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Substance abusers fuelling violent crimes

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
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
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
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

Haiti's been made poor, but no 's***hole'

Sir Ronald Sanders | Monday, January, 15 2018    

The effect of the inappropriate depiction of Haiti, El Salvador and all African nations as “s***hole” countries is a matter that the people of the United States of America and their Government and Congress should contemplate seriously. Read More

The PNP and its surrogates need to jump off the hamster wheel and just breathe!

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. — Zora Neale Hurston  Read More

US Dreamers awaking to a nightmare

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

Following the increase in the number of people being deported to Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries, the region might soon be facing another surge of returned migrants from the United States of America. This time it could be the so-called “Dreamers”... Read More

Blowing in the wind

Lance Neita | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

The Parliament of Jamaica is the legislative branch of the Government of Jamaica. It is composed of an appointed Senate and an elected House of Representatives. The Senate, which is the Upper House, has 21 senators appointed by the Governor-General. The House of Representatives, which is... Read More

Crime cancer: Emergency surgery needed now!

Al Miller | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

The year 2018 has to be when we make a frontal and successful attack on our #1 problem — crime! Read More

That Kensington fire which started the Sam Sharpe Rebellion

Shalman Scott | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

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The making of a chief State liaison: A tribute to my colleague Ian Boyne

BY Huntley Medley | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

A telephone conversation with Margaret, the wife of my former colleague Ian Boyne, and a brief epitaph which my shaking hands barely managed to scribble in the condolence book at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), where Ian worked for a long time and I worked very briefly, paved the... Read More

Enid Bennett — a petite giant of Jamaican politics

Troy Caine | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

THE passing of Enid Bennett is truly the end of an era in the annals of Jamaica's political history, as well as in the chronicles of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) — under whose umbrella she became the first woman to serve her country for over three decades as an elected Member of... Read More

Public sector employment, compensation and transformation

Bruce Golding | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

No one could ever argue that public sector workers are being unreasonable in seeking a better wage offer than the Government has put forward. They had endured five years of wage freeze between 2010 and 2015, mitigated by a one-off payment of $25,000 and fringe benefits improvements as... Read More

Where there is a will, there is another woman

Bev East | Sunday, January, 14 2018    

This is my 29th year in business as a handwriting expert. Over these years I have experienced some heart-wrenching stories. You would be surprised what people try to forge. Read More



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