Sun | Nov 18, 2018

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Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Columnists are supposed to be informative, thought-provoking and, sometimes, entertaining. We write hoping that, perhaps one day, something will strike a chord with someone and result in something positive.Unfortunately, many people are so...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Squatting knows no boundaries. It defies court orders, is indifferent to land owned by the Church, and is precocious given its proximity to Parliament and the way in which settlements perch precariously on riverbanks and gullies. Land is 'free',...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even those snobs who pretend to have nothing but contempt for dancehall culture actually enjoy a boisterous sound clash. Like an enterprising promoter, The Gleaner's opinion editor tried to set up a clash between Daniel Thwaites and me. Two Fridays...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The presentation of Interim Guidelines seeking to reduce the sugar content of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in schools, by Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, has garnered notable public attention. While much of the conversation...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Today in Paris, the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018, scores of world leaders, Donald Trump among them, will join French President Emmanuel Macron for ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.Andrew Holness will...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some of the best lessons for modern-day politics and better relations between two countries are often learned from stories of decades ago.Jamaica enjoyed no better relationship with a US President than that with John F. Kennedy. Kennedy had been...

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is a palpable sense of hope sweeping across the country.Unemployment is at a record low. Net international reserves are the highest they have ever been since Independence - US$3 billion. The debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to fall below 100 per...

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I once compared Pavarotti with the Prince of Port-of-Spain, multiple batting record holder, Brian Lara. It is true that in music, the conductor uses a baton, and the cricketer a bat. In opera, while the person in charge of the music, the conductor,...

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's birth rate is going down and it now stands at two children per mother. At first blush, this sounds like a reason to celebrate.However, the caution by Dr Wayne Henry, director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, gives cause to...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Barack Obama said of the US midterm elections that "the character of our country is on the ballot," and the outcome proved him right. The United States is a psychological basket case, more deeply and angrily divided than at any time since the...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The word 'democracy' means 'rule by the people'. Abraham Lincoln defined it as rule "of the people, by the people, and for the people". What we practise in Jamaica is 'rule by politicians', otherwise called 'representative democracy'. We elect...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I read with some level of disquiet the report in the Guardian newspaper of November 5, 2018, of the visit of a member of the British royal family, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, to Ghana, a country from which millions of Africans were...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Although disappointed with the outcomes, we are not overly surprised that majorities voted no in this week's plebiscites in Grenada and Antigua...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:18 AM

In places where America was lionised as democracy's acme, it is hard to explain how Donald Trump became its president and that his repudiation wasn't complete in Tuesday's midterm election. As it stands, Mr Trump's approval rating remains upwards of...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The messages which heralded the messiah-like political status of Michael Manley in 1972 were 'power for the people' and 'better must come'.In 1980, Seaga announced his intention to free us from the political imprisonment and economic uncertainty of...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last month, Diane McIntosh, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, said that administrative support was provided to Robert Montague, then minister of national security. This apparently helped Montague to arrive at a decision to...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This past weekend, I visited parts rural, in the hinterlands of our beloved JamRock, where computers and televisions play second fiddle to social gatherings and face-to-face conversations at the local centre of philosophy: the rum bar.As a stranger...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There have been many instances in our country's relatively short history where leadership decisions have been made that could so easily have had adverse effects on the health of Jamaica's democracy.I believe the present Government's recent decision...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I was appointed chairman of the Whitfield All-Age School in March 2018, under the recommendation of the Member of Parliament Angela Brown Burke. In the early years, Maxfield was a lower-middle-class community and the school was considered an...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We are encouraged by Daryl Vaz's optimism that Jamaica's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags, and some other plastic containers, will unleash domestic investment in the manufacturing of alternative products, and his seeming confidence that...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are some peculiarities concerning the recent debate on the new PEP examination that I would like to point out, notably, a concern centred upon a statement by Owen Speid, Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) president-elect.Mr Speid's comment...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At Jamaica's stage and state of development, it definitely has to be in the business of attracting foreign capital, including loans from multilateral and bilateral partners, to help in the expansion of the country's infrastructure. Over the last...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I know several people who are paying their mortgages in full every month by listing on Airbnb. Some have acquired income properties solely for the purpose of doing these short-term rentals, and they generate enough money for the houses to pay for...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Governance is difficult.During election campaign time, the relative ease with which politicians climb platforms and promise to make life better for each and every individual in a country is a far cry from the real business of making, implementing...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Upon my release from purgatory (aka law school), I vowed never to practise family law.Why? I dunno. It could be partly because my parents suffered through a hostile divorce; or Gene Autry warned me that family-law practice mainly comprised listening...

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