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Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The domino crew gathered during a crime upsurge to talk and play.What we called an 'upsurge' then (over 200 murders in 1973) was like a family picnic now. But, as Dessie posed double-six, he said government should produce a better crime plan or he...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner headlines (February 14, 2018) 'Holness backs down' and 'Holness bows to pressure' could well have been 'Holness responsive to citizens' demands: Jamaica's democracy alive .... if not fully well'.Justice Sykes is to be appointed "in short...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the normal scheme of things, the comings and goings of diplomats are little-noticed, routine business, except when it used to be the arrival or departure of an American ambassador. The British, too, warranted some attention.These days, however,...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At the peak of our world dominance in the sprints, we often boasted that Jamaica is a sprint factory. We were proud of the achievements of our athletes and readily embraced the well-deserved title bestowed upon us.Given our runaway murder rate, with...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Few, if any, of us in Parliament would disagree that the current slate of bank fees are extortionate and that competition in our marketplace is ineffectual to stimulate their moderation. When self-regulation is spurned, the State has an obligation...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is, it seems, facing a dilemma over how to go about the Cabinet reshuffle he has in mind, especially what to do with the finance minister, Audley Shaw. It is clear that he intends to replace Mr Shaw with Nigel Clarke,...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An insufficiently noted or commented-on element of the Budget Estimates tabled in Parliament last week by Finance Minister Audley Shaw is that he set out a detailed medium-term spending plan.In other words, Mr Shaw showed not only how much, or on...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It seems almost oxymoronic that while modern medicine fights to prevent child diseases, the virus of viral media appears to be virtually incurable, and it is our children who are the most vulnerable victims of this widespread contagion.It took no...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Flogging has been off the books for quite some time now, and it's clear that the judiciary was reluctant to have to legislate from the Bench and reintroduce it on such short notice, and for no less a person than the prime minister. But as the...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Over the years, Jamaica has been plagued by poor environmental practices. This has given rise to a society that is now facing a pollution pandemic that poses serious health and safety hazards to the well-being of all Jamaicans.As we grapple with...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nothing in Jamaica is more impatient of national consensus as a strategic plan for tackling crime and public disorder. The data insist upon this fact.In 2017, there were 1,616 murders in Jamaica, which means that 60 persons were killed for every 100...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When mi see di Reggae Month calendar fi 2018, mi head start spin. So much tings chuck up eena di one lickle month! An dem dis a clash, left, right an centre. Mi know seh wi love dancehall clash. But dis a one big mix-up an...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:05 AM

This week's ousting of South African President Jacob Zuma, the surprise resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and before that the forced resignation of Robert Mugabe, 93, as president of Zimbabwe, call for a reflection on the...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Parkland was voted the safest city in Florida. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in that city is highly regarded by the Florida Board of Education.Last Wednesday, a nightmare unfolded at that school. Nikolas...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I walked into a bat. Not a cricket bat, but a costumed demon bat, tall, grinning headpiece with long ears, black velvet arms, and to a seven-year-old, scary like hell. I was at my Uncle Bem's 'parlour' or 'cake shop' in Carapichaima (a village in...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As the dust created by the whirlwind of public outrage settles on the appointment of the acting chief justice, and the terms of the acting unequivocally stated as supervisory probation by the prime minister, the chief executive officer of the state...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow will mark my 25th anniversary as a weekly columnist with this newspaper.It all began in 1992 when the New Beginning Movement (NBM) - of which I was a convenor - joined the Jamaica Council of Churches on a walk from the People's National...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

P J Patterson, a former prime minister of Jamaica, offered the current incumbent, Andrew Holness, valuable advice recently at the height of the controversy over his appointment of Brian Sykes as the acting chief justice in a context where a clear...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A politician is by no means a rare find if one wants to forage all over. In truth, the composition of most politicians supports the obvious finding that they are highly motivated individuals, but with what end in mind, we do not fully know.What...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As crime and violence continue to plague the nation, the interests of individuals, sectors, and political parties have to give way to the collective good of us all. Just as how we are one Jamaica and singing One Love when Team Jamaica mines gold at...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We hear Colonel Desmond Edwards' defence of the independence with which the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has operated. Nonetheless, we, too, urge the speedy completion of the legislative process for its establishment as an...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It seems that Prime Minister Andrew Holness will acquiesce to the public outrage and instruct that Bryan Sykes be permanently appointed as Jamaica's chief justice, after an uncomfortable fortnight for the Government of having him act in the post. It...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Basil Dawkins, in one of his better plays, uses the biblical parables of the prodigal son and Noah's Ark as the backdrop to his newest play, Pressure Drop. Pressure Drop is the title of a song by reggae icons Toots...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The story is told in hushed tones of well-known journalist Evon Blake, who jumped into the pool at Myrtle Bank Hotel, a whites-only facility in downtown Kingston."One summer day in 1948, as tourists and elites casually colonised the poolside deck...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I read an article in The Guardian newspaper titled 'Trinidad's jihadis: how tiny nation became ISIS recruiting ground'. The article reported that more than 100 of Trinidad's citizens have left to join the Islamic State (ISIS), "including...

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