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 Generating growth through science and technology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Generating-growth-through-science-and-technology_65765 A few months ago, noted scientist Dr Henry Lowe made another pitch for the use of science and technology to aid sustainable development in Jamaica. Editorial Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Great Britain after Brexit: From global power to small island developed State http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Great-Britain-after-Brexit--From-global-power-to-small-island-developed-State_65626 At the height of its power, the United Kingdom of Great Britain had the largest empire in recorded history, reflecting the achievement of the first Industrial Revolution which gave economic advantage combined with a navy which commanded the high seas. Editorial Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cuba a friend in need and a friend indeed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Cuba-a-friend-in-need-and-a-friend-indeed_65501 We draw attention to the report in our Monday publication which covered the story of eight young Jamaican medical students receiving scholarships to pursue studies in Cuba for the academic year 2016/2017 under the long-standing Cuba-Jamaica Co-operation Programme. Editorial Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let Brexit be a lesson to us http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-Brexit-be-a-lesson-to-us_65338 Understandably Britain’s narrow vote to leave the European Union (EU) last Thursday has created some amount of anxiety in the Caribbean. Editorial Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tourism, Brexit and crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Tourism--Brexit-and-crime_65124 All well-thinking Jamaicans will be pleased at the news that the country recorded growth in visitor arrivals as well as tourism earnings up to May (last month). Editorial Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Could Brexit lead to Jamexit from Caricom? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Could-Brexit-lead-to-Jamexit-from-Caricom-_65091 The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) ushers in, understandably, a period of glorious uncertainty. Editorial Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A task for ISSA, coaches and others http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-task-for-ISSA--coaches-and-others_65070 Cricket is not a contact sport. Indeed, an individual player can go through an entire game, regardless of the duration, without ever coming into physical contact with an opponent on the field of play. Editorial Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Kingston three centuries on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Kingston-three-centuries-on_64899 Historians differ on the actual date that Kingston was founded. Some say it was June 24,1692, others are adamant that it was in July 1692. Editorial Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT What PM Holness must tell Antigua’s Gaston Browne http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-PM-Holness-must-tell-Antigua-s-Gaston-Browne_64778 The bilateral meetings and the informal camaraderie of prime ministers between plenary sessions of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government summit are a good place to discuss thorny issues involving member nations at any level. Editorial Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Extracting the deadwood from the justice system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Extracting-the-deadwood-from-the-justice-system_64710 Minister of Justice Mr Delroy Chuck, in his sectoral presentation last week, disclosed important initiatives to enhance the efficient and effective discharge of justice, with special focus on reducing that stubborn backlog of court cases. Editorial Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Update on Caricom Review Commission, please http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Update-on-Caricom-Review-Commission--please_64597 Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his contribution to the Budget Debate, announced the intention to establish a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission (CCRC), which we welcomed as a wise and timely decision on a vexed issue in Jamaica. Editorial Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Unprotected water tanks a public safety issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Unprotected-water-tanks-a-public-safety-issue_64488 In a check of the Jamaica Observer online archives one will come upon a story published September 25, 2013 about a seven-year-old boy, Rivaldo Dwyer, who drowned in an open, concrete water catchment tank on Levy Lane in Mandeville. Editorial Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Merely shuffling the deck cannot refresh the PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Merely-shuffling-the-deck-cannot-refresh-the-PNP_64376 Given the importance of the People’s National Party (PNP) to a thriving democracy in Jamaica, we hope that a full-fledged discussion is underway at all levels of the party on the Julian Robinson-led report on what went wrong in the last election campaign. Editorial Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Copa America over...we still have a programme to build http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Copa-America-over---we-still-have-a-programme-to-build_64327 Predictably, there are calls for the sacking of Reggae Boyz Coach Mr Winfried Schaefer following the dismal results at the Copa America Centenario. Editorial Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Impolite, unbecoming behaviour unacceptable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Impolite--unbecoming-behaviour-unacceptable_64224 We have had occasion to address the business of the need for proper parliamentary conduct. That has obviously fallen on deaf ears. Editorial Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT What the PM should tell Mrs Malahoo Forte http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-the-PM-should-tell-Mrs-Malahoo-Forte_64076 Attorney General Mrs Marlene Malahoo Forte has unnecessarily ignited a firestorm by her ill-considered tweet Monday evening which accused the United States Embassy of disrespecting the laws of Jamaica by flying, at half-mast, the rainbow flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and Transgender) community. Editorial Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean  gets decisively on US radar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caribbean--gets-decisively-on-US-radar_63990 The Caribbean has always appeared to be asking for more financial aid, more trade preferences and more security assistance than the United States is providing. Editorial Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sharing President Obama’s pain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sharing-President-Obama-s-pain_63885 We don't perceive that the gun lobby in the United States will lose any sleep over the terror that Omar Mateen, an obviously demented man, unleashed on Orlando on Sunday. Editorial Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kudos to Racers Track Club http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Kudos-to-Racers-Track-Club_63772 How do you beat him? That’s the question on the mind of many a sprinter after watching Mr Usain Bolt’s dismantling of a distinguished 100-metre field at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday evening. Editorial Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A few suggestions for FIFA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-few-suggestions-for-FIFA_63673 While not the only factor, poor refereeing decisions contributed to derailing Jamaica’s campaign in the Copa America Centenario. First, the unwarranted sending-off of Mr Rodolph Austin in the first match against Venezuela forced Jamaica to play the majority of the game with 10 men. It also served to inhibit the tackling of the Jamaicans for the remainder of the game which, under normal circumstances, Jamaica could reasonably have expected to win. Editorial Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Goals badly needed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Goals-badly-needed_63657 The extreme disappointment at the Reggae Boyz’s 0-2 loss to Mexico at the Copa America Centenario on Thursday night is understandable. Editorial Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Flippant, carefree spending of public money must stop! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Flippant--carefree-spending-of-public-money-must-stop-_63537 Scandalous is a mild description of the abuse of public funds at the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) uncovered by an audit conducted by the Auditor General’s Department and which has been reported to Parliament. Editorial Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT St Lucian elections had echoes of Jamaican polls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/St-Lucian-elections-had-echoes-of-Jamaican-polls_63414 In Monday’s general election in St Lucia, the Allen Chastanet-led United Workers Party (UWP), best known for its late leader Sir John Compton, roundly defeated the Kenny Anthony-led St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) by 11 to six seats. Editorial Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Franklyn Bernal’s legacy — if birds could talk… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Franklyn-Bernal-s-legacy---if-birds-could-talk-_63323 In the midst of the unending social discourse and the untiring dynamism which is Jamaican society, a giant of another time, passed quietly. Editorial Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kudos to the staff at Mount Pleasant Primary School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Kudos-to-the-staff-at-Mount-Pleasant-Primary-School_63132 Over the 23 years of this newspaper’s existence we have published many heart-warming stories – stories of generosity, displays of humanity, selflessness, academic brilliance, entrepreneurial excellence, cultural successes, and, of course, sporting supremacy. Editorial Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT