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Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:30 AM

Many times, the sequel to an award-winning blockbuster fails to captivate eager patrons interested in the narrative crafted by the director. However, it is pleasing to note that this year’s budget presentation, aptly titled, ‘Moving in the Right...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:28 AM

“You teach the youth about Christopher Columbus, And you say he was a very great man. You teach the youth about the pirate Morgan, And you say he was a very great man. All these great men were doing was ­robbing, raping and killing. So...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:25 AM

The global pandemic is real, with almost 8,000 deaths worldwide and nearly 200,000 persons having contracted the virus in 155 affected countries. What is particularly comforting for this country, amid pain and the not knowing, is the bedside and...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Reality hit home last week when Jamaican bars and their best friends in psychology class, churches, were ordered to radically scale down their activities. Bars, one of the mainstays of our women most socially and economically deprived, were ordered...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Brazil far-right leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, is now begging the thousands of Cuban doctors he had expelled to return to help them in their own fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cuban Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:25 AM

Guyana held general and regional elections on March 2, 2020. At the time of writing, the results of the elections have still not been determined due to a dispute in relation to the tallying of votes in region four, the largest of the 10 regions....

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:24 AMElizabeth Morgan - Contributor

Small developing countries are trade dependent and value a well-functioning multilateral trading system where their needs may be articulated, understood and accommodated. It is generally difficult for small developing countries, like Jamaica, to...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:23 AM

In the days before a tropical hurricane is expected to hit, people in all communities huddle and plan and create their own dramatic twists to even the most mundane. Those who have been there before can attest to the raw fear felt as hurricane force...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMLorna Phillips - Guest Columnist

Setting up junior lawyers to succeed! The Jamaican Bar Association has been trying for a while now to encourage established and senior lawyers to volunteer in the mentoring of newly called attorneys. A good and worthwhile effort. However, is...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:27 AM

Sixty years ago, or thereabouts, Jamaica’s legendary hotelier John Pringle approached Art...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:27 AMElizabeth Morgan - Contributor

Twenty-five years ago, Jamaica formally became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 9. 1995. The independent international organization, the WTO, superseded the United Nations (UN) affiliated General Agreement on Tariffs and...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:27 AM

The best laid plans of mice and men can go awry.For a small, highly indebted, open economy such as Jamaica, which is subject to external forces it cannot control planning and forecasting can be a hope and a prayer. There are three times in recent...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Last Tuesday morning when my cell phone rang and I saw the ID of the person calling me, I knew that the call would be of political importance. When I said, “Hello Comrade,” what I did not expect was him shouting at me. ‘Yu si di numbers, yu si dem...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:25 AMCanute Thompson - Guest Columnist

One of the flaws some people make when engaging an opponent in an argument is to accuse the person of having a bias. The fact is that all of us have biases. The key is to be able to recognise, admit, and contain them and thus limit their impact on...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Dear Delroy: Over these past four years or so in Jamaica, issues touching and concerning the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) have been unfortunately absent from public discourse and, from all indications, also from all levels of discussion within...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:29 AM

The recent incidence of violent interactions at the primary and secondary school level between teachers and students has caused a renewed focus on the nation’s education system. Particularly, more attention has been placed on the culture of...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:28 AM

Most of us from street side to riverside, from gully bank to hilltop, were appalled when we saw audio visual clips of Jamaican school children gone wild. As we were just trying to digest the latest shame in a particular school, another one came up...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:16 AM

First there was Macbeth, the Shakespeare play (1606). It’s a bloody play even by Shakespeare’s demanding standards, with Lady Macbeth as the chief inciter to violence. Then there’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, a short novel by Nikolai Leskov (1865)...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:13 AM

“Hail! United States of Africa-free! Country of the brave black man’s liberty; State of greater nationhood thou hast won, A new life for the race is just begun.” Marcus Garvey -1924 The African Union (AU) is making great strides in...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Jamaica has had an outsized impact on world events that goes beyond our music and sports heroics. We ignite sparks that are a call to action for others who can carry our voices far beyond our shores. Jamaica is a mouse, but when we roar, the world...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:21 AMColin Gyles - Contributor

There has been, in recent times, a strong effort to encourage critical thinking among students. It is considered that critical thinking is an important aspect of training people to think so that they can be more productive and positive in their...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Almost from the start of the Republic, the basic core guiding American social and political belief is that the nation is exceptional, and because of that, it has earned itself the right to dictate to other countries. Or at the least, point to the...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:20 AM

A major thrust of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen’s 2020-21 Throne Speech was that economic independence for Jamaica is no longer a dream. It is becoming a reality. That reality was encapsulated in the theme “Towards a Decade of Growth”,...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:16 AM

“Call me Fatty.” I could tell her story but she wanted a name change. Hers is the wickedest bun story I ever heard. At the time, she was living with her baby father in the house they had bought together. Often, her best friend would come over and...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:21 AM

There are a number of issues that become topical once an election is in the air. Included in the list is the issue of a fixed election date. The current law allows the sitting prime minister to call an election at any time within the administration...

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