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 Passing IMF tests is nothing to scoff at http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Passing-IMF-tests-is-nothing-to-scoff-at_18679820 UPON news that Jamaica has passed its seventh consecutive International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, we think it worthwhile to reflect on this unprecedented achievement for a country in so much economic trouble. Editorial Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Act fast to protect your legacy, ISSA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Act-fast-to-protect-your-legacy--ISSA_18674533 Faithful readers of this column will know of the respect that this newspaper has for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Editorial Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT The relevance of internal democracy for political parties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-relevance-of-internal-democracy-for-political-parties_18669950 SUPPORTERS of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may disagree. However, it seems to this newspaper that there are pluses to the Senate seat crisis which ended up in the courts. Editorial Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Why President Obama is coming to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-President-Obama-is-coming-to-Jamaica_18657751 THE highly anticipated visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica has raised the question as to why he chose this island. Editorial Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fine-tuning for the challenges ahead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-p-Fine-tuning-for-the-challenges-ahead--p---_18654019 The excitement of that extraordinary athletic festival, the high school boys' and girls' championships (Champs), has diverted attention from all other sporting events this weekend. Editorial Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT A Senate debate we need to have http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-Senate-debate-we-need-to-have_18643898 Although we criticised Mr Andrew Holness's decision to appeal the Constitutional Court's declaratory judgement in what has become known as the Senate resignation letters saga, we must acknowledge his tenacity in pursuing the case. Editorial Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Moving SSP Steve McGregor: The re-education of West Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Moving-SSP-Steve-McGregor--The-re-education-of-West-Kingston_18639470 HAVING been accustomed to living in a state within a state, and dealing out their own system of justice, residents of West Kingston seemingly want to continue to decide who polices the area. Editorial Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lee Kuan Yew: Development, despotism, democracy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lee-Kuan-Yew--Development--despotism--democracy_18633816 Founding father and first prime minister of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week at age 91, was hailed as a development guru because he transformed a tiny island with no resources to speak of from an underdeveloped country to one with a per capita income of that of a developed country. Editorial Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT NSWMA smeared by the stain of politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NSWMA-smeared-by-the-stain-of-politics LOCAL Government Minister Noel Arscott, we see, is scheduled to meet with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) board over the current imbroglio at the State-run agency. It is our hope that after that meeting the public will be clearer about a number of issues publicised last week concerning the operations of the NSWMA. Editorial Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:00:15 GMT Unenviable task for new WI coach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Unenviable-task-for-new-WI-coach_18623191 MR Phil Simmons is not thought of as being among the 'Legends' of West Indies cricket. Editorial Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ambassador Donald Mills, another great Jamaican treasure has passed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Ambassador-Donald-Mills--another-great-Jamaican-treasure-has-passed-_18615469 AMBASSADOR Donald Mills last Monday ended his long inning as Jamaica's diplomat emeritus, having assisted considerably in establishing the country as a centre of great diplomacy. Editorial Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A football discussion that is long overdue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-football-discussion-that-is-long-overdue_18608408 OBVIOUSLY, it's disappointing that the Jamaica Under-17 football squad came so close, yet failed to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year. Editorial Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Of course bread-and-butter issues will cloud Vision 2030 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Of-course-bread-and-butter-issues-will-cloud-Vision-2030_18596163 We can't say we're surprised that the authorities are having difficulty selling Vision 2030 to the majority of Jamaicans. Editorial Fri, 20 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Traditional development banks better change or else... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Traditional-development-banks-better-change-or-else---_18587166 Suggesting that the traditional development banks have not been serving them well, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have decided to establish their own development bank. More recently, China has decided to lead the creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Editorial Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Would be nice if the people could see President Obama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Would-be-nice-if-the-people-could-see-President-Obama_18582583 A warm Jamaican welcome awaits United States President Barack Obama - and the first family, whom we hope will accompany him - when he arrives here for a one-day state visit on April 9, 2015. Editorial Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Get the politics out of waste management! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Get-the-politics-out-of-waste-management-_18572991 There is great merit in the recommendation by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) that the country is in urgent need of a general waste-management strategy. Editorial Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Very positive tourism news, but... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Very-positive-tourism-news--but---_18572329 NEWS of strong growth in the tourism sector will have come as music to the ears of all well-thinking Jamaicans. Editorial Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Yes, the water is fine for investors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Yes--the-water-is-fine-for-investors_18571785 LAST week, the Government, with the support of corporate sponsors and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), hosted what appears to have been a successful Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre and the Hyatt Ziva hotel. Editorial Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Champs time again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Champs-time-again_18568084 A dizzying succession of fast times at the age-group level over recent weeks, from 100m to 400m, in both hurdles and flat events, reminds us of the extraordinary strength of Jamaican track athletics. Editorial Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A role for Flat Bridge after the highway opens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-role-for-Flat-Bridge-after-the-highway-opens_18560373 Posted on the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) website are some interesting bits of information about Flat Bridge. Editorial Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Recession is nothing to rejoice about! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Recession-is-nothing-to-rejoice-about-_18554685 NOT unusually, some people have latched on to a reported statement from Mr Colin Bullock of the Planning Institute of Jamaica that our economy is back in recession because the country experienced two consecutive quarters of no growth in the last calendar year. Editorial Thu, 12 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Good move, welcome national rapporteur on trafficking in persons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Good-move--welcome-national-rapporteur-on-trafficking-in-persons_18547815 There is more than a hint of the Jamaican Government being prodded by the United States, but even if that is so, we wholeheartedly welcome the appointment of a national rapporteur on trafficking in persons. Editorial Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Stand firm, Dr Phillips, no ‘run wid it politics! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stand-firm--Dr-Phillips--no--run-wid-it-politics- THERE’S hardly a country that is not plagued by crime, be it major or petty. Despite that reality, the ideal of the majority of people, we believe, is for the country that they call home to be crime-free or, at worst, have negligible crime. Editorial Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:54:54 GMT A great example from UTech http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-great-example-from-UTech_18530106 Jamaicans are well used to the concept that "necessity is the mother of invention" and that in times of hardship it makes sense to "tun yu han' mek fashion". Editorial Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mr Netanyahu's undiplomatic charge up the Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Netanyahu-s-undiplomatic-charge-up-the-Hill_18522625 IN October 1854 during the Crimean War at the Battle of Balaclava, the British mistakenly ordered a brigade of cavalry to make a frontal assault on the battery of Russian artillery. They endured merciless fire but eventually reached the assigned target. However, they had to retreat, having taken devastating losses and not gaining any ground. The incident has become known in history as the Charge of the Light Brigade. Editorial Sun, 08 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT