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Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:54 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) and its leader, Peter Phillips, must be aware of the political risk they have taken by voting down the states of public emergency in three regions of Jamaica, which had been credited with a 20 per cent...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMAndre Wright/Opinion Editor

It's tempting to join in the knee-jerk lament about the apocalyptic ramifications of the imminent lapse of states of emergency in St James, St Catherine North, and sections of the Corporate Area. Don't.What has fundamentally curbed homicides and...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What takes the cake in this Petrojam fiasco? Is it the 600,684 barrels of oil accounting for the unaccounted losses of $5b in five years, giving new meaning to five in five?With $5b the police force could: be better paid; be more mobile; improve...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Like others before, the video went viral recently. A young girl, in school uniform, probably about 15, her body expressing fits of anger saying, "Mi wi stab him up yu nuh, kill him!"It is obvious that she is in the company of adults, probably school...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Seventy years ago, on December 10, representatives of countries from every continent adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a mighty document that has helped change the world.Drawing on cultural and religious traditions from across the...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The malefaction of the governors of Petrojam, laid bare by the auditor general in her report on the state-owned oil refinery, has again underlined the need for transparency into the financial management of public agencies, to which few adhere, in...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I read with interest Carolyn Cooper's column of Sunday, December 9, 2018, titled 'Back on the highway of Holness', and all I could do is shake my head. I am not a permanent resident of Beverly Hills. I grew up in the area, and have stayed down the...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have accepted that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is a dysfunctional, inefficient and unprofessional organisation. I don't wish to overgeneralise, and it may very well be that a curse has befallen me regarding my encounters with members of...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' announcement that he will order a forensic audit of Petrojam will be embraced by people, among whom this newspaper is counted, who value accountability in the management, and use, of taxpayers' money.Yet, Mr Holness...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In his journal article 'The Law and Cannabis in the West Indies (1973)', H. Aubrey Fraser noted that between 1962 and 1972, approximately 11,140 Jamaicans were hauled before the courts for possessing ganja. Over the same period, 2,091 Jamaicans were...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I can't believe we're already at the 10th annual Domino Awards, named for the Khooky Khast of Kharacters from my teenage domino years, starring that happy-go-lucky idler, the Dunce.First up: the international awards.The Dunce Award: Who said "Men...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:34 AM

Kevin Hart landed the gig of his dreams when he was asked to host the Oscars next year. On his Instagram page, his joy was obvious, as he spoke of being “blown away”, as it had been a goal on his list for a long time, and that it was...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Holness administration is as scared of the Petrojam scandal as Trump is of Robert Mueller's Russian interference investigation.What the auditor general has reported is of the greatest national importance, and yet there is a deliberate effort to...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I came across Dalton Harris' 'X Factor UK' 2018 audition (on YouTube) several weeks ago. It was stunning, and I was enthralled.I only watched his performance, but I was convinced that if he did not win that competition, something must be very wrong...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ruel Reid, the education minister, tried for a fancy twirl in attempting to extricate himself from the mess he has woven in his obdurate and self-indulgent insistence on forging ahead with the new Primary Exit Profile (PEP) tests during the first...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The following are excerpts from Education Minister Ruel Reid's address at a quarterly press conference on December 6...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The auditor general's report on Petrojam and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) simply confirmed and quantified what was known, and provided some salacious details.Pamela Monroe Ellis and her staff should be thanked and congratulated for...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A youth in his early 20s, Carlton (not his real name) lost a job opportunity because a drug test showed traces of ganja in his system. Until now, he had no idea that ganja would remain in the blood for so long, especially as he smoked it on rare...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The highway of holiness is a long distance away from all of the broad roads now being constructed by the China Harbour Engineering Company. And causing so much chaos!There's one road project, completed by local contractors, that has not attracted...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans are appropriately outraged at the auditor general's revelation that Petrojam's pricing committee either made no minutes of meetings or didn't keep its records, or worse, wilfully hid them from her investigators.The cause of this newspaper'...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:53 AM

A plea for the municipal authority to address the vending nightmare in Harbour View, St Andrew, tells an eloquent story about the impact of street vending and signals a pressing need to find a workable solution for peddlers in our cities and towns...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently when a Trinidadian man was charged with bigamy, one of my friends remarked that it was the first time he had ever heard of two rites making a wrong. Of course, the bigamist loved not wisely but two well.Jokes like these are based on puns....

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is absolutely no secret that the conditions in our prisons, including the food served, abuse meted out to inmates, and inadequate rehabilitation programmes offered are a major human-rights issue in Jamaica.One would think that policymakers do not...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:18 AM

The following was written by a concerned employee of Petrojam.How competent is the current general manager, Winston Watson, in the operations of the Petrojam refinery? The just-published auditor general's report, full of sordid details of nepotism,...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:17 AM

The five-day debate in the British Parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union did not start well for her. Everybody knows that she hasn't got the votes to pass the deal, but it turned out that she hasn't got the...

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