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Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Taxpayers, all of us, ought to be concerned at the superficiality of the process employed to approve the spending of over $800 billion of people’s money this financial year. No individual, no private company would put up with the carefree approach...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:23 AM

The Ministry of Health and Wellness and, in fact, the whole of Government, is making every effort to safeguard public health, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a clear and present danger to Jamaica. We now have a COVID-19 Comprehensive...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Last Thursday, Ian Randle Publishers launched their latest book, Another Mother. It’s a memoir written by Jewish American journalist, Ross Urken, who was raised by a Jamaican nanny, Mrs Dezna Sanderson. For the launch, I was invited to engage in...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM

News of the impending resignation of Pearnel Charles Sr was a shock to me. Didn’t Pearnel Jr just declare that his great dream was to sit in Parliament with Daddy? Well, the resignation wasn’t shocking to an anonymous “senior political source”...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Politics, like life itself, is about what people believe, not what actually is. And no matter how good or rotten you are, if the voters do not like you, then the election is going to be the hardest thing you have ever faced. With a deep pungency...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM

With general election imminent, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is likely to be paying keener attention to the opinions of voters, whose views, on this issue, are tending towards concerns raised by this newspaper. Jamaicans, an opinion poll has...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“Can’t say mi neva did a warn you. Oh Lord, mi tell you. Now trouble tek you – lawd-a-gawd. Pickney shut a go fit you.” – Prophetic lyrics by Anthony Red Rose in a reggae throwback named Tempo. When I wrote my last column which was...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Marcus Garvey is a revered personality in Jamaican history. But few grasp the substance of his ideas. One popular theme of Garveyism is the back-to-Africa trope. Yet, despite resonating with contemporary Garveyites, the movement only existed in a...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Many years ago, a Trinidadian election candidate completing his personal information form, wrote as his profession, ‘radio and television personality.’ Then he crossed out the word ‘personality’ and replaced it with ‘celebrity’. Is there a...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

An initiative that trains a handful of barbers to bring a message of peaceful resolution and non-violence to their clients is worthy of replication throughout this country, which continues to reel from the cumulative impact of violence. Reading...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:25 AM

Like others around the world, Jamaica’s Government is struggling with the tensions between its citizens’ fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and its need to keep the country’s fragile economy on an even keel. It isn’t, in this enterprise, as sure-footed...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:22 AM

As countries across the globe develop and implement measures to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19, the need for careful risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis is becoming increasingly important to avoid unnecessary social and economic...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Some decisions that ­governments take are ‘no turning back’ decisions. They so change the physical landscape that, should negative impacts result, the damage cannot be reversed. All of us need to be vigilant so that such decisions are not taken,...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The deadly fire that enveloped Heaven’s FESCO petrol station in Mandeville in late February was, to say the least, the result of a series of things that appeared to have gone awry that afternoon. From a video that I viewed, and which purportedly...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Last week, prime minister (PM) Andrew Holness said concerning the revocation of Daryl Vaz’s US diplomatic visa: “Should a prime minister deny someone who legitimately deserves to be a minister that opportunity because he or she does not possess the...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:14 AMDr Clovis B. Nelson/Guest Columnist

The recent announcement by prime minister Andrew Holness, regarding the new STEM schools to be built in Jamaica, was welcome news to those of us who understand the futuristic magnitude of such an endeavour as far as Jamaica’s educational and...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The recent poll findings showing how little confidence Jamaicans have in them could not have escaped the Integrity Commission, which makes Greg Christie’s imminent assumption of the job as its executive director all the more important. That is...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:00 AM

For anyone who has given serious thought to the matter, last week’s publication by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) of summary finance contribution report for the East Portland by-election underlined the need for adjustment to the laws....

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:14 AMAlexander Shaw/Guest Columnist

As the nation grapples with the state of gross decadence in our society that has spilled over into our schools, I urge all well-thinking Jamaicans to join the call for better and more responsive leadership in schools, to tackle what appears to be a...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:13 AMSaundrie Shaw/Guest Columnist

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the body of 65-year-old domestic helper/farmer Patsy Davidson-Powell was found at her home with her throat slashed. Her 76-year-old babyfather has since been taken into custody in connection with the murder. The two...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:13 AM

I last dealt substantively with the post-Cotonou Negotiations of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) when the 26th Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Caribbean ACP Forum (CARIFORUM) was held in St Vincent...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica is in danger of getting badly wrong, conceptually and philosophically, its ideas about the Constitution, whose primacy, and the rights and freedoms guaranteed therein, the PSOJ apparently believes, should...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM

I was asked to participate in a discussion recently. The subject for discussion was ‘Two problems facing Jamaica in 2020 – murder/suicide and violence in schools’. My position was that this was not two problems but two phases of one problem. I then...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM

I welcome the plan to repopulate the Jamaican Iguana, Cyclura collei, on Great Goat Island as a sanctuary. This would not have been possible if a group of intrepid students and scientists (including yours truly) from the Botany, Geology and Zoology...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AM

No one could credibly challenge Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ assertion that Jamaica’s crisis of crime, especially its homicide rate, long predated his administration, or that his government has significantly hiked spending on the police force....

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