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 X6 murder trial Jamaica is writhing in pain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/X6-murder-trial-Jamaica-is-writhing-in-pain_78426 We have several times said in this space that the law is an ass, because of its obvious imperfections. But we have also maintained that as we are a country of laws and not men; we must operate within the bounds of the law. Editorial Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Farewell to Mr Brian George, a decent human being http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Farewell-to-Mr-Brian-George--a-decent-human-being_78227 We don’t think there’s a Jamaican who, after meeting Mr Brian George, was not impressed by his intellect, magnanimity and wit. Editorial Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT That uncertain business of weather predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-uncertain-business-of-weather-predictions_78180 In late September 1963, Hurricane Flora, among the most destructive Atlantic storms ever, entered the Caribbean basin on a path very similar to the recent Hurricane Matthew. Editorial Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Does Kingston have what it takes to be a tourist destination? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Does-Kingston-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-tourist-destination-_78119 The proposed development of Kingston as a tourist destination, including a cruise shipping port, is an idea that needs closer examination, even as we strive to identify projects of the magnitude and size that can help us to achieve sustainable economic growth in Jamaica. Editorial Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Great need for good sports facilities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Great-need-for-good-sports-facilities_78066 This newspaper is pleased that the venue for the rescheduled Caribbean Cup qualifier between Jamaica and Suriname has been shifted from the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens to the National Stadium. Editorial Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Public sector reform and this new IMF deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Public-sector-reform-and-this-new-IMF-deal_77809 Last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed that his Government had negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff a “high access” precautionary three-year Stand-By Arrangement worth US$1.7 billion, or just under double the US$932 million of the soon expiring four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Editorial Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT When not to ‘Spice up’ an event http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/When-not-to--Spice-up--an-event_77769 The current brouhaha over the premature end to the performance of Ms Grace Hamilton, stage name ‘Spice’, at the salute to our Rio athletes on Saturday, demonstrates, we think, that Jamaicans want separate standards of behaviour at official events. Editorial Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT A plea for the justice system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-plea-for-the-justice-system_77564 It’s not a secret that the island’s justice system is being hobbled by a lack of resources. After all, this newspaper and other media houses have given a lot of ink and air time to the problems. Editorial Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT If the US presidential elections are rigged... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-the-US-presidential-elections-are-rigged---_77518 The free world, which proudly includes Jamaica, relies heavily on the United States to remain the greatest bastion of democracy, with free and fair elections as the central feature and an enduring symbol. Editorial Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT God helps those who help themselves http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/God-helps-those-who-help-themselves_77422 Like most Jamaicans, Mr Robert Montague obviously has a belief system firmly grounded in religious faith. Editorial Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 50 years of productive relations: Viva Mexico! Viva Jamaica! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/50-years-of-productive-relations--Viva-Mexico--Viva-Jamaica-_77336 Mexico, one of the powers of the western hemisphere and an influential country in international affairs generally, has been an important and decidedly essential partner in Central America and the Caribbean. Editorial Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT The country cannot continue like this http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-country-cannot-continue-like-this The seemingly unending cycle of violent crime that has been affecting this country for decades can easily weigh you down with a sense of hopelessness. Editorial Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:39:04 GMT If we are serious about rectifying the shame of Armadale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-we-are-serious-about-rectifying-the-shame-of-Armadale_77035 The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of six former wards of the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre, setting the stage for settlement of cases for another 26 girls who brought claims against the Government for breaches of their constitutional rights. Readers will recall the absolute shame visited upon this country on May 22, 2009 when fire destroyed the Armadale facility where they were being held. Editorial Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Win or lose, the Grand Old Party faces an uncertain future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Win-or-lose--the-Grand-Old-Party-faces-an-uncertain-future_76913 The fissures in the Republican Party a month before the United States presidential elections are ominous signs that the Grand Old Party (GOP) may lose the White House for a third consecutive term and face an uncertain future. Editorial Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Give to Haiti, but let the UN co-ordinate aid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Give-to-Haiti--but-let-the-UN-co-ordinate-aid_76735 We are not at all surprised at the stark differences in the death toll figures being reported out of Haiti after the south-western region of that country was struck by Hurricane Matthew last week. Editorial Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Enough is enough! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Enough-is-enough-_76692 The story ‘Vicious dog attack!’ in yesterday’s Sunday Observer is yet more evidence of the deep-rooted tendency in Jamaica to treat serious issues as nine-day wonders. Editorial Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT IMF, World Bank have no solution for global economic malaise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/IMF--World-Bank-have-no-solution-for-global-economic-malaise_76622 The state of the global economy is of vital importance to the economic growth and well-being of small, highly open developing economies such as Jamaica. Editorial Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT WI women hoping to shine amid the gloom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/WI-women-hoping-to-shine-amid-the-gloom_76570 Gloom hung low as the first batch of West Indies cricketers departed for United Arab Emirates last month following the axing of their coach Mr Phil Simmons on, or just before, the day of their departure. Editorial Sat, 08 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT The task ahead for the new UN secretary general http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-task-ahead-for-the-new-UN-secretary-general_76313 The fact that none of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council opposed the candidacy of Mr Antonio Guterres as the next UN secretary general is an indication of the respect that he has earned in his years with the organisation. Editorial Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT The sad state of Venezuela http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-sad-state-of-Venezuela_76286 News emerging from Venezuela that people who buy too much food are being arrested is a stark indication of the severe erosion of that country’s economy over the past three years at least. Editorial Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Preparing for a hurricane: Damned if you do, more damned if you don’t http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Preparing-for-a-hurricane--Damned-if-you-do--more-damned-if-you-don-t_76171 Not unexpectedly, many Jamaicans have complained about preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew only for it not to become the desaster expected. The number of people who make this complaint appears to be increasing after each hurricane that spares the island. Editorial Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Anti-globalisation feeling growing stronger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Anti-globalisation-feeling-growing-stronger_76056 Globalisation entails reduction and/or elimination of national barriers to the global movement of goods, services, technology, and capital. Editorial Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let’s hear about this CCRIF matter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-hear-about-this-CCRIF-matter_75877 Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie and his predecessor Mr Noel Arscott have raised the issue of the policy Jamaica holds with the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). Editorial Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hurricane Matthew and the promise of Mr Daryl Vaz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hurricane-Matthew-and-the-promise-of-Mr-Daryl-Vaz_75881 If it’s true that what gets measured gets done — and we believe it to be so — Mr Daryl Vaz was right to make an unannounced visit to the Portland Parish Council yesterday to examine the pace of preparations for Hurricane Matthew. Editorial Sun, 02 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Give thanks for FLOW Super Cup... but players need more breathing space http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Give-thanks-for-FLOW-Super-Cup----but-players-need-more-breathing-space-_75835 Even as Jamaicans pay close attention to the projected arrival of Hurricane Matthew, sports fans will have noted plans for the upcoming FLOW Super Cup schoolboy football competition later this month and into November. Editorial Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT