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Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:12 AMBert Samuels/Guest Columnist

Human trafficking was the crime which supplied millions of enslaved Africans to forcibly work the cane and cotton fields of the ‘new world’. These new territories were stolen from their aboriginal inhabitants, who were either worked to death or...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:12 AM

If we judge William Shakespeare by the first act and scene of his play, Macbeth, he would have been a terrible baseball and cricket umpire, and an even worse football referee. After all, he wrote “ Fair is foul and foul is fair.” However, when...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:32 AM

On the website of the Trade Board of Jamaica ( http://www.tradeboard.gov.jm) is a recent notice that Jamaica’s Motor Vehicle Import Policy will be amended to increase the age limit for all categories of vehicles which may be imported. The age...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:32 AMLinnette Vassell/Contributor

The debate on abortion and the call for the repeal of the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) have pivoted around themes of health, human rights and social justice. It is also important to examine the OAPA itself in terms of the historical,...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:20 AM

This is too often the case in Jamaica. The Government announces bold initiatives or puts in infrastructure, which soon crumble, if they are not stillborn. Usually, it is the result of the deficit in implementation and/or absence of maintenance. We...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It was February 1993, and the call was from the widely admired Hugh Shearer. A general election had been called for the end of March and, in his safe (for the Jamaica Labour Party) South East Clarendon seat, he wanted to get some hard numbers on...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

If Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ assessment is accurate, the Jamaican public is in the same boat as its police force. The constabulary is in the throes of transformation. It is just that neither the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) nor the society...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Last week Wednesday, a woman, after making purchases in a ‘candle shop’, was detained by a cop, who searched her bag and found ‘oils, magic spray and incense’, which she claimed were personal items, but which the cop concluded were obeah materials...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:11 AM

We are now in June, one week-plus into the 2019 hurricane season. By now, central government and local authorities should be well advanced in their preparations for hurricanes which may come our way. However, as I traverse the corridors of...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The fear with which large swathes of the People’s National Party (PNP) will probably face Peter Bunting’s challenge for the party’s leadership is likely to be exaggerated. The contest could, in the end, be good for the PNP, although the process is...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:15 AMNadine Maitland/Contributor

The practice of invisible data gathering by many organisations in Jamaica is growing and there are no clear policies enacted to provide protection for individuals or organisations against this practice. Smart meters, smartphones and many other...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Besides the United Kingdom (UK/Britain), the United States of America (USA) is the oldest trading partner of the British West Indies (BWI)/Commonwealth Caribbean/Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. The American territories, which would become...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The announcement by Seprod Ltd of its planned July 2019 closure of the Golden Grove Sugar Factory in eastern St Thomas, with the loss of 150 jobs, should not be a surprise. In September 2018, the company signalled that it had racked up losses of...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Bob Marley was shot on December 3, 1976, because it was feared, in my opinion, that he was more and more openly supporting Michael Manley and the progressive attempts to rebuild the Jamaican society. Bob was shot roughly two weeks before the...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:09 AM

In a tense domino game, the score was five-all in the deciding six. Dessie was playing with infrequent participant Peter ‘Poop’ and, late in the game, had the choice of blocking the game by going two fives (letting in double-five) or killing the...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Not only the Government, but also opponents of the idea, have gone silent since the unveiling of the winning design for the new parliament building, which Prime Minister Andrew Holness wants to build at National Heroes Park, or the old Race Course...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:17 AMShawna Kay Williams-Pinnock/Contributor

At only six years old, Ruth Auguste, a Haitian-Canadian woman, was sexually assaulted by her stepfather, Jean Pressoir Marol. In her 2012 memoir, The Children of Injustice: One Haitian Canadian Woman’s Memoir of Healing, she details this ordeal. In...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Some Sundays ago, I attended church in the fruitful centre-island town of Kellits. Looking over the hills of northern Clarendon, the cultivated fields showed promise of breaking the cloud of weak growth shadowing the all-important agricultural...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:16 AM

One of Ja­maica’s main problems is a lack of focus. We have consistently failed to focus on very important things, and that ends up impacting society in extremely negative ways. Political administrations always focus on votes, and they do whatever...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Martin Henry was an oddity of the best kind. He often pointed to his unlikely beginnings as a Gleaner columnist, which began in response to an ad asking ‘Do you have interesting views on national and international issues?’ Martin had these in...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

It’s not long now, by the end November, until Jamaica’s 36-month Stand-By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) comes to an end. The SBA, which provides the Government with a US$1.7-billion insurance policy against exogenous...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

I have just returned from a most enlightening 5th Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions, which opened on June 3 in the Cayman Islands in Grand Cayman. Ten Caribbean integrity commissions and anti-...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Perhaps it is fitting that he had a closed casket because very few were brave enough to stare him directly in the face. He was affectionately called the ‘One Don’ by cartoonists and my impression is that after a while, he relished the title. Eddie...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness keeps telling the Jamaican people that they are on “the road to prosperity”. However, given their daily struggle to survive, the overwhelming majority of Jamaicans would see the promise of prosperity more as a standard...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Six more illegal guns found. More than 1,500 assorted rounds of ammunition seized. We are digesting this news that more weapons and ammunition intended for the killing fields were intercepted at the Montego Bay wharf. The most disconcerting thing...

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