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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...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Four years ago, Jamaica preened at being identified by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as the country with the highest proportion of female managers in the world – 59 per cent. We were more than six percentage points better than the...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The 2019 Women, Business and Law Report, which measured gender discrimination and how it affected work in 187 countries, was published last week by the World Bank. The report examines eight key indicators influencing economic decisions made by...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:14 AM

So I stirred up an ants’ nest last week Friday. I tweeted: “So what’s a reasonable salary for someone fresh out of university? Cause some of the asks I’m hearing are downright madness. You worked hard and paid plenty for the degree, yes. But you...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Recently, freedom of expression has come under sustained, insidious attack in Jamaica. Apparently, the Mona Law Society (MLS), an organisation representing Mona campus law students at The University of the West Indies, planned a Mr and Miss Law...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 6:38 AM

I recently checked out the music video for one of my favourite rap songs. I found the production to be highly entertaining, but while watching it I made an interesting observation. The production was filled with scantily-clad ladies, but the vast...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Tony Becca was one of those persons who needn’t have feared any breach of the saying, ‘never speak ill of the dead’. Except in his case, it was in both life and death. Indeed, much has been said of Mr Becca as a cricket writer since his death on...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:10 AM

I read with great interest an article written by Mr David Jessop in The Sunday Gleaner dated February 17, 2019, entitled ‘Private sector needs unified, external voice’. Mr Jessop suggested that the external influence of anglophone Caribbean private...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:10 AM

For the next few weeks, at least, all Jamaicans who are serious about personal and national development should pay attention to the explanation of the 2019-2020 national Budget, which will take place in the Houses of Parliament. It is important...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

A few years ago, while I was staying in Oracabessa one Sunday, a pharmacist (in Ocho Rios) refused to accept a call-in prescription from my colleague (in St Andrew), meant for relief of my unexpected, extreme pain. He said that pharmacy regulations...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Last week’s launch of an association of big Chinese firms that do business in Jamaica is a potentially positive development that could backfire unless it signals a real change in how they traditionally engage with the host community. Fundamentally...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The Data Protection Bill was tabled in Parliament in October 2017. Its tabling was met with mixed reaction by stakeholders across several sectors. To others, the bill is meant to, among other things, “protect the privacy of certain data for...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:24 AM

It’s way past time we stopped pussyfooting around the problem of Government accountability. It’s time we stop obsessively watching political finger-pointing as if it were a reality television show and start doing something about it. The current...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

It made the rounds. A shipment of firearms, including assault rifles, shipped from the United States, picked up at the Jamaican ports. All over social media, it has been confirmed. Up to the time this article was being penned, no warm body has been...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

In a burst of self-righteous indignation, attorney Peter Champagnie withdrew from an expo hosted last week by the Law Society at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He came down very hard on the young women whose photos were posted on the Law...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Resignations, convictions, and imprisonment happening within the global Church community are enough to place clergy everywhere on the defensive. These egregious acts of sexual abuse by church leaders are deeply disturbing to believers and non-...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:10 AMRuth-Ann Brown/Guest Contributor

With the country following the abduction cases of two newborns recently, and Peta-Gaye Ffrench – the woman charged with the second kidnapping – to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, many may wonder how great a role does the mind play in committing...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Old soldiers never die – only their privates. Old bankers never die, they just lose interest. Old investors never die, they just cash out. Old lawyers never die, first they lose their appeal and then lose their briefs. Listening to the many,...

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