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 Caricom Review Commission a wise decision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-Review-Commission-a-wise-decision_62033 On Monday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his contribution to the Budget Debate announced the intention to establish a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission (CCRC). This is a wise and timely decision on a vexed issue in Jamaica. Editorial Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP cannot copyright work it did in government http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PNP-cannot-copyright-work-it-did-in-government_61964 For more than a few times since their defeat in the February 25, 2016 General Election, spokespersons of the People’s National Party (PNP) have claimed that the programmes referenced by the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government belonged to the previous Administration. Editorial Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT To get more from tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/To-get-more-from-tourism_61800 Every year in recent memory, the tourism sector has grown, allowing Jamaica to earn more foreign exchange, increase employment, generate greater tax revenue and stimulate the wider economy through the purchasing of goods and services from local producers. Editorial Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Enlightened self-interest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Enlightened-self-interest_61705 Original reasons have a way of getting lost with the passage of time. Labour Day, which Jamaicans are celebrating today, is a prime example. It’s a fair bet that many, perhaps most Jamaicans, have no idea of its origins. And a good many, no doubt, believe volunteerism was always a given on this day. Not so. Editorial Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Maduro and the crisis in Venezuela http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Maduro-and-the-crisis-in-Venezuela_61447 There’s no doubt that the Opposition in Venezuela is smelling blood, especially after President Nicolás Maduro, via a skyped news conference last Tuesday, appealed to the world to support his Government as the economic crisis in his country deepens. Editorial Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT More trouble for FIFA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/More-trouble-for-FIFA_61592 Just a week ago, this newspaper found reason in this space to congratulate Canadian Soccer Association President Mr Victor Montagliani on his election to the presidency of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Editorial Sat, 21 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT We have a new Gov’t; 50% plus one is still a majority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-have-a-new-Gov-t--50--plus-one-is-still-a-majority_61487 The divisive nature of Jamaican politics as practised in the 1960s and 1970s is largely responsible for the slow pace of progress and development of this country. Editorial Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Protect our children from those beastly men! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Protect-our-children-from-those-beastly-men-_61399 There are some things that need to happen quickly, and one such is enactment of the recommendations to amend the Child Care and Protection Act and the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act that were intended to impose stiffer penalties for those who murder, rape or commit other violent offences against our children. Editorial Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let’s get moving on the redevelopment of Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-get-moving-on-the-redevelopment-of-Kingston_61250 The Editorial Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT At last, relief on the horizon for St Elizabeth farmers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/At-last--relief-on-the-horizon-for-St-Elizabeth-farmers_61153 Dry farming in south St Elizabeth is the stuff of legend. Hampered by far lower rainfall than the national average, generations of farmers in that area have survived by resorting to disciplined conservationist techniques using dried grass and other vegetation. Editorial Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT The ‘Brexit’ vote and Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The--Brexit--vote-and-Jamaica_61029 Several issues are coming up fast on the 11-week- old Andrew Holness-led Administration. Many are domestic, others are geopolitical. They all will require attention from the Government as, in most instances, there is little if any room for vacillation. Editorial Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT So far so good, Mr Shaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/So-far-so-good--Mr-Shaw_60932 There is a Chinese saying: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The gravamen of this piece of ancient wisdom is that the first couple of steps in the long term must be the right ones. Editorial Sun, 15 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Congrats and best wishes, Mr Montagliani http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats-and-best-wishes--Mr-Montagliani_60895 We extend heartiest congratulations to Mr Victor Montagliani on his election to the presidency of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Thursday. Editorial Sat, 14 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Royalton tragedy offers chance to clean house http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Royalton-tragedy-offers-chance-to-clean-house_60702 Ms Diana McCaulay, the chief executive officer at the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), summed up the Royalton building collapse perfectly. It is, she stated, “an example of what reckless disregard of regulation leads to”. Editorial Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tony Cozier — a giant of West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Tony-Cozier---a-giant-of-West-Indies-cricket_60653 There would have been raised eyebrows when the legendary Mr Michael Holding said yesterday that as far as West Indies cricket is concerned Mr Tony Cozier, who died yesterday, was “right up there” with Sir Garfield Sobers. Editorial Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Alberta’s wildfire holds message for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Alberta-s-wildfire-holds-message--for-Jamaica_60546 The news late yesterday that 90 per cent of buildings have survived the massive wildfire that forced Canadian authorities to evacuate the city of Fort McMurray is cause for some amount of relief. Editorial Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Respect life, save Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Respect-life--save-Jamaica_60356 Crime is probably the worst problem that Jamaica has never been able to combat with any sustained degree of success. Editorial Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Manchester must grow for the good of all Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Manchester-must-grow-for-the-good-of-all-Jamaica_60274 The people of mountainous Manchester are a hardy, determined lot. Editorial Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Will London’s Muslim mayor pose a challenge for Britain? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Will-London-s-Muslim-mayor-pose-a-challenge-for-Britain-_60249 No one can successfully challenge the claim that England is one of the greatest countries in the recorded history of mankind. Indeed, Britain had the largest empire in history spanning almost three-quarters of the globe and its navy ruled the oceans. Editorial Sun, 08 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let’s not spoil a good thing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-not-spoil-a-good-thingGood-Luck-to-all-at-tonight-s-JII-meet-------_60181 There are obvious rough edges which need to be smoothed out – not least in defence – and also impetuosity which needs to be curbed. Editorial Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Governments should welcome new US legislation for Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Governments-should-welcome-new-US-legislation-for-Caribbean_59958 Caribbean Basin countries have had preferential trade arrangements with the United States (US) since the early 1980s. The first piece of legislation to be approved by Congress was the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act of 1983, commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative. This covered most of the Caribbean’s exports to the US, except for some restrictions on apparel and textiles. The beneficiaries were the countries of the Caribbean and Central America. Editorial Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT The PNP’s quest to reposition itself http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-PNP-s-quest-to-reposition-itself_59863 Among the more fascinating aspects of Jamaican political history is the rapid growth of the People’s National Party (PNP) between 1944 and 1949. Editorial Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT As Jamaica observes Education Week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-Jamaica-observes-Education-Week_59806 Amidst all the challenges facing this country we are heartened by the fact that many Jamaicans still care enough to honour our teachers, especially now as the island observes Education Week. Editorial Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT An option to the death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/An-option-to-the-death_59621 The death penalty debate, we see, has returned in what is clearly an unending cycle that inflames passions more than it stimulates rational discourse. Editorial Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT The mission for Child Month and beyond http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-mission-for-Child-Month-and-beyond_59524 As Jamaica again begins its annual observation of Child Month, we are heartened by the fact that the Child Development Agency (CDA) has said that it will use the occasion to strengthen its focus on the mental, physical and nutritional health of the 4,400 children who are currently in State care. Editorial Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT