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Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We don't know as yet the specifics of the economic and cultural cooperation agreements signed between Jamaica and Namibia during this week's visit by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to the southern African country, but hopefully it is not another of...

Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In 2014, I spent some time working as a foreign-language instructor in the very quaint and slow-paced prefecture of Songyuan, China. A Chinese teacher who resided near the apartment where I stayed, quickly befriended me and invited me into her home...

Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

From Drake to Justin Bieber, it seems a favourite pastime of pop stars is to dabble in Jamaican music. But outside of Bob Marley and stints on the Billboard charts from artistes like Sean Paul, Jamaicans themselves have yet to receive the...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Delroy Chuck, the justice minister, couldn't be accused of being anything but empathetic with anyone who has cause to complain about the delays in Jamaica's court system, with its backlog of up to half a million cases.Indeed, he has lamented with...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For the record, I was the board chairman of the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) between 2012 and 2016. During the 2015-16 financial year, the REP broadened its mandate and changed its name to National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol).As I...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper's editorial of July 18, 2018, dealing with the issue of Carolyn Warren and her decision to withhold information about her criminal conviction to the principals at National Energy Solutions Limited (NESoL), couldn't have been more...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:57 AM

Me seh fi stop spread propaganda pon di dread Me seh fi stop spread propaganda pon di dread...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Adam Stewart clearly has a point that the Government should robustly encourage foreign hotel investors to purchase the goods consumed in their properties from domestic producers. For, according to Mr Stewart, as the deputy chairman of the hotel...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What is clear is that there is not much more to the Government's crime plan than zones of special operations (ZOSO) and semi-permanent states of emergency (SOE).Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives debated the extension of the St James SOE,...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About two months ago, I happened to see a very bright sign bearing an image of His Worship, the mayor of Kingston and St Andrew, along with the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation logo. It read, "His Worship the Mayor, Senator and...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At their Montego Bay summit this month, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, without calling names, lamented the global trade war initiated by Donald Trump, America's capricious president, and how destabilising such fights can be to developing...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The energy ministry's woes keep coming, and by my reckoning, it's past the nine-day mark that traditionally tolls the Jamaican public's exhaustion with a commonplace story. This one has legs!Because just when the think the ex-chairman of Petrojam...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It look like seh Seaga never learn dis ya memory gem eena primary school: 'Self-praise is no recommendation.' Last month, Seaga gi one long, long testimony weh Observer publish: "Where are the controversies in my career, Mr...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is bad enough when ordinary citizens become criminals. Nothing is worse than one who is sworn to uphold the law becoming a crook and violating every single thing that he or she has sworn to. Every single member of the House of Babylon who brings...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The opinion piece headlined 'Pharmacy sector in need of medicine' (Sunday Gleaner, July 15, 2018) contains a number of inaccuracies relating to Government's programmes to ensure access to healthcare for those least able to afford it.The Ministry of...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the span of his distinguished career, iconic journalist Rudyard Kipling wrote numerous literary classics, including a masterpiece titled 'The Press', which Jamaica's political surrogates should learn well and not forget.They who live the lie that...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As a crusty older man, known for my love of bread in any form, fashion, name or origin, I still remember the story of the two insects who left the flour bin to go out into the world to seek fame, fortune and dough.One became a roll model and the...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica should be producing more of the items we consume. Everybody agrees. However, the reality is that Jamaica is now importing more than 1,000 products from all over the world as consumers embrace global brands.A quick look at the June 2018...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have met so many young people who are damaged and scarred because their parents sought mental-health support for them from the wrong person - a pastor rather than a trained professional.When will we accept that no matter how often or long we pray...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The extrapolations from Prime Minister Andrew Holness' data, and the police's actual murder figures, on the face of it, differ a bit.According to the prime minister, in the period since the declaration of a state of public emergency in St James,...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

How are our two major political parties funded? They would have us believe that their structure consists of branches or groups made up of thousands of loyal supporters (termed financial members) who pay dues that cover the operating costs of party...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About two weeks ago, I was walking on a low-trafficked roadway in Kingston when a teenage girl, dressed in uniform, approached me."Miss, the basic school lock?" she asked, referring to the kindergarten from which I had just exited."Yes, it appears...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recently announced emphasis on early childhood education is to be commended.The need for this focus must naturally arise as the Ministry of Education and the entire society agonise on the poor performance of a significant number of our students...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica, the experts in these matters have advised, needs to put aside around J$16 billion a year, over the long term, to be in a position to adequately respond to the natural disasters that the country increasingly faces.The specific sum that needs...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fifty-three-year-old Morris, a skilled plumber, slowly navigated his trusty old Nissan down the narrow streets of August Town Road and made the turn towards Angola. As he deposited his 13-year-old son at the modest home of his maternal grandmother,...

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