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Published:Tuesday | January 29, 2019 | 12:21 AM

In a different age, Jamaica would be in the leadership, if not at the helm, of global initiatives for a peaceful and constitutional solution to the political crisis in Venezuela. At least, it would be steering Caribbean Community (CARICOM) efforts...

Published:Tuesday | January 29, 2019 | 12:19 AM

In the last few weeks, I have written about Jamaica’s 2018 trade performance and its widening trade deficit as well as the rather gloomy outlook for international trade in 2019. The question now is: what actions can be taken to expand...

Published:Tuesday | January 29, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Since the start of the year, I have had a total of seven showers. Only seven.

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:28 AM

In spite of my penchant for risqué humour, I confess that I’m a bit prudish. I appreciate traditional dance and I’m always pleased with the preservation of our African roots. However, the suggestive sexual / fertility tones of...

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Not for the first time, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged Jamaicans to invest in stocks and has dangled the opportunity they will have when the Government eventually divests, through an IPO, Wigton Windfarm, an energy company owned by the...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper doesn’t much like Nicolas Maduro. We believe his leadership of Venezuela has been incompetent and inept and that he has manipulated, and in some cases hijacked, the country’s democratic institutions to authoritarian ends.But we also...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In 2015, Jamaica ranked 58 on the Ease of Doing Business Index, in 2018 the ranking worsened to 70. Generally speaking, the efforts to bring public sector costs in line with available resources have not had success. While there can be no doubt that...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In examining the significant gains in employment that the country has enjoyed recently, as well as paying attention to the nature and character of our unemployment, especially youth unemployment which remains stubbornly high, two quotes from two...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Kareem Mortimer’s arresting film ‘Cargo’ opens with a scene of terrible beauty: six bodies floating to shore.

Published:Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 2:32 AM

“Well, the girls in town nowadays they wearin' these tight, tight pants,  And if you ketch them a night-time boys, well, they have no chance, So listen carefully to what the Young Killer have to say, Only wear these tight, tight...

Published:Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 2:28 AM

CCTV surveillance, is it good, bad or in between? To answer this question, we must carefully consider the capabilities of the digital eye. Firstly, it depicts an unbiased and objective account of a series of events. For Jamaica, in particular, it...

Published:Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Jamaica is not short on examples of the negative effects of patronage appointments to public-sector boards. Many high-profile boards have fallen by the wayside because of members’ failure to carry out their fiduciary duties and provide...

Published:Friday | January 25, 2019 | 2:31 AM

Jesus, the Christ, founded only one Church, and in His farewell to His followers just before He went to agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed to His Father for His apostles and disciples. Then He said: “My prayer is not for them alone...

Published:Friday | January 25, 2019 | 2:31 AM

With all the cash sloshing around Jamaica looking for potentially profitable ventures into which to settle, some of its owners will, hopefully, have been listening to Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados. She has invited them to the Eastern...

Published:Friday | January 25, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Jamaica will establish a national anti-doping compliance committee as part of measures to enhance the national programme to keep sports c

Published:Friday | January 25, 2019 | 12:13 AM

While we buzzed about ‘Petrojelly,’ Venezuela, the state of public emergency, and plastic scandal ban, there was a small enemy building up for a devastating attack. In the murder capital of the English-speaking Americas, the animal,...

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Unfortunately, P.J. Patterson’s proposal for a body similar to the Electoral Commission to provide oversight to Jamaica’s national security apparatus is being subjected to the rules of the old playbook. Rather than the idea being judged...

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

“Jamaica boasts a world-beating stock market, an upbeat private sector, massive and continuing improvement in infrastructure development,

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Last Sunday, as I was reading through the various newspapers, my attention was drawn to reports highlighting the horrors of living in communities where violence has become so deeply entrenched that life itself has little value. The plight of people...

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:11 AM

It’s an old story about old pipes and high pressure and precious water running into our gullies and eventually making its way to the salty sea. We know, of course, that it will come back later when the sun extracts it and dumps it as rain on...

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Ruddy Mathison, a Gleaner writer, claimed that the prophecy made by a bishop came true: ‘. . . official police statistics show that there is a 21 per cent reduction in murders islandwide, fulfilling a prophecy he made . . .’ Then in the...

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:46 AM

Whenever I spoke animatedly about something or the other from the news that fascinated me, my uncle, the senior attorney, would look at me with those know-it-all, seen-it-all-before, wise old eyes and say, “Nephew, there is nothing original,...

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:45 AM

The assessment component of the New Standard Curriculum (NSC) at the primary level is referred to as the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). This component is designed to generate or provide evidence on the learners’ knowledge, understanding and...

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:21 AM

The Jamaican Government’s emboldened stance against the Nicolás Maduro regime opens the door to a more muscular foreign-policy ideology and strategy, particularly as they relate to important industries and treasured assets. The Andrew...

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