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 Leave the fountain alone! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Leave-the-fountain-alone-_86851 “The St James Parish Council plans to remove the fountain from Montego Bay’s historic Sam Sharpe Square and replace it with a statue of the national hero after whom the square was named, a reliable source told the Jamaica Observer. Local Opinion Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT We’re all wary of the unpredictable Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-re-all-wary-of-the-unpredictable-Trump_86929 The world is on edge as the time for Donald Trump to be sworn in as president of the United States approaches. Trump has turned out to be unorthodox, unusual, contentious, and could also be described as cantankerous. Local Opinion Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dudley Thompson centenary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Dudley-Thompson-centenary_86879 The late Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson was born on January 19, 1917. He died at age 95, one day after his birthday, on January 20, 2012. Born in Panama to Jamaican parents, Dudley Thompson grew up in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Local Opinion Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Can’t listen to the empty talk; check the figures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Can-t-listen-to-the-empty-talk--check-the-figures-_86462 To love truth for truth sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed plot of all virtues. — John Locke Local Opinion Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT The acting police commish’s crime stats just a bunch of malarkey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-acting-police-commish-s-crime-stats-just-a-bunch-of-malarkey_86466 The acting police commissioner in Jamaica, Novelette Grant, last week released an impressive list of statistics in a desperate attempt at burnishing the much-fractured image of the Jamaican Constabulary Force. This comes after the continued public outcry for more effective policing across the island and in the wake of the continued murder rampage, with 38 Jamaicans murdered on the island, year to date, and with 2017 only 17 days old. Local Opinion Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Is rejecting the prison deal really beneficial to Jamaica? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Is-rejecting-the-prison-deal-really-beneficial-to-Jamaica-_86686 The Andew Holness Administration has taken the retrograde step of rejecting, without more, the very generous offer made by the United Kingdom (UK) Government to assist in building a well-needed, modern penal facility which would improve the living conditions of the prisoners and propel us into conformity with domestic and international human rights laws. It remains to be seen what the alternative will be. Local Opinion Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Beyond immorality? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Beyond-immorality--_86683 The church of Jesus Christ (all groupings including Moravians) should not register alarm or surprise at the mixed flock of birds that has swarmed around us and will continue so to do (most of the birds being John crows or dead flesh eaters, but not all) because we have provided the dead flesh that such birds delight in tearing to bits. Local Opinion Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT No quick fix to nursing brain drain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/No-quick-fix-to-nursing-brain-drain_86467 Nurses are the backbone of Jamaica’s health system and some have earned the reputation of being among the best in the world, so it’s no wonder they are increasingly sought after internationally. As expected, the poaching of nurses from the public health care system is again on the national agenda. Indeed, given the ease of this nurse brain drain, one is left to ponder whether Jamaica, by itself, has the ability to retain its nurses, particularly specialist nurses, in this competitive environment. Local Opinion Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Pride in this rich country called Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Pride-in-this-rich-country-called-Jamaica_86626 Last Friday and Saturday, we attended the RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, glittering with world-beaters; the GraceKennedy Annual Business Conference, punctuated by applause for captains of industry Butch Hendrickson and their own CEO, Don Wehby; a prayerful and hopeful meeting of the Associates of the Sisters of Mercy; and a laughter-rich evening with close friends, happy to escape the cold north. Yes, indeed, we are ultra-rich in body, mind and spirit. Local Opinion Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Stop fighting crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Stop-fighting-crime_86463 I need not elaborate on Jamaica’s crime challenges and the repercussions they are having on every aspect of society. I’d rather use this medium to join the many patriots who are spending time, energy and resources on a sustainable solution. Local Opinion Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Passion aside, desperate times call for desperate measures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Passion-aside--desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures_86459 A great many people believe passion is placed in opposition to reason. Still, whilst passion may not good policies make, it is instinctive, and, if expressed with reasonable restraint, could be at the service of reason — particularly if its expression is moulded within certain contexts. Local Opinion Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Leadership by example: casting the first stone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Leadership-by-example--casting-the-first-stone_86333 The unequal struggle against child sexual abuse in our country calls for the unyielding effort of all of our well-thinking citizens. I join all such persons in recommitting ourselves to that struggle minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day; morning, noon and night. Local Opinion Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT The end of ‘wet foot-dry foot’ — Parting gift for whom? