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Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Dr Nigel Clarke states the obvious about the possibilities inherent in research and development for accelerating Jamaica’s economic growth. But the finance minister will have to do more than include what firms spending are, when calculating...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:18 AM

No matter your political preference, every nationalist has to acknowledge that the cause of inclusive and sustainable development requires strong and credible political leadership. If those in charge of government are compromised or become the...

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

Every human life is precious and sacred. Whenever someone is murdered, there is a sadness that penetrates to the core and echoes for many years. There is also a pervasive foreboding that the same fate could befall any of us. I am deeply perturbed...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Whether he did it because he was under duress or something else which sounds like it, or he had taken a swig of a popular milk-based drink, or he thought that somehow, the rubbers on the wheels of the motor vehicle would have prevented him from...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Rasta, reggae and ganja! That’s the dominant trinity of Jamaican popular culture. Sceptics will say it’s an unholy trinity. All three have been demonised in this country. The Jamaican elite have publicly dismissed and dissed Rasta,...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Andrew Holness’ contortions in responding to questions in Parliament last week about the Petrojam scandal might, in other circumstances, have been deemed heroic. This, however, is a serious issue about governance. What the prime minister...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Resilience is everybody’s business. All policymakers in the Caribbean must be concerned about the resilience of their national sectors amid a wide range of constantly evolving threats facing the region. The concern, however, is especially...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 1:15 AM

A weekend of road tragedies has produced the usual outrage from road-safety stakeholders. As is customary, expressions of concern heighten among the general population when there is a spike in fatalities. Then it dies down and it is business as...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

There has been much debate about abortion being legalised in Jamaica. In fact, this very week the issue of the right to choose with regard to abortion was debated in the Jamaican Parliament. Many have taken various sides – some claiming pro...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

We do not truly deal with corruption in our country and we are not invested in doing so, either. Instead, our interest is in the politicking; cherry-picking what to talk about, strategising around how we can use whatever allegations of corruption...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

In a bar in Oistins in Barbados, way past midnight into morning, we had gathered eating our fish, partaking of the waters of life, and talking about this, that and the other. We had exhausted religion, politics and women and somehow reached our...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 10:00 AM

A year and a half ago, in the wake of the fire of London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 79 people, this newspaper urged the Jamaican authorities not only to take note of that tragedy, but to complete a review of the island’s fire brigade...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 9:56 AM

Due to the information revolution, along with the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW) and a wide range of technologies, data has become the most valuable asset for most organisations and governments; however, there are some serious concerns...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 9:56 AM

Every new prime minister commits their government to transparency and accountability, but 57 years after Independence, we are yet to see any politician held criminally responsible for political corruption; yet if a poor, hungry man steals a few...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Ruel Reid’s proposal for the establishment of a code of conduct for teachers who enter the political fray deserves a hearing, but requires better particulars before it can be deemed worthy of full support. Indeed, the onus is on him to prove...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM

“This is not fair!” was the refrain of a young lady with whom I had a meeting a few days ago. She had a letter dated January 11, 2019 from the lawyers of a utility company stating that $1 million was owed and there has been failure to...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The recent call by Education Minister Ruel Reid regarding the formulation of a code of conduct for educators who are politically active is, in my opinion, a good idea, perhaps one of the few good ideas that he has put on the table since becoming a...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Many of our people with too rich a vein of politics in their blood seem either to not know about the politically tragic period of 1976 to 1980 or have conveniently forgotten it. The recent horrific murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, a sitting member...

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2019 | 9:22 AM

Dave Cameron is right about the perversity it would represent, should the current England-West Indies cricket series be remembered for Jason Holder’s suspension for the final Test, rather than the reinvigorated play of the regional team. But...

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2019 | 7:03 AM

The private sector is supposed to be the engine of economic growth in most countries and is supposed to play a key role in the export of goods and services, especially in small, open developing economies such as Jamaica, and partners in the...

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2019 | 7:01 AM

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) just concluded the staging of its 14th Regional Investment and Capital Markets Conference.

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2019 | 12:02 PM

Before I came to Jamaica, I had been inspired by Africa. My mentors had included Eduardo Mondlane and Amilcar Cabral, the founders of the liberation movements in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. In 1972, I marched with the guerilla forces 30 miles...

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2019 | 11:26 AM

I am writing in response to the upsurge of violence in Bull Bay, Jamaica, and the security forces’ response to the problem. As a member of the Jamaican diaspora here in the United States, and as president of the Jamaican Association of Rhode Island...

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2019 | 12:25 AM

The need for the Holness administration to clearly articulate, and submit for public debate, its vision for Jamaica’s foreign policy, and the philosophy upon which it rests, has become even more apparent, and urgent...

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2019 | 12:21 AM

For a church “abuzz with news of world president’s 11-day visit,” a reality check is in order. As Jamaica hosts Ted Wilson, “the leader of one of the fastest-growing country denominations,” meaning presumably, the...

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