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Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Last Friday, on these pages, Horace Levy began a comparison between the International Monetary Fund-induced stabilisation of the Jamaican and Grenadian economies. He showed how the Grenadians had invested heavily in their people’s progress and...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

In the last eight years, there have been two traffic-ticket amnesties in Jamaica, conducted in three tranches. The last of these ran from November 27, 2017, to January 13, 2018, and covered traffic tickets issued between September 2010 and October...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

My heart goes out to the relatives, family, friends and the Titchfield High School community in Port Antonio, Portland, affected by the injury of several students/passengers, and the tragic death of 13-year-old Pranjal Jasti, a bright and promising...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:22 AM

I spend many column inches pointing at things I dislike or that irritate me. And that’s how it is supposed to be. Embedded in the idea of offering opinions and being a critic is the idea of complaint. And there’s certainly enough to complain about...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Last Friday, I called the Jamaica Red Cross to get an update on Peach Beach. Community groups in Discovery Bay are still fearful that one of these days they’ll wake up to find that the beach has been leased to the Guardsman Group. And privatised,...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Someone shot the ‘The Sheriff’, with an orange-tipped bullet, and though it was not a fatal hit, it was deep enough for him to bleed. Bystanders and even the shooters themselves have been looking out to see whether or not his blood is bright-orange...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The Government has acted sensibly, not only in deciding against appealing the Constitutional Court’s rejection of its national identification law, but in its planned approach to crafting the replacement legislation. According to the justice...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:14 AM

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and not in the looking, and believe me when I say that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are a pudding layered with opportunity and profit! Well, maybe you still don’t believe me. And that is ok. There were...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Every time there is a ‘missing child’ alert, the entire nation goes into panic mode. The anguish that a child could be in danger and could even be killed is shared by parents, the school community and even complete strangers. Without even knowing...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:06 AM

I was pleased to have been asked to engage Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in a wide-raging conversation on Canada’s migration policy and practice on Monday, May 20, at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:06 AMJennifer Edwards/Guest Columnist

We note Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ concern that he was likened to Hitler. It occurs to us that he missed the point of the constructive criticism. As Krystal Tomlinson sought to clarify her tweets, she pointed to the issue of his habitual...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, even Belize and St Kitts, are now what journalists refer to as “hotbeds” of political activity. Whether this comes from sleeping with the devil, or any of the other strange bedfellows connected with global...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Both the Integrity Commission and Prime Minister Andrew Holness owe Jamaicans further and better particulars about the PM’s income, asset, and liability filings for 2016, lest the issue becomes mired in deeper obfuscation and doubt, further eroding...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:26 AM

A panel discussion this week in Grenada, marking the 40th anniversary of that country’s four-and-a-half years of revolution, has turned up International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank data that make for a very interesting comparison with...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:26 AM

As citizens, we need to hold our institutions and organisations that are set up to govern our welfare accountable. For too long we have suffered and our resilience put on display; a change must come, and now. Many of our citizens who are not able...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Due to advancing deforestation, over 100 rivers dried up on our little island in the 20th century. In my first column of the new millennium (in 2001), I predicted that the big issue of the 21st century would be water. As population increases, we...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

The demons haunting a young politician like People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) President Krystal Tomlinson are those which speak to her carving out her own piece of influence in the PNP leadership, especially when the PNP president...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Peter Phillips deserves plaudits for acknowledging that the parties colluded – although he didn’t put it that way – to limit the transparency of integrity investigations of politicians and public officials, and for now wanting to put things...

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

The saying that ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ holds true for just about every group that enjoys some level of power in our fair isle. While politicians are at the top of the feeding tree where power and corruption are...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness, made a compassionate gesture by appearing in an advertisement with young actress Jordan Spencer. The honourable minister gave support to this actress who suffers discrimination because she was...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

The “right to freedom of opinion and expression” is a phrase uttered with endless count, especially since being established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Of late, this freedom has been maligned as part reason for the increasing...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

For most of my life, I was a loyal carnivore. I hated all vegetables except broccoli, which only interested me because I had it ingrained in my head from childhood that they were trees and I, the big bad hurricane. I despised peas and so I had to...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Ron Sanders, a usually perceptive ­observer of, and commentator on, regional affairs, has been warning of the likelihood of the use of subterfuge, and political clout, by a group of ­hemispheric countries to ramrod Luis Almagro to a second term as...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was, on the face of it, unanimous in its rejection last week of Donald Trump’s rekindling of the contumelious Helms-Burton Act that allows Americans to sue foreigners who possess ­former US-owned properties in Cuba...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:15 AMJanet Allen/Contributor

Whether you were born uptown, downtown, or roun’ town, it is important for us to understand that every life that is born in this country is a seed of potential that is driven by purpose or destiny, that is arranged and decided by the manufacturer,...

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