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Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:15 AM

I promised Twitter followers I’d ask my friend The Terrible Tout for his East Portland by-election prediction for release March 16, but decided, on reflection, not to appear to try to influence the result with an early forecast. It’s time for Touty...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 1:30 AM

Mudslinging and hurling barbs at opponents are par for the course in politics. In any political campaign it is the norm for candidates to extol their virtues and highlight the flaws and failures of their challengers. If you hope to survive and...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The Government’s decision to close the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) as of March 31, 2019, and the planned April initial public offering (IPO) for Wigton Windfarm Ltd are important markers in the evolution of Jamaica’s energy arrangements....

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It can cost up to US$80,000 a year for undergraduate education at many of the best universities in the United States. In Jamaica, the full fee in the most expensive University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Medicine is roughly half that amount...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

A so it set, since the Negro Education Grant of 1834 prescribed Jamaica’s education process as: “ A provision for regulating the condition of the Negroes as may combine their welfare with the interests of the proprietors”, and which interest was to...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM

I’m not going to lambast Mr Ruel Reid, because the allegations against him are still under investigation. However, there’s a much bigger, far more serious and far more important and endemic problem that we need to pay attention to. It has to do...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:20 AM

You must never kick a man when he is down. However, during the last three years, whenever I wrote specifically on education, or generally on the economy, I took the minister to task about the direction of education. I stated my misgivings about...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The undertakings promised by the National Housing Trust (NHT) for the new fiscal year, as outlined by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during his Budget debate intervention recently, was impressive. The Trust will slash mortgage rates, to all...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:20 AM

More than half the present population of Jamaica were not alive in August 1980 when she walked on to the stage. Neville Willoughby asked her something. Funny, I do not remember the question but the answer resonated in my mind, “That is correct!”...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:20 AM

This East Portland by-election is a hot race between Daryl and Damion. Owing to the constitutional prohibition against one man standing for election in more than one parliamentary seat at a time, Daryl isn’t permitted to put his name on the ballot...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Buju Banton is one of the songwriters whose lyrics were on the syllabus of the ‘Reggae Poetry’ course I taught for a decade at The University of the West Indies, Mona. He was in excellent company with Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bob...

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 | 12:15 AMTian Qi/Guest Columnist

In 2018, China faced a complicated and challenging domestic and international environment of a kind rarely seen in many years. Under the firm leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with Comrade Xi Jinping at its...

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The revelations coming out of the Supreme Court over the last few weeks have given the country a glimpse into how the dark, criminal underworld operates and exposed some of the people who have apparently enabled gangs in their agenda of brutality...

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 | 12:06 AM

It was what we called ‘First Standard’ in our elementary school, and it was the year after ‘Introductory’, a word which my friend Brewster could not pronounce – he said “Intowjucktree” – and because this quickly became his nickname, he was very...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:15 AM

We are not aware that someone, as was the case earlier this month, with those for the previous three years, has, in Nicodemus fashion, tabled in the House the parliamentarians’ integrity report for 2017. We have reason to believe, however, that the...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:14 AMBarbara Ellington/Contributor

I read Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ twice. Compared to his 27 years of suffering for his people, Buju Banton’s prison sentence pales in comparison. So according the same name to the concert was inappropriate. How about ‘Not An Easy Road...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:13 AM

For me, the most striking thing about the 2016 general election was that the voter turnout was the lowest in Jamaica’s history, at 47.72 per cent. The victorious party won 436,972 votes or 23.95 per cent of the 1,824,410 votes on the roll. The...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The undersigned social justice and women’s organisations and individual advocates note the Jamaican parliamentary consultations under way on the law on abortion. We encourage Jamaica to follow the example of other countries within CARICOM, which...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 7:15 AM

And so it came to pass that within the space of a few days, Ruel Reid’s world was turned upside down, with scathing allegations galore and his forthwith departure from the ministry, Cabinet and Senate. At the same time, the saga of alleged assault...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 7:15 AM

Why has Prime Minister Andrew Holness treated Ruel Reid, former minister of education, differently from Andrew Wheatley, former Cabinet minister? There are similar allegations of corruption, fraud and nepotism. Initially, Wheatley had one portfolio...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:30 AM

After six years of leadership, Dave Cameron appeared shocked by his emphatic 8-4 defeat by Ricky Skerritt for the presidency of Cricket West Indies. In his conception, he was betrayed by at least one of the territorial cricket boards that had...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:29 AM

It didn’t take long after the birth of Sanjaye Shaw for him to be placed into a bin marked ‘unwanted’. At three months old his mother, probably with one last shred of humanity afflicting her confused mind, left him by the roadside, swaddled and...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:28 AM

This week’s ruling by the Privy Council, that the Police Service Commission (PSC) has an obligation to call on INDECOM’s (the Independent Commission of Investigations) investigative capacities when deciding on the promotion of police officers...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Jamaica’s ongoing battle to keep up with, and even stay ahead of today’s sophisticated criminals, necessitate that our crime-fighters acquaint themselves with the technological perspicacity that is inherent to living in today’s modern world....

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, commonly known as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), is the success of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations. After several years of exploratory work,...

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