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 Go after tax dodgers instead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Go-after-tax-dodgers-instead_16509415 TODAY we return to the issue of that most cruel, unconscionable and unprincipled tax to be ever imposed by a government — the withdrawal fee, or 'ATM tax'. Editorial Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ATM tax a wicked act! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/ATM-tax-a-wicked-act- QUITE frankly, we didn’t believe a word of Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips’ declaration earlier this year that his Government would not impose new taxes on the Jamaican people. Editorial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:50:21 GMT Great value in green spaces http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Great-value-in-green-spaces_16502539 HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson often reminds Jamaicans of the challenge posed by non-communicable diseases. Editorial Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Income inequality breeds resentment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Income-inequality-breeds-resentment_16492815 Inequality of income and wealth is not good for societies because the disparity in standard of living and opportunities breeds resentment and antisocial behaviour. Of course, equality of income is not practical because of the differences among people in talent and skills. Editorial Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT JADCO must do more http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/JADCO-must-do-more_16490965 MR Carey Brown and his new board at the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) were presented with a grand opportunity, we believe, to begin rebuilding the trust deficit with the nation's athletes, following disclosure by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the agency's deplorably slack urine sample collection systems. Editorial Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Mrs McCalla's wisdom; Mr K D Knight's folly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mrs-McCalla-s-wisdom--Mr-K-D-Knight-s-folly_16479086 CHIEF Justice Mrs Zaila McCalla can be cast in the mould of the typical judge. She does not jump mouth first into public debates. Editorial Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chaos without change at the World Bank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Chaos-without-change-at-the-World-Bank_16472705 THE appointment of Mr Jim Yong Kim by the United States Administration as president of the World Bank has come as a surprise because he is an academic with no financial expertise, no development policy experience, and no administrative track record. Editorial Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ‘Stupid idea of the year’ award to Minister Paulwell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-Stupid-idea-of-the-year--award-to-Minister-Paulwell_16468713 'Stupid idea of the year' award to Minister Paulwell Editorial Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Poor governance on show at Port Royal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Poor-governance-on-show-at-Port-Royal_16464466 COUNCILLOR Lorraine Dobson says she is "aware" that there is "a growing migration problem, in terms of squatting" in historic, world-famous Port Royal. Editorial Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Dr Norman Girvan, intellectual warrior http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dr-Norman-Girvan--intellectual-warrior-_16463473 Jamaica, and indeed the Caribbean, has every reason to mourn the passing last week of Dr Norman Girvan, professor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Editorial Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Valuable lesson from a sad episode http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Valuable-lesson-from-a-sad-episode_16456756 We suspect that the recent exoneration of Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown will have encouraged Mr Asafa Powell and Miss Sherone Simpson in their stated determination to contest their 18-month doping-related suspensions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Editorial Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Gov't must not bow to road hogs, terrorists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Gov-t-must-not-bow-to-road-hogs--terrorists_16451680 If you go by the complaints, the Government went about the reorganisation of the public transportation system in a most high-handed fashion. Editorial Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Nice jab, Boxing Board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Nice-jab--Boxing-Board_16442680 LAST week, the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) did our country and the sport of boxing proud, by reversing the decision giving victory to Barbadian Christopher "Shaka" Henry over Jamaican Glenroy 'Bumpy' Beckford in the April 2, 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender bout. Editorial Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Poor water supply unacceptable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Poor-water-supply-unacceptable_16435779 Jamaicans are so habituated to poor government over the last 30-40 years that we have come to accept inadequate standards for state-provided services such as in education, security, water, roads, health, public transportation and the like. Editorial Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT No need to flex muscles over flexi-workweek http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/No-need-to-flex-muscles-over-flexi-workweek-_16430827 Debate on a flexible workweek has been taking place here intermittently for just over 20 years. Probably that's where the problem lies in the revival of this burning issue. Editorial Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Taking Jamaica back from criminals and social delinquents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Taking-Jamaica-back-from-criminals-and-social-delinquents_16427009 THIS newspaper joins with well-thinking people in welcoming news of a 12 per cent reduction in murders and a 13 per cent drop in all serious crimes in Jamaica for the first quarter of the year. Editorial Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT The world awaits those crucial IMF, World Bank meetings this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-world-awaits-those-crucial-IMF--World-Bank-meetings-this-week_16420020 THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its Global Economic Outlook ahead of the spring meetings of the Fund and the World Bank. Its prognosis is not exciting. Editorial Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT In quest of consistency and efficiency in WI cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/In-quest-of-consistency-and-efficiency-in-WI-cricket_16415952 THE West Indies were inconsistent as usual but still reached the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup. Editorial Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica must do better at helping itself http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-must-do-better-at-helping-itself_16387623 This newspaper, probably more than any other entity, has repeatedly pointed to absence of foresight by Jamaica's leaders in not ensuring that Sabina Park was outfitted with lights at the time the historic cricket ground was refurbished for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Editorial Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT A DPP to celebrate, even if 'the law is a ass' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-DPP-to-celebrate--even-if--the-law-is-a-ass-_16401742 TOO often, in the heat of battle, we lose sight of the war, and all too frequently, we win the battle but lose the war. Editorial Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cronyism hard to defeat but controllable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Cronyism-hard-to-defeat-but-controllable_16387222 We return today to an issue we started on Sunday, the busines of cronyism, which is a debilitating problem in the Caribbean region, including Jamaica. Editorial Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Climate change: The night is dark and full of terrors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Climate-change--The-night-is-dark-and-full-of-terrors_16378886 THE latest United Nations report on climate change makes instructive reading that all governments, especially in this region, should study and use as a basis to improve adaptation measures. Editorial Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Whither the practice of overworking our young athletes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Whither-the-practice-of-overworking-our-young-athletes_16378109 CONGRATS to Calabar High and Edwin Allen High for their huge victory margins at last week's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships. Editorial Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let's rid our region of cronyism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-rid-our-region-of-cronyism_16377293 A deeply entrenched culture of cronyism exists in the Caribbean infecting government and regional institutions. This cancerous culture and practice is very costly to already inefficient national and regional organisations. Editorial Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT The sky could be the limit for Contender Series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-sky-could-be-the-limit-for-Contender-Series_16374028 The television reality boxing show, Wray and Nephew Contender Series, now in its fourth year, is doing what any good enterprise should: growing. Editorial Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:00:00 GMT