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Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

An open letter to Information Minister Daryl Vaz - JAMAICAN OLD people have a 'saying' for almost every occasion. The one that comes to mind now is 'what don't happen in a year happen in a day'...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

IN 1981, John Hinckley - a mentally ill young man in his 20s - shot US President Ronald Reagan, his press secretary and two security personnel in an assassination attempt....

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

WHILE DWIGHT Nelson's frustration at last week's decision by a judge to grant bail to three accused kidnappers is appreciated, it is important that the security minister contain his anger lest he obscure context and make irrational statements...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The fragility of our physical existence has been brought into sharp focus with the recent Haiti catastrophe, and several occurrences within my life and the lives of several close friends.

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE PUBLIC ought not to hold its breath on the expectation that it will hear much more, or certainly not the gritty details, about last week's 'friendly fire' shooting in Clarendon of two policemen from the constabulary's Organised Crime Investigation...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The country's Broadcasting Commission, through its recent action against lewd music, videos, etc., has given me hope in the Jamaican society. The commission must be congratulated for clamping down on lewd and violence-oriented lyrics and videos.

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaican film-makers, scriptwriters, actors, cinemato-graphers, editors, graphic artists, set designers, musicians and other members of the creative industries were disappointed to read that the minister in charge of the minister in charge...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's Valentine's Day.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The pressures of a bad economic situation exemplified by the record 20 million Americans out of work, massive loss of wealth by families, and the insecurity arising therefrom, are fuelling anger against political incumbents in the United States.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Parliament is supposed to be the final authority for deciding how much revenue should be raised for the national budget.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the event of appeals, it could be a long time, even years after the March 8 date that Justice Ingrid Mangatal set for a hearing of the matter by the full court, before there is a legal determination of the...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiations are over and the Government has secured a new extended-fund facility for Jamaica.

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The police yesterday disclosed that a young girl who had been kidnapped in Clarendon earlier in the week was freed by her abductors. What the police did not say, but which we assume to be the case, is that a ransom was paid. This case is not an isolated incident.

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: When will we, as citizens of Jamaica, wake up to the truths outlined in Peter Espeut's commentary on Friday, February 12, titled 'The largest divisions'?

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Kindly allow me space to express on behalf of the common Jamaicans how sad we are to learn through our daily news that the body of our beloved professor had been cremated and will be returning to us in an urn.

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In September 2008, a 22-year-old women's studies graduate from Sacramento State University with the pseudonym 'Natalie Dylan' announced on the radio programme of 'shock-jock' Howard Stern that she would auction off her virginity online and the act would be consummated at a brothel, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, in Nevada.

Published:Friday | February 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Different types of politicians respond to different stimuli. Military dictators respect only the force of arms, as exemplified by Stalin's famous contemptuous remark: "How many divisions does the Pope have?" Since the Pope has no military might...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We are heartened by Prime Minister Bruce Golding's swift and unequivocal response to the report that investigators from the Office of the Public Defender were on Wednesday barred from entering the Horizon Remand Centre to gather information on the...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dennie Quill got it right!Dennie Quill, You are right on the money! You have to wonder who is more gullible, the Jamaicans who were naive enough to believe such returns were legally possible, or the learned lawyer who believed a stranger's proclamation...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It might well be that the Factories Corporation of Jamaica will pay less in rent for larger offices it proposes to move to in New Kingston than for the one it now occupies in downtown Kingston.So, Mr Karl Samuda, the commerce and industry minister...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Given Jamaica's long, unseasonal and continuing drought, it is understandable that the National Water Commission (NWC), the state-owned company that produces and delivers piped, potable water, has stepped up what is labelled a conservation...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The day Professor Ralston 'Rex' Nettleford, OM, died was the same day I received an advance copy of my book, The Cross and the Machete: Native Baptists of Jamaica-Identity, Ministry and Legacy, in which Rex Nettleford, vice-chancellor Emeritus...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

SCORES OF Cash Plus investors were broadly optimistic about the prospects of getting a payout last Christmas based on pronounce-ments by the trustee in bankruptcy. In fact, following Hugh Wildman's press conference, many started to think...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In Dominoes and in life, sometimes we have to give to get. One Saturday afternoon, playing against Dr S. Blank (senior lecturer in the faculty of domino) and Jimmy Hunchback (the worst yet luckiest domino player in the world), Gene Autry posed double six.

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the immediate aftermath of Haiti's big and destructive earthquake, it was an article of faith in Jamaica that a seismic event of that magnitude was unlikely to leave the level of damage that was wrought upon Port-au-Prince...

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