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Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:06 AM

In the aftermath of the October gunpoint rape of two female guests by an employee of a St James hotel, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett ordered a security audit of the industry. Ten days ago, he announced that an American tourism security expert, Peter...

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In September this year, Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw announced the Government's intention to revitalise the local dairy industry. According to Shaw, the Government's rescue plan would be boosted by technical assistance from Argentina and India....

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I watched with utter delight on Sunday as Dalton Harris was named the UK The X Factor winner. His triumph seemed a long overdue respite from a life of abuse, poverty and pain.Dalton's story will remind people to believe in their talent and reinforce...

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As usual, Jamaicans are consumed by the need to tell us how disgusting Donald Trump is.Guys, we know. Disgusting. Stupid. Racist. Misogynist. Yeah, yeah. But also boring. Guys, Trump's antics are no surprise. He promised America he would behave thus...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:38 AM

Dalton Harris is not just a good singer. He is exceptional. He first came to the attention of Jamaicans when he competed in the local talent competition ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ in 2010. He went on to be victorious, and at 16 years old...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Far too many Jamaicans do not seem to realise that HIV is still a big problem in Jamaica. Consequently, bareback sex remains as commonplace as beggars and cookshops.It's unfathomable that despite the tremendous investment and work being undertaken,...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We admit surprise at what, essentially, is a circle-the-wagon and blame-the-messenger retort by police chief Antony Anderson to the public defender's recent statement about the squalid conditions in which people have been detained under the state of...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The news reported that a pickup plunged into a ditch where major roadwork is being carried out along the Constant Spring Road 'Legacy' construction project. There was a fatality. The victim appears to have been flung from the vehicle, but 'nobody'...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So can anyone figure out what is the final position of the Government since the disastrous results of the mock Primary Exit Profile performance test were prised from State Minister Floyd Green in Parliament two weeks ago? For to tell...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below is an edited version of a speech delivered as part of the Institute of Jamaica's annual cultural heritage series 'Salute to the Parish' on November 29.I look forward to the day when a solid Hanoverian, preferably a Rusean, will make it to...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I don't always agree with Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck or his colleagues at the Bar, but I like when a big man acknowledges that he has fallen short and that he has an interest in making amends.It has been almost a year since the country has...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One of the lasting benefits of growing up in Seventh-day Adventism is the confidence the Church gave me to go against the grain. Most Christians went to church on Sunday. We were Sabbath-keepers. The crowds of misguided Sunday worshippers were...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The disorder caused by the recent taxi driver strike, in response to what they perceived to be excessive penalties in the proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act, has given cause for reflection. The Government, in response, has delayed the bill...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A recent study by the University of Technology, Jamaica, has found that Jamaican teens are as hyperconnected as their counterparts in the United States. The study is a snapshot of the extent to which digital technologies are influencing the lives of...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The announcement by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) that local lettuce is safe ought to give some assurance to the public in light of reports of E. coli bacteria-tainted romaine lettuce in several regions of the United States....

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMElizabeth Morgan/ Guest Columnist

Yesterday and today, Jamaica, representing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), joins the members of the Group of Twenty (G20) and other invited guests at the 13th Summit in Buenos Aires hosted by the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. Argentina...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

My most embarrassing typo, a phenomenon aided by the omnipresent spellcheck that is incorporated in today's word-processing software, was leaving out the 'l' in the word 'public' that came before 'relations' in something I was writing about my job...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:21 AM

It says something, or rather plenty, in our view, that of the cultural forms that this year made UNESCO's list of intangible treasures worth preserving, it is reggae that made global headlines. Not Czech puppetry, or the horsemanship of a riding...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The robust conversations surrounding the implementation of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) continue, and rightly so.There are gaps in utterances and errors made even from the Ministry of Education, which has overall responsibility for curriculum (...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has promised to provide us Jamaicans with job descriptions for our members of parliament (MPs) and Cabinet ministers so that we can hold them accountable. I suspect that the reason we have not yet received them is...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:07 AM

With the Court of Appeal having earlier this month ruled against the public defender's attempt to join, as an interested party, Maurice Tomlinson's constitutional challenge of Jamaica's buggery law, we hope the underlying matter will now move ahead...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, the new Road Traffic Act was passed in Parliament, taxi operators protested against certain provisions, and the Senate, behaving like eunuchs in protecting vote-dom rather than country-dom, postponed rather than address the matter. Not...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Building a culture of lawfulness was the thrust of executive director of Security and Counter Terrorism at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Owen Ellington, former commissioner of police (2009-14), in an article published recently on the CMU'...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About two weeks ago, I met with a source and we both sat at a small table in one corner of a seedy bar on the edge of a tough inner-city community. My source's story was one of corruption in high places and a thousand-and-one other misdeeds.As he began to speak...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:13 AM

Nigel Clarke is right about the Jamaican attitude towards people who own businesses that go belly up. Rather than seeing failure as one potential outcome of capitalist risk-taking, it's often conflated with a character flaw, and entrepreneurial...

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