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 Is it time now to seed the clouds and 'force' the rain? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-it-time-now-to-seed-the-clouds-and--force--the-rain_17273418 During one of the worst periods of drought in Jamaica during the 1970s, the authorities resorted to cloud-seeding, in order to 'force' the rain to fall. Editorial Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Japan not leaving it all to China in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Japan-not-leaving-it-all-to-China-in-the-Caribbean_17264684 NOWADAYS China is talked about as the economic superpower challenging the United States for dominance in the world economy. It seems incredulous now that in the 1970s and 80s Japan was talked about in much the same way. The prospect has slipped away in the wake of financial sector problems and the rise of the Asian Tigers as economic competitors in global markets. Editorial Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT The Hon Raymond Chang: A loss we'll not soon overcome http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Hon-Raymond-Chang--A-loss-we-ll-not-soon-overcome_17259105 AN article in the January 7, 2011 edition of the Toronto Star probably best captured the essence of Mr Raymond Chang's life. Editorial Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Do more than talk, Mr Green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Do-more-than-talk--Mr-Green_17253131 Highly educated and, we suspect, very well read, Mr Floyd Green will know that the political ideals and principles advocated by him in yesterday's Sunday Observer are by no means original. Editorial Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Taking our honorary consuls for granted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Taking-our-honorary-consuls-for-granted_17250953 The loss of Jamaica's former honorary consul to Atlanta and prominent attorney Mr Vin Martin, who died on July 23 after a long illness, has prompted us to recall the long and distinguished service of our honorary consuls all over the world. These patriotic individuals need to be given more recognition. Editorial Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shame on you, WICB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Shame-on-you--WICB_17248591 WE suspect that it has never happened that a Jamaica Under-19 cricket team finds itself being praised by this newspaper for winning the opening match in the annual regional tournament. Editorial Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Take a bow, Dr Nigel Clarke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Take-a-bow--Dr-Nigel-Clarke_17239004 JUDGING from the large turnout at Emancipation Park Wednesday night, it is clear that Jamaicans have an appreciation for classical music. Editorial Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Disabilities Bill: Better (10 years) late than never http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Disabilities-Bill--Better--10-years--late-than-never_17229105 Tuesday's passing in Parliament of the much-awaited Disabilities Bill was marred, ironically, by the inability of several disabled persons to get access to Gordon House to be present on the historic moment. Editorial Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Water shortage in Jamaica is a man-made disaster, not an act of God http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Water-shortage-in-Jamaica-is-a-man-made-disaster--not-an-act-of-God_17221554 THERE is no doubt that the small island developing states of the Caribbean are vulnerable to natural disasters, both in regard to their frequency and severity, in particular hurricanes. Disaster preparedness is therefore an important mitigating factor. Editorial Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The worsening drought — let's conserve, conserve, conserve! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-worsening-drought---let-s-conserve--conserve--conserve-_17215274 WATER and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill's announcement Sunday night that the drought currently affecting the island will not ease soon, is a worrying thought. Editorial Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fake Clarks shoemakers, what a waste! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Fake-Clarks-shoemakers--what-a-waste-_17202993 A mere glance at the photos would not alert you to the fact that the shoes confiscated by the police last week from an underground factory in Kingston were fake Clarks. Editorial Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT NAJASO, Jamaicans in the US look to the future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NAJASO--Jamaicans-in-the-US-look-to-the-future_17199788 The activities of the umbrella National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) in the United States demonstrate that the role of the diaspora is much more than the remittances that it sends to families and organisations back home. Editorial Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let's learn from Treasure Beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-learn-from-Treasure-Beach_17196795 THIS newspaper has found good reason previously to laud BREDS, the admirably proactive community organisation in Treasure Beach, south St Elizabeth, which has been instrumental in the development of a sports complex there. Editorial Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT BRICS version of IMF, World Bank an intriguing development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/BRICS-version-of-IMF--World-Bank-an-intriguing-development_17187158 The agreement of the BRICS nations to create their own development bank is undoubtedly a move to strengthen their political influence in developing countries. Editorial Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Caricom finally makes some decisions, but deeds, not words please http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-finally-makes-some-decisions--but-deeds--not-words-please_17172398 USUALLY the Caricom Heads of Government (HOGS) conference is a feast of semantics, reciting the mantra of regional integration and making solemn commitments to implement decisions long overdue. At the end, most items have been merely noted or postponed. Editorial Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Homosexuality: the long, painful search for workable rules of engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Homosexuality--the-long--painful-search-for-workable-rules-of-engagement_17172405 THE search for viable rules of engagement between homosexual and heterosexual Jamaicans will, regrettably, be a long, arduous and painful one, we think. Editorial Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Stop fulminating and promote investment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stop-fulminating-and-promote-investment_17139476 Whenever a country is doing badly economically there is always an immaturity in its political culture. Editorial Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Germany’s success a lesson for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Germany-s-success-a-lesson-for-Jamaica_17145688 ABOUT a month before the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA.com asked Germany captain Mr Phillip Lahm what would he be doing on July 13. Editorial Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sir Howard Cooke: Selfless patriot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sir-Howard-Cooke--Selfless-patriot A defining quality of the men and women who gave birth to Jamaica’s modern political movement is their selflessness and unwavering commitment to the country’s development. Editorial Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:21:30 GMT Mr Zacca's appeal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Zacca-s-appeal_17140661 MR Chris Zacca, the PSOJ president, made an interesting call at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. It was time, he said, to stop talking down the Jamaican dollar which, for many months, has been falling against the US dollar. Editorial Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT A foreign police commissioner? Not so fast! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-foreign-police-commissioner--Not-so-fast-_17132721 The private sector-led lobby for a replacement for Police Commissioner Owen Ellington from overseas is ironic, coming at the height of a private sector-led campaign encouraging Jamaicans to "Buy Jamaican". Editorial Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:30:00 GMT Commissioner Ellington’s departure: don’t ‘tek the nation fi fool’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Commissioner-Ellington-s-departure--don-t--tek-the-nation-fi-fool-_17116788 OUR natural instinct in this space is to take people at face value and to want to believe the best in others, until we have credible reasons to believe otherwise. Editorial Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Time to act on Hopewell, Minister Thwaites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-to-act-on-Hopewell--Minister-Thwaites_17110601 IT is high time, we believe, that Education Minister Ronald Thwaites gets personally involved in the situation that has dogged the relatively new institution of secondary learning in Eastern Hanover, Hopewell High. Editorial Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The moral decay worsens: St Thomas funeral practice of grave concern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-The-moral-decay-worsens--St-Thomas-funeral-practice-of-grave-concern_17102501 IN May this year when former Prime Minister PJ Patterson reiterated the need for a national strategy and programme of action to address declining moral standards across the country, he was yet again criticised by his detractors. Editorial Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT NWC is correct, but it should also take its own advice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NWC-is-correct--but-it-should-also-take-its-own-advice On the face of it, no one can argue with Mr Charles Buchanan’s appeal to Jamaican householders to repair leaks in their water pipes. Editorial Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:32:55 GMT