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-end-of--wet-foot-dry-foot----Parting-gift-for-whom-_86460 Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami — long a hotbed of Cuban exiles — has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Barack Obama Administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’ policy towards Cubans seeking entry to the US. The question is: A parting gift to whom? Local Opinion Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT My vision for the University of Technology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/My-vision-for-the-University-of-Technology_86360 The following is the edited version of a presentation made at the University of Technology Jamaica by Professor Stephen Vasciannie on the occasion of his introduction to members of staff at the university. Professor Vasciannie was introduced by Pro-Chancellor Richard Powell. Local News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT An inauguration unlike any other http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/An-inauguration-unlike-any-other_86286 The world’s calendar is now in countdown mode as we approach Friday, January 20, 2017. Local Opinion Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT We need a police chief with anti-terrorism credentials http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/We-need-a-police-chief-with-anti-terrorism-credentials_86441 There is much muddled thinking around a new police commissioner, so what do we do? We live in times to try men’s souls, so the job is not for gender justice, alpha male egos; to give long servers a chance or politics. Cabinet must now affirm the core business of the police to enforce laws. Local Opinion Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Bring peace back to Mount Peace… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Bring-peace-back-to-Mount-Peace-_86419 HERE we go again: Another round of death and destruction finds it way into the headlines. How long will we, the Jamaican people, be faced day and night with this enemy? “Double murder in Mount Peace” is one among the most recent assaults in a rural area, in the parish of Hanover, to be exact. What has displaced the peace in Mount Peace? Local Opinion Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Looking again at case backlog in our courts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Looking-again-at-case-backlog-in-our-courts_86177 There have been reports in the media of remarks made at the recent opening of the 2017 Hilary Term at the Supreme Court about the increase in the number of new cases coming to the Home Circuit Court for trial. Local Opinion Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 62 years after the 1955 election http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/62-years-after-the-1955-election_86307 The People’s National Party (PNP), led by Norman Washington Manley, won the third general election under universal adult suffrage in Jamaica on January 12, 1955. The tenure of Norman Manley as chief minister, and later premier, was really the expansion and fleshing out of the ‘Jamaica Welfare’ concept. Local Opinion Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Let’s join hands to protect our children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Let-s-join-hands-to-protect-our-children_86294 Child abuse has been on the rise in our country and we need to rally to protect our children. We do not need to look very far to see the horrible acts that are committed against children. We hear about these acts on radio, see them on TV and social media, read about them in newspaper columns, and hear about them in our communities. We join the call to protect our children and strongly believe that children should be celebrated every day in some way. Local Opinion Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT There is a reason people call pastors reverend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/There-is-a-reason-people-call-pastors-reverend_86092 The arrest and prosecution of a pastor for being found in a “compromising position” with a 15-year-old girl in a community in St Elizabeth has brought into sharp relief, once again, the question of sexual impropriety in the Church. The larger church community is reeling from the moral indiscretions of one of its own. Local Opinion Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT It’s the Heather Murray I know... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/It-s-the-Heather-Murray-I-know---_86210 The following is the full text of a social media post made by the author. The views are his own and not representative of any of his affilitate organisations: Local Opinion Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Crime gone bad, but can ‘come’ good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Crime-gone-bad--but-can--come--good_85810 There is a Jamaican saying that “what gone bad a morning can’t come good a evening”, and crime gone bad from morning. I still have a little hope that, although it won’t ‘come good’ again, it can improve. Local Opinion Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Recap of 2016 predictions and 2017 outlook http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Recap-of-2016-predictions-and-2017-outlook_86135 Predicting a Trump win, higher oil prices and higher interest rates globally among other things was relatively straightforward in 2015. We were bang on there for our predictions. However, we got Bitcoin wrong and the direction of the stock market, although if you checked our Twitter we still fared decently trading those to the short side. We even began to predict Brexit would happen later in the year and this was communicated to our clients. Local Opinion Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT How far can your freedom go? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/How-far-can-your-freedom-go-_86094 German writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe once explained that if someone who in the name of liberty gives up being one’s true self, then it is like that person is committing suicide. Local Opinion Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT