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Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

In a country that is struggling to achieve higher levels of labour productivity, rewarding incompetence, underperformance, and bringing your business into disrepute is the last thing that is needed by an employer. The prime minister must tread...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

This month, in a week or so, is five years since Cavahn McKenzie, a St Jago High School middle-distance runner, collapsed and died after a cross-country race in Trinidad and Tobago. Cavahn was 17. He suffered a heart attack For much of last week,...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

As customers are by now aware, the current challenges with water supply in the Corporate Area are primarily related to an irreparable break on the 18-inch Ferry Transmission Pipeline, as it is buried under 35 feet of earth and road infrastructure....

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It must have been déjà vu for the million or so Jamaicans who live in squatter communities listening to Thursday’s Throne Speech. Attempts to grapple with this problem and all its attendant social ills have eluded...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Most of the storylines are driving the international community’s understanding of the Venezuelan crisis centre on the Maduro regime’s gross mismanagement of the economy, and its clean break from democratic laws and tradition. However,...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Parliament is not the Church. It is a place where representatives of the people are supposed to represent the people. Parliament is hardly representative of the people, however. It is dominated by men and they are mainly middle class. That men have...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

“My son is under a doctor’s care today and should not take PE today. Please execute him.” Since my father and mother never saw my report card or homework book because I relieved them of the hard labour of signing those useless...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Nobody could ever claim that Fayval Williams isn’t academically qualified for her new job. She has the benefit of an education from one of Jamaica’s top high schools, Ferncourt in St Ann, and two of the world’s finest universities...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

China’s unique form of political economy, the socialist market economy (SME), is almost 100 years old. In 1992, these political economic principles were substantively integrated into the Chinese Communist Party Congress (CPC)...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

In recent years, I have expanded my research examining health disparities experienced by African-American women. I came across an especially disturbing statistic: compared to African-Americans, Caribbean-born black people...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

For the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), virtue is not the performance of one good act, but is present when someone is in the habit (‘ethos’ in Greek) of performing good acts. Will Durant (1885-1981) summarised...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Howard Mitchell, as the president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), has a legitimate interest, beyond his role as a citizen, in initiatives to fight corruption in Jamaica. Graft by public officials, the anecdotal evidence suggests...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:09 AM

When news broke two weeks ago about the murder of East Portland Member of Parliament (MP), Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, I happened to be on the corners with some of my drinking buddies. Almost immediately my-not-so well-informed colleagues started...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:09 AM

A little after midnight on a day in 1974, my one-year-old son, Mark Jr, became ill with what turned out to be gastroenteritis. I had been out late that Friday and I was in a bit of panic as I arrived home and the live-in helper gave me the news that my wife had rushed off to children’s hospital...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Recently, on the occasion of the body of Judith Rose Spencer, medical doctor, being discovered in a pond on a university campus, there was a newscast in which the University of the West Indies (UWI)...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:26 AM

This newspaper is often impressed with, so takes seriously, Howard Mitchell’s interventions in the national discourse, including his proposal last week that we borrow Britain’s mechanism of imposing unexplained wealth orders (UWO) to...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Permit me to throw my support behind engineer Howard Chin’s suggestion that we use biology to deal with the mosquito crisis. I have often wondered why we seem to be chasing mosquitoes all over the place when they seem to be dodging us. An...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Recent news reports tell us that the House of Representatives has approved the second Supplementary Estimates. The Government plans to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this financial year. The minister of finance’s statement on the...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Those who would defend the rights of women to decide for themselves whether to terminate a pregnancy should also engage with the argument that the developing foetus is equivalent to a person. If the foetus is morally equivalent to a child, even...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:14 AM

In that quaint phrase of the British, the strain of Brexit, or the shambolic preparation thereof by Theresa May’s government, seems to be driving Her Majesty’s ministers batty, or, at least a little bit unhinged. So, Gavin Williamson,...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Sometime ago, the singing group The Melodians produced a song entitled By the Rivers of Babylon. This group had merely stated in simplistic form and in song Psalm 137 vs 1-4. Here is how they put it: “By the rivers of Babylon where we sat...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:11 AM

At the risk of sounding pedantic, I still have questions about this Petrojam mess. I’ll leave the arguments about legality to the lawyers, but what’s the big secret that requires an NDA (non-disclosure ­agreement)? There’s...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:11 AM

The concept of freeness has been used repeatedly by Jamaican politicians to win support at the polls on countless occasions in our almost 60-year history of political independence. We often cite political tribalism, along with political violence,...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 7:16 AM

As the abortion debate swirls, more and more highly opinionated persons, from both sides, continue to voice their opinions and concerns and make their cases as to why abortion should or should not be legalized in this country.Some of the...

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