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Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:20 AMStacey Palmer/Guest Columnist

I don’t think anyone alive – man or woman – would not agree that drastic actions must be taken to protect our women from being murdered by their spouses when relationships go sour, or when a woman decides that she no longer wants to be with any...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMDaniah Mignott/Guest Columnist

As an Alternative Pathway to Secondary Education (APSE) student support coach at a non-traditional institution, I sit to prepare for the second school term, while thoughts of my obstacles inevitable cross my mind. The Ministry of Education has...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:19 AM

The tragic and sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant has plunged countless fans into mourning. Bryant was exceptionally talented, and few have even approached his achievements on the court. However, his legacy is complicated. Kobe inspired...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Whatever may be the final ruling in the legal fight between the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) and the residents of Hope Pastures in St Andrew over how their electricity should be delivered, the case highlights a serious public-policy matter...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Over the last 500 years, Christianity in Africa, and in most countries with people of African ancestry, has been charged with outright racism (when non-Blacks headed the hierarchy within denominations) and with inverse racism (when Blacks headed...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:06 AM

Last year, the Honourable Fayval Williams, minister of science, energy and technology, encouraged consumers to contact the Office of Utilities Regulation when faced with problems such as reimbursements. However, from my personal experience, we are...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:06 AM

I always want to be very respectful about the efforts by the Ministry of Education to refashion the hopelessly unequal allocation of human, financial and infrastructural resources in the nation’s almost 4,000 schools and colleges. This is because I...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:36 AM

Over recent years, Jamaica has seen a flowering of legal herb houses, each with expertly branded ganja products claiming to provide solutions to a variety of ailments, clinical or emotional; while also affording users options to assuage ‘the...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:36 AM

Another silk cotton tree has fallen. Kamau Brathwaite – historian, poet, literary critic, publisher, Caribbean man of myth and magic – has died. Born in Barbados in 1930, Brathwaite described his upbringing as preparation for becoming an Afro-Saxon...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:35 AM

Jamaica has engaged in structural reform of our fiscal and monetary institutions, laws and policies with much success. This reform effort benefited from a high level of public awareness of the serious national interests at stake and from social...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:35 AM

Attempts to assuage their concerns about kickbacks and graft notwithstanding, Jamaicans mustn’t be lulled into accepting that corruption isn’t a major problem, or that it’s only a matter of a few bad apples. For, it isn’t because they have been...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:34 AM

Unless you change the Constitution or the overarching set of statutes and ordinances which bind us, we have to accept that the verdict of any court or tribunal is lawful. Carry all the belly you wish, but the laws of America allowed for the...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:15 AM

The battle between political expediency and doing the right thing is constantly being waged among politicians. Invariably, they decide on what is expedient and what they believe gives them the best chance of getting in power. We see a perfect...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:11 AM

I was an only child, and when at 19 I did very well in the Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination, I got a job as a teacher in a nearby co-educational secondary school. I had grown up in a tough neighbourhood so I very quickly double...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:08 AM

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia has unleashed a broadside against an unnamed, though easily identified, anti-corruption activist in Jamaica. Among Tapia’s claims are that the anti-corruption activist has accused the Holness...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:25 AM

If he doesn’t have it in mind, Nigel Clarke must put on his agenda, for public review at Budget time, the state of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Stakeholders want to know if the threat of it going broke soon has been reversed, and what the...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:24 AM

From my perspective, there are three key steps that must be taken if we are committed to honouring education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development. It requires a compelling and fundamental shift that will offer lifelong...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Earlier this week, the National Water Commission (NWC) announced that, in anticipation of a long, hard drought, water rationing will be in force. My community had no water Sunday or Monday, and when I checked my sources, I was told that the water...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:17 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Jamaica has immense potential to achieve greatness. But unlike other great countries, this island was never blessed with an enlightened intellectual class. If politicians and their cronies in academia were not consistently derailing the country...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:20 AM

The timing of Ruddy Spencer’s resignation from Parliament may well be political artifice, as the Opposition claims. But the People’s National Party (PNP) would be on firmer ground, from where it is more likely to be heard with sympathy, in pressing...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:17 AMEarl Bailey/Contributor

There is a famous parable found in Matthew 9:14-17, where Jesus cautioned his disciples. ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Without doubt, the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, where a real estate developer was ordered to demolish a set of already completed and occupied town houses and apartments on Upper Montrose Road in St Andrew, will prove to be a headache for...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Recently, I read The Laws of Jamaica 1741 Acts 132, 3 to Acts 133, 4 pages 194-196. It stated that “a reward of ten shillings is there given to the said Cudjo or Quaw, or to any Negro under their command for every runaway negro that shall be taken...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:21 AM

When Finance Minister Nigel Clarke does his major economic review at Budget time next month, he should also provide an analysis of the public-sector pensions system, including the implied debt associated thereto. Dr Clarke may even consider...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:20 AMYvonne McCalla Sobers/Guest Columnist

The recent intimate-partner killings of Nevia Sinclair, Suianne Easy, and Shantel Whyte are not as surprising as they seem to be. Data from agencies such as STATIN and UNESCO show that: 1. One in four Jamaican women has experienced physical abuse...

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