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 care for the child next door http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-care-for-the-child-next-door JAMAICANS are back to that time of year when “free paper bun”. Thousands of children and their teachers return to school today after the long summer break — some eager and some merely resigned to the inescapable task of education. Editorial Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:33:22 GMT Post-Roger Clarke: Agriculture needs an outstanding minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Post-Roger-Clarke--Agriculture-needs-an-outstanding-minister Agriculture was the mainstay of life for most of the history of mankind because communities had to feed themselves. Trade led to diversification of foods consumed because communities could exchange some of the food they produced for products they did not. Editorial Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:36:28 GMT 2014 schoolboy football season a bag of opportunities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/2014-schoolboy-football-season-a-bag-of-opportunities_17445420 THIS newspaper can only concur with Mr Carlo Redwood, of schoolboy football title sponsors LIME, that "it is hard to believe a year has gone so quickly". Editorial Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Farewell, Roger Clarke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Farewell--Roger-Clarke_17438562 THIS newspaper joins with the wider Jamaican society and the Diaspora in expressing sadness at the death of likeable Minister of Agriculture Mr Roger Clarke, who passed away in the United States yesterday. Editorial Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Be careful now, Mr Aubyn Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Be-careful-now--Mr-Aubyn-Hill_17435940 WE were a bit taken aback by the speed with which Mr Aubyn Hill, head of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) economic council, rushed to rebut this week's statement on inflation by Bank of Jamaica Governor Mr Brian Wynter. Editorial Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PNP must not gloat over small JLP protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PNP-must-not-gloat-over-small-JLP-protest_17421737 IN our political culture, the effectiveness of a protest is measured by the number of people who turn up. By that measure, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) demonstration in Half-Way-Tree, on Monday, was small. Editorial Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Flush out the water thieves... whosoever they may be http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Flush-out-the-water-thieves----whosoever-they-may-be_17412562 NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) executive Mr Richard Meggoo wants stronger legislation to give judges greater powers to punish water thieves. Editorial Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let the people decide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-the-people-decide_17409907 LONG gone are the days when democracy involved direct consultation with the people. We have all heard of the romanticised ideal of the Greek city states where the citizens could gather in a public square and express their views and preferences on actual and, more importantly, proposed policies. Editorial Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Make health questionnaire compulsory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Make-health-questionnaire-compulsory_17404833 ARISING from the situation involving expectant mothers who had sought medical care in delivering their children at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the Ministry of Health has little alternative but to introduce measures that will see less complaints and ultimately better customer care for the women of this country. Editorial Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Clive Lloyd's appointment right move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Clive-Lloyd-s-appointment-right-move_17406905 FOR many cricket followers, news that Mr Ottis Gibson and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had "mutually agreed" to end his contract as coach of the regional team was long overdue. Editorial Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT A few words for the JUTC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-few-words-for-the-JUTC_17390404 Jamaica's commuters were again rocked by another price increase earlier this week, which could have far-reaching effects for the people of the Kingston Metropolitan region in particular. Editorial Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Private investment the cure for borrowing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Private-investment-the-cure-for-borrowing_17388539 It seems that not a day passes that there is not a grand announcement by some Caribbean government of borrowing from external sources. Editorial Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Has the Jamaica Teachers’ Association gone rogue? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Has-the-Jamaica-Teachers--Association-gone-rogue-_17382718 IN this space we are strong believers in Jamaica's teachers and the saying 'if you can read this, thank a teacher'. Yet we must admit to a growing discomfiture with the emerging image of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA). Editorial Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Dealing with the funding of tertiary education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dealing-with-the-funding-of-tertiary-education_17370593 IT’S a recurring dilemma — this issue of funding tertiary education, and with each year it seems to get worse. The education minister, Mr Ronald Thwaites, spoke feelingly on the subject at last week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Editorial Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT The reward of struggle and sacrifice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-reward-of-struggle-and-sacrifice_17371945 This newspaper takes great pride in its reputation for striving, as much as possible, to provide inspiration and hope through its news stories, features and commentaries. Editorial Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Are there other national heroes among us? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Are-there-other-national-heroes-among-us- It has been 50 years since Jamaica named its first National Hero in Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, who would have been 127 years old today, having been born on August 17, 1887. Editorial Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:47:44 GMT Good business must be a bottom line for football clubs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-business-must-be-a-bottom-line-for-football-clubs_17368591 HARD times mean that at some stage a top club such as Tivoli Gardens FC would have contemplated withdrawal from the National Premier League. Jamaican football lovers shouldn't be fooled into thinking Tivoli are the only ones with such thoughts. Editorial Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Animation's huge potential and the World Bank's generosity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Animation-s-huge-potential-and-the-World-Bank-s-generosity_17355505 Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' revelation that all 17 students who sat the newly introduced Digital Media course in the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) received passing grades is, indeed, encouraging. Editorial Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Mario Deane: without the shedding of blood, no redemption of sin? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mario-Deane--without-the-shedding-of-blood--no-redemption-of-sin-_17349053 AS one of the leading proponents of decriminalisation of ganja in this space, we are encouraged by the Government's very sensible decision to end arrests for possession of small amounts of the weed. Editorial Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT UWI, Caricom not filling intellectual void http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/UWI--Caricom-not-filling-intellectual-void_17329613 ON several occasions we have lamented the intellectual void which prevails in Caribbean economic policy, despite the creativity shown in every other field of endeavour. This, we believe, is largely the cause of the individual national and collective regional failure to effectively respond to the global economic crisis and, indeed, the lack of macroeconomic resilience to the impact of the crisis. Editorial Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT If MOCA and Col Edwards are to succeed... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-MOCA-and-Col-Edwards-are-to-succeed---_17336766 WE welcome the Government's creation of the new Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), especially the fact that it is being headed, at this time, by a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer of high regard. Editorial Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A way to deal with major health needs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-way-to-deal-with-major-health-needs_17332167 In Alexandria, St Ann, 16-year-old Atallia Williams, described as being "unconscious" since a motor vehicle crash two years ago, is not in a medical care facility. Editorial Mon, 11 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Political bacchanal in Trinidad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Political-bacchanal-in-Trinidad THE political landscape in Trinidad and Tobago has been bubbling over in the last five years since Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first female prime minister of the twinisland state after grabbing leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) and winning the 2010 general elections to head a coalition government. Editorial Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:04:11 GMT Lights at Sabina at last... now to the Trelawny Stadium http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lights-at-Sabina-at-last----now-to-the-Trelawny-Stadium_17327453 THE 19th century German nation-builder Otto von Bismarck is credited with having first verbalised that 'politics is the art of the possible'. Editorial Sat, 09 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Victoria Jubilee probe a good start http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Victoria-Jubilee-probe-a-good-start_17316224 WE are indeed heartened to know that Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has ordered an investigation into allegations of misconduct by members of staff at the troubled Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) -- the largest maternity institution in the English-speaking Caribbean. Editorial Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT