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Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 1:10 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness obviously learned something from Petrojam and its related scandals. So, rather than allow the slow, damaging drip of tawdry and salacious information about nepotism and corruption that eventually brought down Andrew...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

They may have been wishing and hoping, and planning and praying that it didn’t have to happen this way, but it’s on, and they will have to make the most of it. Come this weekend, Prime Minister Holness and a few other Caribbean leaders will be...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

According to The Star of March 14, it is proposed that those who practise obeah should be fined $1 million, instead of the existing $100, or a maximum of 12 months’ imprisonment. What is criminalised is the practice of obeah, the consultation...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

In the aftermath of the finance minister’s budget presentation there was, quite understandably, a lot of chatter about the various initiatives and overall direction of the budget. Members of the private sector were quick to express their views, as...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:15 AM

We don’t know how closely, or if at all, Pearnel Charles, the Speaker of Jamaica’s Parliament, or any aspirants for the post, have followed the machinations of the Brexit debate in the United Kingdom House of Commons. Hopefully, they, and for that...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The recent case of the Kingston pastor charged with rape, a variety of sexual crimes, and impregnating a 12-year-old girl has once again cast a glaring and damning spotlight on the Church at a time when sexual crimes against children are increasing...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:11 AM

It would appear that despite more than half a century of tourism promotion, the Government of Jamaica has not yet learnt how to “get it all right”. Accordingly, despite the onslaught of commercials espousing the virtues of tourism, real questions...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Government’s announcement earlier this month that it had given its blessing to a Kingston-registered company, Blue Minerals Jamaica, to seek a licence from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore for polymetallic nodules on the deep...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Dear Mr Minister of Health Christopher Tufton: Further to your article on page A8 in The Sunday Gleaner of March 17, your points have been well taken. In fact, nutritionists have been saying all along that both sides of the controversy are...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Political campaign season and the Budget speech cycle are times of great stress for politicians and their advisers. Brainstorming meetings are often emotionally charged and competitive as political leaders look to fire up their team to generate the...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:07 AM

In Apocrypha, a fantasy land where politicians are friends and Oma D’unn solves political dilemmas by parable, the nation was all a twitter over a recently called by-election. The election was keenly contested because the winner would control a...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 1:43 AM

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...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:11 AM

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...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:09 AM

For me, the finest moment of Peter Phillips’ speech last Thursday was when, after expressing his support for public-private investment through the stock market, Audley Shaw reminded Peter of the time, I think it was in 2015, when he, Peter, then...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Recently, we heard news of the US$11 million that University of California had to pay to publishing giant Elsevier in order to gain access to its repository of journals. In that same period, Elsevier the mammoth recorded a profit of US$1.7 billion...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

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...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:23 AM

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...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The planned development of Vernamfield in Clarendon, as part of a broader initiative to establish Jamaica as a global logistics hub, is among the sexier projects the Government has on its books. It is not one, though, that the Holness...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

If every single employer were to vote in a general election for a particular party, the number of votes would be so minuscule that the count wouldn’t even fill one hand, perhaps stopping at the middle finger. On the other hand, we have a labour...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

I feel so sorry for Peter Knight, CEO of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). It’s a classic basket case. He and his staff have been given the proverbial basket to carry water. And they haven’t been able to find any material to...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The late writer, historian, and philosopher William Durant is credited with the saying, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I preface this article with this quote since it is excellence that we are after in...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMValerie Neita-Robinson/Guest Columnist

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...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:15 AM

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...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:10 AM

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...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:06 AM

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...

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