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Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I grew up in the Pembroke Hall Valley in western St Mary, where banana was king and was known to be 'green gold'. It was the largest banana-producing belt in St Mary prior to the emergence of St Mary Banana Estate. Throughout the 1970s, and up to...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

After 55 years, independent Jamaica is still a plantation state in a permanent struggle to shed its colonial cocoon. No Jamaican is born with badness in his DNA, but the social environment in which we are raised is the crucible that creates either...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When on January 8 a Gleaner headline alerted us that there were already "38 murders for the first six days of 2018", one wanted to reflexively declare: Fake news! Except this was a Jamaica Gleaner headline and report of more than six murders per day...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

After living with his eldest daughter in the quiet and green hills of St Catherine for too many years, Alfred, as I shall call him, returned to his old home in Port Royal."I come back here in late 2012," said the old-timer. "The fire station did not...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We've prayed - again. It's time to rise from our knees and get some work done.Or more in line with current prayer practice to let go of each other's soft, gentle, clean hands. We'll need our fighting hand, right or left, free.There was a time when...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There seems to be a unanimous welcome of the state of emergency in St James. Anything to stop Jamaica's runaway murder rate is welcome. But I expect that the Government is fully seized of the fact that this state of emergency is not, and cannot be,...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is how the Office Of the Prime Minister's (OPM) website 'sold' the National Identification System (NIDS)."Why a NIDS?At present, Jamaica does not have a central national database with the accompanying systems to support secure, reliable...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It has been several months since I've written on crime. It's deliberate. I wanted to give the Government (and a legion of myopic public 'analysts') time to prove me wrong. I sincerely wanted to be wrong when I asserted, categorically, that there is...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fifty years ago, 1968, the Ethiopians were belting out Everything Crash to the pulsating beat of rocksteady, which was then replacing ska as the sound of Jamaican popular music.Look deh now, everything crash ... .Firemen strike!Watermen strike!Down...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There have been frequent calls in the media and from various private-sector groups for a national consensus on fighting crime. The rationale is that homicides have now ballooned to trigger ringing alarm bells for every responsible person and...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But there is something about that Siths that hit the fans in the wrong place. What I liked about that movie was that it led to an unmasking of the infamous villainous character, Darth Vader, and we came to see...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Three years ago, when Sam was 31, the police raided a dance where he was the one playing the music in addition to him being part-promoter.It was a little after midnight. Sam still lives in the same cramped inner-city pocket as he did in 2015....

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is now the darling of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The November 2017 visit of Madame Lagarde, managing director of the Fund, the second in two years, is a testament to the Fund's close and friendly relationship with the country....

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Writing a weekly column is not easy. Gathering facts and commentary on which to base your opinion, and then putting everything together, is one thing. Making the written product plausible and capable of holding interest is another. Yet another is...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A telephone conversation with Margaret, the wife of my former colleague Ian Boyne, and a brief epitaph that my shaking hands barely managed to scribble in the condolence book at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), where Ian worked for a long time...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Every individual unlucky enough to be appointed by his prime minister to the post of minister of national security begins his new political and social life in negative-performance territory.To compound matters, the security minister has no say in...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Violence will resume in the lulled Jacques Road-Goodwich Lane conflict as soon as work is restarted on the National Housing Trust construction site in the area.Control of the construction site was the cause of the upsurge of gang warfare in the area...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In 2014, police officer Wayne Hamil shot and injured a taxicab driver in Hopewell, Hanover, a crime for which he was convicted. He was fined $1 million or three years in prison. He chose to pay the fine.Despite this conviction, Hamil retains his...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you are in your 20s or 30s, perhaps retirement planning is not one of your priorities. However, if you are 40-something or older, you should already have a retirement plan in place, supported by tax-advantaged savings and a robust investment...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is now the darling of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The November 2017 visit of Madame Lagarde, managing director of the fund, the second visit in two years, is a testament to the fund's close and friendly relationship with the...

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

United States (US) President Donald Trump made a declaration that America regards Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It is ironic that this has been the position of the US government since 1995 and that Trump made his declaration on the same day...

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

With our different styles, Ian Boyne, like me, has been a strident and consistent advocate of transforming attitudes and values. Without which we can say bye-bye to sustainable economic growth and a peaceful, orderly society, "the place of choice to...

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

Yet again, faced with threats from Big Bully from the North, Jamaica chickened out, choosing obsequiousness over principle.On Thursday, December 21, the United Nations took a firm stand against USA's aggressive, discriminatory, and unnecessary "...

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

And they did it again. Popular lore is that lightning does not strike in the same place twice, but that is just a complete falsehood. In any event, on the brink of the celebrations of the de-paganised festival, Officer Dibble and around 1,000 of his...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:10 AMPaul Golding

The National Identification System (NIDS) bill is likely to become the most revolutionary piece of legislation in the history of Jamaica. It is certainly one of the most ambitious in scope, as it will directly impact every single individual...

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