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Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:24 AM

We are heartened that Dr Peter Phillips had publicly affixed his imprimatur to the obligation of law enforcement to prosecute politicians who accept graft, engage in extortion, or are otherwise criminally corrupt. But the Opposition leader probably...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Mexico and Latin America are undeniably linked by historical and cultural ties. However, our foreign policy has not always kept up with the reality. The current government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador seeks a relationship with Latin...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:07 AM

“Based on the huge disadvantages of the condition and claiming system touted by the writer, I would ask how has the system survived for 27 years, and survived to such an extent that a Supreme Ventures, a body of hard-nosed investors, purchased the...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:07 AM

This is a good time for readers to meet ‘Digger’, another character from my misspent youth. During our bridge years, Autry and I met Digger (short for ‘Nose-Digger’), nicknamed because he habitually used his right index finger as an agricultural...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:55 AM

 Recently, a journalist from the Jamaica Star called me to solicit an opinion on some comments made by a pastor about a particular sex position. The pastor, Andrew Scott of the Greater Works International...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:28 AM

It has not been a good last two weeks for wealthy American businessmen who contributed to the Trump inauguration celebration (now under investigation by the New York State attorney general). Hotelier Gordon Sondland contributed US $1 million and...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Excuse me, but how did we get to a big discussion about paternity leave when there is still neither sustained advocacy, national consensus, nor legislation that every child’s father should be identified, registered, and held accountable? Should...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:26 AM

In a recent speech at a public forum against corruption hosted by the National Integrity Action, past president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Mr Howard Mitchell lashed the Government for spending heavily on the Legacy projects (...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:26 AM

It‘s been nearly a month since Seymour Panton’s elevation to the chairmanship of the Integrity Commission and almost three since he was likely to have been reasonably certain of getting the job. He was, as required by law, one of two formers judges...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:35 AM

The fatherlessness epidemic that has plagued the black community had its genesis during the transatlantic slave trade, when many black fathers were deliberately separated from their children. The idea, then, was to break the West African people by...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Managing director of the Sunset Palms Resorts, Ian Kerr, is purported to have recently lamented the difficulty hoteliers face in attracting competent, committed and qualified hospitality workers. With the increasing number of training opportunities...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:35 AM

It might seem as if I’m hopping on to his back, but Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is making it very difficult to ignore him these days. And I genuinely feel bad to be taking him to task, especially since a misunderstood column I wrote some months...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:35 AM

We keep on having the same old tired argument about whether or not Jamaican is a real-real language. It’s not a question of logic. It’s pure emotion. No matter what the linguists say, some people will never be convinced by the careful scholarship...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Perhaps it is time to reprise the Bev Brown family planning ad of the 1980s, but this time not with the complaint that she has too many children, but suggest that she fulfils the promise she showed as ‘the maths brain’ at primary school. And having...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:10 AM

It’s perhaps hard to believe that there are communities in the country that are without the ­benefit of potable piped water. But that is indeed the sad fact of life in many rural villages in Jamaica in 2019. The cynics among us may suggest that...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people do not have special rights and they can never and will never make claims for that. It is important that we understand and appreciate that all of us are born free and equal with dignity and...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:06 AM

A recent venture I’ve embarked on as an entrepreneur is Sashi’s Treats, a company that manufactures all-natural pet treats using majority local ingredients. The company was started in our kitchen by my wife, Sasha Dennis, a veterinarian with over a...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:06 AM

On Tuesday morning, with the Canadian election results just in, it was clear that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party were just in by a whisker or two, losing their majority but with sufficient votes to be a Minority Government and walk a...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:01 AM

Hardly anyone in Jamaica seems to have noticed, much less paid attention to, Monday’s general election in Canada in which Justin Trudeau’s Liberals clung to power, although with a minority government. They got 157 of the 338 parliamentary seats,...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:01 AM

We devote this time around National Heroes Day to celebrate our national heritage, especially those Jamaican citizens or residents who have added value to this land and its people. Our heritage – that which defines us as a people, as a national...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM

The habit of employing high risk-taking behaviours in a public space seems to be trending upwards. This is exemplified in reports from the Road Safety Unit, which show an increase in road fatalities this year to more than 330 to date. Contributing...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM

This Wednesday’s Gleaner carried depressing news. Nineteen alleged members of the Westmoreland-based Dexter Street Gang were freed after a murder case against them collapsed. The witness, they say, is missing. It is alleged that this gang is linked...

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 1:14 AM

No political party which can freely make the claim that it subscribes to the democratic ideal will want, in the term that if forms a government, even a single sitting of corruption. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration, formed in early...

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 1:12 AM

On Sunday, Arnold Bertram, historian and former politician, in an interview with veteran journalist Earl Moxam, posited that the Maroons demonstrated that the British colonial power and army could be defeated. The contribution of Maroons to...

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 1:12 AM

National Heroes Day, first celebrated in 1969, is intended to honour those Jamaican stalwarts who had shed blood, sweat and tears to ensure that the people of the country would enjoy a life of freedom. Our national heroes have come to represent...

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