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Published:Thursday | September 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

So the trumpet has sounded and the bells are being polished, and it seems as if we are off on the political hustings again.The old hymns are being trotted out and the pontificating, or the 'demonisation' - depending on how you...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recent reports, though somewhat tentative in tone, have raised hopes of oil being found in commercial quantities offshore Jamaica.

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

My recent article 'Intolerance of God' (September 2) elicited 17 comments online. The vast majority of the responses were not supportive of my position. There are many who claim that they do not believe in God...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Contractor General Greg Christie is not one to speak in understatements about public corruption, or to keep to himself his frustrations about how slowly the system goes about throwing the book at those he holds to have broken the rules....

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THERE CAN be no denying that the People's National Party (PNP) was able to muster a huge crowd for the public session of its annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday.So, the party may be getting good again at mobilising and firing up its core...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by online readers relating to yesterday's lead story 'Nothing to hide'....

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

SHORTLY AFTER five on a March morning in 2001, the serenity of Portmore was shattered by the piercing bark of gunshots.

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE LOCAL private-security industry has mushroomed over the last several years, providing work for hundreds of unskilled men and women.

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Very early on in these impositions on your time and patience, I wrote a column on leadership in which I proposed that the very best synonym for 'leadership' is 'example'. Recently, I've benefited from one of the very best...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago who once taught in Jamaica, is still new to her job.

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted on by online readers relating to yesterday's lead story 'Portia vows tax breaks'...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I've seen many ill, extremely ill and dying people. No one wants to suffer and many wish that they could 'wake up dead' (bypass the trauma of experiencing a dying body and simply wake up on the other side ...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Public opinion is understandably scandalised by what appears to have been Shahine Robinson's abuse of the processes of the court until she could no longer get away with it. Indeed, the by-now-ex-North-East St Ann MP only dropped her fight to stay...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by online readers reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Peter & Portia COMBO' about a joining of forces of former rivals, Dr Peter Phillips and Portia Simpson Miller...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The news that member of parliament for North East St Ann, Shahine Robinson, will be ousted from our Parliament for having sat there for three years as an unqualified member is, to say the least, most shameful.

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The late Dr Eric Williams would have been struck by the irony that after 52 years of the Cuban Revolution, which had been sparked in part by chronic unemployment in the Cuban labour force, a whopping 500,000 state employees are to be made redundant in short order.

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Thank you for the lovely birthday present you gave me last week. Mi glad fi hear from yu so til! Yu done know seh mi an yu come from two difran generation. So wi naa go see tings eye to eye. Inna anthropology wi call dat 'inter-generational cultural dissonance'.

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The March Hare is once again on a frolic in Wonderland. On Tuesday, September 14, he achieved the seeming impossible by squeezing a third foot into an already full mouth. And, although, true to form, it has been missed by the entire media fraternity, he inadvertently made some very damaging admissions.

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ever notice how big (fat) politicians become once they are in power? Or out of power for that matter? I would suggest that if one were to check on the gain in weight of politicians, of whichever party, one would find that this is greater than the weight gain of the population in general in whatever period sampled. It would certainly appear so. Each and every one of us can quickly think of a name or conjure up an image to prove the point.

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Quite understandably, the finance minister, Mr Audley Shaw, and other policymakers, have in recent times been eager to talk up emerging macro-economic stability in Jamaica and the foundation that this can provide for long-term growth.

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The dual-citizenship controversy, which has dominated recent political conversation, has been revived with vigour following the ouster of North East St Ann member of parliament (MP), Shahine Robinson.

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:The ouster of Shahine Robinson should be the last straw for the dual citizenship prohibition in our Constitution. The people of her constituency, North East St Ann, are being deprived of their choice, not because Mrs Robinson failed to do her duties, or abused her prerogatives...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A cowboy rode into town on Friday. How come? Before I tell you the answer, I need to give you a context for it. You will find that communication always occurs within a context (generally one of change) and if you don't understand the context you will create one from your experience and it may be right but it can as easily be wrong.

Published:Friday | September 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The re-emergence of the papered-over fault lines in the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may not be so bad after all. That, though, depends on whether the party's leader, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, can rediscover the persona who led the JLP...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by online readers on the article in yesterday edition, 'Brady battles Bruce'....

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