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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...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:14 AM

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” – ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll A reader, while commenting on one of the articles in this series, has reminded me that an Austrian group had...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:14 AM

“Who di cap fit, let dem wear it.” My last column, which drew attention to the plight of Jamaican entertainers in our tourism industry, has opened up “a can of worms” and deserves national attention. “Mi throw mi corn, mi no call no fowl.” The...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:29 AM

I must admit, to amazement and even shock, that the police have not yet caught those who committed what had to have been the terror-filled murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield. Based on the observation that no signs of a break-in were shown, it seems...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Black History Month in South Florida was marked on Saturday, February 10, 2019, by a gathering of black elected representatives. This included many Jamaican officials. “FREEDOM, RESPECT, LIFE” was the main theme as persons gathered at the Coral...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:28 AM

You have probably heard someone say “I wish I had been a fly on the wall,” referring to a conversation at which they were not present but wish they had been to hear what was being said. Well, I imagine there may have been quite a few flies on the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Twenty-nine years later, the lump returned to my throat, the mist to my eyes, as I listened on Monday, February 11, to rebroadcasts of Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom as he was released from 27 years of imprisonment....

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Following the publication of my column in The Sunday Gleaner, February 10, 2019, I received a number of encouraging emails and comments. Some comments were from as far away as the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Canada. They alluded to other...

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

With the harmonisation of common external tariffs (CET) in 1993, the ‘partial liberalisation’ of the petroleum sector was complete. Prices and margins beyond the ‘refinery gate’ were decontrolled and opening hours for retail...

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

It doesn’t take a professor’s scrutiny of history to recognise the role of beautiful women and their placement in strategic affairs in stoking wars between countries or in bringing ruin to powerful civilizations. Which, of course, does...

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

Buju Banton must be given a chance to continue his music career without being pre-judged. That’s my opinion. Some say we ought not to be lauding someone who committed a crime, while others believe that once that person paid the price for the...

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Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:14 AM

While visiting the UWI Research Days last Thursday, I stumbled upon a ‘Crime Plan’ panel discussion. It was a heavy panel, with a variety of meanings of “heavy”. The current Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang,...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

I began writing for this newspaper in March 1993. At that time, I noticed that the country’s politics was making a turn for the better but I was still concerned that many of the debilitating personnel hangovers from Jamaica’s violent...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Jamaican leaders have flirted with the idea of acquiring first-world status while experiencing intransigent socio-economic challenges. Is this possible without adequate scientific capabilities, especially in the fast evolving and competitive era of...

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