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We do not need a crime plan!

Canute Thompson | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

What is a crime plan really, and why does a Government need one? The business of government is to pursue socio-economic growth, development, and transformation. Within that context, attention is given to a wide range of factors that make for socio-economic growth and development. The incessant... Read More

Common thieves who have been robbing us of our birthright

Lance Neita | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

state of emergency declared last week in St James is as welcome as it is regrettable. With 335 murders recorded last year, St James was bleeding. The spate of murders had to be cauterised. “The level of criminal activity experience continued and threatened is of... Read More

A new beatitude for crime control

Frank Phipps | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

The Jamaica Observer reported on August 2, 2015 that, “National Security Minister Peter Bunting believes that controlling the flow of guns into Jamaica will not, by itself, solve the country's crime problem. What is needed, as well, is a change in... Read More

The rise of Revivalism in Jamaica

SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

Revivalists are known widely as Revival Zion, Zionist, Revival and Pocomania — a blend of Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal beliefs and practices with modified African beliefs and practices added. Read More

Travel advisory to a city gone mad

BY JASON MCKAY | Sunday, January, 21 2018    

A crisis is defined as a time of intense difficulty or danger. The recent Level Two Travel Advisory by the United States of America speaks specifically to visitors coming to a high-risk zone and our authorities having no ability to contain the risk. The limited state of emergency cements... Read More

China-CELAC forum: Time for closer partnership and greater cooperation

Saturday, January, 20 2018    

On January 22, the Second Ministerial Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum will be held in Santiago, Chile. As an important practice of the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the meeting... Read More

Trump has thrown down the gauntlet to the Negro

Franklin Johnston | Friday, January, 19 2018    

The world is in spasm with President Donald Trump's “s***hole” comment about Africa, Haiti — by inference, all blacks. Black nations are outraged, but we understand him. Nations were aided by America, some for 60 years — Europe rebuilt; war-wrecked Japan, Vietnam,... Read More

A time of differing views

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, January, 19 2018    

A member of my family used to visit another country where she got a regular holiday job to do some babysitting. One of the children had a reputation of being a troublemaker. He didn't care if he was reprimanded. He didn't care what others thought of him. He did what he wanted to do. Read More

5 reasons Chronixx's Chronology should win 2018 Reggae Grammy

Thursday, January, 18 2018    

The 2018 Grammys will take place in New York, USA, on January 28, 2018 and all eyes are on the Reggae category. Overall, it has been a great year for reggae music, and for many artistes, like Sizzla and Charlie Blacks, who have both been on record-breaking projects. There are also... Read More

Noise and employment

Michael Burke | Thursday, January, 18 2018    

It was around 1963 a law was enacted that music could not be played above a certain audible level after 9:00 pm. My father, who would be 95 today (January 18) had he lived, was somewhat amused. He said, “Bustamante is getting old so he can no longer take the noise coming from loud... Read More

Substance abusers fuelling violent crimes

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

To what extent have the relevant authorities in Jamaica made the link with the high spate of violent crimes and the nation's substance abusers? Has the partial decriminalisation of ganja (weed/grass/cannabis sativa) led to a more widespread use of this potentially deleterious drug? And, have... Read More

Rest well, Ian, rest well

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Last Sunday the nation gave a commendable farewell to one of its most outstanding sons, the veteran journalist and broadcaster, Ian Anthony Boyne. He would have been pleased with the fine style in which the service was held. He would have smiled at the tributes, knowing that they were all... Read More

Gov't should use NIDS speed to close public sector wage deal

Tuesday, January, 16 2018    

Public sector union leaders and negotiating teams are growing impatient, frustrated, and anxious with the pace of talks with the Government and its delayed and lethargic wage negotiating machinery. I have been keeping a close watch on how things are developing; however,... Read More

The wedded bliss between illegal guns trade and high murder rate

Paul Golding | Tuesday, January, 16 2018    

Jamaica, the Caribbean and Latin America are experiencing a crisis in murders. Murders in Jamaica for 2017 were the second-highest in recorded history — surpassed only by 2009 when we recorded 1683. Based on available data from the United Nations Office on Drugs... Read More

Let's count blessings, not bodies

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, January, 15 2018    

We stepped into 2018 relatively unscathed by the terrible hurricanes which mercilessly pummelled some of our Caribbean neighbours. A tsunami scare on Tuesday lasted only a few hours. However, instead of counting our blessings, we are now counting bodies, the lives of our fellow Jamaicans... Read More



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