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 We all need to support the buy Jamaica campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-all-need-to-support-the-buy-Jamaica-campaign_59495 The long-standing and enormous trade deficit between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago should have been addressed many years ago. A pragmatic resolution to this festering issue requires calm, sober thinking, and careful diplomatic action. The deliberations must start with the facts, the first being the implications of a trade boycott. Editorial Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let good sense prevail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-good-sense-prevail_59460 Two years ago, this newspaper had reason to hail Montego Bay United football club for providing what we described then as a blueprint for Jamaica’s football. Editorial Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT The Economic Growth Council master stroke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-Economic-Growth-Council-master-stroke_59206 So far, so good. The Andrew Holness-led Government is keeping to its pledge to build partnerships in its push to generate economic growth. Editorial Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Listen to 104-year-old ex-policeman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Listen-to-104-year-old-ex-policeman_59148 The interview in Wednesday’s Daily Observer with centenarian and ex-policeman Mr Howell Granville Buxton Burke should be required reading for all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), especially those student constables currently in training. Editorial Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT PNP needs to listen to the complaints and heal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/PNP-needs-to-listen-to-the-complaints-and-heal-------_59049 It’s not unusual for political parties to engage in blame-throwing and internal wrangling after an election loss. And, especially in a case where the party never thought it would have been voted out of office, the quarrels get loud. Editorial Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Political will needed to redevelop downtown Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Political-will-needed-to-redevelop-downtown-Kingston_58865 The fire last Wednesday in downtown Kingston, that claimed the lives of three people, including a child, and left many homeless is a stark reminder of government lethargy in redevelopment of the area. Editorial Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT There is need for popular mobilisation against crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/There-is-need-for-popular-mobilisation-against-crime_58792 The reasons for crime are many and multifaceted. Likewise, there is no single or easy solution. Editorial Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mr Shaw’s well-timed visit to Washington, DC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Shaw-s-well-timed-visit-to-Washington--DC_58690 Finance Minister Audley Shaw went to Washington, DC last week to re-introduce himself to the international financial institutions and to re-emphasise the Jamaican Government’s commitment to continuing the current International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. Editorial Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Usain Bolt’s desire should determine how much longer he competes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Usain-Bolt-s-desire-should-determine-how-much-longer-he-competes_58674 April Editorial Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Let’s get those anti-gang legislation cases going http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-get-those-anti-gang-legislation-cases-going_58430 You have to feel some amount of empathy for the police. Editorial Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Polygraph, good move, but there is more to be done http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Polygraph--good-move--but-there-is-more-to-be-done_58393 Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is moving along the right path with the announcement on Tuesday at the Jamaica Observer Press Club that, following the passing out parade of over 300 new policemen and women on Friday of next week, all recruits wanting to join the force will have to take a polygraph test before being formally enrolled into training. Editorial Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Widen the search for foreign capital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Widen-the-search-for-foreign-capital_58226 Economic growth and development can be accelerated by increasing capital investment. That, of course, will create new productive capacity, increase the use of existing productive capacity and enhance the efficiency of productive capacity. Editorial Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT A message for Jamaica from Japan and Ecuador http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-message-for-Jamaica-from-Japan-and-Ecuador_58108 We extend our deepest sympathies to the peoples of Japan and Ecuador whose countries have experienced the devastating effects of powerful earthquakes over the past five days. Editorial Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Derrick Rochester served his people well http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Derrick-Rochester-served-his-people-well_58059 It’s common, even fashionable, for Jamaicans to ‘cuss’ politicians. Editorial Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Make haste slowly in removing our diplomats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Make-haste-slowly-in-removing-our-diplomats_57995 The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has spent approximately 13 of the last 44 years warming the Opposition benches which, when added to a 32 to 31 majority, can make for anxiety in Government. Editorial Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mrs Hemmings-McCatty’s continued service to Jamaica’s athletics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mrs-Hemmings-McCatty-s-continued-service-to-Jamaica-s-athletics_57922 Younger Jamaicans can be forgiven for thinking that Jamaican female athletes have always been dominant at global events such as the Olympic Games. Editorial Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT We are not holding our breath on Mr Warmington http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/We-are-not-holding-our-breath-on-Mr-Warmington_57805 We can’t say we are surprised that Prime Minister Andrew Holness, holding a one-seat majority in the Parliament, would have been forced to reward members of his party who brought home seats in the general election but whom he would have ignored had the margin of victory been wide. Editorial Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Election spending: a serious task for the DPP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Election-spending--a-serious-task-for-the-DPP_57695 THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it will submit to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) a list of 41 candidates who contested the February 25, 2016 General Election but have not yet filed their expense returns with their respective returning officers, as ordered by law. Editorial Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Resolving conflict of interest in government http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Resolving-conflict-of-interest-in-government_57577 A conflict of interest arises where personal self-interest has the potential to undermine a person’s impartiality in the execution of professional or public duty. Editorial Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Another Butch Stewart initiative? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Another-Butch-Stewart-initiative-_57470 In two days it will be 24 years to the day since Mr Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart lit Jamaica afire with patriotic fervour by launching the now famous ‘Butch Stewart Initiative’. Editorial Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT The police and new national security minister must get full support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-police-and-new-national-security-minister-must-get-full-support_57347 News of a decline in criminal activity must always be applauded. Editorial Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hope for the NSWMA with this new board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Hope-for-the-NSWMA-with-this-new-board_57288 We’ll save the applause for when it is actually done, but for now we are heartened by the commitment given by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) board to seriously address some of the issues affecting how that State agency operates. Editorial Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT WICB should scrap that eligibility rule http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/WICB-should-scrap-that-eligibility-rule_57202 IN the emotional tug of war between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its sympathisers versus a host of others, much truth has been swept under the carpet or lost altogether. One truth that must not be lost is that tension between the WICB and its players is as old as the hills. Editorial Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT JMA’s suggestion in T’dad row makes sense http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/JMA-s-suggestion-in-T-dad-row-makes-sense_57114 We understand and empathise with the anger being felt and expressed by many people here over the treatment that some Jamaicans said they received in Trinidad on arrival there in recent weeks. Editorial Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Darren Sammy and Desmond McKenzie’s son http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Darren-Sammy-and-Desmond-McKenzie-s-son_56958 We are drawn to two recent developments, one international and one local, which raise questions of ethics and morality, though clearly not about wrong or right per se. Editorial Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT