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Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:10 AM

I have never really understood why political parties and governments act in the interest of big business rather than in the interest of the consuming public; after all, consumers are voters who elect governments, and to whom parties and governments...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:10 AM

I like the Government’s new approach to managing the pandemic. The new approach is one which puts the onus on individual citizens to do what is in their best interest. At long last. We live in a pluralistic society that will never align on all...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:08 AM

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness could hardly have made a better choice than his appointment this week of Professor Alvin Wint as chairman of HEART/NSTA Trust. For not only is there much clean-up to do at HEART, that project now coincides with a...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:10 PM

THERE IS a point at which the excuse of ‘youthful exuberance’ neither works nor makes sense. Dayton Campbell, the general secretary of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), is well past that point. Dr Campbell is obviously short on...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:06 AM

IT FINALLY got me. At least I think so. After nearly two years of dodging the COVID bullet, the pandemic gods finally backed me into a corner, fixed their sights on my position and unloaded a full barrage of the Omicron variant right on top of my...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:06 AMLascelve Graham/ - Guest Columnist

IT IS surprising, if not shocking, alarming, to find someone of a lighter skin colour functioning at the lower socio-economic levels in Jamaica. Why is this? Is it as stated by one of the persons who commented on my previous article that, “It is a...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:07 AM

HAVING METAPHORICALLY flung his hands in the air and suggested that it is every man for himself and devil take the hindmost, Prime Minister Andrew Holness should also clarify whether his “argument done” remark also means an end to any...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:05 AM

EVERY GOVERNMENT in Jamaica’s history has touted their credentials and commitment to youth development. However, based on the current state of affairs, Jamaica has a far way to go before we reach the milestone of achieving meaningful youth...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:05 AM

“As I watch the unfolding crisis in the USA, I see a political and social landscape flashing with warning signals … .“ Thomas Homer Dixon, Canadian political scientist, in the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper, January 2, 2022 . “Democracy (in...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The Government continues its obsession with its favourite diversion, namely, states of public emergency (SOEs). Wherever the prime minister or national security minister is heard these days, they are drowned out by the sound of toys being thrown...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:06 AM

ONCE AGAIN, our lives are being disrupted by a COVID-19 wave, the fourth since this wretched pandemic began. This surge is being driven by the Omicron variant, the most transmissible to have evolved so far, with local positivity rates climbing...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:05 AM

GUYANESE Dr Yesu Persaud’s death last week, at the age of 93, did not command too much attention in Jamaica. Not even the island’s private-sector institutions seemed to notice much. There was no significant statement of his seminal contribution to...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 9:41 AM

As Christians, we worship Jesus and so we should. But why should we worship Jesus? The answer might seem obvious, but it is not as obvious as one might be inclined to think. We should worship Jesus for the right reason. If we worship Jesus for the...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:08 AM

When Fayval Williams updated Parliament recently on the ongoing effort to resume face-to-face classes in Jamaica’s schools, she referenced a World Bank argument that the Government needed to allocate between $2.4 billion and $3.9 billion per annum...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Despite a week of multiple murders, I dare to posit that the worst circumstance relating to our long-term national security is the reality that some 40 per cent of schoolchildren cannot be found or have not returned to school. The preacher at the...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:05 AM

More and more, I’ve been noticing a very disturbing and potentially dangerous trend; many people are living in denial of COVID-19. Only a few days ago, my wife went to a popular jewellery store on the Constant Spring Road shopping strip. She...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:12 AMKlandine Thomas - Guest Columnist

The Forestry Department has designated the Cockpit Country as falling within five parishes: St James, St Elizabeth, Trelawny, Manchester and St Ann, while also bordering on the cusp of Hanover, Westmoreland and Clarendon. The Cockpit spans five...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:12 AM

The new, and first female head of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss Gorman, should explain more precisely what it is about the declaration of states of emergency that makes them especially effective in crime-fighting,...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:07 AM

CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING Nuff a di Seventh-Day Adventist dem inna Jamaica backward, backward, backward. Mi couldn’t believe it when mi hear seh di President a di North Jamaica Conference, Dr Karl Archer, interview Dr Burnett Robinson fi di talk show...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:07 AM

Maybe Transport and Mining Minister Audley Shaw and Rev Dr Rohan Ambersley, of the Sterling Castle New Testament Church of God, live in different countries, because they didn’t make the connection with the other. Thank God for the sociology; we...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:07 AM

While politicians oscillate between outrage and sorrow at the murder rate, the perpetrators of these heinous crimes walk freely in their own sovereign states within Jamaica. The Gulag Archipelago is a non-fiction literary work by Russian writer and...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:07 AM

I WAS in the Bahamas working with health department employees, community leaders and hospital staff on dengue prevention. When we wrapped up a session, one of the participants who knew I was staying at the Atlantis asked, “So you’re in the casino...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Rejecting the accusations of bullying and despotism that were levelled at Mia Mottley, the overwhelming majority of the electorate of Barbados returned her and her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to government for a second consecutive term at a general...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

KIERON POLLARD, the captain of the West Indies limited-overs cricket team, was refreshingly frank about his team’s failings in their 2-1 defeat by Ireland in their recent One-Day International (ODI) series, and the generally poor state of batting...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:08 AMEnrique Okenve/ Guest Columnist

THE EVENTS of the last few days, involving the Accompong Maroons, under the leadership of their elected chief, Richard Currie, have reminded us that the Maroon-Jamaica relationship continues to be a festering topic. This unspoken truth became...

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