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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...

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

Samuel ‘Daddy’ Sharpe was born a slave in St James in 1780. Thanks to his leadership qualities and his innate intelligence, he was to become a prominent Baptist deacon in Montego Bay. Over time, he had limited freedom to travel throughout western...

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

We seem to have reached the stage in Jamaica where Tin Gods are the norm. Politicians have considered themselves above reproach or criticism forever. It’s the nature of the beast. In an occupation where popularity is the sole qualification,...

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

Sooner or later, we will learn that the current model of capitalism espoused by the West is extreme and fosters growing inequality in the world. We are led to believe by proponents of neoliberalism that it is this ubercapitalism, or socialism, that...

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

In January of 2018, in an interview with Loop News, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams said that he would only need six months to clean up the violent crime situation in Jamaica. As skilled a crime fighter as he was, and loved by...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMRicardio Madden - Guest Columnist

It is a great feeling to be accepted into university, to finally have a chance to fulfil that childhood dream of wanting to become a teacher, doctor, nurse, chemist, or even a skilled worker. It is now also the opportune time ‘to adult’ and gain...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health and Wellness recently announced a big data-sharing initiative with a view to making the delivery of healthcare services more efficient and effective. While the objective might be noble and inure to the benefit of the public...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMG. Keith Summers - Guest Columnist

Small and medium-size enterprise (SME) operators in Jamaica will tell you every time that the single biggest challenge in developing and operating their business is access to finance. In fact, this refrain can be echoed by most of the borrowing...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. In fact, more than 400 million people have Spanish as their native language. This fact has aroused the interest of many, and today, more than 20 million people study it. In Jamaica, both...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The signals were loud and clear coming from the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) 76th annual party conference. Exuding such confidence that Jamaicans would say they were “in their ackee”, chairman Robert Montague, engaging and entertaining, was...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

So, I have good news (for me) and bad news (for you). The good news is that I’m back after a short break to complicate your Tuesdays and Sundays. The bad news is that I’m still writing garbage! That’s according to the Old Ball and Chain who...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I cannot recall ever meeting sports medicine specialist Dr Paul Wright, but if I did, I am certain that I would conclude quite early that he is a likeable man. Of course, if we moved to any discussions, I would carefully avoid sports medicine and...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica will not attain any real prosperity until it addresses the structural deficiencies that prevent the large mass of her people from attaining certification to allow them to participate in the globally competitive labour market through high-...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

[Excerpts from the recent launch of the Honey Bun Foundation] The Honey Bun Foundation will be supported by two legs: collaboration and leadership. Brand Jamaica is a massive tree covering us all in Jamaica whose low-hanging fruit we have still...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The angry, negative response of my countrymen to suggestions that our parliamentarians need a salary increase does not surprise me. The lack of clear, rational assessment of situations by large sections of the citizenry is cause for concern. ‘Away...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“Leadership means everything: pain, blood, and death!” – Marcus Garvey President Evo Morales’ socialist government of Bolivia has been overthrown by the military and apparently US-backed forces of the political opposition. Empress Jeanine...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

When I am teaching my foreign friends bad words, I explain that the root word is made incrementally worse by adding the suffix “c***t” to it. And so, by appropriating the latest international bad word, I present to you the most vile of curse words...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In a recent Gleaner editorial, the case was made for the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith to meet with current United States Ambassador Donald Tapia to send him a clear message that Jamaica’s foreign policy was not formulated at the US State...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

On a day last week when the opposition leader’s point man on agriculture, Victor Wright, was thrown to the dogs, he was on Nationwide Radio struggling and stumbling to explain what was supposed to be another scandal under the Jamaica Labour Party’s...

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