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 Happy Birthday, USA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Happy-Birthday--USA_19162692 Today we extend congratulations to the Government and people of the United States on the commemoration of their 239th anniversary of Independence. Editorial Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let's face it, the Government is a coward, so was the Opposition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-face-it--the-Government-is-a-coward--so-was-the-Opposition_19159165 No one is fooled by the spin that the Government is trying to put on its postponement, again, of local government elections. Editorial Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT How long before Jamaica recognises same-sex marriages? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-long-before-Jamaica-recognises-same-sex-marriages-_19154265 On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and recognise same-sex marriages granted in other states. Editorial Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Will Greece's default impact Jamaica? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Will-Greece-s-default-impact-Jamaica-_19153934 Greece has failed, or refused, to make a ¤1.6-billion payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is therefore now in default. Editorial Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Attracting investments mean big thinking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Attracting-investments-mean-big-thinking_19153560 FIVE months ago in this space we highlighted the capacity of state governments in America to think long-term when dealing with taxes and attracting investments. Editorial Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Greek lesson for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-Greek-lesson-for-Jamaica_19153288 Jamaican public sector workers, who are demanding double-digit wage increases from the Government, should take a look at what is happening in Greece. Editorial Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean tourism synergies in the making http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caribbean-tourism-synergies-in-the-making_19153209 In recent years, Cuba and most of the other tourist destinations in the Caribbean have managed to increase both visitor arrivals and earnings, demonstrating that there is room for all in a growing world tourism industry. Editorial Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Well done, Boyz, now on to the Gold Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Well-done--Boyz--now-on-to-the-Gold-Cup_19153143 THERE are people in the local football fraternity who would want to criticise Jamaica's senior national football team, the Reggae Boyz, after their exit from the prestigious Copa America competition in Chile last Saturday. Editorial Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Heed Mr Samuda's advice, Minister Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Heed-Mr-Samuda-s-advice--Minister-Hylton_19152894 WEDNESDAY'S statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) regarding the National Logistics Initiative Council (NLIC) report on the Krauck Group's investment proposal is cause for grave concern. Editorial Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Where has Mr Edmund Bartlett been these past two years? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Where-has-Mr-Edmund-Bartlett-been-these-past-two-years_19152751 MR Edmund Bartlett, who shadows the foreign affairs and foreign trade portfolio for the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), clearly believes he is on to something when he, rather lazily too, addressed the move by the Dominican Republic (DR) to expel Haitians, including those born in the DR. Editorial Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Understanding the debt monster in order to tame it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Understanding-the-debt-monster-in-order-to-tame-it_19152623 SOME people, for whatever their motivation, have a tendency to gloss over the debt crisis facing small economies, such as Jamaica's, ignoring the fact that growth relies so much on reduced debt. Editorial Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT How to deal with the Dominican Republic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-to-deal-with-the-Dominican-Republic_19152321 The Government of the Dominican Republic, we see, is dead set on creating a humanitarian disaster with the deportation to Haiti of hundreds of thousands of people born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian immigrants. Editorial Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT What will it take to soften America's gun advocates? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-will-it-take-to-soften-America-s-gun-advocates-_19152300 YESTERDAY'S worship service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was important for the fact that it demonstrated that there are still people living in the United States who reject the hate and bigotry that spawned last Wednesday's massacre of nine black people by a white man inside the church. Editorial Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Saluting Jamaicans who have done well in international media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Saluting-Jamaicans-who-have-done-well-in-international-media_19152212 As we reflected last month during World Press Freedom Day celebrations, it is safe to say that journalists are universally accepted as indispensable to the democracy and development of every country. Thankfully, that has been the prevailing view in Jamaica, where media professionals are recognised for their work. Editorial Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT When winning is not all about scoring goals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/When-winning-is-not-all-about-scoring-goals_19151968 Like everyone else we, too, are looking forward to today's final group match between Jamaica's Reggae Boyz and South America kingpins Argentina in Copa America Chile 2015. Editorial Sat, 20 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Congrats, Seprod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats--Seprod_19151907 There are two good reasons to give kudos to the Seprod Group of companies. The first is its 75th anniversary of existence, and second its $5-billion investment in new equipment, staff training, and partnerships, which was reported in this week's Business Observer. Editorial Fri, 19 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT What would we be without our Jamaican Diaspora? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-would-we-be-without-our-Jamaican-Diaspora_19151683 THE Sixth Biennial Diaspora Conference ends today in Jamaica but, as they leave, many of its members will take with them the hopes and aspirations of their compatriots who dream of a better island home. Editorial Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT The value of the Diaspora, Caribbean unity and forgiveness for Mr Misick http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-value-of-the-Diaspora--Caribbean-unity-and-forgiveness-for-Mr-Misick_19145547 AT its inaugural staging, the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference attracted some amount of criticism from people who predicted it was going to be just another talk shop. Editorial Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Confronting this problem of tourist harassment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Confronting-this-problem-of-tourist-harassment_19135181 OUR tourism administrators, and people who make their living from the sector, must be feeling as if they are on a treadmill. Editorial Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Quarrel over Haiti relief funds unfortunate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Quarrel-over-Haiti-relief-funds-unfortunate_19134509 THE growing controversy over the handling of donations for earthquake relief in Haiti by the American Red Cross is most unfortunate. Editorial Mon, 15 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Is crossing the floor a betrayal of party? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-crossing-the-floor-a-betrayal-of-party_19133913 Recently, Mr Gregory Myers, who was elected to the St Elizabeth Parish Council on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket, was roundly condemned by former political colleagues when he crossed the floor to swell the number of People's National Party (PNP) councillors. Editorial Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT A delightful feast of sports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-delightful-feast-of-sports_19131574 THIS weekend is a sports lover's dream. Editorial Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT The value of a single anti-corruption authority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-value-of-a-single-anti-corruption-authority_19121821 The proposal to make it mandatory for public servants to declare gifts and debt forgiveness valued at $50,000 and over is a step in the right direction, we believe. Editorial Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Achieving growth in a global recession http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Achieving-growth-in-a-global-recession_19116853 The general assumption is that the economic reforms under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have started to correct our economic mismanagement and stabilise the economy. The next goal is sustained economic growth. Editorial Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Jinx', Bolt and the power and danger of social media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-Jinx---Bolt-and-the-power-and-danger-of-social-media_19110228 The social media revolution is not over, by far. One can safely conclude that it has had possibly the greatest impact on free speech and communication of all times, rivalling the newspaper and even threatening its existence. But that, of course, is not the end of the story. Editorial Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT