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Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:11 AM

“Cross-subsidies are an underappreciated original sin of economic stagnation. To transfer money from A to B, it would usually be better to raise taxes on A and to provide vouchers or otherwise pay competitive suppliers on behalf of B.” - The...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

The horrific rape and murder of little girls are very definitely expected to force us to ask ourselves if we are a nation of people or just an extended pack of feral beasts constantly on a predatory hunt. Jamaica has long been populated by an...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

So, the chickens released from JCF coops over decades are finally coming home to roost. Their coops weren’t opened last Sunday when many completed their return home for some serious roosting. The first coop was opened almost immediately after...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:10 AM

I am sounding the alarm for all sleeping citizens who want to sleep peacefully in the privacy of their own homes in the future to awake now. Consultations on the Noise Abatement Act are not “about to begin”, as a JIS news story reported on April 18...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AM

A recent survey of productivity in the Caribbean put Jamaica at the bottom of its list of productive countries. Clearly, if Mr Holness and his ministers are keen to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth, we will need to come to grips with this...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AM

An economically resilient and growing economy requires a well-educated total population, not just the brilliant few. This is where Jamaica has faltered, resulting in per capita income at current prices of US$5,700, placing us at 99 in the world....

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Cawn’t sey mi neva dida warn yu! From June 27, 2017, ( Pick a card; any card) I’ve been exposing the threat to Jamaican’s fundamental rights by the National Identification and Registration Act (NIRA). Now that legal scholars have enjoyed making a...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Please, can somebody help me with Audley Shaw’s cell phone number? Not the one assigned by Government on which he ran up $8 million worth of call debts in another ministerial life. That number is probably managed by one of his many administrative...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Dateline: sometime in 2006. Place: Maverly Mountain, close to Sterling Castle Heights. Desmond Anderson just returned from a party late one night and he meets upon his ­assassins. The 50-year-old man is shot dead. The case is still open and...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:03 AMChristopher Charles and Geoffrey Walcott - Contributors

Vigilante mob violence occurs when citizens, acting in concert, dispense jungle justice to alleged perpetrator(s) of a crime, those who publicly engage in taboo behaviours or those suspected to be part of a hated minority group causing injury,...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:22 AM

‘ Poor people fed up’ is arguably the most f­amous lyrics of the Poor People’s Governor – Bounty Killer aka Rodney Price. This call to arms is not just a cry for more of the country’s scarce benefits, rather, it is an umbrella statement that...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Haiti is back in the news with popular revolts against political corruption. Ordinary Haitians are being frustrated every step of the way as they strive to enjoy a better quality of life as is their right. The discovery of a huge US$20 billion gold...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:21 AM

So, He is risen! Why’d He bother? Some of us, for whom He rose, still insist, based on an obsolete (oops, sorry, “Old”) Testament that only some are entitled to His kingdom. Some Calabar students will assure you that that excludes KC boys. Jesus...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

“Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity, but it is the man who ­invented the meter who made the money.” – Earl Warren, 20th-century American judge Electricity prices vary from country to country. Within a country, they may vary from...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The Gleaner editorial of Thursday, April 11, noted “... the (Privy Council’s) interpretation of the word ‘whereas’ at the start of Clause 13 of Jamaica’s Constitution that deals with fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in which it seemingly...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:15 AM

In the words of Member of Parliament for South-East St Andrew, Julian Robinson, who happens to also be the general secretary of the People’s National Party, the striking down of the NIDS law in a Supreme Court ruling “is a vindication of the value...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:18 AM

In her desire to sully, demean, and undermine the reputation of the National Environment...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The victory of Ann-Marie Vaz is not an indication that the brown candidate must always win even if brownness carries weight in our assessments of an individual’s worth. More critical in this moment is to assess the meaning of that victory and how...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:18 AM

In my opinion, the East Portland by-election results aren’t an indictment on People’s National Party (PNP) Leader Peter Phillips nor do they provide grounds for party backstabbers to call for his resignation. I go further. In my opinion, the by-...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:17 AM

“Congress shall make no law…abridging … the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” – First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America While the 36,315 enumerated voters in...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:16 AM

To label it as unfortunate would be to lend shame to the understatement. A man estranged from his wife of longer than a decade who left him months ago because of repeated physical and mental abuse, intrudes on her space, exits his car, gun in hand...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:16 AM

I watched as the car drove unto the ramp with disbelief. I had been to that car wash several times before, but this was the first time I would have a problem with their service. I asked the supervisor why it was that I had before that car and...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:12 AM

In today’s modern era, the information supplied by accountants to their employers continues to be increasingly critical, and the success of organisations depends heavily on the accuracy of the financial information supplied on an ongoing basis....

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:17 AM

At the height of the post-Champs euphoria, while the big news was Kingston College trouncing Calabar in that storied rivalry, I wondered if we had forgotten about the women of Edwin Allen who claimed their sixth championship in a row. Both sets...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:17 AM

“Electricity can transform people’s lives, not just economically, but also socially.” – Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, Government of India Jamaica does not possess indigenous energy resources, except renewables. The most pressing...

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