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Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With unusual frankness for CARICOM, Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda's premier, placed firmly on the table an issue around which regional leaders usually tiptoe, yet many in the Eastern Caribbean consider a constraint to implementing an element...

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (Petrojam) is a very profitable publicly owned monopoly; it sets the prices for its products, and so its bottom line is guaranteed to be always in the black.Company policy seems to be to set gas prices high...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Unless the commissioning of the Golding Report, and its recent debate by Parliament, were mere posturing, institutional reform of CARICOM will be Prime Minister Andrew Holness' priority during his six-month chairmanship of the group, which began...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A child is 12 years old and attending high school. She is on the PATH programme (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) designed to help the poorest children and their parents navigate the basic needs in educating the child.At lunch...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, the Rev Fr Patrick Conroy, US Congress Chamber Chaplain, resigned after outgoing Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan demanded his termination.Seven years ago, Conroy was appointed by then Speaker of the House John Boehner as the first...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent announcement by the Minister of Labour that the national minimum wage for security guards would be increased effective August this year is a small but welcome respite. However, readers should not lose sight of the minister's comments that...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The prime minister has finally taken belated action on the Petrojam problem. I often wonder why such an obviously bright man consistently allows his critics to take several pounds of flesh out of him before he does what he clearly needs to do. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On May 24, Mia Mottley's Barbados Labour Party stunned the region, when it swept the general election in a historic and crushing victory. Three weeks later, the new administration made history again when it declared that it had abolished the illegal...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I write with reference to an article carried by the Jamaica STAR on Thursday, June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Small financial returns for recycling plastic bottles'.The article is a critique of what the writer considers to be the low price being...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' partial firing of Andrew Wheatley is likely to be seen as an illusionist's trick that has fallen flat.For even if he has unloaded a bit of his portfolio, Dr Wheatley, people will perceive, continues to sit among his...

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Stacey Reynolds clearly has a point. Examination results are not the measure by which to judge schools.But she must know that it is an important part of the matrices by which to judge educational outcomes. Unless, the principal of Mount Alvernia...

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, a personal ad made the social-media rounds. Long story short, a seemingly normal, retired man in Montego Bay was in search of love for the third time around. His last two relationships tragically ended in death and divorce, as...

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Everybody knows my favourite author is Jamaica's Rachel Manley.Considering her poetic beginnings, it's unsurprising her prose often reads like poetry or that her facility with metaphor is amazing. There's a riveting chapter in Horses in Her Hair...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:51 AM

While I was being indoctrinated as a youngster, I was told that the Bible was the Word of God, and that everything in it was true. The veracity of the Bible was not to be challenged. I was led to believe that questioning the Bible meant questioning...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I fear that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has lost the confidence of many members to fairly conduct the affairs of Parliament. Last Tuesday and Wednesday were really bad.For the main intent of the Government last week was to protect...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Thanks to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament, many irregularities were uncovered at Petrojam, Jamaica's only petroleum refinery.Petrojam is a statutory body, a limited liability company partly owned (51 per...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Enid Bennett, a decent human being and earnest politician, was a Jamaica Labour Party member of parliament from St Catherine for three decades, up to 1997. She died last December, aged 88.Last month, the Bog Walk High School in the parish was...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Except for England's Jamaican Raheem Sterling, my World Cup hopes have been dashed. Nonetheless, the Petrojam stench has made me prouder to be Jamaican amid allegations of nepotism, misuse of public funds, poor managerial oversight, proving to be a...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When do you need Andrew's salts? The morning after the big party. We've already had cause to wonder aloud whether the big Wakanda-themed party Andrew Wheatley threw after his Budget presentation wasn't the harbinger of big tings to come.Remember? "...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last weekend, I was in Sao Paulo to give a talk on the globalisation of reggae. It was part of a series of events for a riveting exhibition on Jamaican music that was first mounted in Paris last year. Next month, King Jammy will be a guest of nuff honour...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The ongoing scandal at Petrojam that forced the resignation of its Jamaican board members and could badly stain Andrew Holness' government ought to give impetus to Nigel Clarke's recent proposals for how the governors of state agencies should be...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is a joint statement from the CARICOM Reparations Commission and the Centre for Reparation Research.In a recent column published in the Jamaica Observer newspaper, UK Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad said it was his honour, as minister of state for...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A national minimum wage of $7,000 a week should be taken as a guide to employers, and it is a fact that many are paying more to their employees.Though it has taken two years to come, the announcement by Labour Minister Shahine Robinson that the rate...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is rather unfortunate that the horrific stories about children who attempt suicide and who present with mental-health issues do not seem to impress upon us the urgency with which we must treat with the mental health of our children and...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Now that my two younger children have flown the coop, one of them, my daughter Jasmine, thought it would do her mother good to have a pet for compensation and to worry over, not thinking really that it was not a case of 'either/or' but 'and'.While...

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