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Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Few would trade places with 40-year-old Manieka Vervoort, Belgian Paralympian extraordinaire, gold and silver medallist in wheelchair racing. Living with unbroken, excruciating pains from an incurable degenerative spinal disease from childhood, she...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:13 AM

About 11 years ago, when I worked as the corporate secretary of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), a group of us were in Barbados looking at the cricket facilities at Cave Hill. I am not sure how it started but the president of one of the...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:06 AMBenyamin Cooke/Guest Columnist

The PNPYO notes with grave concern that over a nine-year period, Jamaica has failed to move from its Tier 2 ranking, as we have failed to meet the minimum standards needed to eliminate human trafficking. We are demanding that the government acts...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:33 AM

In the normal course of events, this newspaper might have warmly welcomed the appointment of Justice Lloyd Hibbert to the Integrity Commission, notwithstanding the quietude of the act, almost as if his selection was of no moment. Mr Hibbert, for...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:20 AM

There was a story in the news recently about a baby that was found in a pit latrine in the rural, rustic community of Cox Piece in St. Mary. The basic facts suggest that a woman ended the relationship with her partner months before. Unexpectedly,...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Following the extensive discussions in the public domain in respect of fines being imposed on motorists who have been issued with hundreds of traffic tickets, the judiciary of Jamaica would like to clarify some of the misinformation which have been...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) has given new life to the debate on whether buggery – and therefore homosexuality – should be normalised in Jamaica. In a study called Paying for Prejudice, CAPRI conjects that making buggery legal in...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Addressing a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) constituency conference in St Catherine last Sunday, Juliet Holness, member of parliament and wife of the prime minister, stated, to huge acclaim and thunderous applause, that in addition to her husband’s...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Two Sundays ago, an otherwise informative article on National Hero George William Gordon was conspicuous by the absence of the name of the mother of Gordon. It was stated that “born to Joseph Gordon, a Scottish planter, and an enslaved woman,...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The government is deserving of commendation in recently being able to break ground for the new 220-room seven-storey hospital for children in Montego Bay. The facility, which is slated for completion in 2021, has been on the drawing board from...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:19 AM

When justice is gone, ritual will follow. Ritual is the product of scant integrity, the beginning of chaos. Dao De Jing (Chapter 38) Last week was an extremely painful one for at least two members of the pedestrian public who, while walking...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:32 AM

Three months ago, not for the first time, we urged the Holness administration to come clean with the Jamaican people on its cybersecurity arrangements with Israel. The matter has grown in importance and urgency in the face of last week’s...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:32 AM

An allegation for a serious crime has the potential to cause irreversible damage to one’s reputation, particularly in this digital age, where news has no geographical boundary. It is incumbent on investigators to treat each complaint with utmost...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Yet again we are inundated with sermons for Garveyism to be taught in schools. Though a laudable proposal, the availability of expertise is uncertain. Garvey’s thoughts are complex and may seem contradictory to individuals not versed in history and...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:31 AM

The US request for the Most Favoured Nation waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic...

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...

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