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Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of national icon Louise Bennett-Coverley are now in full swing. On cue, dolls, dignitaries, and dancers appear at each of the official events swathed in bandanna. This reddish plaid madras...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

During the frenetic week leading up to the recent PNP leadership election, I heard former general secretary Paul Burke deliver an expansive lecture on democratic socialism and its alleged tenets to Cliff Hughes. I was disappointed when Cliff, whose...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Small businesses have a unique and critical role in Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime. The SEZs in Jamaica may not be for everyone, as I established in a previous article, ‘Is the SEZ for you?’. However, what I failed to mention, but...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Years ago, I wrote that hurricanes are formed west of the African coast and followed the path of the slave ships all the way up into the New World. It is not coincidence, rather, it is simply basic meteorology, where the 16th-century navigators...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Based on media reports (I stopped watching West Indies play Test cricket years ago), Jason Holder trotted out his standard template during a post-match interview after losing the second Test match against India last week: “Obviously we are...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The need for a stakeholder body such as the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) to monitor and report on the fiscal, economic, and monetary indicators without the influence of political control or bureaucratic self-interest has proven to...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Tobacco was brought to Jamaica by the Taino Indians from South America. It is said that two of Columbus’ sailors came across natives in Cuba rolling the leaves of maize or corn, burning and inhaling it. Not quite, it was tobacco leaves, and the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Confidence Is so important to add belief to a country’s sense of what is possible, as well as add credibility to the conviction - “ain’t no stopping us now, we are on the move, we are in a groove”. Such sentiment and upbeat language capture the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

On September 7 when the contest to elect the president of the PNP is held at the National Arena, delegates of the PNP will speak. But while they are at it, they may also speak back to those who have dared to speak for them. Nationwide News Network...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It’s time to provide those interested with an independent, incisive analysis of the PNP leadership contest. Previously, Jamaica has been fed with a steady diet of hype in national media; irrelevant polls; Comrades keeping JLP recorders hyperactive...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Dr Peter Phillips of the PNP is the JLP’s dolly baby. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his JLP administration would all like to buy Peter Phillips a fluffy teddy bear, give him a lollipop, sing him a lullaby, and send him back to bed. Long before...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The ministry of praise and worship has become a popular aspect of the worship experience in a wide cross section of Christian denominations. Particularly with the emergence and expansion of neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical religious...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It is unsurprising that Ministry Paper 51, which was discussed in the Jamaican Senate on August 2, 2019, showed that the incidence of poverty rose in Jamaica in 2017. Data from STATIN show that Jamaica had incidence of poverty at 24.6% in 2013, and...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:16 AM

If it is true that whatever children love will live forever, the default setting needs readjusting. The celebrations of Emancipation and Independence provide good opportunities for so doing. Moreover, there is a need to learn to discuss and...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Jamaican farmers could soon have the chance to grow hemp. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries Audley Shaw has said that he will be looking at hemp production. He hopes that banks will be more open to dealing with hemp farmers...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:14 AM

On August 9, 2019, while breaking ground for the construction of 754 affordable housing units in Rhyne Park, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett gleefully announced plans to bring the biggest shopping mall to Montego Bay to enable tourists to buy...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:14 AM

It’s always sad to see religious dogma laying waste to high-quality intellect. Take Peter Espeut, for example. He keeps reminding me that we attended the same excellent Roman Catholic-run secondary school. So I know he’s grounded in one of the most...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:12 AM

For a nation long desensitised to what effective policing is, it is easy to understand why the sight of a batch of JCF members will delude them into believing that their security is more enhanced. Even for the very moment. “As we take in the...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Earlier this year, the decision was taken to disband the current configuration of the Mobile Reserve. This was a crucial step in the ongoing process of the internal restructuring and expansion of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Since then,...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Living in Jamaica and trying to make a difference in the lives of the people through politics can sometimes be a jarring experience on your psyche. Starkly different realities exist side by side in Jamaica, and the inequality seems to have got...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:19 AM

When I came back to Jamaica in the 1970s, I was shocked to find out that de facto discrimination existed in local advertising in the print and electronic media. I came home ready to hang up my shingle as a filmmaker-cum-communications consultant,...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:19 AMMaziki Tame and Camilo Thame - Contributors

Full employment occurred in slavery. It did not mean that Jamaicans were well off. Last year, unemployment fell to 9.1 per cent, the lowest in 50 years. Jamaica is said to be enjoying a great economic turnaround. In 2018, the country saw the sixth...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Party political internal elections are usually unequal parts suicide and a chance at rebirth. There are two sides lined up in the People’s National Party (PNP). The mass of the old order, at its quite predictable position, is unmovable in its...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The history of Bob Marley and the Wailers has become so distorted over time as every music industry yearner stakes a claim to a piece of his legacy that I’m compelled to set the record straight insofar as I can. An August 12 article from online...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:36 AM

I usually get a kick out of would-be preachers who unrelentingly repeat a monotonous catchphrase. Well, apparently, so did the Rasta man, who was on the receiving end of a front kick that would make Jun Shihan Tony Rob proud. However, the preacher’...

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