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 Labour Market Information System offers hope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Labour-Market-Information-System-offers-hope_1129 As Jamaica’s two major political parties woo voters over the next two-and-a-half weeks leading to the February 25 parliamentary election, economic growth will be foremost on the agenda, as indeed it has been for a while. Editorial Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Are Jamaicans in the US ‘feeling the Bern’? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Are-Jamaicans-in-the-US--feeling-the-Bern-_51030 WHO becomes the president of the United States and the policies which emerge from the US political system of the White house, Congress and the Judiciary are vitally important issues to Jamaicans here and in America. Editorial Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Insurance scheme for athletes a good move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Insurance-scheme-for-athletes-a-good-move_50959 It’s not possible to precisely quantify the value of sport to Jamaica . Editorial Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let all parliamentary aspirants declare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-all-parliamentary-aspirants-declare_50819 Whatever way you look at it, $17 million is a lot of money. So, for Mr John-Paul White’s company to have owed Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) that amount of money, something must have gone terribly wrong, either with the firm’s accounting or administration. Editorial Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT NAJ, PSOJ welcome Holness’ tax relief plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NAJ--PSOJ-welcome-Holness--tax-relief-plan_50824 REPRESENTATIVES of at least two stakeholder groups are greeting a commitment given by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness that a Jamaica Labour Party Administration would increase the income tax threshold to $1.5 million, in an effort to ease the burden on low-income earners. Local News Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Two things we endorse from the PNP platform http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Two-things-we-endorse-from--the-PNP-platform_50679 Jamaican political rally platforms can be heady things and much stupidity has characterised the declarations emanating therefrom over the years. Editorial Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT C’bean must not lose sight of debt stranglehold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/C-bean-must-not-lose-sight-of-debt-stranglehold_50563 Jamaica’s small but encouraging success in its fight to reduce the stranglehold of debt should not cause us or the region, to forget that Caribbean countries continue to be among the most indebted in the world. Editorial Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Now that we have an election date... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Now-that-we-have-an-election-date---_50468 WE feel sure that the great majority of Jamaicans are happy that uncertainty has now been removed about the date of the parliamentary election. Editorial Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Heart Month a good time to start dealing with obesity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Heart-Month-a-good-time-to-start-dealing-with-obesity_50326 Obesity is commonly thought to be a problem only in rich countries where people both habitually overeat and ingest the foods most dangerous to health. The United States, for instance, has earned the moniker ‘Fast food nation’ because of its notorious consumption of excessive amounts of “junk food”. Editorial Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Why Mr Barrington Watson painted the Jamaican woman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-Mr-Barrington-Watson-painted-the-Jamaican-woman_50315 Many have praised the late Mr Barrington Watson’s skill and masterly artistry as a painter, and there is considerable publicly available biographical information and documentation of his numerous achievements. Editorial Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Shiv Chanderpaul’s way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Shiv-Chanderpaul-s-way_50244 A week ago came the announcement of Mr Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s long expected retirement from international cricket at age 41. Editorial Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT We must all take ZIKV seriously http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-must-all-take-ZIKV-seriously_50099 Word yesterday that World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said that the Zika virus (ZIKV) is “spreading explosively” in the Americas is not very comforting, especially to people living in this region. Editorial Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ms Paula Llewellyn’s certain legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Ms-Paula-Llewellyn-s-certain-legacy_50001 Lord Chief Justice Hewart’s comment in a far-reaching 1923 case that “…a long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done” has been given life in Jamaica. Editorial Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT The shame or lack of shame in social media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-shame-or-lack-of-shame-in-social-media_49868 In the modern ethics of today’s world, self-promoting publicity is acceptable and the notion of privacy and the line of discretion between what is private and what is public is fast disappearing. Editorial Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT We can abolish income tax, if… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-can-abolish-income-tax--if-_49785 Arguments in favour of abolishing income tax in Jamaica have been raised intermittently over many decades. In the main, advocates have merely been given a listening ear that comes across more as patronising than interest. Editorial Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT We want to believe you so badly, DCP Quallo, but can we? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-want-to-believe-you-so-badly--DCP-Quallo--but-can-we-_49637 New Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr George Quallo is assuring Jamaicans that crime will fall this year, compared to last year. Editorial Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Carib’s economic centre of gravity shifting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Carib-s-economic-centre-of-gravity-shifting_49604 We commend the enterprising general manager, Mrs Marlene Street-Forrest, for envisioning and organising the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s 2016 Investments and Capital Markets Conference staged last Tuesday and Wednesday. Editorial Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT The inspirational Mrs Novlene Williams-Mills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-inspirational-Mrs-Novlene-Williams-Mills_49528 That Mr Usain Bolt and Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awardees for 2015 came as no surprise. Editorial Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Messing with the Junior Stock Exchange? Are you mad? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Messing-with-the-Junior-Stock-Exchange--Are-you-mad-_49422 Governments Editorial Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Should we start worrying about remittance inflows? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Should-we-start-worrying-about-remittance-inflows-_49289 Remittances remain Jamaica’s biggest source of foreign exchange inflows, above 2013 figures of US$1.8 billion and outstripping revenues from big earners like bauxite and tourism. Editorial Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT It’s not rocket science; let’s do the math! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/It-s-not-rocket-science--let-s-do-the-math--_49090 It was not encouraging to learn, as reported in yesterday’s edition of this newspaper, that 494 maths and science teachers exited from the public education sector for jobs mainly in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Editorial Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Better to be safe than sorry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Better-to-be-safe-than-sorry_48983 We are happy that up to now the Zika virus has not been confirmed in Jamaica. Editorial Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican cocoa could be sweet again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaican-cocoa-could-be-sweet-again_48936 Production of cocoa in Jamaica is nowhere near its previous levels and far from its potential, although we are told that 370 acres of cocoa orchards have been rehabilitated in recent years. Editorial Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Local sport associations must aim for the highest standards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Local-sport-associations-must-aim-for-the-highest-standards_48854 JAMAICA’S sporting fraternity had good reason to celebrate excellence at last night’s 55th staging of the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards function. Editorial Sat, 16 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Minister Derrick Kellier’s immediate task http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Minister-Derrick-Kellier-s-immediate-task_48744 We’ll give Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier the benefit of the doubt that he simply wasn’t aware of what was happening in his ministry in relation to the granting of two research licences to two commercial fishing companies. Editorial Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT