Mon | Mar 18, 2019

Commentary

Despite minister of finance Nigel Clarke’s valiant attempt at playing up the growth numbers for last year during his Budget presentation, the reality is that the hope for acceleration of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the Jamaican economy...

Last week I discussed the landmark ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and the correlation between childhood trauma and poor health. To summarize, the study examined ten adverse childhood experiences under three categories: abuse, neglect and...

A natural or man-made ‘disaster’ is, “…a serious disruption, occurring over a relatively short time, of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss and impacts, which exceeds the...

The predictions made last year with regard to the growing importance of great power rivalries still rings in our ears. What is more, our strategic environment grows ever more unpredictable. Today, major powers openly challenge the rules-based...

The deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane last Sunday is creating unease among airlines, their passengers, and aviation authorities, who have begun to question the airworthiness of this Boeing model. In October 2018, a similar model, 737 Max...

There are at least two sides to every story, even those about God. One is presented as a statement of fact: “The difference between God and a doctor is that God doesn’t walk around behaving like a doctor.” The other comes from a story about a...

Political leaders like to beat their chests and boast about how much they care about the poor but do so little work beyond piecemeal interventions (and handouts) to make their lives better. They have prioritised creating opportunities for gainful...

The Electoral Commission has worked assiduously over the years to ensure FREE and FAIR elections in Jamaica. However, recent trends in electioneering practices threaten to undermine those efforts and have introduced a dangerous and corrupt...

We understand why Olivia Grange, the sports minister, characterised last week’s passing of Cynthia Thompson, at 96, as the end of an era. We, however, see Dr Thompson in terms of neither end nor beginning, but part of a continuum, symbolised today...

I am grateful to a friend for drawing my attention to China’s gift to the African Union (AU) of a new headquarters in Addis Ababa, completed in 2012. It was completely funded, furnished and equipped, and built by China, and the building – the...
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