate of the European Union global empire, she could now conduct normal relations with the world, the global village. Local Opinion Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brexit and West Indies ‘Federexit’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Brexit-and-West-Indies--Federexit-_65512 So Britain voted last week to leave the European Economic Community (EEC). Immediately upon the result of the plebiscite being known, the English pound lost value on the international stock exchange. Does this mean that Britain might feel compelled to revisit its decision within a year? Local Opinion Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Crime too serious for politicking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Crime-too-serious-for-politicking_65637 Andrew Holness and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) constantly stated that crime, particularly murder, had increased under the former People’s National Party (PNP) Government during the last general election campaign. They repeated it so often one really wondered if it was a fact. However, as it turns out, it was untrue, as Peter Bunting had stated then. Local Opinion Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Love — the dominant criterion of Christian discipleship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Love---the-dominant-criterion-of-Christian-discipleship_65301 My last piece, ‘Religious tyranny and the love of God’ elicited quite a bit of discussion both in e-mail and blogs. In light of concerns raised, and for further clarity, I find it necessary to further expand on the theme of Christian freedom and the love which undergirds it. Local Opinion Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Good report on Tivoli disaster http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Good-report-on-Tivoli-disaster_64437 The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry report has now been made public and it appears to have been generally accepted as a good report and a reflection of the manner in which the commissioners conducted their duties. Local Opinion Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Getting the most out of tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Getting-the-most-out-of-tourism_64602 Tourism is big bucks, it is the lifeblood of the Jamaican economy and is the largest foreign exchange earner (legally at least) and employs thousands of people, both directly and indirectly. Jamaica has seen its arrivals steadily increase over the years, but we still are yet to see the double-digit growth in the tourism sector and proper linkages with the broader society that we all yearn for. Local Opinion Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Step up so others won’t get stepped on! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Step-up-so-others-won-t-get-stepped-on-_65350 The stages of childhood and adolescence can hold some of the toughest years of an individual’s life. For some children, countless hours are spent at school under the supervision of administrators entrusted with the task of protecting them. However, there are alarming statistics to show that protected environments such as our schools may prove to be a dangerous and toxic environment for the psychological development of our youth. Local Opinion Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Capitalising on Brexit and other historic events http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Capitalising-on-Brexit-and-other-historic-events-_65328 It is rare historic opportunities like this which allow for a change in the geopolitical framework of the world. At times like these very rich and powerful countries fall and poor and developing countries rise to new heights. Brexit should be seen by Jamaican and Caribbean people alike as a rare historic chance to improve our global influence by diverting investment, expertise, fiscal strength and trade from Europe. Local Opinion Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A tea meeting and other cultural titbits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/A-tea-meeting-and-other-cultural-titbits_65202 I was quite impressed with my grand nephew’s performance as Mordecai in his Sunday School play, Esther, at the Bethel Baptist Church last Sunday. At his age, I had just made my debut on stage in a community production in which I was cast as third foothill. Local Opinion Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brexit – the word that swayed the vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Brexit---the-word-that-swayed-the-vote_65201 Brexit — a clever mash-up of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’, used by those who led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. Those of us in the world of marketing know the power of smart branding, the use of catchwords that excite and engage consumers. Local Opinion Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT For a better JCF... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/For-a-better-JCF---_64054 The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was originally established as part of the colonial system of Jamaica. It was, in fact, established after the 1865 rebellion and its primary function upon establishment was to keep the blacks, who had just emerged out of slavery, in check. The force has always been seen as part of the establishment of an oppressive system and is referred to by some, especially Rastafarians, as “Babylon”, meaning an instrument of oppression. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Legality of non-state flag and international law http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Legality-of-non-state-flag-and-international-law_64928 As a starting point, I too join the United States and the various families that were affected by the horrific and barbaric act at the Orlando nightclub shooting. The American Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, raised the rainbow flag as a symbolic gesture of support for its citizens. The Attorney General of Jamaica Marlene Malahoo Forte, in seeming support of her country’s citizens, echoed her personal views denouncing the raising of the non-state flag while in sympathy with our closest friend (the USA). The cold truth is that the Constitution of Jamaica is the supreme law of the land, and until changes are made, homosexuality and its concomitant acts are still prohibited by our laws. The question to be answered is whether the rainbow flag is a legitimate flag according to international law. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT The OAS: Not a moment for pride http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-OAS--Not-a-moment-for-pride_64924 On June 23, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting called by the Secretary General Luis Almagro, under Article 20 of the Inter-Democratic Charter, to present a report on Venezuela to the 34-member body. Below is the statement I made at the meeting as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brexit creates EU-Britain nightmare for the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Brexit-creates-EU-Britain-nightmare-for-the-Caribbean_65093 The 12 English-speaking independent countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have, at the most, two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU). Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT That 1972 KPH finding on ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/That-1972-KPH-finding-on-ganja_64916 Public attention has been focused in recent weeks on the prospective use of ganja for certain medical purposes. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Customs Agency puts foot down on client’s shoes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Customs-Agency-puts-foot-down-on-client-s-shoes-_64779 Dear Claudienne, Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: For a better JCF... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/PHOTO--For-a-better-JCF---_65043 As National Security Minister Robert Montague makes the headlines with new strategies to combat the crime monster, attorney-at-law Linton P Gordon takes a look at making the Jamaica Constabulary Force more successful in its mandate as part of the fight. Gordon highlights key areas he believes ought to be addressed to create a highly trained, well-motivated and strategic police force to win the hearts and support of citizens. An improved police force is on The Agenda this week. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Social, economic and cultural factors influencing insecurity and public safety in the region http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Social--economic-and-cultural-factors-influencing-insecurity-and-public-safety-in-the-region_64938 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in 2012, conducted a survey on crimes in seven Caribbean countries — Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, and Guyana. The findings of this survey were published in the Jamaica Daily Gleaner, dated January 20, 2014. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Who cheats more? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Who-cheats-more-_65041 So shall I live, Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT God sent the rainbow sign (no more water the fire next time) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/God-sent-the-rainbow-sign--no-more-water-the-fire-next-time-_64889 Marlene Mahaloo Forte is our 48th attorney general (AG), the eighth since 1962, and the second female. We spurn our history as “colonial”, but the story of this illustrious office should be written; her chapter starts badly. Local Opinion Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Not easy...at home and abroad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Not-easy---at-home-and-abroad_64890 “There’s nothing wrong with the world… It’s the people who’re in it.” Local Opinion Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jump ship, Captain! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jump-ship--Captain-_64724 Captain Horace Burrell has had a long career in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), his greatest moments being the first signing of René Simoes and his subsequent qualification to the 1998 World Cup in France. Local Opinion Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT The importance of history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-importance-of-history_64723 High school history textbooks books, for the most part, simply give factual data of events in chronological order. It is sad that the purpose of history in high schools is seen as imbibing some boring information to achieve one more examination pass mark to impress would be employers. History should explain why we need to give thanks for good things. Local Opinion Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Make rhetoric a reality: Review foster care http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Make-rhetoric-a-reality--Review-foster-care_63962 Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to review the Government’s support for foster parents and implement improved monitoring measures. While public announcements are easy to make, only their Local Opinion Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Religious tyranny and the love of God http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Religious-tyranny-and-the-love-of-God_64600 In a recent report in the Sunday Gleaner, the administrators of the Andrews Memorial Hospital, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, threatened disciplinary action against any member of staff who commits the “biblical sins” of fornication and adultery. Dismissal from one’s employment could result from any such infractions. Local Opinion Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT