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 Wishing and hoping as U-17 Boyz look to Panama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Wishing-and-hoping-as-U-17-Boyz-look-to-Panama_87210 Money may be the root of all evil, but it also makes the mare go, and money is obviously a dire need as the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) prepares to send the national Under-17s off to the CONCACAF championship in Panama in April. Editorial Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT It shouldn’t have to take Mr Cliff Hughes... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/It-shouldn-t-have-to-take-Mr-Cliff-Hughes---_86973 The image of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) that emerged from an extensive interview with journalist Mr Cliff Hughes on Nationwide @ Five on Tuesday afternoon is one of two agencies that are weak, prone to ineptness and saddled with bureaucracy. Editorial Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Obeah statement shows security minister a desperate man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Obeah-statement-shows-security-minister-a-desperate-man_86964 NationalSecurity Minister Robert Montague has invoked the shady practice of obeah to frighten criminals, demonstrating that he is a desperate man. Editorial Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Two days to the inauguration of Mr Donald Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Two-days-to-the-inauguration-of-Mr-Donald-Trump_86872 Jamaicans, like the rest of the world, are intrigued as American politics unfolds three days before the inauguration of Mr Donald Trump as the 46th president of the United States. Editorial Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Aspirin’s story gives reason for focus on scientific research http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Aspirin-s-story-gives-reason-for-focus-on-scientific-research_86680 The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Sumerians, we are told, used the extract from the willow tree to treat pain, fever and inflammation. Editorial Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Kudos on the Mobile Justice Unit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Kudos-on-the-Mobile-Justice-Unit_86666 For generations, the great majority of Jamaicans have viewed the courts and the entire judicial system with suspicion and extreme apprehension. Editorial Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Can businessmen fix Jamaica’s problems? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Can-businessmen-fix-Jamaica-s-problems_86601 Mr Donald Trump, a businessman, convinced the American electorate that he can fix the United States of America and he was elected as the next president, in preference to Mrs Hilary Clinton who has over 30 years of experience in politics and government. Editorial Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT For the greater good of West Indies cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/For-the-greater-good-of-West-Indies-cricket_86557 Those who keep an eye on West Indies cricket will have noted news over recent days of two key appointments. Editorial Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Apology accepted, Mrs Murray http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Apology-accepted--Mrs-Murray_86434 The apology issued by Hampton High School Principal Mrs Heather Murray yesterday was, we believe, more than just mere words on paper. Editorial Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Western children’s hospital timely; kudos all around http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Western-children-s-hospital-timely--kudos-all-around-_86315 The just-concluded agreement between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China for the construction of the Child and Adolescent Hospital in western Jamaica is one of those developments we are happy to see. Editorial Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sex, violence and the miseducation of Dr Herbert Gayle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sex--violence-and-the-miseducation-of-Dr-Herbert-Gayle_86203 Moravian clergyman Rev Rupert Clarke is only the latest in a long line of men with great responsibility, stretching across generations, to have been dogged by sexual controversy. Editorial Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Tourism, the gift that keeps on giving http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Tourism--the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving_86128 Naturally, we are always pleased when we receive good news about Jamaica, especially when it has the potential to have a positive impact on economic growth and the well-being of people living here. Editorial Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT A cry from the children to PM Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-cry-from-the-children-to-PM-Holness_86026 Mrs Betty-Ann Blaine has earned our respect for her long, hard and selfless work on behalf of our nation’s children, from her days as head of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) to her current leadership of the child rights organisation Hear The Children’s Cry. Editorial Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sexual abuse of minors a national shame http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Sexual-abuse-of-minors-a-national-shame_85927 Society, we know, has no absolute control over the perverted nature of individuals. But surely we can and must exercise greater control over the actions of these warped perverts who sexually abuse children, often resulting in life-altering experiences and permanent and irreparable damage to them. Editorial Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s Diaspora and the football programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Jamaica-s-Diaspora-and-the-football-programme_85883 Jamaicans abroad have long been crucial to this country’s economy and society. Editorial Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT A resolute ‘yes’ to utilising technology in crime fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-resolute--yes--to-utilising-technology-in-crime-fight-------_85790 Based on the pronouncements of National Security Minister Robert Montague, the Government appears to have accepted the urgent need for increased and improved resources for the country’s security agencies. Editorial Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Embrace Dr Tufton’s push for customer service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Embrace-Dr-Tufton-s-push-for-customer-service_85679 Ask any successful business operator and they will explain the importance of good customer service. Editorial Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Growth Council must consider the illogic of our public holidays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Growth-Council-must-consider-the-illogic-of-our-public-holidays_85563 In a country where a growth council has become the centrepiece of economic strategy, what could possibly explain the expansion of our public holidays, with two Christmases and two New Year’s Days? Editorial Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT New year, old brutalities and the senseless bloodletting continues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/New-year--old-brutalities-and-the-senseless-bloodletting-continues_85432 It’s not unusual for the world to experience tragedy amidst celebrating the dawn of a new year. Editorial Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Let’s break the neck of crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Let-s-break-the-neck-of-crime_85372 The past year turned out far better for Jamaica than many expected. Editorial Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cold War echoes from a distant past http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Cold-War-echoes-from-a-distant-past_85290 The New Year 2017 begins today against the backdrop of the echoes of the Cold War from a now distant past when the Soviet Union and the United States competed bitterly for hegemony over the rest of the globe. Editorial Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2016 was a good year for sports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/2016-was-a-good-year-for-sports_85248 Jamaican sports lovers will most remember 2016 for another glorious campaign by the nation’s sprinters, this time at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Editorial Sat, 31 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Dr Wendel Abel enabling ignorance about media’s role! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Dr-Wendel-Abel-enabling-ignorance-about-media-s-role-_85096 If Professor Wendel Abel had his way, the Jamaican media would be under his orders about what content to disseminate to the public, at least in respect of crime and violence. Editorial Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Public sector modernisation going nowhere fast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Public-sector-modernisation-going-nowhere-fast_85022 Mr Danny Roberts can put as bright a face as he wants on the public sector modernisation programme, it will continue to limp along as it has for the past three decades. Editorial Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Think big and act, Mayor Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Think-big-and-act--Mayor-Williams_84902 We'll hold our applause on the lofty goals outlined for Kingston by Mayor Delroy Williams. For, quite frankly, we have heard this kind of impressive articulation of a vision for the capital city before. Editorial Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT