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Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:24 AM

August 23, 2019 will probably, in retrospect, be seen as a day of great significance in analysing current global economic trends. It was the day that United States President Donald Trump excoriated his Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, as an...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Come this Saturday, the moment that political watchers have been waiting on will happen. At its end, People’s National Party (PNP) delegates will either return Dr Peter Phillips to the post of president or the old order will be upset by Peter...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

I am quite sure most Jamaicans are familiar with the term ‘using basket fi carry water’ and understand the impracticality of the ‘practice’. Ironically, it seems our system of government is predicated on using baskets to carry the waters of...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Why did Prime Minister Andrew Holness diss local contractors in the presence of foreign contractors at the recent signing for road construction from Harbour View, through St Thomas to Port Antonio? It seemed unnecessary, unhelpful and distasteful...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Dr Peter Phillips was obviously a great minister, but is not a great leader. His outstanding performance as a minister has not translated to anything noteworthy since he was crowned president of the People’s National Party. The records show Dr...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:08 AM

When Karl Harrison says the cause of his resignation from the Integrity Commission, including its chairmanship, was for “confidential and personal” reasons, we interpret it to mean that he wasn’t driven by pique or peeve over the public’s not...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:07 AM

When the World Trade Organization (WTO) resumes work shortly, the members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), like others, will need to be prepared to address the issues on WTO reform, which include proposals on special and differential treatment...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Last week, I met a 37-year-old single mother who shares a two-bedroom home with her aged parents and two children in Portmore. They are desperately in need of somewhere on the ground floor as the stairs to the second-floor flat in which they live...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

It is hardly a contrivance of death that the recurring adjectives in the tributes to Ken Baugh relate to decency and service. He was that kind of man. A skilled surgeon, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) politician and government minister, Dr Baugh died...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, approximately 2,900 delegates of the PNP will determine whether or not Peter Phillips will be retained as its president or challenger Peter Bunting will replace him. For the record, I am supporting Peter Phillips to...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

A two-party arrangement may seem like the ideal for maintaining democracy. In the past, we had good United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) examples. Though not so in fact, to us, Europe’s multiparty coalitions appeared clumsy and ineffective....

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:06 AM

The PNP leadership contest has lit a fire under the party pot, but if the PNP isn’t careful, that could become a melting pot. Recently, Basil Waite, hot under the collar in the pot, referred to persons as “some a di likkle nassy nayga dem who a...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

“One in four people worldwide will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental-health disorders among the leading causes of ill health...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

I am distressed to read of the terror experienced by Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and her daughter, victims of a deranged taxi driver. I know her to be a strong person and pray that she will recover from this frightening experience. But, sadly, instances...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

There won’t be open pushback to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ insistence last week that taxpayers must get value for public infrastructure projects and his admonition of the National Works Agency (NWA) for not doing enough to protect the public...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Yet another gruesome set of photographs depicting the horrendous death of a driver because of a crash has gone ‘viral’. Like too many others, this deadly crash was totally preventable. It occurred because someone swerved to avoid a pothole....

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 1:19 AM

Daryl Vaz may be hyperbolic with his claim that the highway project on Jamaica’s southeast, for which the Government signed agreements last week, “is, by far, the best thing to happen to the eastern end of the island in decades”....

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

After the shenanigans of the Benz driver and his cronies making a monkey of the police and the Comrades doing the same to Jake, his ­colleague, and their party, a real member of the lesser primate species turned up in the protected ­neighbourhood...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

The delivery of electricity, in respect of reliability, quality, cost of service, and volatility of rates, is a perennial concern for Jamaicans. At the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), we are cognisant of our role in ensuring that Jamaicans...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

On any given day in Jamaica, one may be treated to stunning displays of stunt driving on public roadways, confessions by criminals for avoidance of punishment, high-level ­deception, double standards and bly-giving by police, careless ­...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Rastas will certainly have a good laugh. They were way ahead of the curve. Ital food, sort of, is now on the menu of popular fast-food joints in the US such as Burger King, Tim Hortons, Dunkin’, Del Taco and White Castle. Believe it or not, KFC, of...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Delroy Chuck’s scolding of delinquent fathers is timely, coming as it does on the eve of the start of the 2019 academic year when fathers ought to be making a meaningful contribution to their children’s education. Chuck, the justice minister, made...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:08 AM

“Wait! Wait!” the lady said to me amid the hustle and bustle of Frederick Street, the main shopping drag in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad’s capital city, where at the head of the one-way street with traffic heading towards him, Captain Arthur Cipriani,...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Every year, close to the reopening of schools, we are inundated with countless news reports about the vast number of educators who leave the island to take up more lucrative teaching opportunities elsewhere. Consequently, the news cycle and reports...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Gary Welsh has emerged as this burlesque figure to be lampooned for his presumption of seraphic hallowedness during his dizzyingly short stint as head of the police’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB). This, clearly, will raise...

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