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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-...

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

Last month was the third anniversary of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) control of the reins of government. I believe it is important to grade the party’s performance now that it has gone beyond the halfway mark. I give it a ‘C’. Readers, and...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Americans will need a visa to enter Europe starting in 2021. In just a couple of years, Americans wishing to travel to Europe will have to apply for ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) in order to gain access to the...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:10 AM

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory ideas or terms are combined. While one dictionary lists as examples the phrases “thunderous silence” and “sweet sorrow”, I recently, and quite by accident, discovered what Saddam...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:09 AM

A few years ago, when the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was launching our hemisphere’s largest microfinance conference for small and medium enterprises in Jamaica, we had a special item designed to infuse local culture in the proceedings....

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:36 AM

When people throw their hat into the political ring, parading to be chosen as representatives of the people, they do so well aware of their obligation to greater scrutiny than ordinary citizens. For as parliamentarians, with the power of people’s...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:09 AM

In an article on December 21, 2018, the Financial Times declared that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round had finally died a merciful death after nearly a decade spent comatose. This reflected the view of the developed countries, which...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:08 AM

We sociologists know that race and class cleavages remain deep in this land, whose motto is ‘Out of Many, One People’. Our motto was created by the ‘brown’ elite in both the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), who, at...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 8:13 AM

At first blush, Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ bungling of the date for the East Portland by-election calls into question the quality of the legal advice available to him, even as it insists on a fuller explanation of the basis on which he ‘...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:08 AM

First, let me give you the personal. In the 1980s, I had a five-year separation from my wife and it nearly drove me over the edge of insanity. More than a few years ago when Daryl Vaz and his first wife were going through a painful break-up, I...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Recently, there were heated exchanges in the public domain born out of criticism of pictures of young ladies attired in dancehall outfits which were deemed inappropriate. Dancehall diehards were quick to cuss the critic, dubbing him as being ‘...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Don Whyte, in a letter to the editor, asked me to explain two prophecies: one of which was made by a Baptist minister who decreed and declared that a church bank would have come into being by 2018, and the other one that the Half-Way Tree clock...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:21 AM

On the general principle of accountability, Everald Warmington is right. Like all government ministries and agencies, the Auditor General’s Department ought to be subject to regular audits. What Mr Warmington, and the finance minister, Dr Nigel...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:12 AM

March is not only important for the celebration of one day – International Women’s Day on the 8th – but is increasingly celebrated as Women’s History Month. In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the life and work of an...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Forty-three per cent of companies “in the 2017 Fortune 500 were founded or co-founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant,” a study by The Center for American Entrepreneurs found. “Among the top 35 of these Fortune 500 companies, 57 per...

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