Sun | Apr 21, 2019

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Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:10 AM

With the by-election in the past, the Government and Opposition must really now attend to the violence and murder addiction weighing heavily on our society and economy. To situate present needed action, here is a list of the chief security actions...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

My curiosity was piqued by The Gleaner article that read ‘Rapist has 40-year sentence slashed’. A partially masked, 44-year-old, shirtless rapist invaded the sanctity of his victim’s bedroom. He held her hostage for three “terrifying” hours while...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

“Naked politics dressed in the form of a right” is how the Government’s lawyer, the leader of the nation’s Bar, tried to pour scorn on Julian Robinson’s contention that the National Identification and Registration Act violated the fundamental...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Jamaica, especially its women, owe Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn a debt of gratitude. The athlete-turned-politician not only put back on the national agenda the issue of reproductive health, but opened the possibility, if our male-dominated legislature can...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Corruption in Jamaica is akin to stage 4 metastatic cancer. It is widespread, consuming and rotting away the body politic. The situation is dire. Transparency International, United States Department of State, and Jamaica’s National Integrity Action...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Until Peter Phillips, the People’s National Party (PNP), and Damion Crawford accept that their losses are due to too many mistakes by a leader with unfavourable rating, as well as their continued belief in yesterday’s message that has little...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:29 AM

If you are going to be in a fencing match, even if you are forced, you have to wear protective gear. So if you are fenced in and doing sword fight, and uncovered, you likely will pay with your life. Outgoing Commissioner of Corrections Ina Hunter...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Several months ago, twenty banners were put up on light posts along the Palisadoes Road. They were bright and beautiful and blew briskly in the breeze. I can’t remember if the banners were deliberately slit to let the wind pass through. But I...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The Holness administration’s policy on Venezuela is designed, we suppose, to reach some rational end, which this newspaper is yet to ascertain, and has been made no clearer by yesterday’s statement in the Senate on the matter by the foreign affairs...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:10 AMRomane Elliston/Contributor

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.’’ – Kurt Vonnegut When you have successfully gone through a secondary education system and you see how some of your classmates behave,...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Too many of our pastors and their congregants spend too much of their time worrying about same-sex marriages and what lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people do in their bedrooms. It’s rather mind-boggling how pastors in such a deeply...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Age doesn’t matter unless you’re a cheese, but if you love cheese like I do, cheese matters considerably, despite your age or even whether the hardest substance in the human body is singular, plural, present, absent or merely missing in action. I...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:37 AM

They call it the Highway of Bones. I am speaking of the road between Ferris and Mackfield in Westmoreland, currently under reconstruction by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). This particular stretch of road is littered with the bones of the...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Although over the last quarter of a century I have written on many and diverse subjects in this column, when many people see me on the street they identify me as ‘the environmentalist’. My childhood was full of snorkelling on our reefs, and coming...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:16 AM

While this newspaper shed no tears at seeing the back of Dave Cameron at the helm of Cricket West Indies (CWI), we warned Ricky Skerritt, the new man, against dismantling everything that was done by his predecessor. We understand that temptation....

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:16 AM

There was a little-noted, but potentially constitutionally significant, observation in the Privy Council’s recent ruling making it mandatory for the Police Service Commission (PSC) to procure independent investigations, especially from the...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:13 AM

If the East Portland by-election was viewed by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as a gastronomical feast, then, instead of the huge fatted calf that it expected to be spread out on its table for feasting on, it had to settle for a few goats ready for...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Well, the tsunami in East Portland fizzled even before it started, and Damion Crawford, having run what many have dubbed a ‘class-less campaign’ is now seatless and senateless after being trounced by a ­neophyte who overcame a previous 2,200-plus...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:05 AM

The recent by-election in East Portland telegraphs the need for forgiveness in national development. Hence, it is necessary that the candidate who concedes does do so unconditionally and graciously with a congratulatory message. It is not a time to...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Last September, this newspaper drew attention to Jamaica’s failure, despite being one of the early signatories, to ratify the Rome Statute that, 17 years ago, established the International Criminal Court (ICC). So, Jamaica is still not a member of...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

I oftentimes get tired from having to fight to get our people to appreciate the importance of human empowerment in the arts. I struggle to understand why we find it so difficult to fund creativity, to assist our people to engage art towards...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Remember that peacemaking pushover from high school? The child that would never stand up for himself (and, Father forbid, for anyone else). The goodie-two-shoe who was perpetually afraid of ruffling anyone’s feathers and endured all kinds of abuses...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Unless the Government silently reversed its policy, which, in this case, wouldn’t be a big deal since the initial plan was executed largely on the quiet, the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) no longer exists. Monies that used to flow to, and was...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Calabar High School and Kingston College have a lot in common. Calabar was started by the Baptist Church. The aim was – primarily – to provide educational opportunities for young black boys. Kingston College was started by two Anglican bishops in...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

What now for Damion Crawford after his chastening defeat by the remarkable Ann-Marie Vaz in East Portland? To which seat does he now direct his energy and attention ahead of the next general election? What guarantees will he need about such a seat...

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