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 Water shortage in Jamaica is a man-made disaster, not an act of God http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Water-shortage-in-Jamaica-is-a-man-made-disaster--not-an-act-of-God_17221554 THERE is no doubt that the small island developing states of the Caribbean are vulnerable to natural disasters, both in regard to their frequency and severity, in particular hurricanes. Disaster preparedness is therefore an important mitigating factor. Editorial Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The worsening drought — let's conserve, conserve, conserve! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-worsening-drought---let-s-conserve--conserve--conserve-_17215274 WATER and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill's announcement Sunday night that the drought currently affecting the island will not ease soon, is a worrying thought. Editorial Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fake Clarks shoemakers, what a waste! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Fake-Clarks-shoemakers--what-a-waste-_17202993 A mere glance at the photos would not alert you to the fact that the shoes confiscated by the police last week from an underground factory in Kingston were fake Clarks. Editorial Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT NAJASO, Jamaicans in the US look to the future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NAJASO--Jamaicans-in-the-US-look-to-the-future_17199788 The activities of the umbrella National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) in the United States demonstrate that the role of the diaspora is much more than the remittances that it sends to families and organisations back home. Editorial Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Let's learn from Treasure Beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-learn-from-Treasure-Beach_17196795 THIS newspaper has found good reason previously to laud BREDS, the admirably proactive community organisation in Treasure Beach, south St Elizabeth, which has been instrumental in the development of a sports complex there. Editorial Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT BRICS version of IMF, World Bank an intriguing development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/BRICS-version-of-IMF--World-Bank-an-intriguing-development_17187158 The agreement of the BRICS nations to create their own development bank is undoubtedly a move to strengthen their political influence in developing countries. Editorial Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Caricom finally makes some decisions, but deeds, not words please http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-finally-makes-some-decisions--but-deeds--not-words-please_17172398 USUALLY the Caricom Heads of Government (HOGS) conference is a feast of semantics, reciting the mantra of regional integration and making solemn commitments to implement decisions long overdue. At the end, most items have been merely noted or postponed. Editorial Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Homosexuality: the long, painful search for workable rules of engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Homosexuality--the-long--painful-search-for-workable-rules-of-engagement_17172405 THE search for viable rules of engagement between homosexual and heterosexual Jamaicans will, regrettably, be a long, arduous and painful one, we think. Editorial Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Stop fulminating and promote investment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Stop-fulminating-and-promote-investment_17139476 Whenever a country is doing badly economically there is always an immaturity in its political culture. Editorial Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Germany’s success a lesson for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Germany-s-success-a-lesson-for-Jamaica_17145688 ABOUT a month before the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA.com asked Germany captain Mr Phillip Lahm what would he be doing on July 13. Editorial Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sir Howard Cooke: Selfless patriot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sir-Howard-Cooke--Selfless-patriot A defining quality of the men and women who gave birth to Jamaica’s modern political movement is their selflessness and unwavering commitment to the country’s development. Editorial Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:21:30 GMT Mr Zacca's appeal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Zacca-s-appeal_17140661 MR Chris Zacca, the PSOJ president, made an interesting call at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. It was time, he said, to stop talking down the Jamaican dollar which, for many months, has been falling against the US dollar. Editorial Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT A foreign police commissioner? Not so fast! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-foreign-police-commissioner--Not-so-fast-_17132721 The private sector-led lobby for a replacement for Police Commissioner Owen Ellington from overseas is ironic, coming at the height of a private sector-led campaign encouraging Jamaicans to "Buy Jamaican". Editorial Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:30:00 GMT Commissioner Ellington’s departure: don’t ‘tek the nation fi fool’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Commissioner-Ellington-s-departure--don-t--tek-the-nation-fi-fool-_17116788 OUR natural instinct in this space is to take people at face value and to want to believe the best in others, until we have credible reasons to believe otherwise. Editorial Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Time to act on Hopewell, Minister Thwaites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-to-act-on-Hopewell--Minister-Thwaites_17110601 IT is high time, we believe, that Education Minister Ronald Thwaites gets personally involved in the situation that has dogged the relatively new institution of secondary learning in Eastern Hanover, Hopewell High. Editorial Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The moral decay worsens: St Thomas funeral practice of grave concern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/-The-moral-decay-worsens--St-Thomas-funeral-practice-of-grave-concern_17102501 IN May this year when former Prime Minister PJ Patterson reiterated the need for a national strategy and programme of action to address declining moral standards across the country, he was yet again criticised by his detractors. Editorial Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT NWC is correct, but it should also take its own advice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/NWC-is-correct--but-it-should-also-take-its-own-advice On the face of it, no one can argue with Mr Charles Buchanan’s appeal to Jamaican householders to repair leaks in their water pipes. Editorial Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:32:55 GMT Why punish Mr Smikle, JADCO? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-punish-Mr-Smikle--JADCO-_17094293 NEWS that Jamaican athlete Mr Travis Smikle has been slapped with a two-year ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has opened the agency to question. Editorial Sat, 05 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT A real coup for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-real-coup-for-Jamaica_17085465 CALLING Jamaica's success in raising US$800 million on the international bond market a real coup may raise some eyebrows. It may even recall the days when Jamaica's success seemed to be measured by what we could borrow, rather than what we could earn. Editorial Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT JCSC response to anti-gay mass meeting comes late in the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/JCSC-response-to-anti-gay-mass-meeting-comes-late-in-the-day_17081297 The Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC) — whose membership includes J-FLAG, the gay lobby group — has issued a very sensible statement, spurred no doubt by Sunday's well-attended mass meeting by the church and allied groups against homosexuality. Editorial Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Caricom must show that we want a hand up, not a hand out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Caricom-must-show-that-we-want-a-hand-up--not-a-hand-out_17075294 THE negotiations between the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Canada for a trade agreement remain unfinished despite several extensions of the deadline for completion. Last Sunday was the last deadline to be missed. Editorial Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT A fire service unworthy of any serious country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-fire-service-unworthy-of-any-serious-country_17059404 Regardless of the attempts in the Parliament to save face and shift blame after the auditor general's report on the frightening state of the fire brigade, the fact still remains that the service is really running on fumes. Editorial Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fashion’s economic potential http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Fashion-s-economic-potential_17005861 IF we believe Ms Anna Wintour — the most powerful woman in the US multibillion-dollar fashion industry — when she opines that "Fashion is about looking forward and not back", can we in Jamaica now sit up, straighten those seams and be brutally honest about the folly that has zipped our struggling industry for far too long? Editorial Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT What the IMF MD said and did not say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-the-IMF-MD-said-and-did-not-say_17045763 THE visit by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Ms Christine Lagarde to Jamaica was meant to not only send messages to international and local audiences about us, but also to all those governments who need to subject themselves to the medicine of an IMF programme. Editorial Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT FIFA ban on Mr Suarez quite fitting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/FIFA-ban-on-Mr-Suarez-quite-fitting_17043391 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) took the correct decision in banning Uruguayan striker Mr Luis Suarez for biting Italian defender Mr Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup match on Tuesday. Editorial Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT