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 Kudos for a well-run Under-19 cricket tournament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Kudos-for-a-well-run-Under-19-cricket-tournament_19221715 SINCE the late-1960s, the annual Under-19 West Indies Cricket tournament has been a cornerstone of cricket development in the Caribbean. Editorial Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT As we observe Emancipation... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-we-observe-Emancipation---_19221520 Tomorrow, as we again begin to observe the events that led to Emancipation and our decision to end colonial rule, we must remember that what we now celebrate was made possible by the often selfless contributions of our forefathers. Editorial Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT If Government, Opposition can agree on ganja, so can they on crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Government--Opposition-can-agree-on-ganja--so-can-they-on-crime_19221332 WE await with bated breath the announcement that the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Government and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have agreed to de-politicise the crime portfolio and to work jointly to combat this crippling disease. Editorial Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT What should ex-prime ministers do or not do? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-should-ex-prime-ministers-do-or-not-do-_19221201 WHAT should a former prime minister of Jamaica do or not do? This is a question that has bedevilled the select few who have held the position without any code of ethics or established protocol. Editorial Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Praise for the Reggae Boyz and the business of football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Praise-for-the-Reggae-Boyz-and-the-business-of-football_19220884 NATURALLY we're disappointed at Jamaica's loss to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunday night. Editorial Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Inspired, committed leadership needed to fight crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Inspired--committed-leadership-needed-to-fight-crime_19220796 THE long, hot summer is at its zenith and, as if in step with the heat, Jamaicans are being buffeted from every side by socio-economic calamities. Editorial Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT What we don't like about Jamaican politicians http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-we-don-t-like-about-Jamaican-politicians_19220709 A politician is, by dictionary definition, a person who seeks, by election or appointment, a position in government. The ideal is that such a person is motivated by a desire to improve the state of their country and better the quality of life of the people. Editorial Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT On course for Beijing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/On-course-for-Beijing_19220566 His staggering athletic achievements notwithstanding, Mr Usain Bolt is actually human. Editorial Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hoping the Reggae Boyz will create further history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hoping-the-Reggae-Boyz-will-create-further-history ACHIEVING two historic feats in one night is not a common occurrence. Therefore, when it happens we must recognise it and give our heartiest commendations to the individuals responsible. Editorial Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:22 GMT Resounding response necessary to police commissioner's question! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Resounding-response-necessary-to-police-commissioner-s-question-_19220189 JAMAICANS have not reacted with the kind of sense of purpose or stridency required to show the brutal gunmen running rampant in our land that the entire country is prepared to stand against them. Editorial Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Addis Ababa Conference: More pledges that rich countries won't fulfil... as usual http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Addis-Ababa-Conference--More-pledges-that-rich-countries-won-t-fulfil----as-usual_19219880 LAST week, the Third International Conference on Financing was held in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Financing sustainable development and developing sustainable finance", at which Jamaica was represented by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. Editorial Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT The harsh reality of today's sugar industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-harsh-reality-of-today-s-sugar-industry_19219727 Cutting jobs is never easy. Many employers who have had that task will admit that they find it extremely painful to look a fellow human being in the eye and tell that person that they must part ways. Editorial Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT This historic thaw in US/Cuba relations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/This-historic-thaw-in-US-Cuba-relations_19219678 TODAY, another chapter in world history is being written with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and our sister Caribbean nation Cuba. Editorial Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Europe: A case of 'do as I say, not as I do' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Europe--A-case-of--do-as-I-say--not-as-I-do_19219531 EUROPEAN governments too often practise double standards, preaching one doctrine to non-Europeans and another, frequently the very opposite policy, to themselves. Their position is 'do as I say, not as I do'. Editorial Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Flooding communities with police and soldiers a good move http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Flooding-communities-with-police-and-soldiers-a-good-move_19219349 If anyone doubted the vital importance of the security forces' current islandwide anti-crime campaign they would, we expect, be divested of those concerns after news emerged of the bloodletting in St James between Thursday night and yesterday morning. Editorial Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Why are heads not rolling at the NWC? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Why-are-heads-not-rolling-at-the-NWC_19219271 We often wonder whether our leaders are serious about running this country efficiently. We don't doubt their patriotism. What we have a problem with is their competence and commitment to preventing waste. Editorial Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sorry doesn't always make it right, Mr Bunting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sorry-doesn-t-always-make-it-right--Mr-Bunting_19219044 If we indulge in a moment of potential naivete, by taking certain developments involving Mr Peter Bunting and Mr Derrick Smith at face value, we might start by inviting readers' forgiveness. Editorial Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Triumph of multilateralism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Triumph-of-multilateralism_19218786 Multilateralism exists or occurs when three or more countries work together to achieve a shared goal. It is always the preferred method of resolving international crises or formulating goals for the international community, being, in effect, global governance by the many, for the many. Editorial Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Greatness beckons Ms Serena Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Greatness-beckons-Ms-Serena-Williams_19218609 THERE is, we see, growing momentum to recognise Ms Serena Williams as the greatest female tennis player ever. That, of course, is a subjective measure and one that will trigger intense debate among people involved in the sport and those who are just simply fans. Editorial Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT A word of advice to Commissioner Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-word-of-advice-to-Commissioner-Williams_19217101 POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams must have thought that he could have reduced the level of criticism levelled at him for his 'perfect 10' rating of his performance when he went on radio and television last week claiming that what he gave was "a flippant answer to a flippant question". Editorial Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Both Jamaica and world economy struggling for growth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Both-Jamaica-and-world-economy-struggling-for-growth_19208596 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its projections for global economic growth in its April 2015 World Economic Outlook. Editorial Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Wishing the Reggae Boyz success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Wishing-the-Reggae-Boyz-success_19204438 By all accounts, Jamaica's senior men's national football team, the Reggae Boyz, played well in their opening CONCACAF Gold Cup match against tournament favourites Costa Rica on Wednesday. Editorial Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT What Greece's 'no' vote means http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-Greece-s--no--vote-means_19196504 In his opening address at Tuesday's economic seminar, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President William Mahfood noted that Greece was "in a crisis that we can't imagine getting into", meaning that its banks were closed, and all a customer could get was 50 euros. Referring to the topical issue of austerity, he noted that past PSOJ President Sam Mahfood had always told him to "cut the material to fit the suit", adding, however, that this was "not something we want to do for too much longer". Editorial Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:01:00 GMT Talking with (rain)water in our mouths...literally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Talking-with--rain-water-in-our-mouths---literally_19192596 It never fails. Each time that the island is hit by severe drought, the National Water Commission (NWC) dusts off its familiar water restriction plan for the Corporate Area, followed by the familiar criticisms from among the populace about what is not being done to prevent the water lock-offs. Editorial Thu, 09 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Paradise lost in The Bahamas? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Paradise-lost-in-The-Bahamas-_19187818 The developer of a US$3.5-billion hotel-and-casino project under construction in The Bahamas — touted as the most expensive project ever undertaken in that country — announced on Monday that it has filed in a Delaware court for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The developers are also suing the Chinese construction company for US$192 million. Editorial Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT