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 Obama understands the migration dilemma http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Obama-understands-the-migration-dilemma_17993730 When Senator Barack Obama was campaigning, successfully, for the presidency of the United States — a country populated by migrants and their descendants — he promised to tackle the issue of migration. Editorial Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:05:00 GMT Caribbean Cup victory vindication for slipping Reggae Boyz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caribbean-Cup-victory-vindication-for-slipping-Reggae-Boyz_17991867 THIS newspaper takes immense satisfaction for being able to congratulate coach Mr Winfried Schaefer and his team for the just-concluded triumphant campaign in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men's Caribbean Cup. Editorial Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT World Festival of Religious Freedom a feather in Jamaica's cap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/World-Festival-of-Religious-Freedom-a-feather-in-Jamaica-s-cap_17983632 RELIGIOUS freedom is not the kind of issue that many Jamaicans will give a lot of focus. That reality, though, is an indication of our development as a society. For there are a number of countries where people experience discrimination because of their faith. Editorial Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT What now for Outameni Experience? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-now-for-Outameni-Experience-_17974876 BIG ideas run big risks. That is perhaps what the folks at the state-run National Housing Trust (NHT) are seeing, albeit under a firestorm of criticisms from the public about the purchase of the Outameni Experience for $180 million. Editorial Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Election of Judge Robinson to ICJ a proud moment for all Jamaicans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Election-of-Judge-Robinson-to-ICJ-a-proud-moment-for-all-Jamaicans_17970036 Judge Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean person to serve on the ICJ in its 70-year history. His election caps a distinguished legal career both on behalf of Jamaica and in hemispheric and international legal fora. Editorial Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:00:00 GMT If Lord Hoffman has faith in us... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Lord-Hoffman-has-faith-in-us---_17958730 Mr Andrew Holness, the Opposition leader, has again signalled his intention to not support any move, at this time, for Jamaica to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final appeal court. Editorial Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT A revival of the bauxite/alumina sector, yes, but not at all costs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-revival-of-the-bauxite-alumina-sector--yes--but-not-at-all-costs_17954980 All Jamaicans, but especially those in south central Jamaica, will be hoping that Mining Minister Mr Phillip Paulwell is on the right track and that a resurgence of the bauxite/alumina sector is around the corner. Editorial Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Why Japan is maintaining a presence in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-Japan-is-maintaining-a-presence-in-the-Caribbean_17954054 The Fourth Japan/Caricom Ministerial-Level Conference held yesterday in Tokyo was attended by all 15 Caricom member states. It follows the visit of Japan's prime minister to the Caribbean in July of this year when he announced a large aid package to be used for climate change. Editorial Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT If we are to prevent the death of West Indies cricket... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-we-are-to-prevent-the-death-of-West-Indies-cricket---_17946925 IT'S testimony to the rapid decline in the credibility of West Indies cricket that a new-look regional domestic first-class season opened yesterday with very little fanfare. Editorial Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Another giant step for mankind... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Another-giant-step-for-mankind---_17941276 THE successful landing of a spacecraft on the surface of a speeding comet on Wednesday will definitely go down as one of mankind's greatest feats ever. Editorial Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT NHT debate: Like sharks at the sight of blood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NHT-debate--Like-sharks-at-the-sight-of-blood_17931112 IT is clear, we are sure, to our growing readership, that one of the things that get our goat in this space, is the tendency to play partisan politics with the nation's business. The National Housing Trust's (NHT) engagement with the Outameni Experience is the latest political football. Editorial Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Guyana headed for dictatorship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Guyana-headed-for-dictatorship_17927375 Guyana is a country where democracy has traditionally been weak; indeed, for long periods political manipulation has just barely masked some form of dictatorship. Editorial Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Excellent advice from Mr Patterson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Excellent-advice-from-Mr-Patterson_17916238 ANYONE with the best interest of the Caribbean at heart would agree wholeheartedly with the views articulated by former Jamaican Prime Minister P J Patterson which were published in yesterday's edition of the Jamaica Observer. Editorial Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Using sports as a tool for tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Using-sports-as-a-tool-for-tourism_17912037 FROM the perspective of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup, which begins in Montego Bay tomorrow, is of crucial importance. Editorial Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Again, austerity will not bring economic growth! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Again--austerity-will-not-bring-economic-growth-_17899187 THE concept of austerity as the essential character of stabilisation and adjustment policy pursued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been questioned recently because of its lack of effectiveness in prompting economic recovery. Editorial Sun, 09 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT More questions for West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/More-questions-for-West-Indies-cricket_17895964 We note with interest a letter in yesterday's edition which briefly explored the perilous position of West Indies cricket following the catastrophic decision of players, led by Mr Dwayne Bravo, to abandon their tour of India last month. Editorial Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT ISSA on right track with schoolboy football probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/ISSA-on-right-track-with-schoolboy-football-probe_17885999 ANY display of exceptional talent must always be applauded. And, conversely, whenever instances of perceived impropriety raise their ugly head, they must be thoroughly investigated and dealt with. Editorial Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Get ready Jamaica for the new international geo-politics of oil http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Get-ready-Jamaica-for-the-new-international-geo-politics-of-oil_17874651 In this space, we have anticipated the positive stimulus of lower oil and gas prices on the prospects for economic recovery in the global economy and for economic growth in Jamaica. We have also warned that this scenario should not be allowed to induce complacency about our energy situation. Today, we explore the international geo-politics of lower oil and gas prices. Editorial Wed, 05 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Need for and integrated campaign to discredit and undermine criminals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Need-for-and-integrated-campaign-to-discredit-and-undermine-criminals_17863351 The rash of double and triple killings just lately reminds us that, notwithstanding undoubted gains by the security forces, violent crime remains a huge threat to the society. Editorial Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Let's not get complacent because oil prices are falling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-not-get-complacent-because-oil-prices-are-falling Even as we hope that the drop in world oil prices will stimulate economic growth in Jamaica, we strenuously urge the Government not to lose sight of the fact that it must continue its push to diversify the country's energy sources. Editorial Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:27:28 GMT Drop in oil prices could boost Jamaica's economic growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Drop-in-oil-prices-could-boost-Jamaica-s-economic-growth_17846632 THE very high price of oil has been the bane of many nations, especially the oil-dependent developing countries, as exporters mercilessly took advantage of their bounty. Editorial Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:00:00 GMT Placing Jamaica's FIFA rankings slippage in context http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Placing-Jamaica-s-FIFA-rankings-slippage-in-context_17843926 IF you have just arrived and have not been paying attention to Jamaica's football, you could be forgiven for thinking the country's slippery slide down FIFA's rankings ladder represents a huge disaster. Editorial Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT The argument for abortion is indeed compelling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-argument-for-abortion-is-indeed-compelling_17836546 DR Sandra Knight, the chair of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), has reignited debate on abortion -- easily one of the most controversial issues that Jamaica has been grappling with for decades. Editorial Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Why Minister Lisa Hanna cannot, must not, fail the youth! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-Minister-Lisa-Hanna-cannot--must-not--fail-the-youth-_17824377 This afternoon, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna will launch, with our blessing, National Youth Month, which will be observed throughout the month of November. Editorial Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Talk isn't so cheap, but for sure, ignorance is expensive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Talk-isn-t-so-cheap--but-for-sure--ignorance-is-expensive_17820514 WE are sure that, by now, the very proactive information minister would have marshalled her staff to ferret out every bit of information possible in order to provide the country a full explanation of the seemingly high telephone bills that ministers have been racking up. Editorial Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT