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 United Kingdom of Great Britain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-United-Kingdom-of-Great-Britain_17584755 THE Scottish people voted to keep their country in the 307-year United Kingdom by 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989 in Thursday's referendum. Nearly 90 per cent of the 4,283,392 people entitled to vote exercised their franchise, with 55 per cent rejecting independence — a sufficient majority to put the issue to rest, at least for now. Editorial Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT We must make Jamaica clean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-must-make-Jamaica-clean_17584015 WE laud those hundreds of Jamaicans who turned out yesterday — International Coastal Clean-Up Day — to help spruce up sections of the Jamaican landscape that a nasty lot had disgustingly left in a shoddy state with no regard for the environment. Editorial Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Words of wisdom from Reggae Boy Mr Kemar Lawrence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Words-of-wisdom-from-Reggae-Boy-Mr-Kemar-Lawrence_17578243 WE were moved by the sheer honesty and sense of maturity in remarks made in this newspaper by national footballer Mr Kemar Lawrence. Editorial Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Representing the people... effectively http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Representing-the-people----effectively_17571638 For several decades Jamaicans living below the poverty line have been forced to survive in an environment that offers little or no hope to them. Editorial Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT When Scotland votes today… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/When-Scotland-votes-today-_17547199 TODAY, the Scottish people will vote on whether to end their 300-year-old union. In last Sunday’s Observer, respected Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders stated that if the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, with consequences that will go far beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Editorial Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let us honour Ms Clare Forrester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-us-honour-Ms-Clare-Forrester_17557405 SENATOR Sandrea Falconer, the information minister, sums it up succinctly in describing the late Jamaican journalist and communications practitioner, Clare Forrester, as "a giant of Caribbean journalism and a lost treasure". Editorial Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Honour to whom honour is due http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Honour-to-whom-honour-is-due_17551453 We hear the urgings of former prime minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Mr Percival James Patterson, that politicians should be shown appreciation while they are alive and can acknowledge such. Editorial Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Encouraging news on crime, but there's more to be done http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Encouraging-news-on-crime--but-there-s-more-to-be-done_17548860 THERE is a long way to go before Jamaica's crime rate can be considered tolerable. However, news that the country is actually on course to recording less than 1,000 murders for the first time in many, many years is extremely encouraging. Editorial Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica's image bad for business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-s-image-bad-for-business BRAND Jamaica is awesome, but our business image has some serious catching up to do. To many people the world over, most Jamaicans smoke ganja, wear dreadlocks and listen to Reggae music all day. Jamaica for them readily conjures up the image of Bob Marley, the Third World's biggest music star, and Usain Bolt, the world's fastest runner. Editorial Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:24:39 GMT Friendlies aside, the Reggae Boyz must not lose sight of the prize http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Friendlies-aside--the-Reggae-Boyz-must-not-lose-sight-of-the-prize_17544397 The Reggae Boyz's defeat by Canada in that country on Tuesday night should not have come as a great surprise to those who follow football closely. Editorial Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mr Seiveright should cool it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Seiveright-should-cool-it_17527139 WE could not help but observe the continuing political tracing match and obtuse tit for tat involving elements of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the ruling People's National Party that have erupted since cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease started to increase. Editorial Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT How about a venture capital task force, Dr Phillips? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-about-a-venture-capital-task-force--Dr-Phillips-_17527827 OVER the last three days, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) mounted its second annual venture capital conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The unassuming but effective Managing Director Milverton Reynolds and his team must be congratulated for this timely event. Editorial Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT A suggestion for Mr Peter Bunting and Sir Patrick Allen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-suggestion-for-Mr-Peter-Bunting-and-Sir-Patrick-Allen_17520239 THE national agony over the early retirement of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and the relief that has apparently greeted the appointment of new commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, are pointing to what would amount to a useful and productive development. Editorial Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Hard task ahead for new commissioner of police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hard-task-ahead-for-new-commissioner-of-police_17512800 THIS newspaper joins with others in congratulating Dr Carl McKay Williams on his appointment as the 28th commissioner of police, replacing Mr Owen Ellington who took early retirement. Editorial Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT Do Jamaican doctors observe the Hippocratic Oath? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Do-Jamaican-doctors-observe-the-Hippocratic-Oath-_17506644 YESTERDAY'S Sunday Observer provided the intriguing information that, for the first time ever, the Medical Association of Jamaica — founded in 1872 — met with a Jamaican prime minister. Editorial Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Poor, working class locked out of the banking system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Poor--working-class-locked-out-of-the-banking-system_17493725 THE popular saying goes "It is what it is". But are we forever condemned to exclude the vast majority of the population — the poor — from the business economy? Editorial Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:19:00 GMT Exemplary courage and commitment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Exemplary-courage-and-commitment_17490799 TALKATIVE know-it-alls are part and parcel of the game of cricket. Editorial Sat, 06 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let's see the report cards of the new MPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-see-the-report-cards-of-the-new-MPs_17481185 OUR latest set of elected officials have just completed a little over a half of their constitutional term in office and there are mixed views from near and far regarding their performance as members of parliament. Editorial Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:30:00 GMT Government keeping a cool head over Mario Deane affair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Government-keeping-a-cool-head-over-Mario-Deane-affair_17471613 AT this rate, if the Government's approach to the Mario Deane affair becomes a pattern, they could put the human rights groups out of business. Editorial Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Have Jamaicans lost the culture of production? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Have-Jamaicans-lost-the-culture-of-production-_17464036 OUR large and persistent trade deficit means that Jamaica is spending more on imports than it is earning from exports and tourism, and the gap between expenditure and earnings of foreign exchange is being bridged by remittances and loans. Editorial Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT The PSC, Mr Rattigan, the Diaspora, and the US Gov’t http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-PSC--Mr-Rattigan--the-Diaspora--and-the-US-Gov-t_17458617 A lot has been said about the Police Service Commission's (PSC's) decision not to shortlist Mr Wilfred Rattigan in Jamaica's search for a new police commissioner. Editorial Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let’s care for the child next door http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-care-for-the-child-next-door JAMAICANS are back to that time of year when “free paper bun”. Thousands of children and their teachers return to school today after the long summer break — some eager and some merely resigned to the inescapable task of education. Editorial Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:33:22 GMT Post-Roger Clarke: Agriculture needs an outstanding minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Post-Roger-Clarke--Agriculture-needs-an-outstanding-minister Agriculture was the mainstay of life for most of the history of mankind because communities had to feed themselves. Trade led to diversification of foods consumed because communities could exchange some of the food they produced for products they did not. Editorial Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:36:28 GMT 2014 schoolboy football season a bag of opportunities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/2014-schoolboy-football-season-a-bag-of-opportunities_17445420 THIS newspaper can only concur with Mr Carlo Redwood, of schoolboy football title sponsors LIME, that "it is hard to believe a year has gone so quickly". Editorial Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Farewell, Roger Clarke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Farewell--Roger-Clarke_17438562 THIS newspaper joins with the wider Jamaican society and the Diaspora in expressing sadness at the death of likeable Minister of Agriculture Mr Roger Clarke, who passed away in the United States yesterday. Editorial Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT