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Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:05 AM

You would be hard-pressed to find a sensible person who would challenge Nigel Clarke's broad thesis of what is required for Jamaica to achieve economic independence, as well as his call to ensure that when the country concludes its economic support...

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:03 AM

Several months ago, while hanging out with a female friend of mine, I noticed that she was not her usual self. She was subdued and distant. The next day, she called and told me that she realised that she had been feeling out of sorts the day before...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Audley Shaw's transfer from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is either a promotion or a demotion. Perhaps, Shaw has stepped up in life. He now has four areas of responsibility instead of...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican authorities will no doubt take comfort from America's acknowledgement in this year's narcotics strategy report of the island's continued cooperation with the United States against drug trafficking and money laundering. So, we are in no...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Those of us who have been around the block a time or two are quite familiar with the theatricality of Senator K.D. Knight. We have for more than five decades been amazed, bedazzled and certainly entertained by his wit, witticism and sheer political...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm remembering when Chris Tufton was agriculture minister. I can't recall if the sugar cane, yam and banana were popping up, but I do recall that billboards of his image were sprouting everywhere. He had that toque (chef's hat) firmly in place,...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from a speech by Dr Nigel Clarke to a labour market forum on April 11.My appointment as minister of finance comes after five years of continuous and successful implementation of economic reform programmes with the IMF (...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The British gave the name 'High Street' to the main business centre and thoroughfare in many towns and cities of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Whether it was altitude or attitude, the height of optimism or the upper reaches of alcoholism,...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Over the last two weeks, there has been quite a bit of discussion in traditional and social media about the situation at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Everyone is seemingly now in a frenzy about the health and well-being of the workers and...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With Kingston as the backdrop, the region's municipal leadership met this week for the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors under the theme 'Caribbean Cities Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future'. Mayor Delroy Williams played host to his...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

All the stories featuring the fictional British spy James Bond were written here in Jamaica. His creator - who was a real British spy, Ian Fleming - had a holiday home on the north coast. His spymaster, Sir William Stephenson (code name: Intrepid),...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Until he became Prime Minister Andrew Holness' national security adviser and did the media rounds promoting the law allowing for the declaration of state of emergency-like zones of special operations (ZOSOs), Major General Antony Anderson wasn't a...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two wrong notions in this week's Parliament's talk about the ZOSOs just have to be knocked. One is the nonsensical notion that the 'plan' is to tackle murderous violence community by community. Really? And how many years will that take? While...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Emergency Powers Act and Regulations exist in most developed and developing countries where emergency services have to act to ensure public safety, the restoration of order, the preservation of peace and the public interest. It is in that...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Audley Shaw is obviously having a different perspective on things as the minister for industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, than when he had command of the finance portfolio. For instance, he's now keenly aware of the vast tracts of arable...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Having inherited a mouldy hospital and spent too much time going back in his head in trying to make the best fix to a complex problem, Health Minister Christopher Tufton is now finding that a mountain of apologies will not make the mould go away.The...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Friday, an indigenous bishop called me and explained his distress that the Jamaica Baptist Union has elected a lady to be the president. He is opposed to women being the leader in the church.By Sunday, Pastor Ralph Drollinger claimed that the...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, a number of my friends have been reflecting on how our little paradise has regressed due to decades of mismanagement under various governments. I guess it is a sign of our age and missing the old days. My response is that it could be much...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:11 AM

If our reading of the regulations covering the 2010 state of emergency is correct, the trial of the three soldiers for the alleged murder of auditor Keith Clarke isn't automatically at an end.However, Peter Bunting, the former national security...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I must express my disgust, disappointment and displeasure about the ways that our governments, past and present, have treated the rural communities across Jamaica.Recently, I attended a funeral for the late Mrs L.M. Wilson, CD, JP, a stalwart in...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In your Tuesday, April 10, 2018 edition of The Gleaner, the article 'Develop rural towns to address urban drift, McKenzie tells mayors' is potential good news for our country, if what is suggested is allowed to germinate and bear fruit.I have often...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Custos of St James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, at his installation ceremony on Thursday issued a call for an ethics campaign, and according to The Gleaner, said, "I pledge that in this office, I will work hand in hand with you to continue instilling...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Google Home is my new roommate. My partner, Kwasi, is a techie, and this device is his new toy. By now, Google knows me well. She recognises my voice differently from Kwasi's and customises her actions based on which of us is talking to her.Google...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's kite-flying season, so nobody should be surprised by the Government's latest talking horse, namely, a tax on sugary drinks.Don't get me wrong. I support the proposed tax 100 per cent. It's an acceptable, desirable method of raising revenue for...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Coconut industry interests are no doubt buoyed by Audley Shaw's declaration that the Holness administration no longer wants to grab the millions of dollars earned by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) from its 30 per cent ownership of food and...

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