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 Cedar Valley road highlights representational neglect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Cedar-Valley-road-highlights-representational-neglect_19016430 THE parliamentary and local government authorities with responsibility for Cedar Valley in St Thomas should be ashamed of what passes for the main road in that community. Editorial Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT To lock children out of school is to invite disaster http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/To-lock-children-out-of-school-is-to-invite-disaster_19010226 A news report yesterday that a group of girls had been booted from one of Jamaica's more respected high schools because of alleged gang-style violence underlines the difficulties faced by school administrators and teachers. Editorial Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT A question for the Gov't on the CCJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-question-for-the-Gov-t-on-the-CCJ_19004454 The Government, it appears, is talking out of both sides of its mouth on the issue of a referendum to decide whether Jamaica replaces the Judicial Committee of the United Kingdom Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Editorial Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Another distress call for better playing surfaces http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Another-distress-call-for-better-playing-surfaces_18992595 We note with interest, the announcement earlier this week that the international television network ESPN has committed to showing highlights of the semi-finals and final of Jamaica's top football competition, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Editorial Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT A referendum should settle the CCJ controversy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-referendum-should-settle-the-CCJ-controversy_18989372 With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ Bills scheduled to be tabled in the Senate today, the eyes of the nation will now be on the Upper House as the debate on this most important and contentious issue begins. Editorial Fri, 22 May 2015 00:05:00 GMT Leaders have no incentive to improve public health service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Leaders-have-no-incentive-to-improve-public-health-service_18975794 The story related by Ms Kenniesha Burrell about the treatment her father received at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) before he died is, indeed, heart-rending. Editorial Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Trade hide and seek http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Trade-hide-and-seek_18974462 NEWS that Canada has decided to seek a new waiver at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the CARIBCAN arrangements is encouraging. Editorial Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT A job for our political parties as well http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-job-for-our-political-parties-as-well_18968690 A very important point was highlighted at Sunday's march to draw more public attention to the need for greater protection of Jamaica's children from abuse. Editorial Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT MoBay shows need for proper planning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/MoBay-shows-need-for-proper-planning_18959768 JAMAICANS shouldn't be surprised to hear that Montego Bay is among the fastest-growing cities in the Caribbean. Editorial Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Now that the end of the IMF programme is in sight… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Now-that-the-end-of-the-IMF-programme-is-in-sight-_18950719 THE completion of the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in sight and it is time to think seriously about achieving sustainable economic growth. Editorial Sun, 17 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT A tough task for coach Schaefer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-tough-task-for-coach-Schaefer_18945531 WITH exactly four weeks before Jamaica's senior footballers, the Reggae Boyz, oppose Uruguay in the first game of the 2015 Copa America tournament in Chile, head coach Mr Winfried Schaefer and his technical staff are faced with the unenviable task of selecting two very strong squads to contest back-to-back tournaments this summer. Editorial Sat, 16 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Lord, help us to break the culture of silence! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lord--help-us-to-break-the-culture-of-silence-_18939539 We welcome the Cabinet's decision to issue drafting instructions for amendments to the Child Care and Protection Act to make parents accountable for neglect leading to the abuse, exploitation and death of their children. Editorial Fri, 15 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT IMF easier on Jamaica than Jamaicans? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/IMF-easier-on-Jamaica-than-Jamaicans_18934573 JAMAICANS are known to be especially hard on each other. That characteristic is in itself a two-edged sword because it can be a great plus in sharpening us, but it can also be a huge minus in blinding us to the possibilities. Editorial Thu, 14 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Guyana: Let there be peace after the elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Guyana--Let-there-be-peace-after-the-elections_18929603 GUYANESE are awaiting the results of Monday's general elections to determine the composition of the National Assembly which has 65 members. Editorial Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let those who start fires pay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-those-who-start-fires-pay_18924643 Back in March the infamous Riverton dump fire -- said to be the worst ever -- raised yet more serious questions about the will and capacity of the Government to handle crises. Editorial Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Conservatives win England, but could lose Great Britain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Conservatives-win-England--but-could-lose-Great-Britain_18909977 THE results of last week's British general election won by the David Cameron-led Conservative Party confounded the political pundits, public opinion pollsters and experienced politicians in all parties. Editorial Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Police losing control of crime, not communicating with the people http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Police-losing-control-of-crime--not-communicating-with-the-people_18909844 OFFICIAL data from the police on crime are almost non-existent these days. Commissioner Dr Carl Williams and his team that form the Police High Command have literally and effectively blocked all communication with the people of this country, which they often claim they are duty bound to serve. General News Sun, 10 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Great result, but what of the future? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Great-result--but-what-of-the-future_18907915 A week after the West Indies defeated England in the third cricket Test to draw the three-match series 1-1 Caribbean fans are still smiling. Editorial Sat, 09 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT As we observe the end of World War II http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-we-observe-the-end-of-World-War-II_18899484 EVENTS observing the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on May 8, 1945 have been both emotional and, as was expected in today's environment, highly political. Editorial Fri, 08 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT A case of 'mouth open, story jump out' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-case-of--mouth-open--story-jump-out-_18891265 WE find it easy to like Mr William Mahfood, the Wisynco boss and Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) president. We especially admire his deep commitment to Jamaica and his leadership of the business community. Editorial Thu, 07 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Police in Baltimore, police in Jamaica — same deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Police-in-Baltimore--police-in-Jamaica---same-deal_18885494 THE events in Baltimore: The death of a black man in police custody, the funeral, the demonstration, the militarised response, and the charging of six police officers with a variety of offences including murder, are just a flare from a deep smouldering reservoir of anger in the impoverished urban African-American community. Editorial Wed, 06 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Dr Fenton Ferguson needs to step up to the plate now! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dr-Fenton-Ferguson-needs-to-step-up-to-the-plate-now-_18881664 TO say that we're appalled by the conditions at public hospitals as outlined by doctors in this week's Sunday Observer would be an understatement. Editorial Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT This is such a national disgrace! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/This-is-such-a-national-disgrace-_18878165 THIS newspaper feels deep empathy for Mr Derrick Wright, who we are told wept openly on Thursday in Savanna La Mar when he learnt for the first time of the plight of a mentally ill man locked up among hardened criminals for 25 years. Editorial Mon, 04 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Those with money will continue to make the rules http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Those-with-money-will-continue-to-make-the-rules_18865452 THE tectonic shifts in the distribution of global economic activity and the consequential reallocation of geo-political power require either technical, managerial and political change in traditional development banks, starting with the World Bank, or the emergence of new development banks. Editorial Sun, 03 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Boxing's long-awaited tonic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Boxing-s-long-awaited-tonic_18863227 To understand the extent to which boxing has declined as a glamour sport, ask the boxing fan closest to you to name the leading heavyweights in the world. Editorial Sat, 02 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT