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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...

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

I see the on-again, off-again abortion debate was on again for nine days or so.According to media reports, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, moved by experiences of her constituents which they relayed to her (THE reason for any MP to move ANY motion in...

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

Immediately after President Trump's tweet in which he referred to fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a lowlife and a dog, some thought that he had plumbed new depths of debasing the office he occupies in Washington.They would have...

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

Masked, he moves with incredible speed, but he is not The Flash. Obviously, he cannot see the driver standing by the motor vehicle or entering. He must be Daredevil, the blind Marvel comics superhero, or, perhaps based on how he pumps his right arm...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden ...", a quote attributed to Jamaica's first national hero Marcus Garvey, has long been a source of inspiration for poor people across the world.Having long accepted the veracity of these...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMDelroy Warmington

This is the ultimatum the Government should give the tax evaders. For too long, these culprits have been given a free ride, causing massive revenue leakage, thus depriving the Government of its entitled taxes.The main reason why we have this...

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

From time to time, I have to take a break from the pressingness of national issues, crises, and scandals to ruminate on larger, longer-term global issues. Earning a spot on the back page...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:54 AM

One of the greatest blessings we enjoy in this land of ours over the 56 years of Independence, and even before, is the extent of our civil liberties and equality before the law, although many exceptions can be cited.At the height of the American...

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

It was recently announced that with 12-month inflation to June of 2.8%, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) missed the Government of Jamaica's (GOJ's) inflation target range of 4%-6%. The 2.8% inflation result also meant that the BOJ missed the slightly wider...

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

The National Stadium was the centrepiece of our first Independence celebrations in 1962. Since then, thousands of girls and boys have competed there, more than a hundred have become Olympians, and some have become wealthy.Built to seat 35,000 and...

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

The leader of the Opposition is bombarding the prime minister to appoint a minister quickly to oversee the now-beleaguered and essentially headless Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. The prime minister has promised an appointment within two...

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