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Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:10 AM

The deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane last Sunday is creating unease among airlines, their passengers, and aviation authorities, who have begun to question the airworthiness of this Boeing model. In October 2018, a similar model, 737 Max...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:06 AM

There are at least two sides to every story, even those about God. One is presented as a statement of fact: “The difference between God and a doctor is that God doesn’t walk around behaving like a doctor.” The other comes from a story about a...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:19 AM

We understand why Olivia Grange, the sports minister, characterised last week’s passing of Cynthia Thompson, at 96, as the end of an era. We, however, see Dr Thompson in terms of neither end nor beginning, but part of a continuum, symbolised today...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:18 AM

I see the developments in the telecommunications industry through eyes of a vastly different colour, shape, and focus. In the picture that accompanied the announcement of Jamaica’s historic agreement with Cable...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

I am grateful to a friend for drawing my attention to China’s gift to the African Union (AU) of a new headquarters in Addis Ababa, completed in 2012. It was completely funded, furnished and equipped, and built by China, and the building – the...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:14 AM

PwC Jamaica’s disclosure that it has joined its global partners on an initiative to radically reduce its carbon footprint is a significant development, which, hopefully, will be an example for other firms, perhaps leading to a larger private-sector...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:10 AM

As far as I am concerned, the person most deserving of the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) is Dr Peter Phillips. With one important caveat. The timing is all wrong. For his sake, he should have won when he made the second challenge...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

We find ourselves slapdash in the middle of another by-election campaign and the attendant ‘cruff-ism’ that comes with political activism in Jamaica. It is bad enough that this by-election came about as a result of the murder of a sitting member...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Last week Thursday, the day before International Women’s Day, a fellow columnist said, “ I had a five-year separation from my wife, and it nearly drove me over the edge”. From that sentence, his story was told, but the readers were not told how...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Bryan Sykes, the chief justice, has laid out a set of clear and, given the history of the Jamaican courts, clearly ambitious targets by which he intends to transform the island’s judicial system into being “the best in the Caribbean” within three...

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

The minister of Education, the Honourable Senator Ruel Reid, has, in recent times, expressed concerns about educators and board members who are active in politics and who are critical of him and policies of the education ministry in the public...

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

The February 1 announcement by United Sates’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the US would suspend its compliance with its obligations under the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) because of Russian violations brought echoes of a...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:25 AM

The 2019-20 Budget focuses on growth with equity by providing economic opportunity for all, protecting the vulnerable, and pursuing economic independence. There has been much attention on the elimination and reduction of several distortionary...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Justice Bryan Sykes risked his national broadcast Sunday night, to mark his first year as head of the judiciary, being dismissed as a bit of self-serving pomposity. As it turned out, the chief justice’s address was a significant step towards...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Damion Crawford appears to have stepped into a ‘pitty-me-lickle’ fire ants nest by bringing up the issue of race and class politics. However, what is wrong with healthy political debate? Wasn’t that the way it was in the 1960s to 1980s? Nowadays,...

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

Everybody knows I’m in love with Patria-Kaye. There are problems. She’s taken. I’m captured. Oh, and there’s the small matter of her being half my age and a schoolmate of the Old Ball and Chain’s eldest son SkullDougery (a.k.a. the Computer Whiz...

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

When rational people do glaringly irrational things, it’s because, usually, it makes sense to somebody. In that respect, the act is rational. Which is how we expect cynics will interpret the apparent inability of a large chunk of Jamaica’s...

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

I began the analysis of the 2019-2020 Budget for education last Tuesday at the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives by assuring the minister that the purpose was to offer critical support to the ministry’s objectives. Even if...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:14 AM

As Christians reflect on the inner life before God, it would help to revisit our notion of sin. Beyond the traditional view of sin as a breach of God’s requirement, I urge a provocative and troubling view of sin from Christian philosopher Dallas...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Besides the swirling reports of Donald Trump’s controversial, possible former business dealings in Russia, the Trump campaign flatly refused to accept the United States intelligence belief that Russia was ultimately behind hackers targeting the...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Several years ago, I came across a study that changed my life. The results of the research prompted me to not only introspect, but to also observe more keenly the behaviour of those I interact with socially and professionally, especially the...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It will be a while yet before the jury determines whether Dr Nigel Clarke pulled the right levers. But if his J$14-billion tax giveback proves anything, it vindicates Jamaica’s hard economic slog of the last seven years, with its bipartisan...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:15 AM

After the untimely passing of Dr Winston Green, I had written a column suggesting that voters pray for their MPs to die. Now I wish to clarify. It’s not that I want to see anyone (else) in Gordon House kick the bucket, but because by-elections are...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:14 AM

On a day when Dominican poachers were caught sucking conch from under our noses, our minister of finance, Dr Nigel Clarke, has delivered a Budget which is unusual and promising. With an unprecedented loss of immediate revenue from April 1, 2019,...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:14 AM

The facts are bloodcurdling. The Partnership for Women’s Health and Well-being has issued a grave reminder that we simply cannot ignore. “The practice of unsafe abortions and the consequences of abortions performed by untrained, non-...

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