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Published:Monday | January 1, 2018 | 12:35 AM

Every meeting of the House of Representatives started late this year. Sometimes there was no quorum of 16 members; most often, the wait was for the prime minister or another minister to arrive. Although an outlined agenda for each sitting is...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Today marks the end of the year and it has not been a good one for the police and crime. Homicides will likely increase a whopping 25 per cent this year over last. As for the police, they are still mired in wage negotiations and morale is low.In the...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Crime thrives in chaos, and I note this feature in the public environment, a true reflection of the society around it. The Jamaican environment is dirty, chaotic and incoherent, a genuine reflection of our social condition. Most notable are the city...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

At six years of age just about everything appears big, so I remember the big house we lived in close to the old Moneague square. The blue and brown paint on the outside was probably flaking, but everything inside provided me with a newness,...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The quality of the pudding, as they say, is ultimately determined in the eating. So, it is a while yet before judgement can be passed on the efficacy of the political party registration and campaign financing regulations that will come into force on...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A few years ago, a friend of mine was knocked off his bicycle by the driver of car who came out of a side street on to the main road without stopping. Fortunately, it wasn't a major intersection. And the driver kindly waited to see what had happened...

Published:Saturday | December 30, 2017 | 12:46 AM

  We began 2017 with a glimmer of hope that through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding there would have been heavy policing of most of the 145 illegally established ports of entry to the island. The MOU gave impressive details of...

Published:Saturday | December 30, 2017 | 12:18 AM

  Boxing Day night I sat in the dark thinking about light. I could not use the word 'reflecting' because the night was pitch black and I could not blame the government entity in charge of electricity since, for once, it was...

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It isn't justice for either litigant or defendant, having sometimes waited several years for their case to be heard, to then wait several more years for a judge to deliver the verdict; then suffer even more years for the ruling to be made available...

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is happening with alarming frequency in recent times. A few years ago, cricketer Andre Russell opted out of a three-match 20-20 international series against Pakistan, citing "personal reasons." Darren Bravo had withdrawn from a tour of South...

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On this fourth day of the Christmas season, may I wish all my readers a very happy and holy Christmas. I would like also to congratulate CVMTV for running the feature The Twelve Days of Christmas, exposing to Jamaicans that this holy season begins...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We understand anyone who's gravely pessimistic believing that Jamaica cannot extricate itself from its state of anarchy and arrest its crisis of crime. The data saps confidence.Up to Boxing Day, according to police statistics, there were 1,581...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Forty-seven-year-old Harold and his wife have been operating their variety shop/bar for the last 12 years. Situated about 300 metres from the semi-rural town centre, the shop sells food and grocery items, pots, pans and curios, and even chicken feed...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Christmas Day, there was a newscast claiming that the children were suffering because of tension in and around Jerusalem. How paradoxical, that God appeared as a baby in Jesus in that region, the very place that is insensitive to young ones.God...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The recent epidemic of 'police-my-litis' that forced hundreds of the 'federated' members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to stay off the job during the Christmas season has no doubt left a bitter taste in many a mouth. Their desertion of the...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:27 AM

On the face of it, the establishment of a special court to deal with sexual offences seems a good idea, given, as Paula Llewellyn, the director of public prosecutions (DPP), puts it, the “tsunami” of such cases. But looks can be...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"My mother said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what people called...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Don't judge me,until you walk a mile in my shoes,coz if you was me,maybe you'd do the same thing too.These lines from one of the best songs in the new reggae musical, Forbidden Fruit, extended the sentiments of Bob Marley's masterpiece, Judge Not,...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There are few statements that I can make and confidently say that they are irrefutable. One is that I am going to die. The inevitability of my own death is a fact that I accept and have made peace with. The thought of my own demise no longer worries...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Ian Boyne must have been one of the most productive persons of our time. This virtue has been overlooked in the justified wealth of encomiums which have followed his passing.He held a full-time executive position with what I am told was a heavy...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 1:25 AM

​The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. I was on my way to work and my head grew light and I felt a heat in my belly as someone called me to say, “Mel, I heard something about Ian, is it true? ... I think you...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:07 AM

In spite of being an environment ravaged by the effects of global climate change, and the specific economic challenges of being small, open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain the status of middle-income developing countries....

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

Every year I remind tribal Jamaican readers that these awards are (mostly) meant to be humorous and shouldn’t be taken seriously. If you see yourself in the following paragraphs and find it impossible to have a chuckle, take my advice and...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

So Ninja Man is gone for life. Even if you accept that he’s eligible for parole after 25 years, that length of time in or outside of prison is a lifetime. So whether he wants to or not, the man born  Desmond John Ballentyne in Annotto...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It may be impractical, as Roosevelt Skerrit himself immediately recognised, for the Caribbean Community, as the Dominican prime minister proposed, to create its own blacklist of European Union (EU) countries deemed to have committed grievous...

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