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 stay true to the tradition of genuine heroism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-stay-true-to-the-tradition-of-genuine-heroism_17772233 Today, National Heroes Day 2014, Jamaicans pay special tribute to the life and times of its nation-builders. Editorial Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nationalism killing regional integration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Nationalism-killing-regional-integration_17771148 REGIONAL integration is supposed to lead to three direct benefits for the Caribbean people: economising by sharing common services; increasing the influence of the small states of the region in international affairs by acting as a single group with a common purpose; and promoting economic development by allowing resource allocation on a regional basis, thereby overcoming the lack of economies of scale in production. Editorial Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Torturous days ahead for West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Torturous-days-ahead-for-West-Indies-cricket_17768652 The circumstances that have led to yesterday's calamitous abandonment of the West Indies cricket tour of India are as puzzling as they are distressing. Editorial Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A suggestion for the IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-suggestion-for-the-IMF_17761003 Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held its annual conference in Washington, DC. Although it had already downgraded its global growth forecast going into the conference, the sell-off in global markets suggests the agency will need to downgrade it again to reflect the accelerating weakness in Europe and Japan, the slowing of China and emerging markets generally, as well as the myriad geopolitical and other unusual risks. Editorial Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bipartisan meeting on CHIKV/Ebola: Now we're talking! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Bipartisan-meeting-on-CHIKV-Ebola--Now-we-re-talking-_17752679 TUESDAY'S meeting of members of parliament and mayors, which was convened at Jamaica House by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has come as a confidence booster to the morale of a nation under attack from chikungunya and worried about the threat of Ebola. Editorial Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Joblessness among region's youth chronic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Joblessness-among-region-s-youth-chronic_17747008 THE most valuable asset for the future economic and social development of the Caribbean is its young people. Regrettably, that asset is going to waste by inadequate education, migration and unemployment. Editorial Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT No place for complacency in crime fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-place-for-complacency-in-crime-fight_17741245 The jarring reports of the murder of four men and the robbery of a $2-million payroll close to Bog Walk, St Catherine, is a harsh reminder to all Jamaicans, not least the Government and the security forces, that there can be no place for complacency. Editorial Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let's turn the CHIKV outbreak to our advantage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-turn-the-CHIKV-outbreak-to-our-advantage_17736788 LAST Tuesday, in this space, we made the point that there is an intrinsic attitude to just being plain nasty among people in this country. It's a point that cannot be overemphasised, especially given the spread of the chikungunya virus in communities across the country. Editorial Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Why we desperately need healthy oceans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-we-desperately-need-healthy-oceans_17735324 The third annual Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference held in Upolu, Samoa in August 2014 highlighted the fact that the future economic development of SIDS will be ocean-based. Editorial Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Walk away, Wavell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Walk-away--Wavell_17732360 IN late September, this newspaper found reason to applaud the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) for their signing of a "watershed" Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Editorial Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tribute to a great regionalist, Frederick Lloyd Cozier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Tribute-to-a-great-regionalist--Frederick-Lloyd-Cozier_17723594 The recent passing of Barbadian native Mr Frederick Lloyd Cozier signals the end of an era in regional integration. Mr Cozier etched his name in the history of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) as the first Head of a Caribbean regional secretariat. We join the Caricom Secretariat in this tribute to an outstanding Caribbean man. Editorial Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Are we such heartless, monstrous things? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Are-we-such-heartless--monstrous-things-_17715377 We have witnessed some brutal, gruesome and horrific deeds in our country over time and many of us have been numbed and hardened by it. But even by our standards for withstanding cruelty and even though no blood was shed, we were shaken beyond belief by the sheer heartlessness of the monsters who robbed a disabled woman at gunpoint of her wheelchair and left her on a sidewalk on Tuesday. Editorial Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Confidence in Jamaica's future still elusive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Confidence-in-Jamaica-s-future-still-elusive_17709286 AN old saying has it that confidence is suspicion gone to sleep. Yesterday, Sagicor CEO Mr Richard Byles held a press conference on the 17th monthly review of the now internationally famous Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC). Editorial Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nastiness a big problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Nastiness-a-big-problem_17703230 IT'S been said that behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining, and that out of bad will come some good. Editorial Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Global epidemics need a global response http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Global-epidemics-need-a-global-response_17686101 GIVEN the millions of people, goods and animal life moving across the globe every day, the rapid spread of diseases is unavoidable. Therefore, the outbreak of disease anywhere is a not a local or regional threat, but a threat to everybody. Editorial Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT It's too late for Chik-V but keep Ebola politics-free http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/It-s-too-late-for-Chik-V-but-keep-Ebola-politics-free_17685718 Dr Kenneth Baugh must be relishing the back-slapping and high-fives among his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) colleagues for making the pathetic Dr Fenton Ferguson look inept in his handling of the chikungunya outbreak. Editorial Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Towards better playing surfaces http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Towards-better-playing-surfaces_17682950 Mr Blair believes organisers of the premier league should consider using fewer venues in order to ensure games are played on reasonably good surfaces. Editorial Sat, 04 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT The indignity of poverty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-indignity-of-poverty-_17673212 The case of Mr Jason Forbes, published in yesterday's Observer, is most sad. But even more, it speaks to an unwanted anomaly in our health services, a bit of which we addressed in this space on Tuesday. Editorial Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT There's strength in unity, Caricom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/There-s-strength-in-unity--Caricom_17665891 CARICOM nations have developed the tradition of agreeing on joint actions in international affairs and are mandated by the Treaty of Chaguaramas to co-ordinate their actions in foreign policy matters. Editorial Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT The partnership for Jamaica must be reinvigorated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-partnership-for-Jamaica-must-be-reinvigorated_17657435 In its latest review of Jamaica's extended fund facility, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observes that "While societal support for the programme remains broad, several stakeholders stressed the importance of ongoing consultation in designing reforms. Editorial Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A good deed worthy of mention http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-good-deed-worthy-of-mention_17621645 With the chikungunya virus sweeping Jamaica at a rapid rate, we pause to hail the work of medical personnel assigned to the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary, for the collective show of effort in treating scores of people suffering from the outbreak, as well as other conditions. Editorial Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT What in God's name is happening at Port Royal? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-in-God-s-name-is-happening-at-Port-Royal-_17641009 BACK in April of this year, the Sunday Observer carried an alarming story reporting an upsurge in crime in the once peaceful coastal community of Port Royal. The crime spike, we were told then, was being fuelled by a mass migration of people squatting in the environmentally priceless mangroves and other unoccupied areas close to the historic village. Editorial Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT Can the Arms Trade Treaty reduce the flow of illegal guns? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Can-the-Arms-Trade-Treaty-reduce-the-flow-of-illegal-guns-_17626631 THE Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a multilateral pact to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, was adopted by the 71st plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on April 2, 2013 by a 154-to-3 vote with 23 abstentions and opened for signature on June 3, 2013. Fifty states were required to ratify the treaty before it could enter into force. Editorial Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Good sense plus give and take http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-sense-plus-give-and-take-_17623661 No matter that West Indies are ranked eighth by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Test match cricket. They are still expected to easily beat Bangladesh. Editorial Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT World shouldn't just sit and watch as evil forces emerge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/World-shouldn-t-just-sit-and-watch-as-evil-forces-emerge_17613975 IT'S not insignificant that five Arab countries -- Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- have joined the United States' air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. Editorial Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT