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Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The summit is on, it's off, it's sort of on again. It's amateur night every night at the White House, and the fate of the US-North Korean summit scheduled for Singapore on June 12 will be decided by the coin Donald Trump flips each day: heads three...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We take note of an article published in your Saturday, May 26, 2018, edition written by Owen Speid and which raises a number questions pertaining to the introduction of the Primary Exit Profile exams in 2019.As is implied by the name, the Primary...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This wonderful bust-up between two entertainment and marketing giants grabbed my interest. I speak, of course, about the confrontation between dancehall kingpin Mr Vegas and Pastor Gino Jennings, leader of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ,...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Transport Minister Robert Montague, settling into his new role, has announced a raft of proposals to address the problems confronting the public transport system.We have a public transport system made up of buses, minibuses, motorcycles, taxis and...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have never driven in Jamaica, and the reason is that having been conveyed in cars, buses, taxis, 'robots', vans, jeeps, jitneys and pickups to Hellshire and back, distraction, destruction and sundry other places of penance and punishment, I know...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I keep wondering how we expect people to become prosperous and fi stop beg wi a ting and nuh depen pan Government fi handout if what wi pay dem can barely stretch to di next pay cheque. I keep wondering how we expect them to take care of themselves...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What with boring political pronouncements by assorted politicians and the ongoing National Identification System debate, it is refreshing to be entertained by the recent imbroglio between Mr Vegas, dancehall performer, and the biblical fire-...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Attributed to Voltaire.Readers of this column over the last 25 years know that I hold no brief for fundamentalists, whether in religion or in economics. I...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's not likely that Prince Harry, or any of his and Meghan Markle's children, if they have any, will ascend the throne of Great Britain and thereby become sovereign of Jamaica. And perchance their line becomes monarch, Jamaica may well have moved...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Reverend Aaron Dumas has come under fire for advice he gave to a young woman who claims she was raped five years ago. The rapist was her sister's boyfriend and babyfather, and they are about to be married. Dumas thinks the delay in reporting the...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Audley Shaw, the minister with responsibility for industry and agriculture, tends to be optimistic and brings an aura of energy to the portfolios to which he is assigned. That, in part, is why we believe that with a bit of luck, he could find...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On the eve of the Champions League final between defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool FC, my son, Duvaughn, a Real Madrid fan, told me that some Muslims were claiming that Salah would be punished for stating that he would not be on a fast...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If the latest scoop of news is anything to go by, North Central Clarendon Member of Parliament (MP) Pearnel Charles Sr is fuming because a man of another bloodline has signalled his desire to succeed him as the Jamaica Labour Party's representative...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Mr Vegas, a new convert to the Christian faith, was always set to lose in a stage debate with the hip hop style of American preacher, Gino Jennings.First, Vegas did not have an American accent, something highly valued among less educated Jamaicans....

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The curtain has come down on the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), bringing to a close its 19-year run, and signalling a new era of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in 2019. The proposed PEP, a new and exciting paradigm in our educational...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is correct that there is an attitude among Jamaicans that nothing should be spent on Government. They equate it with the comfort for politicians who, generally, they don't trust and believe line their pockets....

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is a point in the life of a business when it is regarded to have achieved what is called critical mass, meaning a superlative competitive size or stature.In a very short time span, Sagicor Jamaica Life Insurance Company expanded its investment...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union (EU) have gathered this week in Lome, Togo, for the 107th ACP Council and 43rd Joint ACP-EU Council meetings. Jamaica will be chair and co-chair of these meetings,...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Gino Jennings, the fire-and-brimstone, black American fundamentalist preacher with a seemingly faithful congregation in Jamaica, clearly has a free-speech right to characterise as whores women who wear make-up and other adornments.And the women and...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's not unusual for Mr Vegas and I to have a difference of opinion. I think he's an attention junkie, always injecting himself into the next big story - unnecessarily.All Sunday, the hot topic was the showdown that ensued at YMCA between Vegas...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To social conservatives and commissars of religious fundamentalism who would expropriate a woman's right to her body, Ireland's vote last week to overturn that country's constitutionally sanctioned, near-universal ban of abortion was likely to have...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is no such thing in life as a permanent political enemy. The bitterest of foes, fiercest of rivals, spaced across party lines or split within the same party, almost always find unity and sameness of purpose whenever the politics demands that...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:05 AM

Every now and then, a celebrity is accused of sexual assault or rape, and in addition to the primary accuser, others will come forward and speak of similar assaults by the perpetrator years ago that were not...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Maybe it is the lawyer in him, but Delroy Chuck, the justice minister, doesn't usually speak with precision, as was the case last week when he talked in Parliament about the planned recruitment of judges. Vacancies, he said, "should be filled as...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The mess at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is not new. Opened in 1974, it is a Type A, 10-floor, 460-bed facility housing a variety of specialist services. Years of neglect along with a chronic failure to perform repairs and upkeep have led to...

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