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 Lloyd B Smith deserves an OJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Lloyd-B-Smith-deserves-an-OJ_71099 I wish to take this distinct opportunity to emphatically commend former president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, former People’s National Party St James Central Member Of Parliament, political commentator and Montego Bay businessman, Lloyd B Smith, for his distinguished, long-standing and impressive service over many years. Local Opinion Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Another incentive for teachers: a co-operative hotel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Another-incentive-for-teachers--a-co-operative-hotel_71834 There was a news item sometime last week about the number of mathematics teachers who migrated over the past year. Actually, this has always been a problem for two reasons. First, Jamaica will never be able to pay teachers what they are paid in North America and England. Second, there are all sorts of incentives available in certain First-World countries to attract teachers. Those that make the incentives available couldn’t care less about the needs of a Third-World country, and there is nothing we can do about that. Local Opinion Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Give Vladimir Putin and Dave Cameron a break http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Give-Vladimir-Putin-and-Dave-Cameron-a-break_70453 It’s high time the media gave Russian President Vladimir Putin and West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron a break. Blaming them every time the sun shines or the rain falls is unproductive, intellectually insulting, and factually unjustified. Local Opinion Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Encouraging success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Encouraging-success_70832 I was heartened when I saw the headline in this newspaper a few days ago, ‘Thanks, Alia’. In an environment where we sometimes destroy winners, it is refreshing to see us encouraging our stars even in difficult circumstances. Local Opinion Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Honouring our athletes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Honouring-our-athletes_71709 So Usain Bolt has leapt into the annals of athletic history by becoming the first human being on Earth to have won gold medals in the 100 and 200 metrEs and the 4x100 metre relay in three consecutive Olympic Games. This is a breathless achievement and he deserves all the adulation that he has been receiving from Jamaica and the world. Local Opinion Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT He’s an Olympic gold medallist and deserves every respect! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/He-s-an-Olympic-gold-medallist-and-deserves-every-respect-_71252 On Sunday, August 14, 2016, the world watched as Usain Bolt made history, winning his third gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 100m. The patrons in the pub where I was having an adult beverage erupted with shouts of excitement — they were white people in Ohio. Suffice it to say I could only imagine the reactions from Jamaicans everywhere. And if I know Jamaicans, our contagious pride is colossal. Local Opinion Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT One of Jamaica’s greatest nights reduced to bigotry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/One-of-Jamaica-s-greatest-nights-reduced-to-bigotry-_71098 On the night of August 16, 2016, I went to my sister’s house to pick up my four-year-old daughter and saw history for Jamaica being made. Twenty-two-year-old Omar McLeod — and Jamaica — won Olympic gold for the first time in the 110m hurdles. Local Opinion Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let’s hear the details of the vaccine trials http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Let-s-hear-the-details-of-the-vaccine-trials_71480 .On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, it was reported by the Jamaica Information Service that plans are far advanced for Zika vaccine trials in Jamaica. Acting chief medical officer of Jamaica, Dr Winston De La Haye, in an address to a Rotary Club function on Monday, August 15, 2016 stated that: “They have actually started in the US, but needs about 80 more sites in the Caribbean and Latin America, and we believe we can provide 10 of those sites.” The trials are being conducted by the United States National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Local Opinion Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT President Barack Obama and Usain Bolt’s march to greatness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/President-Barack-Obama-and-Usain-Bolt-s-march-to-greatness_71624 It is rare that two individuals could have such a profound effect on the course of history and affect the lives of more than half of the world’s population in some way. It is as if their destiny was preordained and twinned for greatness within a span of time stretching over only 12 years. Local Opinion Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gear up like Bolt, Jamaica! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Gear-up-like-Bolt--Jamaica-_71475 We Jamaicans were on our feet in the Olympic Stadium as Usain Bolt took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade level with the US and Japan for his last event, the Men’s 4x100m relay on Friday. Then he powered up into ‘Bolt gear’, flying past his competitors, to achieve his historic ‘Treble-Treble’ — three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. Local Opinion Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Open a resort, Usain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Open-a-resort--Usain_71517 The following is an open letter to Usain St Leo Bolt: Local Opinion Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Make sports legendary... and bankable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Make-sports-legendary----and-bankable_70824 We Jamaicans, and maybe all the world, are all still in awe from Usain Bolt’s legendary performance at the Rio Olympics. Usain’s performances have the ability time after time to make all Jamaica stand still for either 9.58 seconds or more, which is a phenomenon that can only be matched by a natural disaster when all are forced to stay put; no other event or person in Jamaica has the ability to make Jamaicans willingly drop everything, be quiet, and then celebrate. Local Opinion Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT How will we honour our athletes? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/How-will-we-honour-our-athletes_71243 The Government should have already been looking forward to planning welcome home celebrations for our Olympic athletes. Islandwide motorcades, hometown celebrations, Jamaica House ceremonies, and stadium grand galas are among the many ideas that will be put forward to recognise the 2016 achievements in Rio. Local Opinion Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT The inherent dangers of political expediency driving economic policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-inherent-dangers-of-political-expediency-driving-economic-policy_70262 On April 22, 2016, Jamaica joined with 170 other countries and affixed its signature to the Paris Accord on Climate Change, which in simple terms represents a commitment by the signatories to reduce emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gases. In signing the 12-page agreement, the members promised to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C” (3.6 degrees F). Local Opinion Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT The ‘Goldfish’ crudity is beyond Trelawny’s white elephant! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The--Goldfish--crudity-is-beyond-Trelawny-s-white-elephant-_71249 What a difference it would make were we to celebrate all of our athletes, regardless of success or not, and encourage them to continue to give of their best when representing this small but significant piece of the rock we so proudly call home. Local Opinion Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT With little to show after 54 years, let’s... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/With-little-to-show-after-54-years--let-s---_70683 The observation by Frank Phipps, QC, about the ineffective engagement of the Jamaican population with the political process is a timely one. Our experience over 54 years as an independent nation has little overall economic and social benefit to show for it. All we need for evidence of this is the fact that Jamaica has problems of poor financial strength and high crime. I believe these two symptoms of poverty and high crime are related to the unfocused development of the social and economic potential for all the citizens of the country, and the lack of leadership to identify and develop these talents of the majority of Jamaicans. Local Opinion Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Donald Trump and racial matters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Donald-Trump-and-racial-matters_70574 In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practise racism then it is racism that we teach. — Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949 Local Opinion Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Black leadership and the Stockholm syndrome — A tribute to Marcus Garvey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Black-leadership-and-the-Stockholm-syndrome---A-tribute-to-Marcus-Garvey_71108 The Stockholm syndrome has been defined by the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 5th Edition as “a psychological syndrome in which a person being held captive begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor, while simultaneously becoming unsympathetic towards the police or other authorities that try to come to their rescue”. Local News Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Our lionesses roaring in Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Our-lionesses-roaring-in-Rio_71189 Okay, okay, so we have Rio-ed ourselves almost to a frazzle. Local Opinion Fri, 19 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Can the Holness Cabinet do better? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Can-the-Holness-Cabinet-do-better_71211 All prime ministers failed to realise their party manifesto; their promises or their personal aspirations for Jamaica. So now PM Holness is poised to make history — will he? Local Opinion Fri, 19 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Laudato Si vs coal energy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Laudato-Si-vs-coal-energy_70972 On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published an encyclical entitled ‘Laudato Si’ (Praise be to you, my Lord), with the subtitle ‘On Care For Our Common Home’. It has to do with environmental matters and points to the Earth as God’s creation. In it the pope touched every aspect of the world’s environmental problems, including global warming. Everyone should read this encyclical if you have not already done so, which can be downloaded from the Internet. Local Opinion Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica and sports tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jamaica-and-sports-tourism_70846 With the 2016 Olympics, the hearts of Jamaicans all over the world are bursting with pride as the island further establishes itself in international track and field. The recent New York Times article by Orlando Patterson (August 13, 2016) explained — to all those developed-world folks still scratching their heads — why Jamaicans are running champions. And I was delighted to learn two years ago that organisations were being set up on the island to create major sporting events that would attract sports tourists. Local Opinion Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Standing with Rev Al Miller; right or wrong? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Standing-with-Rev-Al-Miller--right-or-wrong-_71058 Standing together is the only thing that keeps us from falling apart. — Mark Amend Local Opinion Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Usain Bolt — A one-man MA ount Rushmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Usain-Bolt----A-one-man-MA-ount-Rushmore_70841 A justly proud and grateful nation erupted with jubilation last Sunday evening as the ace sprinter and now legendary Usain Bolt sprinted into the annals of athletic history. Local Opinion Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Re-imagining our justice system — Part 1: Efficiency and independence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Re-imagining-our-justice-system---Part-1--Efficiency-and-independence-_68231 Jamaica, despite her many challenges, can take pride in her many strengths and positives. I recall speaking at an Emancipation event in 2009 and making the point that one of the things we should celebrate as a country is our electoral system. Another area of our national life that is worthy of celebration is the independence of our judiciary and the erudition of our judges. Local Opinion Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT