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Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:20 AM

It used to be a penny for your thoughts but now the price has gone up to a buck – not a Trinidad buck or even an American buck, which is worth almost eight Trinidad bucks these days, or a Jamaican buck, but a Guyanese one, which is about 209 bucks...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:18 AM

It has taken him a long time, but Antony Anderson, the former army general who heads Jamaica’s police force, appears to now have a plan to reform the gravely corrupt and notoriously incompetent constabulary. At least, that’s what we have been told...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:17 AMMaria Tomlin/Contributor

As a mother and a Jamaican, it saddens my heart to hear of the rape and murder of our young children. Losing one child is one too many. In observing on television the path where eight-year-old Shantae Skyers had to traverse to get home by herself...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:17 AMJerome Miles/Contributor

The 21st century middle managers have found themselves under increased pressure, as the demands to effectively manage their roles have expanded significantly. Among the many expectations is a strong desire for them to strengthen their leadership...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:29 AM

We are living in some interesting times, which make for exciting, yet worrying international relations. We might be on the verge of a second Cold War, and at the root of this war is the fight over technology superiority. The United States (US) and...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:29 AM

A short while ago, there was a lovely picture in the print media. It had some People’s National Party (PNP) lawyers in their lawyer costumes. They were celebrating a ruling by the Supreme Court that was favourable to them. That court had declared...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:29 AM

In an interview with Nationwide talk-show host Cliff Hughes last Monday (April 29, 2019), acting deputy police commissioner in charge of crime, Fitz Bailey, said that the suspected murder of a businessman, Sheldon ‘Junior Biggs’ Daley, allegedly by...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It is an increasing coincidence, some might claim, that every time something big is about to happen, or is taking place in Venezuela’s political crisis, Jamaica displays its disesteem for Nicolás Maduro. In January, for instance, on the eve of the...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:23 AM

It has gone way beyond a simple numbers game where some sage, brimming over with eternal optimism, pronounces that only an infinitesimally small percentage of the 11,000 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are corrupt or rogue, and that...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:22 AM

For as long as I can recall, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and its members have been perceived as being manifestly corrupt, and the recent shenanigans of some police officers have done little to alter that perspective. Active participation...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Since the ending of the states of public emergency in St James, parts of St Catherine and Kingston, the number of murders between January and the first three weeks of April has declined nationally, with 41 fewer murders ( Gleaner, April 23). So...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:20 AM

If the High Court’s throwing out of the Government’s national ID law holds a lesson for political administrations, it’s about the consequences of arrogance. Success at appeal is a long shot. So, if the Holness administration wants a law that...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:18 AM

We can’t claim to be surprised at the Government’s declaration of a state of public emergency (SOE) in Jamaica’s westernmost parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland, where homicides have been on the rise, and we have no doubt, either, that...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Critical thinking skills have different meanings. It can be viewed from a basic perspective because it is more than memorisation; it’s thinking independently. Simply put, it is the ability to make objective judgement based on evidence rather than...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Last week, a university student conducting research on Jamaican currency was turned away from the research library at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) downtown. He is an international student at the University of The West Indies, Mona; he is from the...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM

I want to congratulate all Jamaican students who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of US universities have gone on to become leaders and...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The recent kerfuffle about the depreciation of the exchange rate; the hurried meeting between the Minister of Finance and elements of the private sector to cool tempers; and the reassertion of support for policy continuity, are indicators that...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Right after his standard refrain “if a macca, mek it jook yu!”, the Dunce (playing with Dessie) banged down double-six before I could change my mind about one last six. Autry played six-blank; Dessie, blank-five. My hand was six-five; six-trey;...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The chickens are coming home to roost. We always suffer the consequences of our actions! Our leaders need to take heed and act now, lest, like Lord Ullin with his daughter, we are left lamenting for our children, and “too late, too late!” shall be...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:16 AM

That was the pathetic cry of the mother of a little girl who was slaughtered recently, as everybody wretches and wrings our hands at the recurrent brutality. Then there is, more often than not, the aftermath of vicious, disproportionate and...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:12 AM

If the Government appeals the Supreme Court’s ruling against the law that was to be the basis of its national identification system (NIDS), it would, in all likelihood, merely give confirmation to the Oakes test, applied by the judges as the new...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:11 AM

On April 17, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the activation for the first time ever of a measure that will allow the filing of lawsuits before United States courts under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, a decision...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:11 AM

I was never for the current National Identification System (NIDS) because it seemed superfluous in areas and dangerously intrusive in others. In my opinion, it forced all citizens to submit the kind of personal information that should only be...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Diplomacy can be unfair. Venezuela, Syria, North Korea – when as many crises flare up around the globe as is currently the case, they garner nearly undivided attention. Consequently, investment in long-standing partnerships and expansion of...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Every sovereign country has to decide and implement for itself the monetary and exchange rate regime it wishes to have and that best suits its circumstances. There are a spectrum of options, each with pros and cons, and each with a set of companion...

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