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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’...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:32 AM

In our anthem, we pray: “Justice, truth be ours forever.” These words seem aspirational rather than actual. If the tune could carry, they should be reordered to: “Truth and justice be ours forever,” as you must first have truth to foster justice....

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Some church persons are using biblical teachings in an attempt to coerce the State into continuing to treat a woman as a criminal if she chooses to have an abortion. Scare tactics, backed up by horrific footage, have been used to equate abortion...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:27 AM

What a preckeh since the latest living conditions survey (tabled August 2) established that poverty increased by 2.2% in 2017! Nothing but dysfunction has followed. The saddest part was the deplorable but unsurprising glee with which the PNP...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:26 AM

One year after the Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) scraped by with a one-seat win over the People’s National Party (PNP) in 2016, Portia gave up the leadership of the PNP, and Peter Phillips was awarded the post, with all who could...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Rain and flashes of lightning were doing their thing as the three-year-old youngster rolled at warp speed on his scooter through the huge living room. “Is it powered?’”I asked his father, Peter Bunting. “No, that’s just him,” he said. We were...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:11 AM

So what’s all the fuss about parrotfish? Well, most Jamaicans may have heard by now of the idea that surfaced of protecting parrotfish in our waters by banning their consumption. Well, it turns out that there are pros and cons to the idea. Let’s...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:11 AM

“The PRC’s purpose, objectives, and functions included a review of the following: “1.The current plans for upgrade of the refinery and assessing them in relation to possible alternatives and against realistic options in respect of the future...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:11 AM

On August 6, 2019, Jamaica will be 57 years old. After 57 years, we still maintain a colonially imposed governance system imported wholesale from Westminster, itself created to appease subjects clamouring for an oxymoron – ‘democracy’ in a monarchy...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:26 AMEsther Figueroa - Guest Columnist

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong ­became the first human to walk on the surface of that beautiful celestial orb we watch wax and wane from our home Planet Earth. On July 22, 2019, there was a protest rally in...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:26 AM

“The RBP [refinery billing price] is determined internally by Petrojam, and there appears to be no oversight by the Ministry of Energy or other governmental authority. (GCA pp. 40).” - Petrojam Review Committee (PRC) Report Page 14 The...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Senator Lambert Brown hates corruption with a passion. Many of us worry about him when there are senate sittings. Choking with rage and righteousness at the very hint of this scourge, we harbour fears of a myocardial infarction. His comrade leader...

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