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Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Billy McConnell, who died on Wednesday, age 71, as a "trailblazer, nation builder and inspiration" to generations of Jamaica's corporate leaders. All of which, and more, is true.Two other things are...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Bishop Stephen Ackermann, a Roman Catholic cleric, in response to 1,670 German clergymen committing sexual assault against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014, described it as "the dark side of our church". This is very troubling because it...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Friday, we left Niamey (Niger) by car bound for Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African country of Burkina Faso. It is now the rainy season in the Sahel, which means that the fields are green with corn and sorghum and millet, and that...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:14 AM

Over the longer term, it may not amount to much. But last week's vice-presidential elections appear to have altered the leadership dynamic within the People's National Party (PNP). The loser was Phillip Paulwell. He was elected as one of the party's...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMHorace Levy/Guest Columnist

Prime Minister Holness is shouting out - notice the frantic voice - that "we must stick with the states of emergency (SOEs) and zones of special operation (SOZOs)"."Murder is 20 per cent down. Divide the forces equally across the parishes, and you...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMEthon Lowe/Guest Columnist

Ganja, the weed, cannabis, pot. To the Rastas, it's the holy herb given to them by God. They believe that it grew on the grave of Solomon and, you guessed it, gave them and, presumably, other smokers of the weed the gift of wisdom. Shouldn't we...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Phillip Paulwell and Wykeham McNeill came to the battle armed with their long-term savvy among PNP delegates. Damion Crawford showed up with dreadlocks, a record of being unafraid to open his mouth and constructively criticise his own party, and a...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With all the recent discussions about mental health, young people, suicide and suicidal hotlines, it's important for us to widen the scope through which we view this topic of mental health.Coincidentally enough, World Suicide Prevention Day was...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I find it very interesting the way many of our people think, and how much interest is shown in the weather and preparedness for severe weather conditions.As I write this letter seated in my living room at home with the sound of thunder punctuating...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India repealed Section 377 - a 150-year colonial-era law that criminalised same-sex intercourse and intimacy, among other offences. The court held that Section 377 contravenes key constitutional rights of...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is most surprising that the Government has announced a ban on some plastic packaging, most of which is to come into force in three and a half months' time, without knowing what sanctions will apply to people who breach the law. At least, that is...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While we venture no opinion on the merits of the specific case, the issues relating to the timely justice raised by the Smith family of lawyers further highlights why the Holness administration must act with dispatch to fill vacancies on the Bench,...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm struggling to take a hard-line position on the issue of political appointments. The age-old practice has always troubled me.Once there is a change of government, start counting the casualties of war.It's par for the course that not only are the...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, Jamaica's traffic chickens have finally come home to roost.For the past 10 days, motorists have clogged the airwaves weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth at the horrendous gridlock caused by the apparently inept traffic planning, resulting...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Enter the dreadlocks! Damion Crawford, doing his best Biggie Smalls impression, has kicked in the door waving a piece of two-by-four and in the process sent his vice-presidential rivals scampering for cover as he captured most votes in the race for...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:58 AM

Depression affects millions of us. Unfortunately, many persons afflicted with the condition are undiagnosed, and a significant proportion of those who have been diagnosed are not treated. Reasons for the absence of treatment include denial, stigma...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper welcomes the seriousness and weight Jamaica's Government says it attaches to the Windrush Generation saga and the effort it has invested in protecting the rights of its citizens victimised by the scandal. Indeed, we are heartened by...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm in favour of progress, of upgrading our infrastructure and our roads. We have long ago outgrown our housing solutions, water supply, power supply, public transport system, roads, public health facilities, schools, prisons, police stations and...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Justice and equity demand three immediate changes in the Government's relations with the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). And I accept responsibility for these not being settled during the last administration.The first is the balancing of...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We vacation in Jamaica at least twice per year, purchased a cottage in Boscobel 10 years ago, and plan on retiring there.We have a preteen daughter and we all like to drive around the island on our visits. We have been visiting Falmouth over the...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:41 AMCarolyn Cooper

Two Fridays ago, I went to Gordon Town for the unveiling of the statue of Louise Bennett-Coverley, popularly known by her stage name, Miss Lou. Mutabaruka, who was covering the event for Irie FM, tried to get me into ‘mix-up’...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke should be commended for his efforts in using the media, as well as speeches from public platforms, to inform and engage Jamaicans on a range of economic reforms he regards as important for the country's advancement....

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Stripped to its core, Michael Lee-Chin's private $60 million "gift" to coffee farmers is really just the billionaire businessman's way of helping the Government to provide subsidies it couldn't afford to an industry that is yet to truly understand...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A crocodile killed a fisherman last month and another did something last week which I warned/predicted years ago. Given the sociological insight I gained from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the work of herpetologists such as my...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Member of parliament for St James North Western, Dr Horace Chang, announced recently the Government's intention to construct 76 housing units to relocate some residents of Canterbury, a $550-million project designed to transform the inner-city St...

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