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 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 For whom the road tolls, it tolls for us! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/For-whom-the-road-tolls--it-tolls-for-us_17310935 THE opening of the Linstead, St Catherine, to Moneague, St Ann, leg of the North/South highway at the height of our 52nd Independence celebrations offers us a unique opportunity to come to our senses. Editorial Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica: The good, the bad and the ugly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica--The-good--the-bad-and-the-ugly_17306864 JAMAICANS, dispersed across the vast expanse of the globe, will today celebrate with pride and joy the Independence of their country. And, whatever their differences, the one thing they will have in common is their undepleted love for the land of their birth. Editorial Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Where has the pride gone over Seabed Authority Headquarters? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Where-has-the-pride-gone-over-Seabed-Authority-Headquarters-_17302765 WE will take Foreign Affairs Minister AJ Nicholson at his word that the long-standing infrastructure issues at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) building in downtown Kingston will be addressed by the Jamaican Government. Editorial Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A commendable vision for August Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-commendable-vision-for-August-Town_17291936 IF Jamaica is to get anywhere near its Vision 2030 development goals, there has to be a concerted drive towards community development. Editorial Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Opportunities in the business process outsourcing industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Opportunities-in-the-business-process-outsourcing-industry_17290407 Regardless of how bad the economic crisis is, there are always economic opportunities. Indeed, an economic crisis is a sign that there is a lack of imagination in public policy. However, in the midst of Jamaica's economic crisis there are plenty of economic opportunities. Editorial Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A warning from the sad passing of Rushane Ricketts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-warning-from-the-sad-passing-of-Rushane-Ricketts_17286939 IN the midst of life there is death. Editorial Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Our heroes, athletes demonstrate the spirit of our Emancipation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Our-heroes--athletes-demonstrate-the-spirit-of-our-Emancipation_17280119 Today, we again turn our focus to the start of the process that culminated in our decision to govern ourselves. Editorial Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Is it time now to seed the clouds and 'force' the rain? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-it-time-now-to-seed-the-clouds-and--force--the-rain_17273418 During one of the worst periods of drought in Jamaica during the 1970s, the authorities resorted to cloud-seeding, in order to 'force' the rain to fall. Editorial Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Japan not leaving it all to China in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Japan-not-leaving-it-all-to-China-in-the-Caribbean_17264684 NOWADAYS China is talked about as the economic superpower challenging the United States for dominance in the world economy. It seems incredulous now that in the 1970s and 80s Japan was talked about in much the same way. The prospect has slipped away in the wake of financial sector problems and the rise of the Asian Tigers as economic competitors in global markets. Editorial Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT The Hon Raymond Chang: A loss we'll not soon overcome http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Hon-Raymond-Chang--A-loss-we-ll-not-soon-overcome_17259105 AN article in the January 7, 2011 edition of the Toronto Star probably best captured the essence of Mr Raymond Chang's life. Editorial Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Do more than talk, Mr Green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Do-more-than-talk--Mr-Green_17253131 Highly educated and, we suspect, very well read, Mr Floyd Green will know that the political ideals and principles advocated by him in yesterday's Sunday Observer are by no means original. Editorial Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT