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Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:57 AM

On January 15, 1980, Pulse Ltd was registered in Jamaica. The founders of the company, Kingsley Cooper and Hilary Phillips, were way ahead of their time. These enterprising attorneys intuitively knew that the creative industries were big business...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:57 AM

If we are quibbling about whether the homicide rate in 2019 was significantly more than 2018 because of the 40-plus more, or that the decade of 2010 to 2019 had fewer people murdered than the period 2000 to 2009, then this demonstrates just how...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:57 AM

It’s nearly a quarter-century since the 1997 Kerr Report on political tribalism urged representatives of Jamaica’s political oligopoly to go into parliamentary constituencies and “publicly declare their disassociation with all or any person...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:56 AM

In my first article on ‘Baking a bigger pie, rather than fighting over how to slice it’, I posited the solution – demonstrating transformational leadership to increase productivity, and then rapidly spreading those transformational skills outwards...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Many Jamaicans from different backgrounds find the news to be very negative and media practitioners, rather than be so defensive, ought to use people ventilating their feelings as instructive instead. In May 2019, while at the barber during the...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The Chinese New Year starts on January 25, 2020. It is the Year of the Rat (YOR). While we who follow the Chinese path will stick with the old ways and beliefs, there is a move afoot to replace the Rat and make this the Year of the Lawyer. This is...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:08 AM

The unlikely story of a 58-year-old man launching a modelling career could well provide the inspiration which many people may need to take bolder steps towards their goals this year. Amid the gloom of threats of war and multiple killings comes the...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:41 AM

While Peter Phillips’ intention in recalling Dayton Campbell to his shadow Cabinet is understood, it’s a gamble that might deliver a double-edged sword from which their People’s National Party (PNP), too, may bleed. Dr Phillips’ primary aim, of...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Has the nation really failed the police, as National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has charged? Chang’s comments last December drew instant repudiation as people reacted to the headline. But a careful reading of the story shows he is not...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:24 AM

On January 5, 1960 – sixty years ago last Sunday – Campion College first opened its doors with 105 first-form boys and five teachers, four of them Jesuits. The first headmaster of Campion College was the Rev Fr Samuel Emmanuel Carter SJ, who would...

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 10:01 AM

Two months ago, this newspaper reminded Jamaica’s policymakers, and domestic firms, of the business opportunities that will likely open in Guyana with the projected near-quadrupling of the size of its economy over the next four years on the...

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Whenever Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, speaks, he sounds most impressive and convincing. Yesterday morning, he spoke on Nationwide Radio and told the hosts that at the next gathering of minds, he would be advising the...

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Late last year, a judge did not sentence two schoolboy athletes who raped a 12-year-old schoolgirl athlete, apparently because the boys were prominent and had a bright future. Instead, they were placed on probation, or something like that. I was...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:31 AM

As serious and as dangerous as that might be, put aside for a while the geopolitical implications of the assassination, ordered by Donald Trump, of General Qassem Soleimani, the charismatic and powerful leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force. For, what...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Robinson/Guest Columnist

“Corruption undermines the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, and allows organised crime and other threats to human security to flourish.” – Kofi Annan Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, in an interview on Nationwide radio, stated...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:27 AMShadeana Mascull and Njari Carr/Guest Columnists

HIV continues to be a major public-health issue globally. However, with increasing access to effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care options, it has been possible for HIV to be managed as a chronic health condition, enabling people...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:26 AM

As work resumes, the Caribbean will have a full international trade policy agenda for 2020. As of January 1, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados assumed the chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for six months. St Vincent and the Grenadines...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:29 AM

Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, is happy with what he says is an “attitudinal change” in the leadership of West Indies cricket under Ricky Skerritt, away from the arrogance of the sport’s former boss, Jamaican Dave Cameron, with...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:28 AMMarcia Thomas/Guest Columnist

Since Sheila Mechtilde Chong first represented Jamaica at the 1959 Miss World Beauty Pageant, Jamaican entrants have had an enviable record of success at this international beauty pageant. Nearly every year since then, Jamaica has been represented...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:28 AM

“Our president (Obama) will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He is weak and he is ineffective. So the only way he figures that he is going to get elected – and as sure as you’re sitting there – is to start a...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:23 AM

We often asked Haemorrhoid why he took so long to tell a story. Regular readers already know Haemorrhoid. Ernest H. Flower was a lazy, articled clerk who complained bitterly about “piles and piles” of files on his desk. He was forever lamenting: “...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:40 AM

Late last year, one of Jamaica's most talented female footballers, 20-year-old Reggae Girl Tarania 'Plum Plum' Clarke, was stabbed to death, allegedly by a female friend during an argument over a cell phone. Clarke was no ordinary footballer. She...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Having gone ahead, since the start of the year, with the ban on styrofoam food packaging, the Holness administration must now ensure that the policy intention isn’t defeated and that consumers, and the economy more broadly, don’t pay for a costly...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMBenyamin Cooke/Guest Columnist

“Wha sweet a mout’ hat a belly” is a fittingly appropriate statement that reflects the reality and existence of counterfeit goods in Jamaica. This is so, as counterfeit goods are not subject to the regulatory standards and production norms that...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:17 AM

My piece in The Gleaner last week Monday ‘Who will be first In 2020?’ caused quite a stir on social media. Some thought that I was morbidly ‘pronouncing’ death on fellow citizens. Some even went as far as believing that I was encouraging betting on...

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