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 Of course, the Jamaican economy learn from our success in athletics! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Of-course--the-Jamaican-economy-learn-from-our-success-in-athletics-_19226819 The success of Jamaican athletes since the late 1940s and in particular during the Usain Bolt era has established beyond any doubt that Jamaica is among the very top few countries in athletics. Editorial Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glad Rev Thwaites apologised for 'leggo beast' comment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Glad-Rev-Thwaites-apologised-for--leggo-beast--comment_19226725 THERE is a well-known anecdote in which Sir Alexander Bustamante is said to have used very unparliamentary language in accusing another member of the House of a terrible act. The member appealed to the Speaker of the House who called on Sir Alexander to withdraw his comment. His response was: "Mr Speaker, I withdraw, but ah true!" Editorial Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT An example to follow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/An-example-to-follow_19226554 AMONG the great photographs of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China is that of Mrs Novlene Williams-Mills, baton held aloft in her right hand, as she triumphantly crosses the line to take Jamaica to gold in the Women's 4x400m relay. Editorial Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Opportunities for Jamaica as Chinese economic tremors shake the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Opportunities-for-Jamaica-as-Chinese-economic-tremors-shake-the-world_19226432 CHINA is such a large and important part of the global economy that what happens there has implications for the rest of the world. Following an unprecedented 30-year period of growth of over 10 per cent, there has been a deceleration of Chinese economic growth, which is beginning to adversely affect the rest of the world, starting in Asia, but manifested globally, particularly in commodity exporting countries in Africa and Latin America. Editorial Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT No need to worry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-need-to-worry THE legendary Mrs Veronica Campbell Brown was only 18 years old when she won a sprint relay silver medal at her very first Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Fifteen years later, in the twilight of a highly decorated career, Mrs Campbell Brown is still winning medals even as she helps to mentor the next generation of Jamaican world beaters. Editorial Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:01:02 GMT How fast can Usain Bolt really go? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-fast-can-Usain-Bolt-really-go-_19226144 YOUNG, ambitious sprinters hoping to somehow beat Mr Usain Bolt would have had second thoughts after yesterday's gold medal run in the IAAF World Championships 200 metres. Editorial Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ambassador Ralph Thomas cannot, must not fail! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Ambassador-Ralph-Thomas-cannot--must-not-fail-_19225776 Mr Ralph Thomas, who recently completed a two-year stint as Jamaica's ambassador to China, has now been tasked with carrying the hopes of Jamaica in his new job as ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the Organization of American States, effective next month. Editorial Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Time for a fixed election date http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-for-a-fixed-election-date_19225579 DR Peter Phillips, the finance minister and a senior member of the governing People's National Party (PNP), gave the clearest indication yet that the party is preparing its machinery for elections, during a constituency conference in St Mary last Sunday. Editorial Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mrs Fraser-Pryce shows the value of opportunity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mrs-Fraser-Pryce-shows-the-value-of-opportunity_19225549 No one who follows track and field doubted that Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would have won the women's 100 metres world title in Beijing, China, yesterday. Editorial Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT What a man! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-a-man-_19225354 TELEVISION analyst, Olympian and former champion sprint hurdler Mrs Gillian Russell-Love perhaps said it best. Editorial Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Water ministers should not talk with 'water in their mouth' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Water-ministers-should-not-talk-with--water-in-their-mouth-_19225285 JAMAICA, should we participate, will most likely have a lot to tell next week's Miami meeting of Caribbean ministers with responsibility for water resources management, which is preparatory to the United Nations conference to finalise a Post-2015 Development Agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Editorial Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica's medal hunt in Beijing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-s-medal-hunt-in-Beijing_19225172 WE agree entirely with Mr Usain Bolt. He shouldn't be expected to be the "saviour" for track and field. Nor is it fair to see him as the knight in shining armour leading the fight against drug cheats. Editorial Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT A tough and sobering challenge for the JCF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-tough-and-sobering-challenge-for-the-JCF_19224912 THE membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are understandably embarrassed following the much-publicised reports over recent days of two of their colleagues being shot while allegedly committing crimes. Editorial Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT If Miss Hanna will only stand behind Marcus Garvey… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Miss-Hanna-will-only-stand-behind-Marcus-Garvey-_19224735 WE welcome the news which coincided with our editorial in yesterday's edition on National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, that the house in which he grew up in St Ann's Bay, St Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site. Editorial Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'No one remembers old Marcus Garvey...' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-No-one-remembers-old-Marcus-Garvey----_19224435 IN one of reggae icon Burning Spear's most popular songs he laments: "No one remembers old Marcus Garvey..." Editorial Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sunshine Girls were excellent ambassadors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sunshine-Girls-were-excellent-ambassadors_19224341 NATURALLY, we are disappointed that the Sunshine Girls ended the 2015 Netball World Cup without a medal. After all, we had shared their optimism of winning the cup for the first time as they left the island a few weeks ago. Editorial Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT That worrying maths phobia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-worrying-maths-phobia_19224171 FOR generations there has been a terrible fear of mathematics among Jamaican students. Editorial Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Agriculture needs good technical advice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Agriculture-needs-good-technical-advice_19224081 AGRICULTURE has, for decades, been the backbone of the Jamaican economy. It was the main economic activity, the source of food for the majority of people, the largest source of foreign exchange and the biggest employer of labour. Editorial Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Transparency will go a far way in fixing football's ills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Transparency-will-go-a-far-way-in-fixing-football-s-ills_19223968 JAMAICANS were understandably delighted at the unprecedented and unexpected second-place showing by the Reggae Boyz at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA last month. Editorial Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:00:00 GMT Towards sustainable and profitable agriculture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Towards-sustainable-and-profitable-agriculture-_19223816 AGRICULTURE minister, Mr Derrick Kellier, tells us that there is a huge unsatisfied demand for Jamaica's farm produce in the United States. Editorial Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Away with politicians who don't want to face challengers! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Away-with-politicians-who-don-t-want-to-face-challengers-_19223577 EVERY electoral contest has been marked by tension among candidates in and between the political parties and we have come to accept that as par for the course. Editorial Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT A grateful nation says thank you, NDTC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-grateful-nation-says-thank-you--NDTC_19223328 THIS year's 53rd season of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), which is currently running until August 16, features a mix of established favourites such as "Dialogue for Three" and new works by young, fresh choreographers, confirming the company's world-class status. In fact, NDTC is a national treasure that has preserved and renewed our cultural heritage through modern dance. Editorial Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Disingenuous and irresponsible, Sergeant Wilson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Disingenuous-and-irresponsible--Sergeant-Wilson_19223180 Every well-thinking Jamaican, we assume, still feels a sense of outrage at the killing of woman Constable Crystal Thomas last month. Editorial Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT High employment the real solution for scamming problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/High-employment-the-real-solution-for-scamming-problem_19222988 LEST we forget, violent crimes, including murder, are often intertwined with more sophisticated criminality, sometimes referred to as white collar. Editorial Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Opposition doesn't have to oppose everything http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Opposition-doesn-t-have-to-oppose-everything_19222957 ON July 23, Jamaica raised US$2 billion on the international capital market through the issue of two new eurobonds. US$1.35 billion will mature in April 2028 and US$650 million will mature in July 2045. Editorial Sun, 09 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT