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 Good sense must prevail in Ja’s football future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-sense-must-prevail-in-Ja-s-football-future_75079 The Under-17 Reggae Boyz’ advance to the CONCACAF level at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifying tournament in Trinidad and Tobago will have provided considerable relief for the beleaguered Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Editorial Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Let’s honour Dominic James by setting safety standards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-honour-Dominic-James-by-setting-safety-standards-_74982 Despite its ultimate inevitability, it is human nature to grieve when death strikes. That grief is multiplied when the loss comes suddenly, and is even more heart-rending when the departed is young, vibrant, and outwardly healthy. Editorial Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT World should heed President Obama’s final call to the UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/World-should-heed-President-Obama-s-final-call-to-the-UN_74794 United States President Barack Obama is greeted at almost every public event he attends these days - including, unbelievably, the Canadian parliament - by the chant “Four more years”, which suggests that the world is going to miss the quality of his presidency when it ends in about four months’ time. Editorial Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Economic Growth Council report must not gather dust on a shelf http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Economic-Growth-Council-report-must-not-gather-dust-on-a-shelf_74702 Last week, we welcomed the long-awaited report of the Economic Growth Council (ECG) and stressed that, while the ideas offered were not freshly minted, what needed to happen was implementation. Editorial Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Good sounds from the PNP, but talk is cheap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-sounds-from-the-PNP--but-talk-is-cheap_74562 It’s a healthy sign that the People’s National Party (PNP) intends to act on the recommendations of its appraisal committee that looked at the reasons for the party’s narrow loss at the general election in February this year. Editorial Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The true value of defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-true-value-of-defeat_74457 If you have lived for any reasonable length of time you know about defeat. It’s a draining, disheartening thing. Many have simply given up after defeat. Editorial Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The case of Rev Al Miller: O ye of little faith… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-case-of-Rev-Al-Miller--O-ye-of-little-faith-_74382 For being found in the company of Mr Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the most wanted Jamaican at the time, Rev Merrick ‘Al’ Miller was on Thursday fined $1 million or 12 months in jail. He paid the fine and is now a free man. Editorial Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT West Indies cricket needs a fresh start http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/West-Indies-cricket-needs-a-fresh-start_74344 It’s typical of the mismanagement that has afflicted West Indies cricket over a period of many years that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) would have chosen to sack its coach on the eve of the team’s departure for duties in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan. Editorial Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica has best chance of growth in decades http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-has-best-chance-of-growth-in-decades_74243 On Monday, the Economic Growth Council (EGC) presented a list of eight key recommendations to Cabinet which, we are advised, were greeted with enthusiasm and the strong support of the prime minister. Editorial Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Why the FBI could be a game-changer for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-the-FBI-could-be-a-game-changer-for-Jamaica_74075 One of the really interesting announcements coming out of last week’s Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) forum titled ‘Dialogues between Democracies’, was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be setting up offices in Jamaica. Editorial Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The pain and anguish of deportation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-pain-and-anguish-of-deportation_73945 “Regardless of colour, creed, circumstances or station in life, we wish to assure all Jamaicans that Jamaica will be that ‘abiding city’ for its sons and daughters wherever they may be or whatever they would have done, because Jamaica is still the land that we love.” – Ministry of National Security Editorial Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Why remembering 9/11 is important http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-remembering-9-11-is-important_73796 Sunday’s reflection on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States served to remind us of how the world has changed because of those heinous acts. Editorial Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Never a dull moment for the PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Never-a-dull-moment-for-the-PNP_73688 It’s easy to forget that there will be a challenge for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) at their upcoming national conference, given the relatively low-keyed attention in the media and elsewhere. Editorial Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Is looking to the US, the Chinese to help us the new norm? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-looking-to-the-US--the-Chinese-to-help-us-the-new-norm-_73597 Last Wednesday evening the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) launched its latest report entitled ‘The Future of US-Jamaica Bilateral Relations’, which represents a timely evaluation of relations between Jamaica and the world’s most powerful superpower. Editorial Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Schoolboy football and the hard realities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Schoolboy-football-and-the-hard-realities_73541 Time and again, this newspaper has found reason to stress the importance of getting Jamaican sport to the stage where it is truly professional. Editorial Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT A toast to Red Stripe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-toast-to-Red-Stripe_73407 The management and staff at Red Stripe deserve high commendation for resuming exports of the award-winning Jamaican lager to markets in North America on Wednesday. Editorial Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Trump has summoned America to its worst self http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Trump-has-summoned-America-to-its-worst-self_73302 Everything that we have loved and admired about the United States of America seems to be under assault under Mr Donald Trump’s scorched-earth approach to this most caustic of presidential election campaigns. Editorial Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT West Kingston’s Desmond McKenzie not as helpless as he thinks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/West-Kingston-s-Desmond-McKenzie-not-as-helpless-as-he-thinks_73195 In the face of another episode of violence sweeping sections of his Kingston Western constituency, Member of Parliament (MP) Mr Desmond McKenzie voiced his frustration and apparent helplessness by declaring that, “No Member of Parliament can stop this. Editorial Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Time for a solid football foundation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-for-a-solid-football-foundation_73081 That Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have again failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup finals tournament is a bitter pill to swallow. Editorial Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hoping for an exceptional start to the school year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hoping-for-an-exceptional-start-to-the-school-year_72978 We take Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid at his word that all is in place for today’s start of the new school year. Editorial Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP campaign funds: In search of the facts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PNP-campaign-funds--In-search-of-the-facts_72932 In order to generate more light than heat in the current brouhaha over campaign-financing allegations in the People’s National Party (PNP), it is necessary to look at the bald facts. Editorial Sun, 04 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT A vision of 400m, 800m glory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-vision-of-400m--800m-glory_72887 When Jamaica first made its name as a power in track athletics at the 1948 Olympics in London, glory came in the 400m and 800m, not the short sprint, as is the case today. Editorial Sat, 03 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT A matter of credibility: The PNP cannot police itself http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-matter-of-credibility--The-PNP-cannot-police-itself_72756 An investigation into the allegations relating to the use of election campaign funds by People’s National Party (PNP) candidates in the last general election is the right thing for the party to have requested. Editorial Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Is Omar McLeod merely showing off his talent on the track? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-Omar-McLeod-merely-showing-off-his-talent-on-the-track-_72638 When newly minted Olympic 110-m hurdles champion, Mr Omar McLeod contests the 100-metre sprint at the Zurich Diamond League today, will he be merely showing off his talent on the track? Editorial Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wishing the Reggae Boyz well http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Wishing-the-Reggae-Boyz-well_72551 The Reggae Boyz are now in Panama on a long-shot mission of saving their World Cup dream of making the final qualifying round scheduled to begin in November. Editorial Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT