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 Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Cuba-and-Jamaica-give-Moreno-a-grand-opportunity_18123819 YESTERDAY, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno arrived in Jamaica. The IDB has become Jamaica's most important banker, so it is encouraging that this visit appears to be saying to us 'job well done, keep up the good work', rather than a crisis visit as has frequently occurred in the past. Editorial Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT The miseducation of Senator Lambert Brown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-miseducation-of-Senator-Lambert-Brown_18118654 JAMAICA, regrettably, does not get the full benefit of the intelligence and the vast experience of Senator Lambert Brown of trade union fame, possibly because he has a tendency to approach every problem with an open mouth. Editorial Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:05:00 GMT Updating Michael Manley's foreign policy legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Updating-Michael-Manley-s-foreign-policy-legacy_18114153 Had he lived, Mr Michael Manley would have just turned 90 years old. Birthdays, even of those who have passed, prompt reflection on what they have achieved and what is their legacy. In the case of Mr Manley, a discussion of his legacy could not be adequately covered in this space. Editorial Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Thanks for task force report, but... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Thanks-for-task-force-report--but---_18109650 This newspaper is happy that the task force set up to probe the disastrous decision to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India in October has come forward with its report in reasonable time. Editorial Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT US protests provide chance for reform http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/US-protests-provide-chance-for-reform_18100975 THE anger in the United States over recent police killings of black males appears to be growing into a major problem for a country that has wrestled with the touchy issue of race for an immeasureable number of years. Editorial Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Multiple nationalities should not matter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Multiple-nationalities-should-not-matter The candidates for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General include Baroness Scotland who was born in Dominica of an Antiguan father and a Dominican mother in August 1955 and who left that country when she was two years old. Editorial Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:28:00 GMT Hoping for a stunner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hoping-for-a-stunner_18098760 THE long shadow cast by that horrendous decision two months ago to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India remains. Editorial Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:00:00 GMT A proud moment for Ms Alia Atkinson and Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-proud-moment-for-Ms-Alia-Atkinson-and-Jamaica_18091743 EASILY, one of Ms Alia Atkinson's most endearing qualities is her humility. Editorial Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT D'Aguilar decision not surprising http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/D-Aguilar-decision-not-surprising_18083228 WE can't say we are surprised by the decision of the commissioners hearing evidence in the enquiry into the May 2010 security forces' operation in Tivoli Gardens to refuse an application for Mr Lloyd D'Aguilar to be readmitted to the proceedings. Editorial Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Must Caricom-Cuba relations be always about begging? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Must-Caricom-Cuba-relations-be-always-about-begging-_18082697 The agenda centred on the theme of co-operation -- a euphemism for Cuba's generous assistance to the region's social and economic development through programmes in health care, education, human resources, sport and disaster management. Editorial Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT No one responsible for Victoria Jubilee debacle? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-one-responsible-for-Victoria-Jubilee-debacle-_18071464 IT is most unfortunate that Miss Stacey Josephs, the mother who accused Victoria Jubilee Hospital medical staff of shoddy treatment and verbal abuse, did not allow a post-mortem on her baby born at the hospital. Editorial Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Bridging that awkward communication gap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Bridging-that-awkward-communication-gap_18070936 CHANCES are Jamaicans outside of Tivoli Gardens and the wider West Kingston will never get anywhere close to fully understanding what really happened during those fateful days of the May 2010 military operation there. Editorial Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Danger in granting citizenship without due diligence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Danger-in-granting-citizenship-without-due-diligence_18070553 Many countries seek to improve and expand their stock of human capital by granting citizenship to people who apply and who they deem to be suitably qualified. Editorial Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Much to reflect on as football season climaxes today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Much-to-reflect-on-as-football-season-climaxes-today_18065030 BACK in the 1960s, you could literally count on the fingers those schools involved in Jamaica's Under-19 high school football competitions -- daCosta Cup for the rural areas and Manning Cup in the Corporate Area. Editorial Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT That dastardly attack on Councillor Phillips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-dastardly-attack-on-Councillor-Phillips_18063806 THE attempt on the life of Councillor Vanesha Phillips on Wednesday is most reprehensible. Indeed, we join in condemning it and hope that the reprobates who carried it out are arrested, tried and appropriately punished. Editorial Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT A Caricom house divided against itself, fighting over irrelevant organisations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-Caricom-house-divided-against-itself--fighting-over-irrelevant-organisations_18058350 WE have had occasion in this space to bemoan the fact that Caricom countries, by offering several candidates, were fighting among themselves over posts in the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Editorial Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:19:00 GMT Are the benefits of lower oil prices being passed on? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Are-the-benefits-of-lower-oil-prices-being-passed-on-_18053441 BETWEEN June 2013 and now, oil prices on the international market have plunged 40 per cent, mainly because of rising output in the United States, Libya and Russia, and a drop in oil imports from oil-producing countries in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to a 30-year low. Editorial Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Congrats, Mr Vaz, now the work begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats--Mr-Vaz--now-the-work-begins_18048818 AFTER the victory celebrations and expressions of sadness associated with the result of yesterday's by-election, the people who live in Central Westmoreland will today return to the reality of their existence. Editorial Tue, 02 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT A sour taste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-sour-taste_18043635 THE story 'Barefaced savagery' on the front page of yesterday's Sunday Observer is simply more confirmation of the mess in which so many of the nation's public services are enmeshed. Editorial Mon, 01 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Time to ramp up investment promotion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-to-ramp-up-investment-promotion_18038029 The prerequisites for raising the level of private investment, whether foreign or local, are macroeconomic stability and a business environment in which it is easy to do business. Editorial Sun, 30 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT A terrible blow to cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-terrible-blow-to-cricket_18032699 SPORT lifts the human spirit in a way that virtually defies verbal definition. Editorial Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT The sad death of Mr Phillip Hughes — a poignant reminder of sports uncertainties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-sad-death-of-Mr-Phillip-Hughes---a-poignant-reminder-of-sports-uncertainties_18027441 THIS newspaper joins the cricketing world in mourning the passing yesterday of Australian batsman Mr Phillip Hughes. Editorial Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Trayvon Martin déjà vu in Ferguson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Trayvon-Martin-d-j--vu-in-Ferguson_18021280 ON Monday, a United States grand jury decided that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on any charge for the fatal August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson was never arrested, charged or subjected to any disciplinary action. Editorial Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT If Dr Raymond Wright is proven right... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Dr-Raymond-Wright-is-proven-right---_18016502 ON November 1, 2014, Jamaica, yet again, began the sporadic search for oil and gas, carrying on a stubborn dream of many, the latest of whom was Dr Raymond Wright, past chairman of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). Editorial Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT There's a way to resolve the 'Night Noise' debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/There-s-a-way-to-resolve-the--Night-Noise--debate_18008924 Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns has predictably opened a very passionate debate with her call for an amendment to the Noise Abatement Act, popularly referred to as the 'Night Noise law'. Editorial Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT