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Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On August 8, 1918, one hundred years ago on Wednesday, it finally became clear who was going to win the First World War. Nine Canadian and Australian divisions, almost 200,000 men, attacked the German trenches near Amiens, deep in France, and for...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Better late, they say, than never. It has been four years since this newspaper first urged Jamaica and its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners to pursue "a deeper political and economic engagement" with the BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China,...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Guns are rapidly climbing to the top of the 'things I hate most' list. I'm at a point where legal, illegal, rusty and buried, plastic and played with, they are all the same to me. Pure evil.I haven't always felt that way. A spouse with a gun was...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:09 AM

This week, members of Jamaica’s LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are celebrating Pride Week. Many years ago, before the term LGBT became fashionable, and the focus was mainly on gay members of that community, I would...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We know by now that a vibrant, productive agricultural sector is the foundation of sustained and, hopefully, equitable economic growth. We know, too, that since we cannot compete with high volume, relatively cheap agricultural commodities, our...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Contrary to how things may appear, nothing is free; everything comes with a price attached. Even the oxygen that we breathe comes at a cost. Plants of all kinds on land use photosynthesis to produce oxygen and phytoplankton in the oceans do the same...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Institutions tend to reflect the people who lead them. So, it isn't surprising that the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) seems to have had a new lease on life.Its president, Howard Mitchell, the lawyer and businessman, is irrepressible...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

People with money (and those who pretend they do) are too oblivious about the reality faced by many parents who cannot afford to be as involved in their children's life in the way they are.Everyone is so eager to castigate (poor) parents for their...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Government and its central bank have, in recent years, been disciplined in their management of the country's fiscal affairs and its monetary policy. Under scrutiny from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the administration hasn't given in to...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Remember way back when we had a contractor general? That was before the weird bipartisan conspiracy locked him up in the cast-iron grill of the Integrity Commission? Ahhhh, the good old days!So cast your mind back to the OCG Report of July 2016....

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On a sweltering hot weekday, some time in 2011, the taxi driver pulled up beside the preteen on her way from school and offered her a lift home. The child had no reason not to trust him as years before he had an intimate relationship with her older...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An earlier version of this column referred to a ‘lease’, not a ‘licence’, granted for the recreational and commercial use of the Puerto Seco Beach. In addition to the cost of the licence, there is a fee for the lease,...

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Utility companies reminded us this week how notoriously difficult it is to do business in Jamaica by explaining the high levels of theft they face every day. At a webinar hosted by the Office of Utilities Regulation in Kingston earlier this week,...

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are people who, like me, are in their 70s and yet can still quote some of the classic lines from the old Western movie The Fastest Gun Alive.In the movie, released on April 12, 1956, former gunslinger George Temple (Glenn Ford) goes into...

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The 21st century started on a good note for recorded music globally. The early part of the new millennium heralded a move to some interesting and fresh music.Albums such as Speaker Box the Love Below, Outcast; Musicology, Prince; Fly or Die, N.E.R.D...

Published:Friday | August 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Every nation-state has its national myths, and one of ours is that we "won" our political independence from our colonial masters, such that our political leaders at the time deserve to be declared national heroes. It suits the United Kingdom (UK)...

Published:Friday | August 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is now an extended soft opening of sorts until the official opening planned for September, but with more than 800 beach lovers on some of these hot summer days, Puerto Seco Beach is already open for business.Nestled in the 'garden parish',...

Published:Friday | August 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For a number of days this week, an acrid haze hung low over large swathes of the Kingston metropolitan region, where around a quarter of Jamaica's 2.7 million people lives. That smoke was from the city's dump - pretentiously called a landfill - at...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:10 AM

A week ago, the British parliament suspended the Northern Ireland MP Ian Paisley for 30 sitting days, starting September 4. It is the longest disbarment of a member ever recorded in the Commons. Mr Paisley has also been suspended by the Democratic...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It has become the mantra in workable parliamentary democracies that the buck, wherever it may gain its first start, can stop at only one place. Here.Dr Andrew Wheatley, a man with a doctorate in basic medicine and most recently only two-thirds of a...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Our enslaved ancestors suffered gross and serious violations of their human rights. The enslaved peoples of the 17th century were considered non-human, with no political rights, no civil rights, no human rights, no economic rights, and were not seen...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When Jamaica became an independent nation in 1962, I doubt that there was a single Jamaican who did not have immeasurable hopes of success for their country, a world leader in every respect and filled with opportunities. After all, their forefathers...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was a long, circumlocutory process, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness finally prevailed on Andrew Wheatley to leave the Cabinet. That is a positive development for governance, as well as for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and the politics...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The next time you're in Black River, find your way down the western side of the river near the bridge. Tasty Foods, a modest eating establishment, is behind the market, and in its parking lot in 2007 the Jamaica National Heritage Trust erected a...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Devastated. That's how I feel about the admission by the former managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol), Carolyn Warren, that she had five previous criminal convictions on top of the suspended sentence she was handed for a...

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