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Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:18 AM

I read Dr Alfred Dawes’ article in the Sunday Gleaner, June 7, 2020 , ‘Why I doth not protest too much’, and I am responding as a protester standing in solidarity with our black families in America against systemic racism. On the contrary, ‘I was...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:05 AM

We hope that there won’t be a strike by buses and taxis next week, as has been threatened by some operators seeking higher fares. That would be very disruptive at a time when the economy is just emerging from a prolonged shutdown against COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:07 AM

This newspaper, it bears repeating, insists on Israel’s right to exist and to live in peace within secure borders – so long as those borders are the ones that prevailed prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, as recognised by international law and...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:06 AMShandono Burton/Guest Columnist

Bloodshed, violence and abuse are among the top headlines that frequent our local newspapers from time to time. The prevalence of the crime monster that has taken up residency within the Jamaican society may be a derivative of several factors...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:05 AMDudley C. McLean II/Guest Columnist

Monday June 15, 2020, was the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of England in Jamaica. It is now known as the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The disestablishment came at the expiration of the Clergy Law that was...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:16 AM

“I can’t breathe!” The heart-rending cry of a dying black man reverberated around the world. Mr George Floyd had tendered a $20 in Minneapolis, USA, which was thought to be counterfeit. The police were called and Mr Floyd was restrained. His head...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:16 AM

With its conclusion delayed from 2019, the post-Cotonou negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) was scheduled to conclude this March and reviewed at a meeting of the ACP Council....

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:15 AM

The labour ministry has recently been busy warning companies of the legal pitfalls of making staff redundant without giving the required notice, which, we suppose, is important. For, in these times, a fine of J$250,000 is not to be sneezed at, and...

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Law-abiding Jamaicans, who are the vast majority of us, are outraged at the slaying of the two policemen and wounding of two others, including a senior officer, during last week’s incident at Horizon Park, St Catherine. But this anger must not...

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Two thousand years ago, a young Galilean in his proselytising prime was arrested and pinned to a wooden cross by armed imperial police. In full public view, he was tortured until the last breath departed his body. The powerless, passive witnesses...

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2020 | 12:05 AM

The Coalition Team Unity (TU) government, led by Dr Timothy Harris, retained its hold on the government in St Kitts and Nevis with a resounding 9-2 victory in elections held on June 5. It increased its seat count from seven, which it won in the...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2020 | 12:21 AM

It is encouraging that the judiciary accepts its culpability in the sorry episode of mentally ill Jamaicans being lost in the prison system, wants to atone for past failures, and intends to do better in the future. But its statement of atonement,...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2020 | 12:19 AM

I am an obstetrician and gynaecologist. Many people are fascinated by my profession. Some men say they would love my job. Others say they would not want to “work where other men play”. I find that when people hear the word ‘gynaecologist’, there is...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Many years ago, a call came from the Ministry of Labour to see if I could find nine persons with clean records, genuine general driver’s licences to be considered for employment as tractor/trailer drivers in the USA. What an opportunity for inner-...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The surreal and unbelievably cruel murder of African American George Floyd by a Caucasian cop will be indelibly etched in history. It will go down in the annals of time as the callously brutal event that became the fulcrum for a renaissance of...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:22 AM

It is unthinkable that Karl Samuda’s statement last month would be the Government’s final word on the matter, yet there are no signs of structured talks between the Holness administration and operators of private schools that have been bludgeoned...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:22 AM

Following my Sectoral Budget presentation on June 2, 2020, I am submitting this update with respect to developments made within the transport sector. Since taking office in April 2018 as the minister of transport and mining, I have proposed reform...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:07 AM

We need to get along with renaming Lady Musgrave Road. Just. Do. It. Obviously the name annoys some people tremendously. I hadn’t thought about it enough for it to annoy me, but I discovered, upon reflection, that this movement to rename it was...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:05 AM

My commentary was interrupted on Friday morning by a hail of bullets that claimed the lives of and injured Jamaican police officers as they went in pursuit of a suspect … And their lives mattered. As we join a global movement catalysed by the...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:05 AM

I went to the top of the Long Mountain Main Road last Thursday to see the damage. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is clearing more than twenty acres of conservation lands that are to be cut up for fifty quarter-acre house lots. The first phase...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:21 AM

What we are witnessing in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-controlled St James Municipal Corporation is the barefaced abuse of power. It is deeply concerning that the corporation voted on Thursday to boot two People’s National Party (PNP) councillors...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:18 AM

As Jamaica, like the rest of the world, begins to ease restrictions and to reopen the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaicans emerging from many weeks of lockdown and regimented handwashing to ward off the coronavirus have had pause...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Comedian Robin Williams, famous for his quips like, “Cricket is baseball on Valium,” and, “Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they’ve got nothing to lose,” has two that are related to today’s politics: “People say satire is dead. It’s not dead...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Flying into any US port of entry, non-US citizens (we are called aliens) must be photographed and fingerprinted; if we refuse, we will be denied entry into the USA. Citizens of the USA only show their passport on entering their country, as it is...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2020 | 12:15 AM

The latest discussion on the possibility of holding parliamentary and municipal elections on the same day has largely centred on the potential for saving a lot of money – J$750 million, at least by the estimates of the electoral office. That’s cash...

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