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Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It will take more than legislation, enforcement, changing processes, and institutional change to stamp out corruption in Jamaica. We have a culture of corruption. We have to tackle it at its root.And there is an intimate connection between...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Praise be to God I've survived yet another Carnival Sunday.This one was the worst yet. I expected the crash, bang, clatter assault that is perpetrated annually on residential neighbourhoods and was almost pleasantly surprised when it began earlier...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

You might think that I am about to comment on the crime plan announced recently, and you would be right, but not now. My problem is that this world has too many people who do not think systemically and who fail to recognise that everything is...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:51 AMOrville Taylor

Lawyers and judges do not make law. At best, they interpret statutes that are enacted by the persons in the legislature whom we have elected. Therefore, if the law is an ass; the lawyers and courts are merely farmers, although much of their animal...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:02 AM

So, the carousel continues as George Quallo becomes the next sacrificial lamb (oops, sorry, commissioner of police).As a semi-retired civil advocate, I've had little to do with Commissioner Quallo. I did deal with him once, many years ago, when he...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:02 AM

Although Finance Minister Audley Shaw announced reductions in the rate of property tax during his presentation in the House of Representatives on April 11, 2017, the new regime will still deal a devastating blow to many micro, small, and medium-...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday, just before Parish Judge, Sancia Burrell shocked reputed leader of the Clansman Gang, Tesha Miller, with a 'massive' fine for making a false declaration to immigration officials, she signalled the quantum with a classic bit of sarcasm...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The stunning fall of the most powerful man in American cable television has generated much commentary, but one thing is certain: If Bill O'Reilly were operating in Jamaican media, he would still hold his position today. We could care less for...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's not that difficult to raise $500 million for a National Research Fund, something the country desperately needs. That's only 0.07 per cent of this year's $740-billion Budget.I pick a figure of $500 million because, despite the sounds and...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We note with interest your columnist Jaevion Nelson's article of April 15, 2017 titled 'Public-sector reform could stifle youth', in which he articulated concerns that youth development and involvement in policy formation may be curtailed by ongoing...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Dear Prime Minister Holness:I cannot help but begin my column with a quote from Tanya Stephens' song Sound of My Tears: "Any people who don't spend enough to provide for the poor you won't be able to spend enough to protect the rich. Think poverty a...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMAnsword Hewitt

We are grateful for your publication of the following complete text of the response sent to Professor Carolyn Cooper, by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), on Friday, April 7, 2017. We feel that sharing the information with your readers will...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For the first time since I settled in Jamaica in 1991, I really miss not being in Britain and being involved in political action.It has been widely reported that Theresa May's decision to call a snap election on June 8 is a smart move that will...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

That awful, ugly fracas between the principal and the female student at Cumberland High School is only the latest indication of our social crisis. The Ardenne case of the teacher fondling his student. Then there was the incident of the 11-year old...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

By bipartisan consensus, the 52 members of parliament who were present in the House of Representatives on April 5, voted two pension-reform bills. At the heart of the matter was the extension of the general age of retirement from the public service...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The just-ended ISSA GraceKennedy Boysand Girls' Athletics Championships was perhaps one of the best ever stagings. Calabar and Edwin Allen high schools copped the respective boys' and girls' titles. Congratulations to both schools and their coaches...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's possible that a young, inexperienced attorney general may fail to alert Government to obstacles in the path of a sudden property tax increase, particularly when the increase is to be blamed on a revaluation of land.First and foremost, because...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Particularly when I am down and on my face, or when I am seeking to make a little extra money, my mind wanders into businesses that might appear far out.One of my first 'projects' that I put a good amount of thought into was a diaper service....

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This could be another column about the pastors who violate little girls, or priests who fondle little boys, but no, it is about the day-to-day believers who pick daily verses and call themselves Christians, although they really are, at best,...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Hibbert family's association with Jamaica began with the supply of cotton goods from their cotton mills in Lancashire in demand in the West African slaving ports. It wasn't until 1734 that the first family member, Thomas, arrived in Kingston to...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:39 AMOrville Taylor

Yes, it is a big deal that he was celebrating with his national flag. After all, this young man was many miles from home and had only a small number of family members with him here. Moreover, he was a middle-distance runner competing for a school...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The man I call (behind his back, of course, so for God's sake don't tell him) Luke Cage but whose pen name is Mark Wignall (never met the chap), wrote a very interesting column last Thursday headlined 'Cleaning up Caymanas racing track'.Luke [Mark,...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne

You are a young, ambitious person in search of prosperity. You studied hard and sacrificed a lot for your degree. You want to leave your parents' home and start one of your own. But you have been hit with a double whammy: increased rental or home-...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two Fridays ago, I interviewed Stephen Shaw, spokesman for everything at the National Works Agency (NWA), the entity responsible for road maintenance in Jamaica.When I asked him about the average yearly estimate of costs to repair roads, he told me...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Did they do a tax-incidence study? The Ministry of Finance has the ability to do such analyses. As former minister of finance Peter Phillips asked during the Budget Debate, was one done to evaluate the impact of the current tax measures? If yes,...

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