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Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Saturday last was celebrated worldwide as Earth Day, when concerns for environmental sustainability were highlighted. Little did I know as I was writing my Earth Day column last week that the actual day would be marked with heavy rains, widespread...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AM

"Dancehall ah mi everyting."These lyrics are the refrain to Vybz Kartel's 2015 hit titled Dancehall, a song that chronicles the scenes and sounds of the modern-day version of the genre. Though always in a state of revival, dancehall has existed in...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AM

I was among the faithful few at Sabina Park to watch the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan, and like everybody there, I was disappointed about a lot of things.Losing by seven wickets was bad enough, especially after so much time was lost...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The images splashed across the Jamaican press yesterday were simple yet extraordinarily graphic: eight Jamaicans in handcuffs and leg chains being led by US Marshals to a United States government aircraft for extradition to America to stand trial...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The recent seizure of eight firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition at the Montego Bay wharf is to be commended. The police are on the ball, working, working, working.Are they really?"We had reasons to be suspicious about the contents...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 4:00 AM

There are many positives going on for Jamaica and us Jamaicans: positives which can readily be dubbed 'best in the world', including our coffee, rum, marijuana, music, athletes, and yes, our beautiful ladies (not necessarily in that order).Despite...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Is the Police Service Commission (PSC) sexist? According to a government website, the members of the commission, with effect from February 1, 2016, are Professor the Hon Gordon Shirley, OJ, chairman; Dr The Hon Marshall Hall, OJ, CD; Bishop Dr...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The boiler room explosion at the RIU Montego Bay hotel last week, in which one man was killed and three others injured, was a grim reminder of parliamentary indifference to occupational safety in Jamaica.After an overlong gestation of nearly a...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Henny Penny is a popular old European fable that forms part of the moral instruction many Jamaicans are subjected to from infancy as a remnant of the colonial institution.In the more widely known depictions, it tells the tale of Chicken Licken, who...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

In his victory speech on Sunday night, Emmanuel Macron, the next president of France, said: "I want to become ... the president of the patriots in the face of the threat from the nationalists." The distinction would be lost on most Trump supporters...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Olivia Grange's stout defence of a club promoter who was charged for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act was as premature as it was ill conceived. But we can't say we are surprised.Ms Grange, an impresario and entertainment manager of note, has been...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Three months into his presidency, Donald Trump is hopelessly stuck in campaign mode.Mr Trump, billionaire and celebrity that he is, has not sobered up from the ecstasy of promising milk, honey and streets of gold. His bluster about building a "super...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:00 AM

I can't believe I've been practising law for 38 years.I recalled this recently while watching The Old Ball and Chain struggling to balance the limited domestic budget. Yes, I've been semi-retired for 20 years, but still, it's remarkable how little...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Another Carnival Sunday has come and gone, and never before has it been more glaringly obvious that all aren't equal on this here Animal Farm. The liberties extended to the carnival road march, dancehall has not been privileged to in its own home....

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, notes comments made by the president of the UWI Mona Debating and Public Speaking Society, Akeela N. Marin, in a letter to the editor on Friday, April 21, 2017, regarding the university's stance on the...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:00 AM

We have heard it repeatedly in the last decade: our boys are in trouble. Two recent news items have reinforced the continued existence of the volatile situation concerning the nation's male children.First, University of the West Indies...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:05 AM

I have always loved to fly. My first trip abroad was when I was a child, probably about age seven or eight. I flew on an airline called Air Jamaica to Miami with my parents, and remember being excited about the...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:00 AM

George Quallo wasn't the name on everyone's lips to become commissioner of police. Indeed, it might not have been on any. But that, of itself, is not sufficient to spin a web.Some public commentators and gender specialists have sought to ascribe...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:00 AM

It just so happens that I know our new commissioner of police, George Quallo, very well. He is from a very humble, disciplined, and tightly knit family from rural St Andrew. He grew up in a church environment that imbued him with admirable values....

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:00 AM

This is about Nicholas. He is about 24, good looking and eloquent in the use of his limited vocabulary.But he will never read this because even after 10 years in school, his literacy skills are very weak and have regressed considerably in the six...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:00 AM

No teck it personal, mi dear! Di man dem no ready. Dem no waan no woman commissioner. Dem no have di balls fi dat. It look like seh dem fraid woman a go put dem out a commission. Dem done know seh nuff time, di best 'man' fi di...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The Jamaican population has been paying a steep price in trying to establish the parameters for development. We are still in the throes of an IMF agreement that has among its objectives a significant reduction of debt to attain a 60 per cent debt-to...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:00 AM

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."- Sir Winston ChurchillSome of us not seeing a hard-nosed, no-nonsense policy response to negatives that retard growth in the economy are somewhat...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:00 AM

When Beenie Man released 'Hundred Dollar Bag' in 1999, on the Ants Nest riddim, no less, the clear message was that $100 was worth having and could buy you something enjoyable. Back then, he was talking about the high grade, but since then the...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Last Sunday's referendum eroding the foundations of democracy in Turkey has strengthened Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hold on power and set the country careering towards the precipice of ideological isolation from Europe. It wasn't supposed to be like...

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