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 Let's confront the root causes of child abuse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-confront-the-root-causes-of-child-abuse_18830026 IN the remote Maroon village of Accompong Town, the newly re-elected Colonel Ferron Williams wants to revive whipping as a form of punishment. Editorial Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Sound recommendations from the OCG http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sound-recommendations-from-the-OCG_18823663 NO one inside the ruling People's National Party, and even more so the individuals on both sides who hold political office, should feel any sense of relief, or satisfaction, in the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to charge Ms Shernet Haughton. Editorial Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Professional versus amateur conundrum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Professional-versus-amateur-conundrum_18818284 This tension between amateurism and professionalism in sport is as old as the hills. Editorial Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Welcoming Dr Carlton Davis and Mr Dennis Chung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Welcoming-Dr-Carlton-Davis-and-Mr-Dennis-Chung_18811071 THE appointment of Dr Carlton Davis for a second stint as chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT) board is most welcome and an obvious move by the Government to burnish the image of the directorate that has been badly damaged by recent revelations. Editorial Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Cockroach (read: big investors) nuh bizniz inna fowl fight' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-Cockroach--read--big-investors--nuh-bizniz-inna-fowl-fight-_18805824 WHILE we agonise every day that Jamaica is not attracting the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) that would spur growth and provide jobs, we are steadily perfecting the art of scaring off potential investors with our penchant for squabbling as soon as a prospective investment deal comes in sight. Editorial Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT We're not as small as we like to think http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-re-not-as-small-as-we-like-to-think_18797517 The dilemma facing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, is that they are not as small as they like to make out -- based on comparisons with the population, land area and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of other countries. Neither are they as deprived of resources, if they measure their land and their marine space. Editorial Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT ‘Informa fi ded’? Then let’s all become informers! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-Informa-fi-ded---Then-let-s-all-become-informers- WHAT manner of evil is this stalking our beloved country? What, we ask, could have been going through the minds of the beasts — for they are certainly not fit to be called humans — who so brutally ended the lives of three teenaged boys and a man in Hayes, Clarendon, last week? The country was, to say the least, shocked by the murders of 14-year-old Raymond Givans, 14-year-old Ricardo Briscoe, 16-year-old Alex Turner, and 35-year-old Marquis Hamilton. Editorial Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:21:00 GMT Internal party contests good for democracy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Internal-party-contests-good-for-democracy_18787696 JAMAICANS are now no more than about 20 months from the next parliamentary elections and the political atmosphere is heating up. Editorial Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Don't we get it? Export or die! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-we-get-it--Export-or-die_18777932 DURING the 1930s, the world economy experienced its worst crisis in the period known as the Great Depression. It was characterised by economic contraction, decline in international trade, high unemployment and increased poverty. Jamaica's economy in the last decade has had similar features. Editorial Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Well done, Windies, let's get even better from here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Well-done--Windies--let-s-get-even-better-from-here_18776656 THE West Indies team didn't win in Antigua yesterday, but all West Indian cricket fans are feeling like winners just at the moment. Editorial Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Chilling revelations from the Tivoli Enquiry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Chilling-revelations-from-the-Tivoli-Enquiry_18766248 THE testimony being given by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington at the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry is quite revealing. Editorial Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT It's not easy being in Opposition. Ask the JLP! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/It-s-not-easy-being-in-Opposition--Ask-the-JLP_18762465 The late People's National Party (PNP) Prime Minister Michael Manley was reported as saying that being in Opposition was boring. It's probably worse than that. Editorial Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Summit of the Americas: Success or failure? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Summit-of-the-Americas--Success-or-failure-_18756563 MANY Jamaicans are awaiting indications as to whether our attendance at the Summit of the Americas was a waste of time and money. This is because the impact of these international meetings on Jamaica is often not fully appreciated. Editorial Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Is the NWA awaiting tragedy? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-the-NWA-awaiting-tragedy--_18751908 If, as is commonly stated, a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photo published in this week's Sunday Observer showing a truck driving behind a female Ardenne student crossing Trafalgar Road is quite telling. Editorial Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT The task of keeping WI cricket afloat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-task-of-keeping-WI-cricket-afloat_18746227 OFF-FIELD worries, not least that burdensome US$42-million claim by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), remain like a shroud. Editorial Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Still so little information about the substance of President Obama's visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Still-so-little-information-about-the-substance-of-President-Obama-s-visit_18741202 OUR editorial entitled 'Why President Obama is coming to Jamaica' elicited a generous number of comments, demonstrating, we think, the high level of interest among Jamaicans at home and in the United States of America. Editorial Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Richie Benaud, great cricketer and a gentleman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Richie-Benaud--great-cricketer-and-a-gentleman_18730117 NEWS that Mr Richie Benaud, legendary Australian cricketer and captain and among the great cricket broadcasters, has succumbed at 84 to skin cancer is a body blow to the game's global fraternity. Editorial Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT KCT deal good for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/KCT-deal-good-for-Jamaica_18720774 THE scale of the investment being made by French company Terminal Link CMA CGM in the Kingston port is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Editorial Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Welcome and fare thee well, Mr President http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Welcome-and-fare-thee-well--Mr-President_18718325 PRESIDENT of the United States (POTUS), Mr Barack Obama, at Jamaica Observer press time yesterday, was scheduled to be in our beautiful island, a historic visit for only the second sitting POTUS, and one of great national pride for the people of Jamaica. Editorial Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caricom’s agenda for President Obama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-s-agenda-for-President-Obama_18714599 WE have in this space provided an analysis of the likely motivations for the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica. Today we suggest what should be the tenor of his meeting with Caricom leaders. Editorial Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Patriots over party people, please! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Patriots-over-party-people--please-_18708089 RECENT developments at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) suggest that a new board will be named soon to run that troubled agency. Editorial Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT We don't plan well http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-don-t-plan-well_18698534 It's always fascinating to watch the effect of economic activity on communities. Editorial Mon, 06 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT What’s really wrong with the NHT? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-s-really-wrong-with-the-NHT- On March 30, 2015, the National Housing Trust (NHT) announced changes to how customers are to receive their NHT refunds effective April 1, which is a mere two days’ notice! Editorial Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:41:43 GMT Champs now needs professional events management entity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Champs-now-needs-professional-events-management-entity_18696233 REGARDING the chaos outside the National Stadium at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships last Saturday, we note a comment from chairman of the Champs Committee Ms Colleen Montague that the problem was purely a security issue. Editorial Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caricom has no ambition to lead OAS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-has-no-ambition-to-lead-OAS_18683595 ON March 18, 2015, member states of the Organisation of American States (OAS) elected a new secretary general (SG) in Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, who now succeeds Chile's Jose Miguel Insulza. Editorial Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT