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Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:06 AM

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang needs to be more explicit about the targeted approaches which he says Government is using to tackle the illicit trade in illegal firearms and drugs. Dr Chang cited as evidence of a more robust approach to...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:06 AM

Recent findings by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) ring alarm bells for the global community: democratic governance is under threat, with an increasing number of people subjected to authoritarian regimes...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:06 AM

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is in its big week heading towards a Guyana vs Trinidad game that will determine whether it is a victory for ‘chicken curry’ or ‘curry chicken’. Or neither if, as my Jamaican friends believe, the game will go to...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2023 | 12:06 AM

Church-State relations in Jamaica are headed down a rocky road. And it would not be the first time. In the days of slavery the plantocrats in the Jamaica House of Assembly required ministers of religion to obtain licences to preach, or face jail...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2023 | 12:06 AM

Once upon a time, Jamaica had a ‘Commission for the Prevention of Corruption’, and presumably, its job was to help prevent corruption. One of the core activities of the commission was to collect statutory declarations from public officials and...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2023 | 12:06 AM

Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert ultimately did the right thing by stepping down as Speaker of the House. She has also decided to leave Parliament. But it needed such public outcry. Having been warned for prosecution by the Integrity Commission (IC) for...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2023 | 12:07 AM

THERE’S NOT much that I can add to the abundant praises, accolades and superlatives being offered to my fellow JC old boy, the Hon R. ‘Danny’ Williams, who left us last week. I did not know Danny during his Life of Jamaica years, nor when he served...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2023 | 12:07 AM

MAYBE IF the lenses are shifted and the views recast, the powers that be will see Jamaican teachers for who they truly are – drivers of economic development and national progress. It is disheartening that teachers’ compensation in this country...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2023 | 12:07 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness promised in August that Jamaica’s municipal elections won’t be postponed for a third time, beyond next February. “The Government intends to fulfil the constitutional requirements and the Constitution as it relates to...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2023 | 12:06 AM

“The JDF assisted in national water-supply development projects in Jamaica from 1983-85 with the construction of a major water pipeline from Yallahs … to the Mona Reservoir in St Andrew” – JDF historical accomplishments Crime and violence in...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2023 | 12:06 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) and its leader, Mark Golding, may finally have appreciated that the best path for returning to government isn’t to hope that the current one implodes, or merely rant about its failures and mistakes – real or...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2023 | 12:06 AM

We are at the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly which actually began on September 5. The president of this session is Ambassador Dennis Francis, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago. As preparations continued for the high-level...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2023 | 12:05 AM

It’s been a minute since we spent quality time in Apocrypha, our favourite fantasyland where all politicians are friends and Oma D’unn solves political problems by parable. Apocrypha’s Finance Minister Highyell Cluck was beside himself with...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2023 | 12:05 AM

While he may indeed have been rebutting domestic critics of Jamaica’s economic relationship with China, Prime Minister Andrew Holness was likely to have also been addressing the United States. It was a measured affirmation of the island’s right...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2023 | 12:05 AM

The Jamaica Red Poll Cattle breed is a successful joint product of the public and private sectors of Jamaica, with the public sector having contributed through a critical mass of professional and technical personnel, as well as policy directives,...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2023 | 12:06 AM

As Prime Minister Andrew Holness said, good roads, such as the 23-kilometre addition of the tolled east-west corridor of Highway 2000 that was opened last week, are important to the country’s economic growth and development. “Good infrastructure...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2023 | 12:05 AM

“Fadda, you can get my likkle boy into a Catholic ‘creech’? Junie’s four-year-old has started to be troublesome – and expensive; more than her mother’s meagre stall outside the inner-city school, the only source of family income, can afford. “Where...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2023 | 12:05 AM

In the heart of Portland parish, where the legacy of the Eastern Maroons thrives, a Jamaican Christian weeps. His tears flow not for himself but for his Haitian brothers and sisters fleeing violence and despair in their homeland, Haiti. His anguish...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 12:09 AM

We ought to be able to take public officials at their word, especially when they undertake to abide by their countries’ international obligations and declared national policies. This newspaper certainly took the national security minister, Horace...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 12:09 AM

With keen interest I followed the Office of the Prime Minister town hall meeting on ‘Housing and Land: Building Jamaica’, held on August 31 in Montego Bay. The prime minister repeatedly stated, “I am the minister of housing.” It was good to hear...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 12:08 AM

The merchandisers are at it again – this time with a backpack that literally has the word ‘DUNCE’ in big bold letters, spread across it. Some brands will do almost anything to make a quick buck off pop culture, no matter what’s at stake. Well, a...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 7:47 AM

Whatever might be your political orientation, a strong People’s National Party (PNP) is indispensable for the preservation of our democracy. At a minimum, it gives legitimacy to the government as representing the will of the people at a time when...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 12:08 AM

The uptick in political activities reminds me that politics has some of the hallmarks of a religion. Some people ‘worship’ politicians, expect them to provide their ‘daily bread’, and perform miracles in their lives. Some politicians appear...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2023 | 12:07 AM

The plan by Spanish-based Princess hotel chain to build 600 homes for its workers as it enters the Jamaican market is a welcome signal that the economic role of proper housing in a growing economy has been recognised by this investor. Princess,...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2023 | 12:05 AM

I thought of my Dominican friend, colleague and boss at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Donald Peters, and given the number of marriages, ladies and phone that took up his days and nights, I gave him the nickname ‘One and Don’. In a way,...

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