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Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Political campaign season and the Budget speech cycle are times of great stress for politicians and their advisers. Brainstorming meetings are often emotionally charged and competitive as political leaders look to fire up their team to generate the...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:07 AM

In Apocrypha, a fantasy land where politicians are friends and Oma D’unn solves political dilemmas by parable, the nation was all a twitter over a recently called by-election. The election was keenly contested because the winner would control a...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 1:43 AM

Last week I discussed the landmark ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and the correlation between childhood trauma and poor health. To summarize, the study examined ten adverse childhood experiences under three categories: abuse, neglect and...

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

Despite minister of finance Nigel Clarke’s valiant attempt at playing up the growth numbers for last year during his Budget presentation, the reality is that the hope for acceleration of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the Jamaican economy...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:09 AM

For me, the finest moment of Peter Phillips’ speech last Thursday was when, after expressing his support for public-private investment through the stock market, Audley Shaw reminded Peter of the time, I think it was in 2015, when he, Peter, then...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Recently, we heard news of the US$11 million that University of California had to pay to publishing giant Elsevier in order to gain access to its repository of journals. In that same period, Elsevier the mammoth recorded a profit of US$1.7 billion...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

A natural or man-made ‘disaster’ is, “…a serious disruption, occurring over a relatively short time, of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss and impacts, which exceeds the...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The predictions made last year with regard to the growing importance of great power rivalries still rings in our ears. What is more, our strategic environment grows ever more unpredictable. Today, major powers openly challenge the rules-based...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The planned development of Vernamfield in Clarendon, as part of a broader initiative to establish Jamaica as a global logistics hub, is among the sexier projects the Government has on its books. It is not one, though, that the Holness...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

If every single employer were to vote in a general election for a particular party, the number of votes would be so minuscule that the count wouldn’t even fill one hand, perhaps stopping at the middle finger. On the other hand, we have a labour...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

I feel so sorry for Peter Knight, CEO of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). It’s a classic basket case. He and his staff have been given the proverbial basket to carry water. And they haven’t been able to find any material to...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The late writer, historian, and philosopher William Durant is credited with the saying, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I preface this article with this quote since it is excellence that we are after in...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMValerie Neita-Robinson/Guest Columnist

The Electoral Commission has worked assiduously over the years to ensure FREE and FAIR elections in Jamaica. However, recent trends in electioneering practices threaten to undermine those efforts and have introduced a dangerous and corrupt...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Political leaders like to beat their chests and boast about how much they care about the poor but do so little work beyond piecemeal interventions (and handouts) to make their lives better. They have prioritised creating opportunities for gainful...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:10 AM

The deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane last Sunday is creating unease among airlines, their passengers, and aviation authorities, who have begun to question the airworthiness of this Boeing model. In October 2018, a similar model, 737 Max...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:06 AM

There are at least two sides to every story, even those about God. One is presented as a statement of fact: “The difference between God and a doctor is that God doesn’t walk around behaving like a doctor.” The other comes from a story about a...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:19 AM

We understand why Olivia Grange, the sports minister, characterised last week’s passing of Cynthia Thompson, at 96, as the end of an era. We, however, see Dr Thompson in terms of neither end nor beginning, but part of a continuum, symbolised today...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:18 AM

I see the developments in the telecommunications industry through eyes of a vastly different colour, shape, and focus. In the picture that accompanied the announcement of Jamaica’s historic agreement with Cable...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

I am grateful to a friend for drawing my attention to China’s gift to the African Union (AU) of a new headquarters in Addis Ababa, completed in 2012. It was completely funded, furnished and equipped, and built by China, and the building – the...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:14 AM

PwC Jamaica’s disclosure that it has joined its global partners on an initiative to radically reduce its carbon footprint is a significant development, which, hopefully, will be an example for other firms, perhaps leading to a larger private-sector...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:10 AM

As far as I am concerned, the person most deserving of the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) is Dr Peter Phillips. With one important caveat. The timing is all wrong. For his sake, he should have won when he made the second challenge...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

We find ourselves slapdash in the middle of another by-election campaign and the attendant ‘cruff-ism’ that comes with political activism in Jamaica. It is bad enough that this by-election came about as a result of the murder of a sitting member...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Last week Thursday, the day before International Women’s Day, a fellow columnist said, “ I had a five-year separation from my wife, and it nearly drove me over the edge”. From that sentence, his story was told, but the readers were not told how...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Bryan Sykes, the chief justice, has laid out a set of clear and, given the history of the Jamaican courts, clearly ambitious targets by which he intends to transform the island’s judicial system into being “the best in the Caribbean” within three...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:11 AM

The minister of Education, the Honourable Senator Ruel Reid, has, in recent times, expressed concerns about educators and board members who are active in politics and who are critical of him and policies of the education ministry in the public...

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