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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...

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

The public uproar about Waldane Walker’s use of “bad words” to end his valedictory speech at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) 2019 graduation ceremony and the support he has received from many people is indicative...

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

The following is part one of a three-part series featuring excerpts from the book ‘Conflict of Identity: From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa’. The fractured self in the context of racial identity is the...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Sometimes I wonder when governments prepare budgets if they do not believe that the consequences of misjudgments, misplaced priorities, and overly ambitions forecasts will not come back to haunt them and the society. Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Recently, the news cycle has been dominated by episodes of angry outbursts, leading to physical violence in some instances. This is almost always due to low emotional intelligence. We all know someone who “nuh fraid fi talk wah come a dem mout” or...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I am originally an industrial engineer by vocation and so have had a lifetime fascination with how to improve productivity. In Jamaica, we are very good at analysing problems but not as good at implementing solutions. I would like to take a...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

One famous Jamaican, the late Professor Rex Nettleford, bemoaned the fact that Jamaica is a nation of “sprinters” and not “long-distance runners”. This adage is applicable to sports, but, unfortunately, for many businesses that blazed their names...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The recent altercation between a mother and a medical doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children that led to a shutdown of the accident and emergency unit for two hours became the major topic of discussion in the past week. Psychological...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I happen to like Kari Douglas, PNP councillor for the Trafalgar division in South East St Andrew. First of all, she is a woman, so that gets her an automatic 10 bonus points. Second, she is intelligent and is proud of her Jamaican self. I also...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from speech at the recent Jamaica Basic School Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala in the United Kingdom. That the Jamaica Basic School Foundation (JBSF) will, in 2020, celebrate 20 years of service to Jamaica is testament to the...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump and his family own 38 registered trademarks in China. Some of these were approved after Trump became president. And yet ‘Donald the Great’ Trump has the audacity to rail about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Government recently brought to Parliament proposed changes to the boundaries for the Municipality of Portmore. The opposition objected on the grounds that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) had not been consulted ahead of the proposed...

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