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Government should put people first

Franklin Johnston | Friday, November, 29 2019    

I am convinced those who govern do not respect us. Politicians slide from promise to promise instead of implementing one then move on. No public service works well, yet we see no urgency by Cabinet to perfect, say, education or health care for all. They start boldly, but end poorly; no... Read More

Manners and civility

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, November, 29 2019    

When did we lose our civility? Once upon a time, the greatest compliment that could be paid was to be thought of as “mannersable”. Now it seems that, in the hustle and bustle of the new and modern world, manners has been left behind. Read More

Jamaica's political orphans: The 1980 legacy

Donna P Hope | Thursday, November, 28 2019    

Watching the jubilant green massive of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters descend unto Kingston and stream into the National Arena last Sunday for the JLP's 76th Annual Conference was a truly captivating spectacle. The annual conferences of both of our mass-based... Read More

Is there a case for paying our politicians more?

John G Leiba | Thursday, November, 28 2019    

Let us start with the issue of whether we are satisfied with their performance. If the answer to this question is yes, then there is no issue. Read More

Understanding Lee-Chin's latest jeremiad

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

In his recent presentation on the work of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Chairman Michael Lee-Chin lamented the stumbling block represented by the civil service in getting economic growth in the country. He spoke against the background of the anaemic growth in the economy and specifically the... Read More

Medical cannabis: A new horizon for small Jamaican cultivators

Ellen Campbell Grizzle | Wednesday, November, 27 2019    

Rules are not made to be broken. The principles that underpin the development and use of therapies from cannabis are not to be “juggled”. Globally, we are now seeing the calamity caused by breaking these rules. The list of examples is long. These include using cheaper, fake... Read More

Who will save the teachers?

BY Alethia Brown | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

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Schoolboy football: Burned out and then penalised

BY Calvin Gray | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

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The Bustamante Hospital débâcle

André Vaccianna | Tuesday, November, 26 2019    

In the past few days social media and different news outlets have been awash with stories of the fracas between politician and doctor at our premier paediatric care institution. In the court of public opinion, both parties are alternatively heroes or villains depending... Read More

Common causes, North and South

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, November, 25 2019    

It was quite a week with an energetic Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Journalism Week, the history-making address by children to Parliament's Lower House, and the celebration of Digicel Foundation's 15th anniversary. Read More

Justice fi patois speakers!

Louis E A Moyston | Monday, November, 25 2019    

During the early days of National Heritage Month (October), and also during the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, there were some discussions on patois. There was a call for a patois translation competition to salute Louise... Read More

End rape — an intolerable cost to society

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Monday, November, 25 2019    

If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. That means a significant weapon of war gone from the arsenal of conflict, the absence of a daily risk assessment for girls and women in public and private spaces, the removal of a violent assertion... Read More

When Holness speaks...

GARFIELD higgins | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

The paste can also strangle the owner who ground it. — Kakwa Proverb, South Sudan  Read More

A matter of alliances and allegiances

al Miller | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

Wha sweet nanny goat ah go run him belly — Jamaican proverb  Read More

While the health sector languishes... 'people are a deadin'

Hamlet Nat ion | Sunday, November, 24 2019    

On October 14, 2015 this newspaper published an article I wrote entitled 'More than lip service needed for Ja's health care'. Four years have passed and we are at it again. Read More


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