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 Whither Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Whither-Ronald-Reagan-s-shining-city-on-a-hill_71883 The late United States President Ronald Reagan articulated the concept of America as the shining city on a hill. The current election campaign is showing America to be anything but that. Editorial Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT An athletics future we can believe in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/An-athletics-future-we-can-believe-in_71705 As the euphoria from another extraordinary athletics saga, the Rio Olympics, dissipates, we turn our attention to the future. Editorial Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT HIV/AIDS: Let’s beat the world to a cure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/HIV-AIDS--Let-s-beat-the-world-to-a-cure_71605 An interview in this week’s Sunday Observer with Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, one of two scientists who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has given us further occasion to reflect on how Jamaica is dealing with this disease. Editorial Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT That unconquerable spirit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/That-unconquerable-spirit_71482 Spectacular gold medal feats at the Rio Olympics — not least those from the celebrated Mr Usain Bolt — obviously take pride of place. Editorial Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT We told you so http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-told-you-so_71424 Shortly after the new Jamaica Labour Party Government took office, we advised that there should be no indecent haste in removing ambassadors appointed by the outgoing Administration. Editorial Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Towards a new age of track without Mr Usain Bolt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Towards-a-new-age-of-track-without-Mr-Usain-Bolt_71317 After all the talk about shattering his own 200m world record of 19.19 seconds and even breaking 19 seconds, Mr Usain Bolt was unhappy about his 19.78-seconds Olympic gold medal run Thursday night. Editorial Sat, 20 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Instead of griping, help solve the problem, KSAC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Instead-of-griping--help-solve-the-problem--KSAC_71228 The response from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to complaints by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) about non-functioning street lights makes interesting reading. Editorial Fri, 19 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Praise for our athletes and Lasco http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Praise-for-our-athletes-and-Lasco_71083 The feeling of immense pride that has gripped Jamaicans across the world from the start of the Rio Olympic Games has grown in no small measure since last Saturday when Miss Elaine Thompson won the women’s 100 metre crown and Mrs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took bronze. Editorial Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stay focused amidst the good news http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stay-focused-amidst-the-good-news_70918 It has been a positive and inspiring weekend for Jamaica with a double dose of good news hitting us. First, it was the authoritative report that Jamaica was on track to pass the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, followed by the now customary magnificent performances of our athletes in Rio Olympics, as they sustain our enviable generation-old tradition of excellence at these games, representing the highest level of athletic competition. Editorial Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Lesson for Jamaica in Mr Usain Bolt’s historic feat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lesson-for-Jamaica-in-Mr-Usain-Bolt-s-historic-feat_70816 It took Mr Usain Bolt a mere 41 strides in 9.81 illustrious seconds to further cement his name in Olympic history Sunday night. Editorial Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Triumph, character and pain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Triumph--character-and-pain_70667 Sport, like life, is brimful of triumph, sadness and mixed feelings. Editorial Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Changing symbols must be timely and practical http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Changing-symbols-must-be-timely-and-practical-------_70602 When Jamaica became politically independent, the Government decided to create some symbols to signal to the Jamaican people, and indeed to the entire world, that we were no longer a colony of Britain. Editorial Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT All the best to ours in Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/All-the-best-to-ours-in-Rio_70540 Way back in 1948, at its very first Olympic Games, Jamaica, flying the flag of Britain, its colonial master, established itself as a power in track athletics. Editorial Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT A matter of tolerance on both sides http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-matter-of-tolerance-on-both-sides_70360 For those who missed it, the ruling has its genesis in the constitutional case filed in July 2010 by a gay man, Mr Caleb Orozco, who argued that Section 53 of the Criminal Code violates his constitutional rights, and those of many other Belizeans, to human dignity, privacy and equality before the law because it criminalises sexual intimacy between consenting adults, even in private. Editorial Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Balancing environmental concerns and development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Balancing-environmental-concerns-and-development_70244 You can’t help but feel for the residents of communities in St Ann who have been negatively affected by the work done on the north-south leg of Highway 2000. Editorial Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT What a feast awaits us http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-a-feast-awaits-us_70069 Despite initial issues, the Rio Olympics Games are now commanding global attention, and many people are eagerly anticipating this weekend with the start of the explosive track and field events. Editorial Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Urgent action needed to reduce road fatalities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Urgent-action-needed-to-reduce-road-fatalities_69888 The latest data on road crashes from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is disheartening to say the least. Editorial Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT The ‘clever blacks’ have indeed spoken http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The--clever-blacks--have-indeed-spoken_69855 Anyone who has been keeping abreast of political and social developments in South Africa over the past few years would not have been surprised by the results of the local government elections held last week. Editorial Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Safeguards against terrorism in Caribbean needed now http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Safeguards-against-terrorism-in-Caribbean-needed-now_69730 In the English-speaking Caribbean there is a well-entrenched tradition of self-delusion; of pretending that some of our most pressing problems do not exist. Editorial Sun, 07 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT The importance of true Independence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-importance-of-true-Independence_69632 As we reflect today on the bold step our forefathers took 54 years ago to govern our own affairs, we should, amid the celebration, take time to think about the importance of that decision. Editorial Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Now to competition and, hopefully, glory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Now-to-competition-and--hopefully--glory_69521 Finally, it’s here! Editorial Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Trump the GOP’s big dilemma http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Trump-the-GOP-s-big-dilemma_69459 Mr Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency of the United States is unravelling at a pace quickened by his utterances each day. Editorial Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Zika virus: Prevention is better than cure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Zika-virus--Prevention-is-better-than-cure_69317 The emergence of Tropical Storm Earl to the south of Jamaica yesterday is a grim reminder of the fact that this year’s hurricane season is the last thing that we would have wanted with the Zika virus (ZIKV) on a seemingly relentless prowl. Editorial Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT President Erdogan betraying democracy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/President-Erdogan-betraying-democracy_69242 Two weeks ago we urged the international community to carefully monitor developments in Turkey as we had concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would use the failed coup attempt on July 15 to justify authoritarian rule in that country. Editorial Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Our task on Emancipation Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Our-task-on-Emancipation-Day_69091 There’s no disputing the fact that we have come a long way since August 1, 1838 when slavery — man’s greatest act of inhumanity ever — was abolished. Editorial Mon, 01 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT