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Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:32 AM

All things considered, the industrial relations environment in Jamaica is relatively stable, unlike the situation three or four decades ago when the atmosphere was often thick with the tension between firms and their workers and the trade unions...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:32 AM

As reports of governmental corruption continue on the rise, Jamaica’s need for constitutional reform has reached emergency levels. Without radical constitutional change aimed at limiting opportunities for bad governance and increasing the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

It has been a wild ride with our dollar (JMD) moving from J$127 to US$1 in June last year to $137 in August, then $126 in November, and on February 4 this year, $137.21. Our finance minister offered comfort by telling us don’t worry, it’s just a...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Since I’m tyyyerrrrd of the Jamaican politics, I was looking forward to writing something about the Jussie Smollett case on the basis that it’s just too funny and serious at the same time. The case just perfectly encapsulates the sad and sorry pass...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

What a difference a vowel makes! The English word, pom-pom, is perfectly respectable. It comes from French and was, originally, a small decorative ball for a hat. Roman Catholic priests wear fancy hats with pom-poms. So do French sailors. These...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:16 AM

There was a time when the police officer was a highly respected member of the community. Regarded as the peace officer among his peers, he was called on to resolve minor disputes, and his counsel was sought by citizens who faced tough, domestic...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMKarl Williams/Contributor

Human Resource (HR) professionals are responsible for adding value to the organisations they serve and to contribute towards their sustainability and productivity. A strong ethical culture is one in which all employees are committed to doing what...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM

We are generally too unwilling as a people to acknowledge and challenge the implicit bias and usually negative and harmfully stereotypical portrayal of poor people in the media. This bias, whether unconscious or deliberate, is particularly...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Australian wicketkeeper, Rodney Marsh, known as ‘Iron Gloves’ for his sloppy catching, was one of the Aussie ‘hitmen’ or ‘Ugly Australians’ known for their hard-nosed cricket, hostile fast bowling but, most of all, for their verbal abuse of the...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:32 AM

It’s been said that sports and politics should not mix. In reality, it’s hard to keep them apart. Especially in today’s egg-shell offence-easy world of political correctness. Slapped with a 75 per cent cut in match earnings and issued with just...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:31 AM

A number of organisations in Jamaica, both in the private sector as well as government entities, tend to receive a plethora of customer complaints, which can be based on a variety of reasons. According to some customer service experts,...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:29 AM

In a debating competition, each team takes a side of the moot, and then tries their best to argue that position, whether they agree with it or not. One team wins, not necessarily because their position is valid, but because of their eloquence, the...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:17 AM

This week’s protests by students and faculty of the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica, demanding increases in the Government’s subvention to the university, is more than a squabble between that institution and the administration, and ought...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Back in the days of old, one of my favourite television series was the Four Musketeers, what with its countless fanciful sword fights and intriguing plots. But what stuck with me more than anything was the concept of ‘brother’s keeper’ as...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Horatio Ezekiel Malcolm accomplished much quietly. Very early in his life, he devoted his life as a missionary. His first missionary journey was to British Guiana (Guyana). In those days, Guyana had many jungles and some missionaries went...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

It seems not to stretch us too far out on a limb to suggest that the Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government had not yet formulated an endgame to the various states of emergency (SOEs), but instead skilfully manipulated the Opposition...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness needs to be alert to the danger of people losing trust in his Government to the point where no one believes, or at least weighs very warily, anything it says. When it gets to that point, it usually matters naught what...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The debate about abortion is reminiscent of the debate about slavery. In both instances, those against abolition quoted the Bible and God in their defence of their right to protect their property, and those for emancipation quoted the Bible and God...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Foreign trade is as important to all other CARICOM member states as it is to Jamaica, and their trade profiles are similar. Within CARICOM, foreign trade policy is aimed at increasing exports to third countries, investment inflows, job...

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Yesterday’s defection from Labour of seven members of the British Parliament will, as was the case nearly four decades ago, likely again reveal how difficult it is to up-end the entrenched two-party arrangement of Westminster-style politics...

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Last year’s sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination for English language recorded a 68 per cent pass (JIS News). Albeit satisfactory, passes in CSEC English language have always remained a long-standing...

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Fifty-three million dollars worth of people rolled out on Sunday to participate in this year’s staging of the Sigma road race. I find it more impactful referring to the donation figure as opposed to the headcount, because it brings into focus...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:02 AM

There hasn’t been sufficient time for a deconstruction, and deep analysis, of the Budget Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke tabled in Parliament on Thursday, to clearly determine the philosophy that underpins its numbers and what, if any, role...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:00 AM

Not even the governor general seemed convinced about what he had been given to read in Parliament last Thursday. If there had been an altar call after his low-energy presentation, few would have responded.For instead of outlining “the policy...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:00 AM

In addition to living in a technology-driven century, we also operate in an era that is heavily dependent on research. It is taught that research informs practice, and one of the positive elements about most of the four-year degree programmes in...

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