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 Powerful signals of reconciliation between the US and Japan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Powerful-signals-of-reconciliation-between-the-US-and-Japan_82983 Yesterday, people around the world, particularly in the United States, marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Editorial Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT If Mr Julian Robinson fails... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Mr-Julian-Robinson-fails---_82877 Somewhere on the not-too-distant horizons, destiny awaits a member of the People’s National Party (PNP), if he or she strives to possess the virtue of patience. Editorial Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Trump, China and Taiwan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Trump--China-and-Taiwan_82759 Over many years, the United States and China have managed their relations in a manner of peaceful coexistence. Editorial Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP should aim for speedy and smooth transition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PNP-should-aim-for-speedy-and-smooth-transition_82637 MUCH has been said and will continue to be said about Mrs Portia Simpson Miller having broken the “glass ceiling” for women in Jamaican politics when she became President of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Prime Minister of this country in 2006. Editorial Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pray that we did not squander the benefits of lower oil prices http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Pray-that-we-did-not-squander-the-benefits-of-lower-oil-prices_82512 Mr Editorial Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ISSA, school leaders need reality check http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/ISSA--school-leaders-need-reality-check-------_82496 It’s getting close to Christmas and the hectic schoolboy football season is closing down. Editorial Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Press the pedal now that there’s fuel for growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Press-the-pedal-now-that-there-s-fuel-for-growth_82345 We can’t say we are surprised at the statements of satisfaction from exhibitors at the just-concluded A Jamaican Made Christmas staged by Continental Baking Company. Editorial Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT What on earth is happening with Mrs Simpson Miller? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-on-earth-is-happening-with-Mrs-Simpson-Miller-_82185 We have been, over the years, very taken with Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, recognising her as an extraordinary politician — exit the party spectacles — who has achieved well beyond what would have been expected from someone of such humble antecedents. Editorial Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mere crocodile tears over low voter turnout http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mere-crocodile-tears-over-low-voter-turnout_82006 There’s a lot of hand-wringing in the country over the fact that Monday’s Local Government Election has been dubiously distinguished by the inability of both major political parties to persuade the majority of Jamaicans to vote. Editorial Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Why Grenadians rejected the CCJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-Grenadians-rejected-the-CCJ_81970 We are not in the least bit surprised that the people of the Eastern Caribbean island of Grenada voted overwhelmingly last week in a referendum to reject the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their appeal court of last resort. Editorial Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Local government suffering from low credibility http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Local-government-suffering-from-low-credibility_81908 This newspaper would not be surprised if voter turnout for today’s local government elections is a record low. Editorial Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Will history absolve President Fidel Castro? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Will-history-absolve-President-Fidel-Castro_81830 Mr Castro was one of those rare leaders who devoted his whole life to working for the betterment of his compatriots, a majority of whom revered and loved him for changing Cuba from a decadent plantation society ruled by a series of dictators and used as the playground of rich Americans. Editorial Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Taxpayers, cricket watchers deserve respect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Taxpayers--cricket-watchers-deserve-respect_81761 In the build-up to the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Government spent more than US$100 million on infrastructure and other preparations for the Jamaica leg of that tournament. Editorial Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT If you are healthy, thank a doctor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-you-are-healthy--thank-a-doctor_81640 It might have been lost in all the fuss about local government elections and the bloodletting — yet again — in Western Kingston. But last Saturday night, the medical alumni of The University of the West Indies (UWI) closed a series of events with a banquet bringing together UWI graduates from as far back as 1948 when the first batch of medical students entered the Mona Campus. Editorial Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT How much should we rely on polls? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-much-should-we-rely-on-polls_81475 American political polling organisations, still smarting from how badly off their predictions were for who would win the November 8, 2016 presidential elections, can take some consolation from the latest polls showing they might not have been as inaccurate as they thought. Editorial Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT If journalists accept just this one suggestion... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-journalists-accept-just-this-one-suggestion---_81350 The 73-year-old Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), the umbrella organisation of journalists, is in the throes of what is an annual ritual — celebration of National Journalism Week in which the media men and women are encouraged to reflect on their raison d’etre. Editorial Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Don’t be penny wise, pound foolish on climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-be-penny-wise--pound-foolish-on-climate-change_81242 Flooding and its devastating effects are not uncommon to the people of St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. Editorial Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Our job for the next generation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Our-job-for-the-next-generation_81087 It’s easy to be angry and eager for revenge when contemplating the death of Jamaica College schoolboy, 14-year-old Mr Nicholas Christopher Francis. Editorial Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT China, a ripe tourism market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/China--a-ripe-tourism-market_81007 We hope that tourism officials in Jamaica and the Caribbean have taken note of the latest push by Britain to attract visitors from China. Editorial Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Interesting developments in national football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Interesting-developments-in-national-football_80967 Jamaican football lovers joined the leadership of the football federation in a collective sigh of relief following the national team’s 1-0 win over Suriname in the National Stadium on Sunday night. Editorial Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT A lousy local gov’t debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-lousy-local-gov-t-debate_80836 Except for Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie and Kingston Mayor Angela Brown Burke, Wednesday night’s debate between representatives of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) suffered from a lack of intelligent discourse on policy issues. Editorial Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Imagine a Jamaica without charity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Imagine-a-Jamaica-without-charity_80696 We are completely in agreement with the notion of the Government doing all it can to encourage charitable giving, including the provision of tax incentives above what it now offers. Editorial Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT President Barack Obama — a real class act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/President-Barack-Obama---a-real-class-act_80567 Watching how United States President Barack Obama treats President-elect Donald Trump is a fascinating lesson in how to honour a political opponent and remain true to the hallowed traditions of US politics. Editorial Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT A time for bold government, expansive thinking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-time-for-bold-government--expansive-thinking_80469 There was little doubt, in our mind, that the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would have approved Jamaica’s application for a new precautionary three-year Stand-by Facility. Editorial Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Local Government’s unsteady status http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Local-Government-s-unsteady-status_80357 Even as Jamaicans and much of the world continue to react with disbelief and shock at the triumph of Mr Donald Trump in the US presidential election, nominations for Jamaica’s Local Government poll on November 28 passed very quietly. Editorial Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT