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Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:26 AM

This newspaper is often impressed with, so takes seriously, Howard Mitchell’s interventions in the national discourse, including his proposal last week that we borrow Britain’s mechanism of imposing unexplained wealth orders (UWO) to...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Permit me to throw my support behind engineer Howard Chin’s suggestion that we use biology to deal with the mosquito crisis. I have often wondered why we seem to be chasing mosquitoes all over the place when they seem to be dodging us. An...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Recent news reports tell us that the House of Representatives has approved the second Supplementary Estimates. The Government plans to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this financial year. The minister of finance’s statement on the...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Those who would defend the rights of women to decide for themselves whether to terminate a pregnancy should also engage with the argument that the developing foetus is equivalent to a person. If the foetus is morally equivalent to a child, even...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:14 AM

In that quaint phrase of the British, the strain of Brexit, or the shambolic preparation thereof by Theresa May’s government, seems to be driving Her Majesty’s ministers batty, or, at least a little bit unhinged. So, Gavin Williamson,...

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Sometime ago, the singing group The Melodians produced a song entitled By the Rivers of Babylon. This group had merely stated in simplistic form and in song Psalm 137 vs 1-4. Here is how they put it: “By the rivers of Babylon where we sat...

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

At the risk of sounding pedantic, I still have questions about this Petrojam mess. I’ll leave the arguments about legality to the lawyers, but what’s the big secret that requires an NDA (non-disclosure ­agreement)? There’s...

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

The concept of freeness has been used repeatedly by Jamaican politicians to win support at the polls on countless occasions in our almost 60-year history of political independence. We often cite political tribalism, along with political violence,...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 7:16 AM

As the abortion debate swirls, more and more highly opinionated persons, from both sides, continue to voice their opinions and concerns and make their cases as to why abortion should or should not be legalized in this country.Some of the...

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

Dr Nigel Clarke states the obvious about the possibilities inherent in research and development for accelerating Jamaica’s economic growth. But the finance minister will have to do more than include what firms spending are, when calculating...

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

No matter your political preference, every nationalist has to acknowledge that the cause of inclusive and sustainable development requires strong and credible political leadership. If those in charge of government are compromised or become the...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Every human life is precious and sacred. Whenever someone is murdered, there is a sadness that penetrates to the core and echoes for many years. There is also a pervasive foreboding that the same fate could befall any of us. I am deeply perturbed...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Whether he did it because he was under duress or something else which sounds like it, or he had taken a swig of a popular milk-based drink, or he thought that somehow, the rubbers on the wheels of the motor vehicle would have prevented him from...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Rasta, reggae and ganja! That’s the dominant trinity of Jamaican popular culture. Sceptics will say it’s an unholy trinity. All three have been demonised in this country. The Jamaican elite have publicly dismissed and dissed Rasta,...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Andrew Holness’ contortions in responding to questions in Parliament last week about the Petrojam scandal might, in other circumstances, have been deemed heroic. This, however, is a serious issue about governance. What the prime minister...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Resilience is everybody’s business. All policymakers in the Caribbean must be concerned about the resilience of their national sectors amid a wide range of constantly evolving threats facing the region. The concern, however, is especially...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 1:15 AM

A weekend of road tragedies has produced the usual outrage from road-safety stakeholders. As is customary, expressions of concern heighten among the general population when there is a spike in fatalities. Then it dies down and it is business as...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

There has been much debate about abortion being legalised in Jamaica. In fact, this very week the issue of the right to choose with regard to abortion was debated in the Jamaican Parliament. Many have taken various sides – some claiming pro...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

We do not truly deal with corruption in our country and we are not invested in doing so, either. Instead, our interest is in the politicking; cherry-picking what to talk about, strategising around how we can use whatever allegations of corruption...

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:57 AM

In a bar in Oistins in Barbados, way past midnight into morning, we had gathered eating our fish, partaking of the waters of life, and talking about this, that and the other. We had exhausted religion, politics and women and somehow reached our...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 10:00 AM

A year and a half ago, in the wake of the fire of London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 79 people, this newspaper urged the Jamaican authorities not only to take note of that tragedy, but to complete a review of the island’s fire brigade...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 9:56 AM

Due to the information revolution, along with the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW) and a wide range of technologies, data has become the most valuable asset for most organisations and governments; however, there are some serious concerns...

Published:Friday | February 8, 2019 | 9:56 AM

Every new prime minister commits their government to transparency and accountability, but 57 years after Independence, we are yet to see any politician held criminally responsible for political corruption; yet if a poor, hungry man steals a few...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Ruel Reid’s proposal for the establishment of a code of conduct for teachers who enter the political fray deserves a hearing, but requires better particulars before it can be deemed worthy of full support. Indeed, the onus is on him to prove...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM

“This is not fair!” was the refrain of a young lady with whom I had a meeting a few days ago. She had a letter dated January 11, 2019 from the lawyers of a utility company stating that $1 million was owed and there has been failure to...

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