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Published:Sunday | August 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is the second part of an excerpt from a speech delivered by Claude Clarke at the National Commercial Bank's 2010 Strategic Retreat, put on by its Group Human Resources Division on July 17.

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Today is August 1, traditionally our Emancipation Day. Some Jamaicans had been uneasy that we might go into this celebration of freedom under a state of emergency (SOE).

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

People repeatedly ask me why won't I participate in public-affairs talk shows.First, none of them wants me.

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The people have spoken - decisively and unequivocally. They wanted an extension to the state of emergency and must be mad as hell that the People's National Party (PNP) blocked it.

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Today, August 1, is Emancipation Day, marking 176 years of freedom from slavery. In the same calendar week this year, Friday is Independence Day, marking 48 years of freedom from colonial oversight.

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I told you not to write off Bruce Golding. And that a day was a long time in politics. After being on an incredible roll for months, courtesy of the Bruce Golding administration's handling of the Dudus extradition and Manatt, Phelps and Phillips issues, the People's National Party had an emergency hijack last week...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When both this column and I were considerably younger, a certain minister of health tracked me on the telephone to my desk at work. I had written a piece, 'A long night at the hospital', bitterly complaining about the long wait and shabby treatment experienced at a public hospital to which I had taken a relative for 'emergency' treatment.

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Those who say the recently ended state of emergency (SOE) served no real purpose must place little value on human life. From January 1 to May 31, Jamaica experienced 737 murders, or 4.8 per day. Between June 1 and July 19 there were 137 murders, or 2.8 per day. That is an over 40 per cent drop.

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Presidential systems, say of the United States, employ separation of powers between the executive and legislature. Neither the executive nor the legislature can dissolve the other. In contrast, parliamentary systems, like ours, are based on a fusion of powers. The executive is a committee of the legislature. Each can dissolve the other.

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered by Claude Clarke at the National Commercial Bank's 2010 Strategic Retreat put on by its Group Human Resources Division on July 17.

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The question that the front-runners in the harsh, sometimes vulgar and uncompromising criticism levelled at the Opposition for withholding its support for the resolution to have the period of public emergency extended for a further one month have deliberately chosen not to address is: Why did the Government downright refuse to accept the 15-day extension proposal?

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On June 25, the People's National Party (PNP) members of the Senate brought a motion of censure against Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne, citing assault on the "rule of law, scant respect for the administration of justice and gross dereliction of ministerial responsibility."

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is an absolute delight to see the two political parties ganging up against Greg Christie, the contractor general. Mr Christie can be a difficult man and regularly roughly ruffles feathers.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It has recently been reported on more than one occasion that the whistle-blowing bill mandates that employees should report matters to their employers in all circumstances, and further, that I am advocating that this should remain so.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In a recent edition of one of the local daily newspapers, it was reported that "a senior member of the Diaspora Advisory Board" had expressed his unhappiness with how the Jamaican public had responded to the apology of Prime Minister Bruce Golding in the ongoing saga of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair and the related extradition drama of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Crime, identified by Jamaicans as their number one problem, has seen a dramatic decline of 49 per cent over the May-June period, resulting in 87 fewer murders. There was also a 46 per cent decline in shooting incidents over the period. Rape, carnal abuse, robbery and break-ins are also down, praise the Lord.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Agriculture embracing cultivation, animal husbandry and fishing provides for human nutrition, clothing and inputs for other food and industrial processing.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On Friday, July 2, during the urgings of the opposition senators that the Government should establish an independent commission of enquiry to receive evidence and make determinations and recommendations concerning the non-receding, still in-your-face...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Would it make any difference if Jamaica left CARICOM? I asked 20 randomly selected people this question last week. They all shrugged their shoulders.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is the second part of an excerpt from a presentation made by Rupert Lewis, professor of political thought, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, during a symposium 'States of Freedom: Freedom of States' at the Mona Visitors' Lodge,...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We often talk about corruption in government. We should also talk about corruption of government. We must talk about those who are outside of government, who corrupt the institutions and processes of government.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

If you listen only to the naysayers who dominate economic analysis in this country, and for whom the Government and the minister of finance can do no right, you could easily believe that the Government's borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is heading for disaster.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The country needs leadership that inspires, infuses enthusiasm and passion in people and which gives people a real sense that they are stakeholders in this society.

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is an edited version of a letter sent to the Press Association of Jamaica by Faith Innerarity, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.The role of the press is of critical importance in any...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The arrest, extradition and arraignment of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in just a few days between June 22 and 25 was a demonstration of the swift justice we can have if we really try. In four days, Coke was arrested, taken to a local court where he waived his rights against a local trial, was flown to New York, arraigned in a New York court and pled not guilty to charges.

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