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 Jamaican journalists in the struggle for a new identity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaican-journalists-in-the-struggle-for-a-new-identity_19240532 THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), the professional organisation of journalists here, is in the throes of National Journalism Week celebrations, which afford serious media people a once-a-year moment to reflect on the work they do. Editorial Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Breaking the British colour bar with a kiss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Breaking-the-British-colour-bar-with-a-kiss_19240369 EVERYWHERE Jamaicans live and work they have had to fight against injustice, in particular, racism, one of its most pernicious forms. This includes racism in their own homeland during the era of British colonialism. Editorial Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT This is why we need a fixed election date http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/This-is-why-we-need-a-fixed-election-date_19240118 MOST Jamaicans, we suspect -- and that could include some of the Government's most blinkered supporters -- have not bought the spin that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller put on her decision to retreat from calling a general election this year. Editorial Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Embrace technology, but watch out for the sexual predators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Embrace-technology--but-watch-out-for-the-sexual-predators_19239969 THOUGH the technology had been around for a long time, the arrival of the fax machine in the 1980s represented cutting edge for most people. In today's world, 30 plus years later, fax is virtually 'stone age'. Editorial Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT If Jamaicans are so special, why are Jamaicans at home so poor? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Jamaicans-are-so-special--why-are-Jamaicans-at-home-so-poor_19239857 Every country exhibits a national character which emanates from, and is a reflection of its national culture, and influences the economic development of the country. If this is the case, what does Jamaica's national character and culture denote for the country's economic development? Editorial Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Focus and professionalism now vital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Focus-and-professionalism-now-vital_19239789 THEY had it to do, and they did it. The Reggae Boyz deserve all praise for pulling their act together on Tuesday evening to beat Haiti 1-0 in their semi-final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. Editorial Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Legislators must protect the trust in the DNA Bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Legislators-must-protect-the-trust-in-the-DNA-Bill_19239442 IT took our legislators long enough, but they have finally cleared the first hurdle on the way to full implementation of the DNA Evidence Act. Editorial Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT The urge to splurge and IMF lowering of primary surplus target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-urge-to-splurge-and-IMF-lowering-of-primary-surplus-target_19239374 ONE could be forgiven for having a bit of sympathy for Mr Audley Shaw, the Opposition spokesman on finance, who has an uphill battle in the portfolio he has to shadow. Editorial Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT The trouble with political parties overruling the will of their constituents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-trouble-with-political-parties-overruling-the-will-of-their-constituents_19239162 In many ways, democracy, which is relatively new in the span of mankind's history, is a work in progress. There are different models of democracy; none of which is without some shortcomings. The model propagated by the Western world is electoral democracy, which, with all its imperfections, is still the closest thing to the ideal democracy to which freedom-loving people aspire. Editorial Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Despite doubts, the international community cannot ignore ISIS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Despite-doubts--the-international-community-cannot-ignore-ISIS LAST Friday’s deadly attacks on Paris have reignited calls for the activation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty under which NATO was established. Editorial Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:07:16 GMT There's value in Mr Schaefer's advice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/There-s-value-in-Mr-Schaefer-s-advice_19238812 THERE are numerous stories surrounding Jamaica's qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France. Editorial Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT That dastardly terrorist attack on Paris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-dastardly-terrorist-attack-on-Paris_19238726 On Friday, a co-ordinated series of explosions and shootings brought the grand city of Paris to a petrified stop, reminding us of the insidious presence of terrorists in our midst who can strike at will. Editorial Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Commercialism, a test for schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Commercialism--a-test-for-schools_19238593 IDEALLY, as this newspaper has said previously in this space, Jamaica's football should be fully professional. Editorial Sat, 14 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT More heads must roll at senior level of health service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/More-heads-must-roll-at-senior-level-of-health-service_19238380 IT'S early days yet, but we hope that new Health Minister Horace Dalley has started laying the foundation for a serious review of the performance of the technocrats in the Ministry of Health. Editorial Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Voters must use election as a bargaining chip http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Voters-must-use-election-as-a-bargaining-chip_19238223 If we are smart, as an electorate, we would use the impending election as a bargaining chip to extract certain terms and conditions from the political parties. Editorial Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Bringing the top cop before Parliament: We told you so! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Bringing-the-top-cop-before-Parliament--We-told-you-so_19237947 Last Thursday, we fretted in this space about the 'Shameful politicisation of crime' after that most unseemly quarrel in the House of Representatives among opposing parliamentarians. Editorial Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Don't squander the economic gains for political triumph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-squander-the-economic-gains-for-political-triumph_19237844 Quite frankly, we never doubted Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips's ability and resolve to maintain the kind of fiscal discipline that has resulted in the island getting a 10th consecutive passing grade from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Editorial Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Stand up, Jamaica! Let's push back the criminals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stand-up--Jamaica--Let-s-push-back-the-criminals_19237671 SURELY there isn't anything that so chills the spirit and depresses the psyche of a people as violent crime. Editorial Mon, 09 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT The reassignment of Dr Ferguson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-reassignment-of-Dr-Ferguson_19237589 Our editorial of November 4, 2015 respectfully asked Prime Minister Mrs Portia Simpson Miller to remove Dr Fenton Ferguson from the post of minister of health or for him to do the principled thing and tender his resignation. Editorial Sun, 08 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT For the greater good of West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/For-the-greater-good-of-West-Indies-cricket_19237476 All too often, issues of the greatest importance get side-tracked and lost in a cloud of irrelevancies. Editorial Sat, 07 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Minister Golding trying to manipulate anti-gay sentiments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Minister-Golding-trying-to-manipulate-anti-gay-sentiments_19237264 We've always held Senator Mark Golding in high regard. For we have found him to be rational and one who applies intellectual rigour to debate. Editorial Fri, 06 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT The shameful politicisation of crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-shameful-politicisation-of-crime_19237048 THE violent verbal exchange in Parliament on Tuesday would have disabused anyone of the notion that we have been hard in this space on politicians by saying we have no confidence in their maturity. Editorial Thu, 05 Nov 2015 02:00:00 GMT Dr Ferguson has tried but it's bigger than him now http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dr-Ferguson-has-tried-but-it-s-bigger-than-him-now_19236877 WITH the political tribalism that exists in Jamaican society, it is well nigh impossible to have a rational, fact-based, unemotional discussion on politics and public policy. Editorial Wed, 04 Nov 2015 02:00:00 GMT The election is truly on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-election-is-truly-on_19236774 The plethora of public meetings by both the ruling People's National Party (PNP) and the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) should, by now, erase all doubts that the country is currently in full election mode. Editorial Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT JFF needs to be more open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/JFF-needs-to-be-more-open_19236618 News of an impending challenge to Jamaica's football boss Captain Horace Burrell came as a surprise to most Jamaicans. Editorial Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT