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 Entrepreneurs of a new order http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Entrepreneurs-of-a-new-order_96753 It was encouraging to read the journey of Yoni Epstein in the Sunday Finance magazine of the Sunday Observer, April 16, 2017. His story is one of inspiration to Jamaican entrepreneurs. Local Opinion Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Multilateralism is a key element in promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Multilateralism-is-a-key-element-in-promoting-the-2030-Agenda-for-Sustainable-Development-------_96743 The end of last year and the start of the current one were marked by major changes and enormous uncertainties, although there were also some notable advances and great opportunities, both at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean. Local Opinion Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Our priorities are all screwed up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Our-priorities-are-all-screwed-up_96574 The curtains came down recently on the Inter-secondary Schools’ Sports Association’s 107th Boys’ and Girls’ championships at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, with Calabar High School prevailing over arch-rivals Kingston College for a whisker-close, three-point win of the Mortimer Geddes Trophy. Edwin Allen High retained the girls’ title, leaving Hydel High and St Jago High to fight over the minor placings. My heartiest congratulations to the victors, especially to Calabar High School in securing their sixth-straight win and ownership of the bragging rights for yet another year. Local Opinion Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Preventing the pain of road deaths http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Preventing-the-pain-of-road-deaths_96543 The tragic death of Olympian and Jamaica record holder Germaine Mason is a stark reminder that motorcyclists represent a high percentage of Jamaica’s road fatalities. Thirty-four-year-old Mason lost his life early last Thursday morning when his bike crashed on the Norman Manley Highway. We share in the grief of his family and friends who remember him as a positive and thoughtful individual who overcame injuries and continued to bring glory to his adopted country, Britain. The Jamaica Relay team, who passed the scene of the crash on their way to the World Relays Championships, had to receive counselling. Local Opinion Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Unhappy jolt for those who ‘bun bad lamp’ for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Unhappy-jolt-for-those-who--bun-bad-lamp--for-Jamaica_96310 If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. — Congolese proverb Local Opinion Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Women as political leaders — not a gender issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Women-as-political-leaders---not-a-gender-issue_96309 Modern history is showered with women as political leaders and heads of government. When women first emerged in these roles, it was regarded as ‘breaking a glass ceiling’ — a breakthrough for the female gender in occupying high positions once regarded as the preserve of men. Local Opinion Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT The CCJ and Cabral Douglas v The Commonwealth of Dominica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-CCJ-and-Cabral-Douglas-v-The-Commonwealth-of-Dominica_96391 The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of Dominica. Local Opinion Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT No gender issue in real politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/No-gender-issue-in-real-politics_96435 Appealing to gender alone and the refrain of ‘time for a woman’ does not cut it in the world of real politics. Faint hearts do not make leaders; courage, drive and political astuteness are the criteria by which any leader is judged – man or woman, argues Sir Ronald Sanders  Local Opinion Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Where has our National Anthem gone? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Where-has-our-National-Anthem-gone-_96153 I haven’t been to the movies for a long time and I wonder if the National Anthem is still being played before the main event. Now, when I refer to ‘a long time ago’ please don’t believe it’s the ‘God save the Queen’, or worse yet, “The King” that I’m talking about. Local Opinion Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT The challenges of Harry the Prince http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-challenges-of-Harry-the-Prince_96271 PRINCES are noted nowadays as being the heroes in Disney-produced films which end in “Happy Ever After”. The Prince-star of all stars in real life has been Prince Harry, one of the heirs to the British throne in this day and age. His story has been a mix of bitter and sweet, for a large part of his 32 years when he lost his mother, Princess Diana. Few knew later how deeply he mourned and the pain he felt. Local Opinion Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT We have outgrown CARIFTA Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-have-outgrown-CARIFTA-Games-_96226 The Carifta Games (the Games) should be transformed, abandoned (not our call) or we exit gracefully. They show the best and worst of the West Indies and divide the Caribbean. Local Opinion Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:00:00 GMT Resurrect the tyre-mangrove plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Resurrect-the-tyre-mangrove-plan_95943 Easter, the feast of the resurrection, is the greatest feast in Christianity, not Christmas. If Jesus Christ was not resurrected from the dead, then what would be the point of Christmas or Christianity? It is the resurrection that gives us hope in Jesus. No matter how many times the point is reiterated, we simply have not been able to get people to feel as joyful at Easter as they do at Christmas. The difference might very well be in the presents at Christmas, encouraged by the advertisements, the decorations and so on. Local Opinion Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Awaiting Jamaica’s emissions policy and its targets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Awaiting-Jamaica-s-emissions-policy-and-its-targets_96044 The Jamaica Observer reported on February 8, 2017 that the Cabinet has given instructions to develop a national policy for emissions in Jamaica. On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 the Observer then reported that Jamaica ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on March 30, 2017. There is an obvious connection between the creation of the emissions policy, the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the country’s climate change and development strategies. Local Opinion Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Primary Prevention: A strategy for sustainable growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Primary-Prevention--A-strategy-for-sustainable-growth_96098 Primary prevention is stopping an incident from occurring at the first or main level and involves applying interventions before there is any evidence of a possible event. Observer West Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Maduro’s last gasp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Maduro-s-last-gasp_95944 Nicolas Maduro became president of Venezuela on the death of the redoubtable Hugo Chavez who succumbed to cancer. He inherited an economy that had already started to show all the strains of “Chavismo”, the political philosophy embarked on by his predecessor to transform Venezuela into an egalitarian, progressive, socialist society. Local Opinion Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Poisonous property tax vine was planted long ago http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Poisonous-property-tax-vine-was-planted-long-ago_95826 Now that the dust has settled on the property tax debate it has become evident that the governing Jamaica Labour Party has saved the country from the poisonous vine that was rooted in the People’s National Party’s (PNP) mismanagement of the country’s affairs. A quick trip down a timeline of facts will further reveal a Government that has been gracious while the Opposition swings wild and desperate punches in the dark. Local Opinion Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Behind that Coral Gardens incident http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Behind-that-Coral-Gardens-incident_95932 It’s been 54 years since the infamous Coral Gardens incident in the parish of St James. Many Jamaicans who have been aware of this event would rather not be reminded of it, and most are unaware of the trail of the events that led to the cataclysm or the source of the attitudes that followed. Local Opinion Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hiring for expertise or attitude at senior leadership levels in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Hiring-for-expertise-or-attitude-at-senior-leadership-levels-in-the-Caribbean_95420 Recent and imminent leadership changes in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Sagicor, and I hear Jamaica Public Service, have brought to the fore the question: Which is more important, hiring for expertise or hiring for attitude? Local Opinion Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Won’t you help to sing… Redemption Song!’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Won-t-you-help-to-sing--Redemption-Song-_95808 Her last Facebook post was of an animated cat, wishing everyone a friendly “Goog’ Morning!” However, Dawn Nugent did not live to see last Wednesday morning. She had driven to her home in Golden Spring, St Andrew, after a church meeting last Tuesday evening, and was murdered. Members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Hill and the Tom’s River Mission are grieving her loss. They posted: “Dawn was a woman of prayer…We have been blessed by her ministry and passion for the faith.” Local Opinion Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Sometimes the face of depression is in your mirror http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Sometimes-the-face-of-depression-is-in-your-mirror_95813 “I can’t remember the last time I was happy. I have never been happy for 24 hours straight, ever in my life.” These are the words of “Paul”, a 40-year-old university graduate who has been battling depression for most of his adult life. Local Opinion Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT PNP searching for ammo against Gov’t but coming up empty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/PNP-searching-for-ammo-against-Gov-t-but-coming-up-empty_95649 Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. — Kenyan proverb Local Opinion Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Reimagining political leadership — The challenge to Andrew and Peter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Reimagining-political-leadership---The-challenge-to-Andrew-and-Peter_95284 With each new development in our political life, many citizens renew or develop fresh expectations about how our leaders will conduct themselves and what their conduct will mean for the nature of our politics and our collective life as a people. Local Opinion Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Risen, Indeed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Risen--Indeed_95708 The season of Easter is far more than the obligatory bun and cheese custom of Jamaicans. On this Easter Day columnist Raulston Nembhard says it is useless to debate the semantics of date accuracy and ritual origination, rather we should use the observance to rekindle the dying embers of our souls. He says, in the same way the changing seasons will see to the rebirth of nature, little instances of resurrected power are born in each of us; seize them. Then Lance Neita employs satire to retell the Easter story from ‘2016 Jerusalem’, in his own way drawing everyone to an appreciation of the message: He is risen! Local Opinion Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Equal rights...and justice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Equal-rights---and-justice_95648 It is reported that an Easter message along with testimony from the grave was sent to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Cabinet. Jesus was asked to deliver the message when he arrived in Jamaica for Easter Sunday services. It read, “I died and was buried in the grave by colonial Jamaica, but I awaited the resurrection call to bring me back. I shook in hope at Independence, thinking they would have brought me forth to help build and bring joy and fulfilment to the excited citizens, but the call never came. Local Opinion Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Examining George ‘Atlas’ Headley’s cricket life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Examining-George--Atlas--Headley-s-cricket-life_95761 The legendary Jamaica cricket ground, Sabina Park, will host its 50th Test match when the West Indies meet Pakistan from April 21 to 25. Local Opinion Sun, 16 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT