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 Can Greece or Jamaica avoid austerity and 'run wid it'? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Can-Greece-or-Jamaica-avoid-austerity-and--run-wid-it--_18477058 NEWS that the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) platform may challenge International Monetary Fund (IMF) dictats as Tspiras of Greece has tried is funny. A swell is building with Shaw and the Opposition leader's importunate calls for growth and Bobby Montague's opposing the Petcom gas stations sale despite protesting the JLP's support for privatisation. Are JLP and PNP roles reversed; is the JLP socialist? Did Andrew know about growth as prime minister, or is it a new discovery? Local Opinion Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT What will become of the missing children? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/What-will-become-of-the-missing-children-_18476806 IN last Sunday's Observer, a headline and accompanying photos introduced us to one young man and seven girls who were listed as missing children. The youngest listed was 12 years old, another 13, two others 14, two 15 and one 16. The oldest was the young man at age 17. Local Opinion Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Should we applaud or boo you off the stage, Holness? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Should-we-applaud-or-boo-you-off-the-stage--Holness-_18472169 AS Opposition Leader Andrew Holness strode through a door of the Boulevard Baptist Church on Sunday, February 8, and walked over to his seat, he had God on his mind. But he also was thinking that, maybe, he was a little bit of Joseph, King David, and most certainly Job of the Bible. Local Opinion Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glen Archer, celibacy and service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Glen-Archer--celibacy-and-service_18472170 REVEREND Glen Archer died as a dry martyr. The term is used to describe those who were not murdered or killed for the Christian faith, but endured hardships such as poverty or illness in order to promote Jesus Christ. The word 'dry' means that no blood was spilled, as in the case of 'wet' martyrs. That Archer opted to stay in Jamaica qualifies him as a dry martyr. Glen Archer was not only an exceptionally successful spelling bee coach, he was also a father figure for many of his students. Local Opinion Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Principles: Choose wisely and soon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Principles--Choose-wisely-and-soon_18457980 THERE are two terms that have been bandied about in this society for quite some time now without sufficient attempts at careful definition of either, and seemingly without realisation of certain implications arising from these terms. Local Opinion Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT (Social) justice is a complete circle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/-Social--justice-is-a-complete-circle_18465070 I read with great distress an article under the banner Covering the Courts in the Sunday Observer edition of December 28, 2014 in which the learned Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey sentenced a mother to 30 days in prison for rubbing faeces on a child, splashing some on a school building, and causing some to catch a guidance counsellor. Local Opinion Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT The other side of scamming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-other-side-of-scamming_18465036 SCAMMING is big money. It has made many ordinary, impoverished, uneducated Jamaicans very rich. Students still in high school have been known to become multimillionaires overnight. Local Opinion Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT A doggone shame! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/A-doggone-shame-_18456243 DURING Barack Obama's first term as president of the United States, he was forced to produce his birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii and not Kenya. Local Opinion Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT As the Tivoli Commission takes a break... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/As-the-Tivoli-Commission-takes-a-break---_18457982 THE testimony of the former Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington to the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry (COE), last week, has left me astonished and puzzled. Local Opinion Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mistranslating scripture, misquoting God re divorce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Mistranslating-scripture--misquoting-God-re-divorce_18400089 At the risk of being called liberal, apostate or a 'tun back parson', I confess that I do not share the puzzlement of most people concerning the divorce rate, even among Christians. If anything, I am puzzled that so many married people stay married given the known vagaries of marriage if we are honest with ourselves. Local Opinion Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Paving the way for sustainability http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Paving-the-way-for-sustainability_18443279 AS we examined the healthy vegetables grown by students in the greenhouse at Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, last Tuesday, as we listened to the young singers and dramatists; we saw the bright promise of Jamaica. With their fine tradition of excellence and discipline, Jamaica's first high school has produced brilliant graduates who have been making their mark on their country and beyond. These include Food for the Poor board director, attorney-at-law Debbie-Ann Gordon Crawford and Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland Dwayne Vaz, who attended the function for the handover of the greenhouse by the Digicel Foundation and Food for the Poor. Local Opinion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT Exploitation of mineral resources remains critical policy objective http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Exploitation-of-mineral-resources-remains-critical-policy-objective_18099966 JAMAICA'S desire to gain maximum advantage from the sustainable exploitation of its mineral resources remains a critical policy objective of the Government of Jamaica. This commitment has been reiterated on many occasions by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, particularly since the recent decision to suspend the red mud beneficiation-based (rare-earth elements) project in Jamaica. Local Opinion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT Just as I thought I understood the Constitution, they changed it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Just-as-I-thought-I-understood-the-Constitution--they-changed-it_18443306 This parody on the Jamaican Constitution may be timely as we fumble about what to do with a double appointment of senators. Local Opinion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Denbigh High School: A demonstration of excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Denbigh-High-School--A-demonstration-of-excellence_18443274 Competition and excellence are the hallmark of a successful school. In a hard-to-please society and nation, non-traditional schools have traditionally been bombarded by texts and innuendos. Prejudices are rife and many of our parents take pre-emptive measures in bolstering academic knowledge to ensure their students gain a pass for the traditional high schools. In a country where status is a norm, non-traditional high schools are for the most part avoided. Local Opinion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT Culture of customer service at Andrews Memorial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Culture-of-customer-service-at-Andrews-Memorial_18418286 I was pleasantly surprised at the in-hospital care received at Andrews Memorial Hospital in September 2014. The entire experience was in contrast to the experiences of many that are frequently catalouged in the media. The entire experience was pleasantly jaw-dropping, as I was unsure of what to expect, especially because this occurred during the height of negative patient feedback in the health sector. Local Opinion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gov't says it can't pay Y P Seaton the $4b won in court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Gov-t-says-it-can-t-pay-Y-P-Seaton-the--4b-won-in-court_18400119 JAMAICA is beautiful, and we have some of the most wonderful people on the face of the Earth, but we are also a crazy country. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT We all have our heroes... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-all-have-our-heroes---_18434462 There is nothing intrinsically wrong in making out people we like, admire, idolise, or even deify to be heroes. In fact, a great many people see enough heroic qualities in their parents, teachers, neighbours and friends to call them heroes. Moreover, because there are neither universal standards nor precise sets of characteristics that an individual must exhibit in order to qualify as an international, national or personal hero, everyone is free to compile a list of qualities they feel are sufficient and appropriate to justify the designation of hero. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT An Administration living on nursery rhymes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/An-Administration-living-on-nursery-rhymes_18434645 Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT When Goat Islands lost its base http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/When-Goat-Islands-lost-its-base_18434381 GOAT Islands, as a proposed logistics hub, was very much in the news last year. The debate raged on about its suitability, its size and topography, its location, and the effect it would have on the environment. Naturally, the arguments took on a political twist as partisan support was divided. All of a sudden poor Goat Islands was being moved to the top of the election platform agenda. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Giving Teddy McCook his due and just reward http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Giving-Teddy-McCook-his-due-and-just-reward_18435927 FOR some odd reason, directors of the highly successful Gibson Relays have decided to rename the annual relay festival, which is normally held on the last Saturday in February of each year. General News Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT The Holness matter: A leader must convert or remove his adversaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-Holness-matter--A-leader-must-convert-or-remove-his-adversaries_18426027 THIS nation continues to be amazed at the almost infinite capacity of the Jamaica Labour Party to damage itself. It seems if that party were to go out to buy a pound of liver, most of it would turn out to be bone. No one is asking its members to remain mum if some breach is identified. But is it too much to ask that, instead of first spilling their guts to their enemies and the electorate, they first discuss it among themselves and try to find solutions. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Our mineral springs — wasted assets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Our-mineral-springs---wasted-assets_18434518 From my eyes were at my knees — and that's quite some time ago — I have been hearing of the magnificent therapeutic value of Jamaica's leading mineral spas at Milk River in Clarendon and Bath in St Thomas. I heard it from my father and he relayed it from his dad; and always the story contained the lamentation that Jamaica was wasting some of its most precious assets. Why have Jamaica's hot springs been given such a cold official reception? Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nightmare (Vision) 2030 and beyond http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Nightmare--Vision--2030-and-beyond_18419248 THE international audience has once again tuned into Jamaica; a microscopic look on the progress and timely implementation of the targets set out for 2015 in the National Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has followed. More worrying, and uncomforting, is that when we think that in just a decade and a half, Jamaica, with a high level of expectancy, the under scrutiny item fast approaching is Vision 2030. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT To those politicians who don't read the papers or watch the news http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/To-those-politicians-who-don-t-read-the-papers-or-watch-the-news_18431666 ARCHITECTS are required to be knowledgeable in the area of building construction and design. Design requires a good deal of understanding of social activity, which is what determines how we use the buildings we use for our daily activities. Reading about many different things has given me great insight into design and other things that contribute to design success or failure. Reading illustrates and gives perspective to most things around us in our society today. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT St Kitts-Nevis election fiasco a symptom of a bigger problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/St-Kitts-Nevis-election-fiasco-a-symptom-of-a-bigger-problem_18433890 CONCERN was rightly raised over the failure of the supervisor of elections in St Kitts-Nevis, Wingrove George, to declare the results of the February 16 general election until two days afterwards. Local Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT