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Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In a few days, 2020 will come around and many Jamaicans will greet each other and give thanks that they made it to see another year. Overall, I do not think that we will change our priorities in any radical way. The elderly, and especially the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In my last article, the food import bill for 2018 was examined and it was established that the largest chunk of imports represented food products of animal origin – some 30 per cent. It was further established that the case for replacing our beef...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The following is an edited version of a presentation made at the Association of Fraud Examiners (Jamaica Chapter) on November 15, 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. T HE WORLD SITUATION: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), in...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“I want you to know that I am a man Who fight for the right, not for the wrong… Helping the weak against the strong… And … If you trouble this man It will bring a bam bam … Bam bam, what a bam bam!” – Toots...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As we rapidly approach Jesus’ official birthday, Christians are filled with warm sentiments expressed by Herald Angels upon His birth “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14). Some insert the word ‘all’...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Were I a lawyer operating in Jamaica, at some stage, I would have to face up to the convenient similarities I could claim to myself and a small but busy wholesale establishment located on the edge of an inner-city pocket. Like the wholesale...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is a country where our primary concern is to make “money jingle in our pockets” rather than create a foundation of real wealth to maintain a stable economic base. We have become lost in the euphoria of the booming stock market, which is...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We already have everyday fake news in Jamaican homes – “the dog ate my homework”, “I forgot it was our wedding anniversary again”, “no, you said you would pay the JPS bill” – and so on. Then there are the national fake news rumours like – “the...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As at December 10, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has not been functioning as we know it because of the absence of a quorum of judges due to the United States’ blocking of appointments of appellate body members. The US’s...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As we close the second decade of the 21st century and move to plan for the third decade of this long century, we need to use the time not only to celebrate but to define some key priorities that will guide us over the coming decade. Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The sore matter of the size of Jamaica’s food import bill, which, in 2018, stood at US$902.3 million, has been the subject of much public discourse in recent time, particularly within the context of planned diversion of A-class agricultural lands...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from Conflict of Identity: From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa The Plantation syndrome is not unlike Stockholm syndrome – a term that was used by psychiatrist Nils Bejerot after a bank robbery and...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Thanks to the reader who took the time to respond to my article in The Sunday Gleaner of December 1, 2019. In the article, I looked at possible reasons for the decline in voter turnout over the years as well as possible options to address the...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

On Monday, December 9, 2019, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which is the economic regulator for the National Water Commission (NWC), announced increases in the rates to be paid by NWC customers based on an application submitted to them...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephen Scale - Guest Columnist

School has just ended. A seven-year-old boy is standing on his school compound when an unmanned garbage truck runs into a nearby taxi then overturns and crushes him to death. In November, a university student is viciously murdered while making his...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:17 AM
Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from ‘Conflict of Identity: From the Slave Trade - One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa’ The black child forms his view of the world from his daily experiences. He reacts consciously and unconsciously to responses to his skin colour. The...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

General elections were held in our sister Caribbean island of Dominica on December 6, 2019. At the end of polling, the governing Dominican Labour Party (DLP) had won 18 of the 21 seats being contested, increasing the number of seats held from 15 to...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I know I am a lone voice crying in the wilderness wondering if in the next 200 years we will still be attributing our problems and paradoxes to slavery and the plantation system. To maintain this indulgence allows us to excuse our politicians from...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

To my horror, I recently discovered that I am a millennial. I am one of the very people whose attitude to life and work I despise so much. After my initial shock, I decided that I cannot tolerate living under this label, so I decided to create my...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In 2004, Benji had a lot to be proud of. He was 52 and had spent the last 25 years building out a family business that had propelled him into a level of wealth that only few in this country could ever dream of attaining. Unknown to him then, by...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

People ask why I keep saying that Jamaica’s elections are anti-democratic. Mainly because they are! We must remember that they’re based on the Westminster model of governance. But, you reply indignantly: isn’t Westminster the most democratic system...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Seven years ago, in response to concerns expressed by then education Minister Ronald Thwaites, a distinguished university lecturer joined with the then president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) in suggesting that Patois/ ‘patwah’ be...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMAnn-Marie Campbell - Guest Columnist

I have been following a recent development involving the two fastest male sprinters of all time – Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. Jamaica is blessed to be called ‘home’ by both of them. Jamaica is also home to the ‘Sub-10 King’, Asafa Powell, who...

Published:Sunday | December 8, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Generally speaking, there has been a steady decline in voter turnout in Jamaica over the years. Turnout in the 2016 general election hit an all-time low of 47.7 per cent, except for the 1983 polls, which were boycotted by the People’s National...

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