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Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:06 AM

World Bank: The Caribbean Diaspora is a sizeable, well-educated and affluent demographic…supported by right incentives and policies, diaspora members could play an even larger role in contributing to the region’s development. As Jamaica’s 8th...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:26 AM

It is shocking if, as they implied, the foreign affairs and national security ministers were in the dark about the details around the 2017 detention and jailing of five Jamaican fishermen in the United States (US), who are now suing the US Coast Guard that was...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:20 AMShawna Kay Williams-Pinnock/Contributor

My friend and I had quite an interesting conversation the other day. We chatted about his experience as a third engineer aboard the vessel of an international shipping company. He complained that although many Jamaicans are suitably qualified to...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:19 AM

I’m actually a big believer in Jamaica Moves. More than eight out of every ten persons living on the island do little to no physical activity, according to the last published Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. With that in mind, the prevalence...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Did anybody notice that Sunday was Father’s Day? At Casa Tout, the day passed uneventfully. Unlike Mother’s Day! The only reasons I can fathom for the difference are: mothers are more sensitive; accept anything from their children as the best; and...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 6:07 AM

During the current uproar over abortion, I have noticed that there is little talk about how to prevent it. While in medical school, if I were asked in an examination to discuss the management of a disorder, my answer would be incomplete if I did...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

This newspaper has been commenting favourably on the positive developments in the Jamaican economy over the last six years. Some of the more noteworthy achievements include: unemployment falling to a 40-year low; inflation being below the four-six...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

In 1980, America passed the Bayh-Dole Act. This law permits institutions receiving federal funding for research to have ownership over their inventions. The law is advantageous in reducing hurdles for commercially minded researchers to market their...

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

Parliament will meet this Wednesday in solemn session to pay tribute to Mr Seaga, the longest-serving member in our history. I admired him for his commitment to one of the most difficult, demanding, disrespected and least dispensable professions –...

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

Fatherhood is serious business. It’s ridiculous that society leaves this all-important ‘job’ up to the passive acquisition of knowledge, diffused by unknown and usually extremely unreliable sources. There are no organised courses in fatherhood; all...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:36 AM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) recently announced that, arising from the just-concluded house-to-house phase of ‘Dead elector removal exercise’, 106,000 dead electors were identified. Verification will now follow, with the dead electors...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:36 AM

Richard Byles isn’t the obvious choice to head a central bank. Increasingly, across the world, those jobs go to academic economists with PhDs. Neither would too many people have assumed him to be the Holness administration’s first choice for the...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:36 AM

The big news this last week is the declaration by Peter Bunting that he will be challenging Peter Phillips for the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP). As one might expect, the announcement was met by surprise and excitement in some...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:28 AM

If ignorance was a natural resource, then Jamaica’s economic future would have a strong guarantee of prosperity. How can one possibly be charged for an act that the accuser or State does not even know what it is? If the law is an ass, then those...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Typically, when confronted by danger, we run to safety as we’ve perceived it with our senses. Air pollution, often nicknamed the silent killer, in many instances, doesn’t afford us such luxuries. Instead, we’re often left to deal with its impacts...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:20 AM

On back-to-back Thursdays, June 6 and June 13, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) staged a two-part Economics Seminar series, ‘Demystifying Inflation’. Interestingly, the stellar panellists for the first seminar were men and the second were women. Based on...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Many welcomed the announcement that Jamaica would resume exporting mangoes to the United States (US) in May. Then May came and went. Finally, we did it in June. A shipment of Jamaican mangoes was sent to the US in recent days. This news must have...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:14 AMWinston Foster/Contributor

There has never been a case in Jamaica where a sitting leader of a major political party was voted out of party leadership, or where a contender was able to unseat the leader of a major political party. The succession of leaders of the People’s...

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...

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