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 Beyond the jobs that a reopened Alpart will provide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Beyond-the-jobs-that-a-reopened-Alpart-will-provide_68228 The optimism in St Elizabeth and Manchester following news of the sale of the mothballed Alpart alumina refinery to Chinese metals corporation Jiquan Iron & Steel Company Limited (JISCO) is understandable. Simply put, it is being read to mean jobs, jobs, jobs. Editorial Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Standing up for democracy in the PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Standing-up-for-democracy-in-the-PNP_68126 The People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) long-standing political philosophy is that leadership is elected and maintained by allowing the members of the party, from the rank and file upwards, to make their choice in an orderly democratic process. Editorial Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Thanks, Mr Jerome Taylor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Thanks--Mr-Jerome-Taylor_68067 From a purely statistical point of view Mr Jerome Taylor’s Test match record showing 130 wickets at 34 runs each may not seem very impressive. Editorial Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT PM Rowley’s visit a good move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PM-Rowley-s-visit-a-good-move_67950 Trinidad Editorial Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT An opportunity to help shape the Caricom we want http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/An-opportunity-to-help-shape-the-Caricom-we-want_67850 Jamaicans have spent much time venting their anger about the deficiencies of the Caribbean Community (Caricom); in sum, saying the movement has not benefited Jamaica. Editorial Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Shaping a new IMF package http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Shaping-a-new-IMF-package_67704 Jamaica is coming to the end of its current four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and already the country is in talks to continue a fruitful relationship with the Fund. Editorial Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT No need for the HAJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-need-for-the-HAJ_67531 The losses incurred by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) have provided the country with an opportunity to engage in a serious examination of that entity’s relevance. Editorial Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT The carnage on the road must stop! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-carnage-on-the-road-must-stop_67474 There can be no overstating the grief and trauma associated with the sudden death and/or serious injury of loved ones. Editorial Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean, beware the South China Sea disputes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caribbean--beware-the-South-China-Sea-disputes_67376 The Caribbean had better keep a close watch on the continuing disputes in the South China Sea between China and other Asian countries, notably Japan. Editorial Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT The irresistible power of Twenty20 cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-irresistible-power-of-Twenty20-cricket_67333 There are some among cricket’s traditionalists who still dismiss the highly commercialised Twenty20 version of the game as simply ‘money cricket’. Editorial Sat, 16 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Suriname’s Bouterse: How do Caricom leaders sleep at nights? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Suriname-s-Bouterse--How-do-Caricom-leaders-sleep-at-nights-_67215 We can’t say we’re surprised by the recent action of Mr Desi Bouterse, the president of Suriname, to block the resumption of the December Murders trial. Editorial Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT A tragic tale of abuse and a judge’s milk of human kindness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-tragic-tale-of-abuse-and-a-judge-s-milk-of-human-kindness_67096 We often get reflective in this space and wonder what kind of impact, if any, our reportage of the daily toll of human tragedy is having on our readers. Editorial Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT A young girl’s faith amidst the barbarity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-young-girl-s-faith-amidst-the-barbarity_66988 Amidst Editorial Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT History beckons Britain’s second woman prime minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/History-beckons-Britain-s-second-woman-prime-minister_66814 The developments that have led to Ms Theresa May’s ascension to the highest political office in England will, most likely, be remembered for more than their associated drama. Editorial Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT This crime monster must be slain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/This-crime-monster-must-be-slain_66742 Jamaicans will have heard the cautionary note from business and tourism interests in Montego Bay and the wider western Jamaica. Editorial Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Patrick Manning, a true patriot and regionalist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Patrick-Manning--a-true-patriot-and-regionalist_66625 The world, and more notably the Caribbean, will remember Mr Patrick Manning the former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago who died recently as a dedicated regionalist who did more than his fair share to improve the lives of the people of his country and help his Caricom neighbours. Editorial Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Iceland shows the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Iceland-shows-the-way_66587 Those fortunate enough to watch the Copa America Centenario and the Euro 2016 tournament have had a wonderful time in recent weeks. Editorial Sat, 09 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Those police killings in America http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Those-police-killings-in-America_66483 The United States again finds itself weathering public anger over the killing of black men by the police. Editorial Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT A supercomputer in the fight against climate change dangers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-supercomputer-in-the-fight-against-climate-change-dangers_66360 This morning, from the principal’s conference room of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Assembly Hall building, the Caribbean region will take a giant leap forward in its preparation for combating the ever-emerging dangers of climate change. Editorial Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Making headway against human trafficking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Making-headway-against-human-trafficking_66264 It might not have made the headlines, but Jamaica was last week commended and upgraded to a Tier 2 ranking in its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) by the US Department of State in its 2016 TIP Report. Editorial Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica stands to lose from PNP infighting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-stands-to-lose-from-PNP-infighting_66162 It’s not unusual for political parties to turn on themselves when they are in Opposition. Editorial Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Law and order must rule http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Law-and-order-must-rule_66049 We note the assurance to residents of Montego Bay and the wider St James from Cabinet minister and Member of Parliament for St James North Western Dr Horace Chang that the Government will act to protect them in the face of horrific criminal attacks. Editorial Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT The global economy after Brexit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-global-economy-after-Brexit_65967 Much has been said and written about the implications of Brexit for Britain and the possible direct negative impact on the Caribbean. Editorial Sun, 03 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Do not relax, WICB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Do-not-relax--WICB_65873 West Indies cricket captain Mr Jason Holder is correct. “A lot of people” didn’t expect hosts West Indies to win a game in the recent tri-nation series also involving eventual champions Australia and South Africa, let alone reach the final. Editorial Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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