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Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

There is no doubt that good things are happening in the Jamaican economy. Our debt-GDP ratio is on a downward trajectory although helped substantially by the redefinition of what makes up the debt stock and the buy-back of the PetroCaribe debt in...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

While most Jamaicans may have become aware of the push to establish a National Identification System (NIDS) in recent years, the idea is not new, and has, in fact, been on the drawing board from as far back as 1979. The passage has been a roller...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Everyone seems confused as to what’s going on with our dollar. It’s up, it’s down; it slips, it slides; it strengthens, it retreats. The head of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is outraged at the management of the foreign...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

“If life was a thing that money could buy, the rich would live and the poor would die.” These simple words are much more than a nursery rhyme for the majority of Jamaicans. One does not have to be politically partisan to say that our state...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:16 AM

“The poor and those without modern energy access are often the same, and having access to modern energy is a necessary condition for poverty alleviation which is the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG1).” – Energy Access Outlook 2017, From...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Jamaica is firmly trapped in a political cul-de-sac surrounded by thoughtless, unimaginative finger-pointing passing for political debate. It’s sad. Not to mention pathetic. Political discussion in Jamaica today is bereft of philosophy, wit, or...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It is my view that former Contractor General Greg Christie, while a fine public servant, spent too much time in his investigations crossing T’s and dotting I’s, and in that process, short-changed the country of much-needed investment. Which is not...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Why is the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation further traumatising our already highly traumatised children? On a bright and beautiful Sunday morning, right at the start of Child Month, little children dressed up in their Sunday best were...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The call from the Jamaican people is getting louder: “Lock up the corrupt!”. With much justification. As each of us struggles to get water – as the Government can barely find $100 million to truck water – consider the following leakages to our...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Why is Jamaica not being given a full update on the Walton-Morant Licence given to Tullow Oil and the United Oil and Gas, regarding the estimated 229 million barrels of recoverable offshore oil and gas that have been discovered? The Caribbean is...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Whenever Mother’s Day comes around, I am reminded of a thought that came to me years ago. I was a senior statistician at the time, working on the country’s labour force figures, when it dawned on me that housewives were not recognised as part of...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:21 AM

While the hot (well, maybe, warm) topic is still constitutional law, this might be a good time to take another look at the constitutional principle of separation of powers from a different angle. I’ve proposed that the very concept of a justice...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:20 AM

He is a Jamaican lawyer, very well known, but he would prefer that his name not be attached to anything that I may write in this article. Last Thursday, he emailed me: “So, the Mobile Reserve (MR) is to be disbanded. I am not sure that such a...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:20 AM

How the public make up their minds about these things we never get to know, but in the most recent RJRGLEANER Communications Group polls, conducted by pollster Don Anderson, Christopher Tufton was adjudged the best-performing Cabinet minister....

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:20 AM

On January 17, 2019, a few days before the Corruption Perception Index 2018 revealed that Jamaica had fallen two places in global rank, an urgent and comprehensive appeal for integrity in the private and public sector was made by the president of...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Around the world today, tourism processes, tools, structures, systems, and actors are being radically reviewed, reorganised and remade. In other words, tourism is being reimagined. What this means is that destinations across the globe must find...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:18 AM

INTRODUCTION: This is a special monthly opinion series running from May to November in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a broad set of commitments that world leaders made to children....

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the fifth and penultimate review of Jamaica’s performance under the Precautionary Standby Arrangement. According to a release by the IMF, “Strong implementation of the reform program continues. After...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:11 AM

World leaders met in Beijing between April 26 and 27 to fine-tune China’s US$5 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Donald Trump was absent, but President Vladimir Putin of Russias along with roughly 40 other head, of states, attended...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:11 AM

“Cross-subsidies are an underappreciated original sin of economic stagnation. To transfer money from A to B, it would usually be better to raise taxes on A and to provide vouchers or otherwise pay competitive suppliers on behalf of B.” - The...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

The horrific rape and murder of little girls are very definitely expected to force us to ask ourselves if we are a nation of people or just an extended pack of feral beasts constantly on a predatory hunt. Jamaica has long been populated by an...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

So, the chickens released from JCF coops over decades are finally coming home to roost. Their coops weren’t opened last Sunday when many completed their return home for some serious roosting. The first coop was opened almost immediately after...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

I am sounding the alarm for all sleeping citizens who want to sleep peacefully in the privacy of their own homes in the future to awake now. Consultations on the Noise Abatement Act are not “about to begin”, as a JIS news story reported on April 18...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AM

A recent survey of productivity in the Caribbean put Jamaica at the bottom of its list of productive countries. Clearly, if Mr Holness and his ministers are keen to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth, we will need to come to grips with this...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AM

An economically resilient and growing economy requires a well-educated total population, not just the brilliant few. This is where Jamaica has faltered, resulting in per capita income at current prices of US$5,700, placing us at 99 in the world....

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