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 Tough road ahead, but hope beckons for WI cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Tough-road-ahead--but-hope-beckons-for-WI-cricket_90819 To the chagrin of those who still support West Indies cricket, the regional team will not be part of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament this summer in England. Editorial Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Let us avoid this dangerous political trap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-us-avoid-this-dangerous-political-trap_90718 With few exceptions, small islands are economic failures, as is evident in their inability to maintain sustained economic growth. Editorial Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The push to produce champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-push-to-produce-champions_90674 Jamaica’s famous boys and girls championships, held annually for more than a century, have often been cited by this newspaper and elsewhere as a big reason for the country’s outstanding record in track athletics. Editorial Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Good sense must prevail on pension reforms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-sense-must-prevail-on-pension-reforms_90550 Amidst Editorial Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT The Youth View Awards brouhaha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Youth-View-Awards-brouhaha_90416 Irish dramatist Bernard Shaw’s quote that “Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children” — often rendered as “youth is wasted on the young” — is a sentiment that is more popular than we would like to think. Editorial Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT De-legitimising the Marley Grammys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/De-legitimising-the-Marley-Grammys Every announcement of the Reggae Grammy winner, including this year’s, reopens a festering wound in the body of the Jamaican recording artiste community. Editorial Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:30 GMT Sound advice indeed from Mr ‘Bill’ Gates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sound-advice-indeed-from-Mr--Bill--Gates_90010 Amidst all the focus on America’s relationship with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, Microsoft co-founder, investor, author, and philanthropist Mr William “Bill” Gates introduced a most pertinent concern at the Munich Security Conference last week. Editorial Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Health should be a major factor in assessing potential leaders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Health-should-be-a-major-factor-in-assessing-potential-leaders-_90076 Advocates for “renewal” in the People’s National Party were mostly careful to avoid specific reference to the age of Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and a few of her close allies in the aftermath of the February 2016 parliamentary elections. Editorial Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Lobbying against FATCA on Capitol Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lobbying-against-FATCA-on-Capitol-Hill_90022 The countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are facing a major challenge of executing international payments as foreign banks reduce and/or eliminate correspondent banking services to some financial institutions in this region. Editorial Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Good reasons to smile http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-reasons-to-smile_89983 Recent days have been pretty good for Jamaican cricket and football. Editorial Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Exploiting Kingston’s appeal to tourists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Exploiting-Kingston-s-appeal-to-tourists_89765 We are encouraged by news this week of plans to improve Kingston’s appeal to tourists. For while our tourism administrators have long promoted the capital city as a visitor destination, tourists tend to prefer staying on the island’s northern, western and southern coasts in greater numbers. Editorial Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Playing political football with the NHT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Playing-political-football-with-the-NHT_89734 The debate about whether any Government should be dipping into the coffers of the State-run National Housing Trust (NHT) is, foolishly, occurring in a vacuum. Editorial Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Government response to rumours too lackadaisical http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Government-response-to-rumours-too-lackadaisical_89635 It is one of the stranger mysteries of life that human beings delight so much in rumour-mongering, and of late the Jamaican rumour mill has been in constant overdrive, fanned by social media which has an insatiable appetite for it. Editorial Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hands down, SVL takeover of racing a good move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hands-down--SVL-takeover-of-racing-a-good-move_89497 Local horse racing can only benefit from the transfer of Caymanas Track Limited’s assets to Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), a company that has proven its ability to successfully operate in the gaming industry which, quite frankly, relies on the discretionary leisure spend of people who enjoy making a flutter. Editorial Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT That task of restoring participatory democracy to the PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-task-of-restoring-participatory-democracy-to-the-PNP_89367 We note with interest Dr Peter Phillips’s insistence that there was no special deal as prelude to the stepping down of Mrs Portia Simpson Miller as president of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP). Editorial Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT FATCA hurting Caribbean: Revoke it, Mr Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/FATCA-hurting-Caribbean--Revoke-it--Mr-Trump_89267 FATCA requires US persons, including those living abroad, to file yearly reports on their non-US financial accounts to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. It also requires all foreign financial institutions to provide information on assets and transactions of US persons to the US Department of the Treasury. Editorial Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Reggae Boyz’ display against USA gives reason for hope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Reggae-Boyz--display-against-USA-gives-reason-for-hope_89234 Even after the most cruel of setbacks life goes on, and it is natural human instinct to make the very best of it. Editorial Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Scratching the surface on crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Scratching-the-surface-on-crime_89008 Quite frankly, there was no need for the Government and the police to hold a press conference to tell us that they were now going to insist that the country’s laws are enforced. Editorial Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Prime Minister Holness, please hear the children’s cry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Prime-Minister-Holness--please-hear-the-children-s-cry-------_88979 With the new year barely a week old last month, Mrs Betty Ann Blaine, the tigress of child rights in Jamaica, urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene an emergency child summit, bringing together all critical stakeholders, to agree lasting measures to improve the lot of the nation’s children and to keep them safe. Editorial Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Caricom Science Award to the ‘diabetes professor’ is well deserved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-Science-Award-to-the--diabetes-professor--is-well-deserved_88879 The 2017 Caribbean Community (Caricom) Science Award could not have gone to a more deserving person than Professor Dalip Ragoobirsingh, the director of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Diabetes Education Programme at Mona, Jamaica. Editorial Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Thank you, Mrs Portia Simpson Miller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Thank-you--Mrs-Portia-Simpson-Miller_88773 It's obvious that Mrs Portia Simpson Miller badly miscalculated by choosing to stay on as president of the People’s National Party (PNP) following the party’s loss at the polls last February. Editorial Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dr Phillips has heavy lifting to do http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dr-Phillips-has-heavy-lifting-to-do_88665 Now that the People’s National Party (PNP) has settled on a date for a special delegates’ conference to elect a new president we expect that the organisation will be more settled, especially given that there appears to be only one candidate for the job. Editorial Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Someone has to pay for the ‘free’ lunch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Someone-has-to-pay-for-the--free--lunch_88582 Too many Jamaicans suffer from an acute freeness mentality which extends to almost every human need and aspect of life, insisting that someone must provide for them. Editorial Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Abide by the rules, it’s a simple principle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Abide-by-the-rules--it-s-a-simple-principle_88526 A week ago in this space, this newspaper reminded readers of track coach Mr Glen Mills’ description of the situation surrounding prohibited and banned substances as a “minefield” for athletes. Editorial Sat, 04 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Sound ganja advice from Mr Seiveright http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sound-ganja-advice-from-Mr-Seiveright_88352 Anyone who doubted the soundness of the advice offered by Mr Delano Seiveright to marijuana growers in Jamaica, to look beyond mere farming of ganja, should avail themselves of some of the latest developments in the cannabis industry in the United States. Editorial Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT