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 Communication problem in Gov't growing worse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Communication-problem-in-Gov-t-growing-worse_18278737 WE are intrigued by Observer parliamentary specialist Mr Balford Henry's latest commentary, 'Inside Parliament', in yesterday's Sunday Observer. Editorial Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Life would be harder without the Junior Stock Exchange http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Life-would-be-harder-without-the-Junior-Stock-Exchange_18278294 LAST week, the Jamaica Stock Exchange, under the dynamic leadership of Mrs Marlene Street-Forrest, held its 10th annual conference, a substantial milestone featuring a raft of local and international speakers who pronounced on a wide range of financial and investment topics. Editorial Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lack of pride hobbling West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lack-of-pride-hobbling-West-Indies-cricket-_18275331 The two Jamaica Observer headlines accompanying our report of the West Indies' humiliating defeat to South Africa in the third One-Day International (ODI) this week were most appropriate. 'Clueless', splashed across the back page with a photo and a caption, and 'Disgrace', which introduced the story on Page 38, perfectly reflect the state of West Indies cricket and current crop of jokers who make up the team. Editorial Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mr Mandela must be rolling in his grave... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Mandela-must-be-rolling-in-his-grave---_18226663 Politicians are indeed a rare breed. Thankfully, though, not all of them are given to contradictions in their pronouncements and actions. Editorial Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Oh for the National Consumers League of old http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Oh-for-the-National-Consumers-League-of-old_18258710 CONVENTIONAL wisdom posits that the cost of energy, especially from oil, works itself through every item of goods on planet Earth. Editorial Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT Mr Barack Obama's impressive scorecard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Barack-Obama-s-impressive-scorecard_18251976 EVEN primary school children in the remotest parts of our country are aware of the importance of a strong, prosperous United States to the well-being of Jamaica. Editorial Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Race relations in America — The struggle continues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Race-relations-in-America---The-struggle-continues_18239621 AMERICA'S reflection yesterday on the life and work of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr came at a most fortuitous and important time, given recent events in that country. Editorial Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Congrats, Miss Atkinson and Mr Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats--Miss-Atkinson-and-Mr-Walters_18239208 TO truly appreciate the achievements of 2014 Sportswoman of the year Miss Alia Atkinson and Sportsman of the year Mr Nicholas Walters, Jamaicans need to recognise that the nation's track and field athletes actually did extremely well last year. Editorial Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:02:00 GMT Encouraging statistics on missing children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Encouraging-statistics-on-missing-children While we still fret about the number of children being reported missing in Jamaica, we are encouraged by news from the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) that there has been a 10 per cent decline in the number of children reported missing in 2014, compared with 2013. Editorial Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:16:16 GMT Rethink needed for Jamaica's age-group football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Rethink-needed-for-Jamaica-s-age-group-football_18234326 JUST two months ago, this newspaper had reason to hail Jamaica's senior national football coaching staff and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for a thoroughly efficient show in winning the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup on home soil. Editorial Sat, 17 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT How China can really help Jamaica and the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-China-can-really-help-Jamaica-and-the-Caribbean_18229353 In June of last year, at his meeting with Caribbean heads of government in Trinidad, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced US$3 billion in concessional financing for countries in the Caricom region. Editorial Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Name them and shame them; what Roger Clarke would do http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Name-them-and-shame-them--what-Roger-Clarke-would-do_18223181 Ms Moveta Munroe, director of the CDF Unit, told Parliament's CDF Committee rather casually: "We are massaging the process at this time to get them (projects) in." She also informed the committee that a few projects had been returned to MPs for additional information. Editorial Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:05:00 GMT Oil price crunch and looming elections in T&T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Oil-price-crunch-and-looming-elections-in-T-T_18218483 The unexpected and precipitate drop in the price of oil, from over US$100 to under US$50, will have a major impact on the economy of our sister island of Trinidad and Tobago whose current budget assumed a price of US$80 a barrel. Editorial Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Painfully slow recovery in Haiti, but... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Painfully-slow-recovery-in-Haiti--but---_18206776 YESTERDAY marked the fifth anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital of our sister Caribbean country, Haiti. Editorial Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:05:00 GMT The Ferguson clan provides a culture to emulate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Ferguson-clan-provides-a-culture-to-emulate Even in the most prosperous societies there are individuals who fall through the cracks because resources just aren’t there to help them achieve full potential. Editorial Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:07:37 GMT The next terrorist could be your neighbour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-next-terrorist-could-be-your-neighbour Traditionally, acts of terrorism were executed by organisations that identify, train, plan and deploy individuals or groups to carry out these acts. Editorial Sun, 11 Jan 2015 01:43:21 GMT Beyond this weekend's netball and football games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Beyond-this-weekend-s-netball-and-football-games_18203741 JAMAICA'S netballers and male Under-20 footballers are in the spotlight this weekend and beyond. Editorial Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Are our legislators serious about fighting crime? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Are-our-legislators-serious-about-fighting-crime-_18197139 Twenty-four murders in seven days is not the kind of news that any country wants to hear. It is particularly disheartening, coming especially at the start of a new year when the nation is filled with hope for improvements in all sectors. Editorial Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Give us an avalanche of price cuts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Give-us-an-avalanche-of-price-cuts_18189542 TOMORROW, Jamaica Broilers will do what Jamaicans are anxiously waiting on the business community to do, cut the price of staple goods, in keeping with the fall of oil prices. Editorial Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT The unfinished agenda which we must address this year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-unfinished-agenda-which-we-must-address-this-year_18183094 DURING the year just ended, there were some notable failures in energy and health and there were some encouraging achievements in tourism, crime fighting and economic policy. Editorial Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Is anybody in charge at the Health Ministry? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-anybody-in-charge-at-the-Health-Ministry-_18176696 Given his job as the chief accounting officer in the ministry, we find it hard to believe that Dr Harvey is unaware of the shortage of equipment of which his colleagues complained to this newspaper. Editorial Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:05:00 GMT Good news for Jamaica's bauxite/alumina sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-news-for-Jamaica-s-bauxite-alumina-sector_18175348 That people in south-east St Elizabeth are joyful at news of the resumption of bauxite mining in their region this month, and even more importantly the planned reopening of the Alpart alumina refinery by the end of 2016, shouldn't surprise anyone. Editorial Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Performance over publicity required from ministers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Performance-over-publicity-required-from-ministers_18171416 THE beginning of a new year is an appropriate time for Jamaicans to evaluate the performance of the Cabinet, if for no other reason but to provide feedback to the Administration on possible shortcomings. Editorial Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:19:00 GMT Steering clear of the doping taint http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Steering-clear-of-the-doping-taint_18168589 AMONG the top sport stories as 2014 came to a close were those reporting allegations of widespread doping of top athletes from around the globe -- most notably Russia and Kenya. Editorial Sat, 03 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT A word to the Public Service Commission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-word-to-the-Public-Service-Commission_18165955 The Public Service Commission (PSC) would no doubt have solid reasons to name Mrs Arlene Harrison Henry as the next public defender. And we do not question her selection. Editorial Fri, 02 Jan 2015 00:10:00 GMT