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Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It is a fact that water scarcity is becoming a more tangible threat. Climate change experts predict that within a few decades, the country will face water shortages, resulting in consequential effects that will materialise in our daily lives. Now,...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Millennials are known for valuing and seeking the advice of their peers; when it comes to parenting, there is no exception to this. The truth is, there is no manual that could ever capture the nuances involved in being a parent, nor should there...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The Universal Service Fund (USF), in 2012, replaced and assumed the mandate of the Universal Access Fund, which was set up in 2005. Today, the future of the USF is under threat. The Fund was set up to collect and manage a service levy from the...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:17 AM

In Apocrypha, our fantasy land beyond the clouds, the water-cooler topic of the day was renewed street protests and an attempted coup in regional friend Vargoilzuela. There, a half-Chinese-looking opposition politician named Wan Guava had declared...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:16 AMElizabeth Morgan/Guest Columnist

I mentioned it in my last article on the current status of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states (ACP) –European Union (EU) post-Cotonou negotiations, and the media reported that the regional Caribbean (CARIFORUM) EU consultations were...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Measles, unfortunately, is making a comeback. The only time most Jamaicans hear the word “measles” is in relation to vaccination. Most of us have never seen anyone afflicted with the viral illness, and the reason for this is that the disease has...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The new Integrity Commission needs to say whether it retains confidence in its acting director of prosecutions, Dirk Harrison, and, if it does, what the commissioners see as the way forward after their bust-up over Mr Harrison’s conclusions in one...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

That we Jamaicans have done much with the little we have been given is a gross understatement. When one compares the relatively unlimited resources of other countries, like our neighbours to the north, to our humble means, it is no wonder they...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Media reports like “Shot and killed…”, “Shot to death…”, “Drive-by shooting…”, “Triple murder…”, “Five dead by the gun…”, and “Shot and injured” come as no surprise to any of us any longer. In spite of the frequency of shootings, several don’t make...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:18 AM

(This and next week’s column will consist of excerpts from a sectoral presentation in Parliament on April 23.) My fundamental premise is that the only way to achieve high growth for the nation and the prospect of personal achievement for all is...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The prime minister isn’t an ordinary citizen. Not only is he reposed with tremendous power for the management of the country, but articulates national aspirations and is expected to be a symbol thereof. That is why we find it discomfiting that...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Two Saturdays ago, I enjoyed an intimate affair at the Courtleigh Hotel...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

If the prime minister thinks that there is a national emergency and the Opposition agrees with him, then there is basis for a state of public emergency (SOPE). And if there is consensus across the aisles in the Houses of Parliament, leading to a...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Events this week took me back to ‘Monica’s War’ in August 1998. Officially, it was named ‘Operation Infinite Reach’, a set of missile strikes ordered by President Bill Clinton against suspected military bases in Sudan and Afghanistan. On the quiet...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Levels of trust among our people in the authorities remain low. For example, on a scale of 0-100, trust in the police is low, at 43.9. Four out of 10 Jamaicans believe that the police are involved in criminal activities (LAPOP 2017). Nevertheless...

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...

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