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Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:44 AM

Jamaica’s biggest cancer is the nexus between unemployment and underemployment, which is the root cause of the escalating crime rate. If we are to break this unholy umbilical linkage, we must be bold and think outside the box to create new...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:23 AMGordon Robinson

For more than 10 years I’ve used these columns to press for radical constitutional change. I’ve made it clear that I believe Jamaica is doomed unless we radically reconstruct our country to give it a chance for success. My premise...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:10 AM

As Caribbean economies reposition and restructure their operations to achieve significantly higher and more sustainable levels of economic growth, the call by policymakers and public commentators for the higher-education sector...

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

T​heatre packed at launching of People’s Party’, The Daily Gleaner reported on a crowded front page on Monday morning, September 19, 1938.That was the Ward Theatre, in which the People's National Party (PNP) had been launched the day before....

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

Monopoly situations are often undesirable because the monopolist has very little incentive to lower cost (and hence price) or improve quality. Competition, on the other hand, puts pressure on a firm to lower prices (or at least restrict increases)...

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

It's not a surprise that our country is still infested with many young and not-so-young men who are prepared now and will be so prepared tomorrow to use their firepower on sections of the society.The gunfire between members of the security forces...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Economic reform is never easy. This is especially the case when the policy matters under consideration are highly technical in nature and the public space for informed and in-depth commentary is underdeveloped.Monetary policy - the process by which...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Do you have a vision for Jamaica? Or are you more concerned with either keeping or putting 'your' party in 'power'? Can you see beyond your party's prospects to catch a glimpse of Jamaica's future? If yes, what does it look like to you?If you have...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"I think I may have wasted my time in talking to him," the Jamaican professor wrote in his email to me. Later that same day as we spoke, he joked, "And I even wore a jacket and tie that day."My friend, the professor, once lectured in the maths...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the interest of bipartisan support for new policing measures, a little concession could be made to Fitz Jackson and the Opposition PNP for which he is spokesman on national (in)security.The members of the latest new branch of the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In 2016, the Jamaican dollar (JMD) fell more days than it appreciated in value, depreciating 182 days as against increasing 66 days. For the full year, it declined 6.2%.Last year, 2017, things got better as the dollar went up 146 days and faltered...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The thought of my child being wilfully killed by another human being raises all the hairs on my neck and head - and you know just how difficult that must be.My colleagues in media often use the unnecessary adjective or adverb, brutal or brutally....

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:36 AMOrville Taylor

They are predators - opportunistic predators - and you can’t take them lightly. Three gruesome deaths and we know why they happened and how they could’ve been avoided, or how future ones can be avoided. They involved three Cs:...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent pronouncement by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw that he is prepared to ban the importation of certain dog breeds based on their potential threat to human life and limb would be commendable, if it had...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I've tried to leave crime alone.Really. Tried. Hard. But political reactions to the brutal murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis were infuriating. Brainless, convenient, populist drivel abounded. For example, the PM seemed to forget, perhaps...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis has once again shocked the country, causing widespread outrage and condemnation, as it should. Regrettably, however, neither the circumstance nor the public reaction is new.The children's monument...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two Saturdays ago at about 3:30 p.m., I stopped by a bar at Park Lane and spent about half an hour having a chat with an acquaintance I had not seen in one year. We spoke about politics, youth unemployment, criminality, the police, and some of the...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Cricket aficionado, professor of history, and the most senior manager of the most powerful and most complex Caribbean regional organisation, Sir Hilary Beckles, was pushed on to the back foot by the media googly bowled to him in a recent RJR Group...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recent developments in the performance of Jamaica's public sector indicate that there are major gaps in our governance structure that have to be addressed if the system is to become less prone to abuse and manipulation.These gaps are largely in the...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Sometimes, when I read or listen to dangerous dogma promulgated by the Church and its many brainwashed surrogates, I can only shake my head.It's not surrogates' fault. They've been trained, in our mainly inadequate secondary schools supplemented by...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I am deeply concerned by recent news headlines that paint a picture of a relentless tobacco industry keen on advancing its own interests at the expense of public health.From the call for a reduction in the special consumption tax (SCT) on cigarettes...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Once again, the tail is stiffening to wag the dog.Dr Garth Anderson, a strong speaker rivalling the homiletic calibre of Minister of Education Ruel Reid, opened his one-year presidency of the JTA at annual conference last week, calling for the...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"The creative industry presents the greatest potential for maximising employment for Jamaicans while developing an export market for all Things Jamaican."Believe it or not, those are the words of the legendary business icon, the late Honourable...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was midday, I think, as I entered the huge bank in New Kingston. It was 1993 and I wanted to change a cheque for $350. By nature, I am impatient, and it hasn't served me well in life.There were two lines in the bank simply because only two...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Nigel Clarke seems to be doing everything to play down the continued decline of the Jamaican dollar and the devastating impact of reaching a record low. Last Thursday, it closed at $137.35.In a column in last...

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