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 Lessons from the American Heath Care Bill defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Lessons-from-the-American-Heath-Care-Bill-defeat_93676 Given the deep and historic economic, social and cultural ties that Jamaica has with the United States, this country has a vested interest in the success of any American president, including the current one, Mr Donald Trump. Editorial Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Applause is in order http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Applause-is-in-order_93631 Mr Usain Bolt says he wants to say farewell to competitive sprinting on Jamaica soil with a 9.7-second clocking over 100 metres at the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Racers Grand Prix on June 10. Editorial Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Congrats to our Special Olympics contingent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Congrats-to-our-Special-Olympics-contingent_93419 We were still celebrating the silver medal won by Mr Dave Oddman in division 23 of the 222-metre speed skating race at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria on Wednesday when the most delightful news came yesterday morning that his teammate, Mr Romaine Austin, captured a historic gold medal for Jamaica in division 15 of the 500m speed skating race. Editorial Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Clear, Hold and Build can work if… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Clear--Hold-and-Build-can-work-if-_93351 There are at least three things we can agree on about crime without much controversy, even in this politically polarised society: Editorial Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Don’t expect anyone to bail us out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-expect-anyone-to-bail-us-out_93149 There has been some anxiety locally over the budget blueprint unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last week as he is proposing US$54 billion in cuts to large swathes of the Federal Government, including popular programmes that have some bearing on foreign aid. Editorial Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Thank you for your assurance, Prime Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Thank-you-for-your-assurance--Prime-Minister_93131 After our editorial of March 12, 2017 asking “Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chinese constructions projects?”, we are very reassured by Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s subsequent statement on the issue. Editorial Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Saluting Racers Track Club and Dr Bolt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Saluting-Racers-Track-Club-and-Dr-Bolt_92961 The Editorial Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Farewell Sir Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet to the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Farewell-Sir-Derek-Walcott--Caribbean-poet-to-the-world_92887 The death on Friday morning of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, playwright and painter, at his home in St Lucia, has left a yawning gap that will be hard to fill. Editorial Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT ISSA could have avoided this row http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/ISSA-could-have-avoided-this-row_92815 We accept Dr Walton Small’s explanation that the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has never before published the discussion and result of any meeting dealing with requests from schools seeking reviews of the entry requirements for athletes for the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Editorial Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT National DNA register a boon in the crime fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/National-DNA-register-a-boon-in-the-crime-fight_92612 Word this week that the Government is acquiring equipment for the establishment of a national DNA register is most welcome. Editorial Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT What should Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition do? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/What-should-Her-Majesty-s-loyal-Opposition-do-_92602 Theoretically, at least for now, the country is heading into a political crisis with the potential that the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) might not have its full slate of 32 Members of Parliament MPs in the House of Representatives should there be a need to vote to approve this year’s budget. Editorial Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Time for action, not a bag o’ mouth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Time-for-action--not-a-bag-o--mouth_92395 The staff at the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) must feel that they’re on a treadmill. Editorial Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT The mission of Mr Audley Shaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-mission-of-Mr-Audley-Shaw_92380 We have had our share of disappointments with prominent people paying lip service to important causes and principles, yet we sense in Mr Audley Shaw, the finance minister, a renewed and sincere zest for improving the lot of Jamaican youth. Editorial Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Don’t give scammers a free pass http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-give-scammers-a-free-pass_92244 The decision of the court last week to approve an extradition request from the United States for eight Jamaicans accused of involvement in lottery scamming should hopefully open the eyes of people engaged in this illegal activity. Editorial Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Is there sufficient Jamaican involvement in Chinese construction projects? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-there-sufficient-Jamaican-involvement-in-Chinese-construction-projects-_92205 The Michael Manley-led Government of Jamaica in the 1970s initiated close Sino-Jamaica relationship on the basis of the “One China” policy which has been adhered to since then by successive governments. Editorial Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT JADCO needs to say why http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/JADCO-needs-to-say-why_92137 This newspaper’s position on the anti-doping rules in sport is well known to our readers. Editorial Sat, 11 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Don’t yield to the disorder, Mayor Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-yield-to-the-disorder--Mayor-Williams_91975 In his assessment of the chaos that exists in downtown Kingston, Mayor Delroy Williams certainly has got one thing right — simply that what obtains is not sustainable. Editorial Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Is sending manslaughter convicts to prison the best remedy? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Is-sending-manslaughter-victims-to-prison-the-best-remedy-_91873 The case of Shortwood Teachers’ College Principal Dr Christopher Clarke, who was on Tuesday this week ordered to pay $2 million or serve 12 months behind bars, should invite our most serious contemplation. Editorial Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT As we observe International Women’s Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-we-observe-International-Women-s-Day_91654 United Nations Secretary General António Guterres makes a very telling observation in his message marking today’s observation of International Women’s Day. Editorial Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT If Mr Horace Dalley is not playing political games… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/If-Mr-Horace-Dalley-is-not-playing-political-games-_91631 Mr Horace Dalley, the Opposition spokesman on health, very rarely catches our attention, let alone our admiration, largely because of his lacklustre style. But he has done so this time by at least appearing to depart from the usual approach to opposing. Editorial Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Crime the enemy of tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Crime-the-enemy-of-tourism_91542 Sadly, most Jamaicans have never been able to properly explore their own space. Editorial Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mr Herbie Miller’s thankless but invaluable work http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Mr-Herbie-Miller-s-thankless-but-invaluable-work_91453 Amidst the constant news of crime and politics, Mr Herbie Miller, musicologist, social analyst, song- writer, music producer and cultural historian, continues his thankless work of documenting the history of Jamaican music, with little fanfare and mostly out of his own pocket. Editorial Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT How to meet infrastructure needs in sport? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/How-to-meet-infrastructure-needs-in-sport_91422 In central Jamaica, long-serving sports administrator and former president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAAs) Mr Pat Anderson recently called for an all-weather track at the Kirkvine Sports Club in central Manchester. Editorial Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT A good step towards attracting investment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/A-good-step-towards-attracting-investment_91153 One of the more heartening bits of news that this newspaper published this week was that of the interest in Jamaica voiced by potential investors from Philadelphia in the United States. Editorial Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Implementation of ‘Dead lef’ law something to shout about http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Implementation-of--Dead-lef--law-something-to-shout-about_91175 The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice Editorial Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT