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Private​ ​markets​ ​or​ ​public​ ​mayhem​​?

An integral part of management is knowing when to let go. Kenny Rogers offers priceless management advice which he received from a stranger. Successive administrations have attempted to rectify the perennial problems within the market districts in the Kingston and St... Read More

Elder abuse and history rewritten
“I am appealing to Jamaicans… to enable and protect the elderly!” This was the impassioned plea from Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson as she condemned the abuse of our elderly, even from their own families. She vowed that her Government will not...... Read More

Caribbean bowed but far from beaten
This week I was asked to provide an answer to questions posed by an influential Washington-based publication regarding the future of tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the damage wreaked in quick succession by two Category Five hurricanes. The questions were...... Read More

Did Julian Robinson and Peter Phillips buy a cloak of moral and political superiority?
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. — Thomas Paine ... Read More

The issue of public trust

Sunday, September, 24 2017    

Every government has a duty to seek to create and maintain public trust. I have been wrestling with how, as a country, we can do a more effective job in creating the conditions for elected officials to act in ways that engender public trust. Keith Burrowes, writing in the Guyana Chronicle in... Read More

A code of conduct needed for school sports

Lance Neita | Sunday, September, 24 2017    

The schoolboy football season is in full swing. One habit they have managed to keep out of school sports is the earring style adopted by the West Indies cricket team. Indeed, the teams that do best in cricket are the ones that are not wearing them at all. The demise of West Indies cricket... Read More

Jamaica's crime crisis… how did we get there?

Jason McKay | Sunday, September, 24 2017    

The most discussed topic in our country, and rightly so, is crime. It has the greatest impact on the lives of Jamaican citizens — not just victims or relatives of victims, but that large group of people trying to avoid becoming future victims. Read More

Mother Nature has not been too kind

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, September, 22 2017    

QUESTIONS of the day (for me at least):. Will we demonstrate that we are worthy of high marks for responding to the urgent need of fellow Caribbean neighbours who are being battered and bruised by wind and rain which seem without end? Public appeals are being launched by churches and... Read More

Hurricanes and why orange oranges are green in Jamaica

Franklin Johnston | Friday, September, 22 2017    

The more time passes since the last storm the closer we are to a hit. Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria cleansed the Earth and nourished aquifers. They have made us ponder our mortality and exercise charity as “the greatest… is love”. Irma was... Read More

Climate change uncertainty

Ewin James | Thursday, September, 21 2017    

I'm certain that we will hear it ad nauseam that Harvey and Irma, the two recent destructive hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, were caused by climate change and that they are incontestable evidence of man ravaging the planet to his own detriment. Read More

Slavery in the Bible: A rejoinder to Dr Abrahams

By Clinton Chisholm | Thursday, September, 21 2017    

In the Mosaic code there are regulations regarding a master striking his slave (Exodus 21: 20-21), or causing permanent injury to a slave (Exodus 21: 26-27). It is simply not true that the latter text, according to Dr Michael Abrahams, “stated that it was permissible to knock out a... Read More

Pirates, 'Group 69' and solutions for today

By Michael Burke | Thursday, September, 21 2017    

We already know the short-term solutions to violence. The zones of special operations imitative is the latest in a series of short-term solutions going back to the state of emergency for West Kingston only in 1966. From the 1970s onwards, there was the Gun Court, the Suppression of... Read More

Amend constitution to protect people living with HIV

Wednesday, September, 20 2017    

The February 25, 2016 General Election was preceded by several conversations and speeches about the importance of and need for constitutional reform. Hot topics included the removal of The Queen as our head of State, replacing the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court... Read More

The banks as Shylock

Wednesday, September, 20 2017    

The matter of banks charging exorbitantly high interest rates is one that has persisted in the country for as long as one can recall. I have been writing about this issue for well over 25 years and what has remained clear over that period is the banks' stubborn refusal... Read More

The rise of these newcomer 'healers' and 'problem-solvers'

Linton Gordon | Tuesday, September, 19 2017    

The Obeah Act must go. This Act was passed in 1898 and is aimed at protecting us from people who frequently use whatever means or instrument to frighten us or to give the impression that they possess supernatural powers and/or knowledge. Read More



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