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Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:11 AM

While driving to work one morning, heading towards Lee's Family Supermarket, I made a right turn on to Pamela Avenue from Red Hills Road. To my surprise, I was met with an elderly man in a wheelchair travelling in the left lane towards Red Hills...

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:09 AM

The Government's plan to increase, in two tranches, starting in the coming fiscal year, employer and employee contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is an important step towards rescuing the scheme.Apart from potentially staving off...

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There has been much debate on the issue of extending the three states of emergency (SOEs) currently in force in St James,St Catherine North, and in parts of the Corporate Area. All three SOEs expire in January 2019, and the resolutions seeking...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It appears that those who were tasked with forecasting the infrastructure that would be needed to satisfy the demands of a fast-growing commercial space such as Half-Way Tree drooled and snored as they slept on the job.The Town and Country Planning...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Government may have taken its sweet time. We nonetheless welcome its initiative to shore up the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), for which we have campaigned for three years since it became apparent that the scheme was in serious trouble and in...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, Grenada stole my heart. There hasn't been another island that has had this kind of impact on me aside from my beloved Jamaica. I was there as a speaker for the Caribbean Entrepreneurship Summit. It sought to strengthen collaboration in...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Sigh. Remember these awards are (mostly) meant to be humorous. The Dunce was a happy-go-lucky character who never took anything seriously. If you suffer from CLAMS ('can't-laugh-at-myself' syndrome), avert your eyes.The Old Ball and Chain insists on...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:53 AM

For many, Christmas is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. They absolutely enjoy and look forward to the carols, the sorrel and cake and ham, the festive lighting and decorations, gathering with loved ones, partying, and the church...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We are using the political process that was meant to keep us free to constitute the strongest shackle fettering national development. That's stupid!Last Tuesday's final sitting of the House of Representatives was preceded with one highly placed...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some esteemed biblical characters have been with prostitutes, used maids/slaves to bear children, offered virgin daughters to assuage the lustful rage of lascivious bisexual villagers, got drunk and committed incest, had concubines, womanised,...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On December 11, 2018, the joint select committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related acts published its long-awaited report. Some gains were made in the recommendations largely because of the persistent advocacy of civil-society groups....

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the absence of an obvious groundswell of opposition, the Government, it seems, is bulldozing ahead with its decision to create a new city on the alluvial plains of St Catherine.Last week, Daryl Vaz, a minister without portfolio in Prime Minister...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:26 AM

The picture Andrew Wheatley painted of himself in his interview with this newspaper a week ago was of a snivelling, remorseful character, too out of his depth to be aware that Petrojam was being incompetently run and, figuratively, sacked by the...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) was established in 1966 and is a compulsory, contributory, funded social-security scheme. Employers and employees make contributions to the National Insurance Fund (NIF), and these contributions are used to...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Peter Tosh's provocative song, African, on his militant Equal Rights album, was released more than 40 years ago. It opened with this startling declaration: "Don't care where you come from/As long as you're a black man, you're an African."None of the...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Governmental issues can get complicated. That's a fact. Plus, very few people actually take the time out to understand the Budget and spending priorities of an administration.The inherent weakness in relying on the media is that often journalists...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican State may be passing up on chances to build trust. For example, National Identification System (NIDS) spokespersons have seemed more inclined to defend the system than to discuss it. As a result, they seem to be missing out on...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:44 AM

The name Kimone Rose may not mean anything to most of our readers. Yet we have elected to highlight the initiative of this 25-year-old woman who is on a mission to tackle mental-health issues starting in two rural communities of Clarendon....

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In England, it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances. Although 'suspicious' is not defined in the statute, being drunk to the gills might constitute a cause.Perhaps drunk with power, the British lawmakers also made it an offence...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party (PNP) will not win public support for its recent decision to not vote in favour for the extension of the states of emergency (SOE) in parts of St James and St Catherine, but it will go down in history for taking a...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The auditor general's report has exposed the rot within Petrojam. Logic would suggest that it would be full speed ahead on the part of the Integrity Commission, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Office of the...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I write in response to Anthony Pantlitz's letter, 'Dumbfounded at hero's welcome for Buju Banton', published on Thursday, December 13, 2018.Though the "great American soldiers" are given a hero's welcome after duty in the Middle East, there are also...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tuesday's brouhaha between the Government and Opposition over whether a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was properly convened should serve as a reminder of the unfinished business of entrenching the leadership of other parliamentary...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No, the Jamaican Government is not schizophrenic; it does not have a split personality. How then, you may ask, can one agency of government be so wantonly corrupt, funding lavish private birthday parties, serving US$1,000 (J$128,000) birthday cakes...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:54 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) and its leader, Peter Phillips, must be aware of the political risk they have taken by voting down the states of public emergency in three regions of Jamaica, which had been credited with a 20 per cent...

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