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Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:18 AM

It was reported in the news recently that fake recruitment information circulating on social media resulted in over 1,500 young people queuing up at the Jamaica Defence Force in Kingston, attired in their best business wear and waiting to be...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Former Minister of Education (and let’s not forget Youth and Information) and former Senator Ruel Reid wants to be back on the job at Jamaica College as principal tomorrow morning. A top-of-career job for which he is eminently suited as a Master...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Since the political meeting in East Portland, presenting the candidate for the upcoming by-election, the media, social media, and street talk have been buzzing away with perspectives on race and politics in Jamaica. Jamaica is one of the strangest...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Within a week of the demand by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, for a full investigation into reports of corrupt practices in the Ministry of Education and its agencies, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the resignation of the...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Well, lookie here! Mumble Bumble gone! Braps! No coddling, no reviews, no hesitation. Some guys, like Topsy Turvy, had better luck. Remember the PM’s “preliminary” statement to Parliament on Petrojam (June 26, 2018) about Topsy Turvy? “On Monday...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has his hands full, and, coming out of the Petrojam scandal and national fiasco, the late-night punch that Education Minister Ruel Reid has currently hurled his way was purely not needed. I thought Ruel Reid was...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The Gleaner’s front-page headline, in an affectionate play on words, dubbed Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke ‘Santa Clarke’ essentially capturing his gift-giving Budget. The minister has received rave reviews from analysts, editorials, the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Venezuela’s political crisis appears to have heated up, with the world seeing a so-called “humanitarian crisis” on the Colombia-Venezuelan border. A self-styled president, Juan Guaidó, has emerged, backed by America and some Western countries as...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:13 AM

“Thou hast seen nothing yet.” – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Assets Valuation AND UPGRADE PROSPECTS In 2018, the Petrojam oil refinery retained Muse Stancil, a United States consulting firm, to provide fair market value of its assets....

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke should have been invited to the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica’s Research Technology and Innovation Day last Thursday. In both capacities: finance and the public service. But he...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:15 AM

While today, we consider Hope Gardens to be Jamaica’s best-known botanic garden, it probably owes its beginning to a remarkable past reaching back into the late 18th century when a former British naval officer lived at Cold Spring above New Castle...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Not since the 2001 North East St Ann by-election has there been such national attention being paid to ‘country people’ in a race to send either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standard-bearer, Ann-Marie Vaz, or the People’s National Party’s (PNP)...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The 30th Inter-sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Conference ended in St Kitts on the February 27, 2019, with the staging of a press conference. And guess what was the very first question posed to the head table comprising Prime Minister...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:13 AM

INTRODUCTION In 1961, in the Jamaican House of Assembly, a relatively young Edward Seaga, then opposition member, raised the uncomfortable issue of class division in the Jamaican society in his famous ‘Haves vs Have-Nots’ speech. Seaga was...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:12 AM

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them…” “What you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills ...” – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes In August 2006, the...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:12 AM

It’s always been generally accepted that “inspirational” and “Finance Minister” don’t belong in the same sentence. Surely, to use them consecutively would be to create such an oxymoron that the writer’s credibility would be shattered and his...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:12 AM

On a visit to Jamaica, a Brazilian friend of mine inquired about a local news story. It was about another corruption scandal. Approximately US$2 million had been misappropriated. In answering, I droned endlessly about the high levels of corruption...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:30 AM

“Whaa gwan mi bredrin? Everyting criss? Oonu gud?” This is white former American Harry ‘Danny’ Myers putting on his best Jamiekan as he was sworn in as a naturalised Jamaican. “Mi waan bawl cause mi so excited,” he said. And he did. Myers was one...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

I tried my best to stay clear of the two-ring circus in East Portland. Truly, I tried. But, then, this: “East Portland people say they want tourism. I have a degree in tourism, I have a master’s in tourism, I lecture tourism, and yet still because...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

In the big, great and increasingly confusing United States of America, a gas station operator would be overjoyed if he found himself clearing three per cent as the difference between what he paid for the gas and what it was being sold for at the...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM

With the 1973 oil crisis, the average oil price increased from US$2.48/barrel in 1972 to US$11.58/barrel in 1974, thus causing economic disruptions in many oil-importing developing countries (OIDCs). In response to a call for a ‘New International...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 8:39 PMRev Dr Garnett Roper and Colin Campbell - Contributors

Information contained in the 2019-20 Estimates of Expenditure and two recent articles in the daily newspapers are clearly indicating that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is on a direct collision course with bankruptcy and its...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:15 AMCollin Greenland - Contributor

Included among the matters of concern in the current Petrojam scandal is the vexing issue of nepotism. The greater tragedy, however, is that this monster permeates organisations worldwide, both in public and private entities, and Jamaica is no...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Today is the real day. The real start of the Holness administration, with the swearing-in of the prime minister on March 3, 2016. True, the general election was on February 25. There was only a little media motion around the election date last...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Peter Champagnie is one of Jamaica’s most successful attorneys-at- law. He has the experience, knowledge of the broken system of justice, and, one assumes, based on his competence in his profession and his observations of the myriad, problematic...

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