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 The heart-rending deathbed cry of Rev Glen Archer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-heart-rending-deathbed-cry-of-Rev-Glen-Archer_18506750 On his deathbed, the late Rev Glen Archer is reported by relatives to have lamented to them that he was heartbroken at the apparently low level of response to the public appeal for assistance in his hour of greatest need. Editorial Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let's focus on the well-being of every Jamaican http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-focus-on-the-well-being-of-every-Jamaican_18497368 JAMAICA, understandably, has a fixation on economic growth. Our governments have tended to measure their success by whether growth was achieved or which of them produced the most growth. Editorial Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:00:00 GMT The people must be central to downtown Kingston's revival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-people-must-be-central-to-downtown-Kingston-s-revival_18494650 Fifty, 60 years ago, downtown Kingston was the place to be after dark. Editorial Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT No surprise in Mugabe’s continued display of poor judgement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-surprise-in-Mugabe-s-continued-display-of-poor-judgement We wish we could say we’re surprised at the lavish US$1-million birthday party thrown for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in that country on Saturday. In fact, the things that Mr Mugabe does these days are no longer startling, given his record over the past decade. Editorial Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:56:35 GMT Put US national security interest above partisan politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Put-US-national-security-interest-above-partisan-politics_18487875 The US House of Representatives Friday night averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by passing a one-week reprieve of the termination of funding for the DHS. Editorial Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Student athlete transfers must be ethical and clean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Student-athlete-transfers-must-be-ethical-and-clean_18486581 THE evidence that sport can be a viable career option for the talented young is all around. Editorial Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT No! No! No, Mr Holness! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No--No--No--Mr-Holness-_18477953 EVEN if one could get past the fact that Mr Andrew Holness's role in the Senate resignation letters debacle was morally indefensible, one simply can't ignore the declaratory judgement of the Constitutional Court on the issue. Editorial Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Stop the ganja arrests now! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stop-the-ganja-arrests-now-_18472210 IT goes without saying that with the passage through both houses of Parliament of the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, and with the Governor General's assent imminent, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should immediately stop arresting people with less than two ounces of marijuana. Editorial Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caricom: A house divided against itself... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom--A-house-divided-against-itself---_18465256 THE Caribbean Community (Caricom) is committed to coordination of foreign policy and to joint collective action in furtherance of the goals of the region in international affairs. Such a mandate was a continuation of joint action in support of common positions in the negotiations on sugar and bananas dating back to the 1920s. Editorial Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Hope amidst tragedy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hope-amidst-tragedy_18456939 DEATH is never easy. And when it takes from us someone young and vibrant it is even more painful and difficult to accept or even understand. Editorial Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Remembering victims can help in crime fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Remembering-victims-can-help-in-crime-fight_18443444 THIS newspaper makes no apologies for constantly reminding the society of the scourge of crime. Editorial Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT CCJ warning: 'Tek sleep mark death!' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/CCJ-warning---Tek-sleep-mark-death--_18442833 Mr Wingrove George, the supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, still has questions to answer about his decision to withhold the results of the general election held in that twin-island state last Monday. Editorial Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Richard Austin an outstanding sportsman who paid a horrendous price for a terrible error http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Richard-Austin-an-outstanding-sportsman-who-paid-a-horrendous-price-for-a-terrible-error_18435896 Many who knew him as a 'coke head' walking the streets of Kingston, in rags, had little or no knowledge of Mr Richard Austin's genius. Editorial Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Motorcycle licence clampdown a good move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Motorcycle-licence-clampdown-a-good-move_18429372 AMENDING the Road Traffic Act to mandate motorcyclists to acquire a driver's licence is an act that is long overdue. Editorial Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT As we approach general elections... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-we-approach-general-elections---_18424082 On Monday, in this space, we pointed to the fact that Jamaicans will have to keep making sacrifices and remain disciplined and focused while the country continues its difficult journey towards economic improvement. Editorial Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Embarrassing for democracy in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Embarrassing-for-democracy-in-the-Caribbean_18418135 FINALLY, Mr Wingrove George, the supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, has decided to announce the results of the general election held in that twin-island state on Monday. Editorial Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rev Glen Archer was a true teacher http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Rev-Glen-Archer-was-a-true-teacher_18408366 In many ways, the Rev Glen Archer represented what children deserve from their teachers -- a passion to impart knowledge, commitment to students' development, compassion, patience, and the ability to listen. Editorial Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT To ensure Jamaica wins at the next elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/To-ensure-Jamaica-wins-at-the-next-elections We note the comment by co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Mr Richard Byles that, with parliamentary elections just two years away, the country should be on guard against political irresponsibility, which could lead to economic downfall. Editorial Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:35:39 GMT What criteria for national hero? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-criteria-for-national-hero- Jamaica’s seven national heroes basically have one thing in common — they were all involved in political activity, whether by use of violent means or by peaceful forms of struggle. Editorial Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:42:38 GMT Let's wish our West Indies team well for cricket's showpiece http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-wish-our-West-Indies-team-well-for-cricket-s-showpiece_18403314 MUCH has changed since the first ICC Cricket World Cup in England in 1975. Editorial Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:01:00 GMT Need to harness the value of scientific research http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Need-to-harness-the-value-of-scientific-research_18395650 FROM all accounts, Research Days at the University of the West Indies (UWI) was, as usual, impressive. Editorial Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT UWI researchers answer the call http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/UWI-researchers-answer-the-call_18392346 In recent times, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has been harshly criticised in the press for not conducting pertinent research and therefore failing to provide practical policy solutions to the critically important current economic problems of the Caribbean. Editorial Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Congrats to the tourism sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats-to-the-tourism-sector_18385938 News that the island's tourism sector earned US$2.2 billion last year, a 5.8 per cent increase over 2013, is indeed heart-warming. Editorial Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:04:00 GMT An awful mess http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/An-awful-mess_18380552 No doubt this predicament will haunt the party for a long time and provide fodder for the ruling People's National Party at the next general elections. Editorial Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nurturing and protecting the vulnerable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Nurturing-and-protecting-the-vulnerable_18374292 The story of entrepreneur Mr Shane Chambers is another of those 'must read' features Jamaicans have come to expect from the Sunday Observer. Editorial Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT