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Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's homicide stats are horrifying. The planet's second most murderous country in 2017. Earth's highest violent death rate for women. Almost 10 times as murderous as the world average. A total of 20,642 murders in the 15 years 2004-2018, or 51...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I wonder if Dr Andrew Wheatley has got around before Christmas to making restitution payment for that US$1,000 birthday cake that Petrojam lavished on him?Although Easter is more the traditional time for token penitence and restitution, Christmas is...

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

Last week, the Jamaican political landscape shifted like a tectonic plate, producing a massive civic earthquake as one nine-day wonder was superimposed on another.Just as Jamaicans braced to deal with the Petroscam quake, the PNP's announcement that...

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

Viewed mostly through the rational lens of political cynicism, the Opposition PNP has taken a gamble that its refusal to offer continued parliamentary support to enhanced security measures will make it more relevant to the voting public.In its still...

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

In the week that the world marked International Human Rights Day (December 10), the parliamentary Opposition here took the bold step to vote against any further extension of the three states of emergency now running in St James, St Catherine North,...

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

The two issues that dominated the public space over the past week have left many Jamaicans concerned and confused.The concern is about the rampant corruption that is being exposed, with more revelations indicating the extent of the corruption at...

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

Whenever sloppiness and indiscipline occur, things careen so fast that they can slip over the edge if one is not careful. Evidence of this was on display following the recent report by the auditor general of corruption and waste at the state-owned...

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

Jamaica's historical economic performance and current reality indicate that all other things considered, the only lever we have to drive significant and sustained increases in growth above the anaemic 1% to 2% that we have managed, at best, over the...

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

Noted French Economist Frederic Bastiat once said: "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over time, they create for themselves a legal system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it."This statement...

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

I am more than curious and concerned about the Jamaica-Israeli connection, given news that has emerged about the use of Israeli technologies in certain questionable activities globally.The Gleaner, in a news item titled 'Khashoggi's private WhatsApp...

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

It had to come to this. And they're not done yet.Riding on a dramatic expansion of 'human rights', a man has gone to court in The Netherlands to ask the Government to roll back his age by 20 years! Emile Ratelband argued before the court that he...

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

The difference between a jam and a jelly is that jellies are transparent and have no residue of skin, seed or any other visible part of the fruit. Jams, on the other hand are full of all kinds of chunks, many of which cannot be properly identified....

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

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is bullish about the economy and has been making a strong case that before long, full employment can be attained.Speaking in Montego Bay recently, he said, "If the economy continues on the path that it is now set,...

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

You ever feel like you're living in a movie? I just returned from Cape Town where I completed a course sponsored by the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on development, inequality and sustainability. The challenges faced by the South African...

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

Jamaicans are all hot and bothered over the recent auditor general's Petrojam report.For sure, after reading the articles of the report only (no pictures), PNP has exposed a huge erection Playboy magazine publishers would've been proud to have...

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

In any investigation or audit of any arm of government, whether it is carried out by the contractor general or the auditor general, when imprudent and deliberately reckless authorisation of spending is approved by boards or top management and...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:01 AMAndrew Wheatley

In my previous article (Part 1), I outlined how new technologies such as smartphones, smartwatches, and other smart devices capture data about us and, with or without or knowledge, share this personal data with a myriad of different entities. Such...

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

In its 151st year, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is facing significant challenges as it seeks to provide essential services to our country. During the past week (Police Week), the JCF has had a robust programme of outreach, particularly to...

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

It is by no means a fallacy to understand that party politics is much more about strategy and timing than it is about taking power and finding solutions to a nation's biggest problems. The taking of power must be attained by overpromising with...

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

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has been appealing for Jamaicans to start thinking first class. Dawn Ritch used to call him 'Chuckles'. Chuck, you make me laugh, you makeme cry.In fairness, Honourable Chuckles has been leading a bold programme of...

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

During the era of the slave trade, Liverpool delivered two and a half million slaves to the Caribbean and North America. The port was responsible for nearly 400,000 slaves arriving in Jamaica alone, more than London and Bristol combined in the years...

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

There is a high degree of irresponsibility floating around the Caribbean these days. It occupies positions of influence either as the elected government or as opposition parties. The danger inherent in this type of Caribbean irresponsibility is...

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

Despite views to the contrary, one of our biggest exports has been our culture, in all its marketable manifestations. A big part of what has made our cultural artefact so marketable is our language, i.e., Jamaican Patois, or creole.Jamaican Patois,...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobyn Miller

The following op-ed comes in commemoration of World AIDS Day, which is observed every year on December 1.HIV/AIDS has come a long way since the early '80s when it first turned up on our doorsteps. Of the nearly 34,000 persons estimated to be living...

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

Growth performance has not lived up to the hype of earlier forecasts. The growth trajectory, captured in the appealing phraseology of 5-in-4, was to be achieved by next year. this year, growth was expected to be 3%. The 5-in-4 has lost its lustre,...

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