The 'messy middle' of democracy and the need

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from State interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be... Read More

Barbados telephoned the IMF, is St Lucia next?
One week after her Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) historic victory at the polls and getting to work on the economic reality in Barbados — meeting with social partners, trade unions and the business community — Mia Mottley telephoned managing director of the...... Read More

Let's hope the G7 Summit does not descend into chaos
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This Jamaica train is rolling
“The traffic!” is a common complaint here in Kingston. My theory is that, with our efficient ports and infrastructure, Kingston became a hub after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Within a week after the storms I noticed busy hotel lobbies and a deluge of traffic. It...... Read More

Trump not sole person to be blamed

BY TONY MILES | Monday, June, 4 2018    

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Counter punch of climate change and political 'permission'

Sunday, June, 3 2018    

The hurricane season started officially on June 1. Already, however, heavy rains and flash flooding have started. Last Sunday, flash flooding in Maryland, USA, resulted in one river rising 17 feet in two hours. Some eight inches of rain was recorded in six hours. Read More

Ramshackle PNP — Allan Isaacs said it from in the 70s

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

Ears that do not listen to advice accompany the head when it is chopped off. — Kenyan proverb  Read More

The place of women in the Church

Raulston Nembhard | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

The clearly misogynistic and intemperate comments of American evangelist Gino Jennings on how women in the Church should dress and adorn themselves is a matter that has incensed a lot of Jamaicans. It has brought into public gaze, once again, the issue of the place of... Read More

Let Mia Mottley's seed sprout across the Caribbean

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

In the wake of the clean sweep by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of all the seats in the general election on May 24 for the Barbados House of Representatives, the problem of no parliamentary Opposition has rightly become a matter for wider discussion in the Caribbean... Read More

Leading from the front in combating corruption — Part II

Canute Thompson | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

One of the most important items of news that was reported in the last week concerned allegations of corruption at Petrojam. The auditor general has commenced an investigation and the Integrity Commission has also been asked to investigate. The allegations include the... Read More

Education the missing ball in the competition for growth

Sunday, June, 3 2018    

Jamaica's education system has followed a rocky road from as far back as we can check our history. This is not to say that the road does not have its smooth spots, but it is only in minor sections that we can feel the satisfaction of a system at work which is... Read More

Montego Bay's amazing rise to prominence — from slave sugar to tourism vigour

Sunday, June, 3 2018    

EXTERNAL factors such as competition from beet sugar facilitated by the 1846 Sugar Duties Act removed protective tariff from West Indian sugar. Read More

Rename Lady Musgrave Road the Edward Seaga Road

BY HUGH GRAHAM | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

JAMAICA'S's fifth prime minister, the Honourable Edward Seaga, who has significantly contributed to the development of the road infrastructure in Jamaica, should have one of the city's important roads renamed after him — Lady Musgrave Road. Read More

Robot taxis, windscreen wiper men and the broken windows theory

BY JASON McKAY | Sunday, June, 3 2018    

THE Broken Windows Theory was developed by criminologists James Q Wilson and George Kelling in 1982, but was really popularised by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in his crime-fighting strategy as mayor of New York. Read More

Where can we find safety?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, June, 1 2018    

A news report has been making the rounds this week of the alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl who had been placed in a children's home. It is said the incident occurred on Labour Day, and in the middle of Child Month. As happens with such events, the child's mother has been sharing... Read More


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