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Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

The difference between the votes cast for the two PNP Peters last week might have been 76, but if only 39 persons had voted differently, the result would have been reversed. Considering that it was only 39 people (about a busload) out of 2,778...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:11 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has taken note of a letter published in your column by a D. Bowen on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and wish to respond to the issue raised. First, the ministry sincerely regrets the deficiencies in...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:09 AM

In April of this year, the most popular man in the People’s National Party (PNP), Damion Crawford, squared off with political neophyte, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann-Marie Vaz, in a by-election in Eastern Portland. A key element in the...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The Jamaican economy has had an average of less than one per cent annual growth for the last 30 years. At this rate, it will take well over 70 years to double our current gross domestic product (GDP) level. The Holness administration in 2016...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Prosperity gospel was dealt a massive blow by one of its former disciples, USA evangelist Benny Hinn. According to the video clip circulated on Monday, Hinn has backslided from the tenets of prosperity gospel, or health and wealth gospel....

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The late radio talk show host, Wilmot ‘Motty’ Perkins, used to refer to the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) as an “intellectual ghetto”. I have no intention of casting any such judgement on the academic capacity of UWI;...

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

It’s telling that there were no public statements by either the Jamaican Government or Opposition last week mourning the death of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president. It was a clear example of the adage about not speaking ill of the dead....

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide globally. Yesterday, September 10, was commemorated as World Suicide Prevention Day. The focus usually is on completed suicides and suicide attempts, but it’s important that we understand a related and...

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Dispute settlement is one of the most important functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that establishes global trade rules. It facilitates the rule of law by enabling members to resolve their disputes in an international legal system....

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Peter Bunting mightn’t have won the main prize, the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), but from a strategic and tactical standpoint, he achieved much of what he set out to accomplish. For having come so close to unseating Peter...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:16 AMMarie Campbell/Guest Columnist

Many of us are relieved to see the end of a bitterly fought campaign between the two Peters of the People’s National Party (PNP). A 96 per cent voter turnout meant that nearly every delegate was present at the National Arena for the PNP...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Bottom line, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has a money problem. This embarrassing non-payment of salaries to the Reggae Girlz should not have happened. I recall issues with Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore’s remuneration, the shortfall in funds...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Cawn’t sey mi neva dida warn yu! Encouraged by messages from the Ministry of Health (and, well, Nice), I conducted a scientific study on wholesome dietary requirements. The results have proven (oops) that raw egg splashed on one’s face is neither...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:08 AM

For most of my life, I had not been a fan of tattoos. I recall a time when I was turned off by them and the people who wore them. I grew up in a household where no one was inked. It was something I could not relate to and thought that the practice...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:25 AM

It is good news that the Government has now articulated it as policy to substantially increase the size of the constabulary and appears to have a strategy to deliver on that undertaking over the next four or five years. Indeed, it is a cause for...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Andrew Holness might be a few decades outside adolescence, but he must have woke up Sunday morning savouring the best political wet dream of his lifetime. After the prospect of facing two Peters, he now relishes the reality of a fractured People’s...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:11 AM

When I was in my late teens, I was reluctant to learn to drive. I absolutely loathed the type of selfish and crass behaviour demonstrated by many road users even way back in the 1970s. However, my little sister wanted her driver’s licence, and...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:11 AM

It is eight last Friday morning near the bottom of Conrad Lane in central Kingston. There are about seven school-age infants and other children sitting with some women in the shade of the back wall of the great Kingston College, not far from the...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:31 AM

In highlighting one of several positive achievements, policymakers point to inflation targeting. This can produce stable, predictable, and fairly low-to- average rates of inflation, as well as stronger economic growth. But before getting excited...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:31 AM

The Government’s decision to dispatch up to 150 soldiers to The Bahamas, plus other Jamaican efforts, public and private, to provide relief to that country in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, present the kind of solidarity when neighbours are in...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Due to excellent writings by my colleague, Dr Michael Abrahams, I now walk with a fork, worry about ‘Mackerel’s’ mental health, refuse to breed for a john crow, praise dark-skinned women, and a host of other socially worthwhile mini-projects. But...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:30 AM

On July 7, I got an alarming email from a 69-year-old retiree who used to enjoy going to Fort Clarence Beach. It’s probably past tense for her with the new ‘developments’ the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has initiated. Here’s what she...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:27 AM

As construction industry professionals, we are not given to random, uninformed declarations about matters concerning the sector and their ultimate effect on the national interest. Our roles are to appropriately analyse and provide solutions to...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 1:37 PM

The 2,840 People’s National Party (PNP) delegates who are eligible to vote in today’s leadership battle between Rise United’s Peter Murcott Bunting (2nd Peter) and One PNP’s Peter David Phillips (1st Peter) have an important...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Government’s plan to spend some US$1.3 million to fund the education of nearly 50 future doctors will get public support only if people are convinced that this investment will lead to an improvement in basic healthcare and, ultimately, a healthier...

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