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Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:21 AM

On May 8, there was an interesting development affecting the business of horse racing. Judgment was handed down by the United Kingdom High Court in favour of Arena Racing Company (ARC) and The Racing Partnership (TRP) against Sports Information...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:30 AM

From the beginning of time, there have been members of the human race who have sought to deprive others of their possessions, cash or otherwise, through innumerable dishonest schemes. A comprehensive listing of fraudsters over time would...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Always remember the premise we must start from. The only way to achieve high growth for the nation, a wholesome social climate and the prospect of personal achievement for all is the exponential rather than the incremental transformation of...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Women are the [de facto] backbone of our nation. For whatever reason – the residual negative acculturation of slavery, where families were just chattel and males were only studs used to increase the livestock; the emergence of an itinerant male...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:11 AM

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Unfortunately, mental health is a topic that is not spoken of enough, and it should be. Mental illness is prevalent in our society. For example, the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey (2016-2017), released by...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:11 AM

The May 7, 2019 tabling of Government’s Green Paper on a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) by Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is an important juncture in the long-running debate about how best to increase and sustain...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Proverbial wisdom warns that, “One mother can take care of eight children; but eight children cannot take care of one mother.” This might sound like a riddle. But it’s plain common sense. On Mother’s Day, this proverb is a timely reminder that...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:31 AM

The only time that transparency isn’t desirable is when one dresses in public. True, it leaves little to the imagination but that is the difference between running a country and running one’s private life. When one is in charge of resources which...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Dirk Harrison ought to be promoted. It’s the commissioners who need to be paid out and sent home. Because here we have five nice and decent people who, mysteriously, when put together, have stewed up a foul brew. For safety’s sake, let me spend a...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:13 AM

It’s a settled policy. Jamaica operates a floating exchange rate. The logic is simple. Not only does this currency regime provide policymakers with greater flexibility in the management of the macroeconomy, the clear evidence is that it has worked...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The safety and security of the citizenry is the primary responsibility of elected governments, and the Opposition is committed to the fullest cooperation with the administration to discharge this responsibility. This means, above all, keeping us...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Chris Tufton’s announcement of the formal addition of ‘wellness’ to the name of Jamaica’s health ministry may not have been the big takeaway from his review speech in Parliament last week. Yet, it implies a shifting philosophy to health and...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:14 AMEarl Bailey/Contributor

There is a flurry of new buildings and infrastructure construction activities all over the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA). There should be an equal appreciation for new buildings in some instances and recycling of older building in others. Many...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:14 AM

There is palpable optimism in every nook and cranny across the country about the economy because Jamaica is in a really good place right now. Though things are far from perfect or where we need the country to be, quite a bit of what’s happening is...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:14 AM

The first time I boarded a plane for a destination that was not Tobago, I wore a suit and tie. Many years and many flights later, when the management of BWIA gave me a first-class ticket to London, I was politely but pointedly informed by a very...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

It’s among the many tragedies of West Indies cricket that its managers haven’t done a good job in keeping the names, but for a few, of the region’s past, great players alive. One of those players, Seymour Nurse, died on Monday, aged 85, and perhaps...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

The disagreement last December between the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) may have appeared to be merely a matter of interpretation of the Constitution or of popularity between the parties....

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM

I have always thought of the Caribbean and Latin America, and Europe as two sister regions, united by history, cultural and economic ties. In recent years, our cooperation has reached unprecedented levels. And today, our two regions are much...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM

No, today I am not writing about our world-class murder rate, or our high incidence of police killings. Today I write about the raging battle for the hearts and minds of the Jamaican people over discipline and sexual and personal morality. We learn...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 3:16 PM

While the decision of the commissioner of police to disband the Mobile Reserve is a bold and necessary one, I hope this is not another nine-day wonder intended to lower public anxiety and distract us while they redistribute the damaged goods...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:27 AM

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) hasn’t, we noticed, taken a public position on the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ (CAS) ruling that would require Caster Semenya, and other female athletes with her form of hyperandrogenism...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Last Friday, at the funeral for Carmen Campbell held at the Webster Memorial United Church, Courtney Campbell, son of the deceased, offered a prayer of adoration and thanksgiving. This novel prayer, in a funeral service, was a mandate from the...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

“The last time I saw her she had a big swelling on a part of her face. She say to mi, ‘Mommy, mi nuh like miself. Save mi. Get mi wey from him’.” I have been speaking with 53-year-old Cynthia (not her real name) for about two months. She has seven...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Any realistic hopes that the scourge of praedial larceny would begin to receive even a smidgen of serious consideration were dashed during Saturday’s annual general meeting of the Coconut Industry Board at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Peter Phillips is on solid ground in his embrace of this newspaper’s call for a review of the Integrity Commission Act, but is wrong if he would limit any change to, as he seems to imply, the removal of the auditor general from membership of the...

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