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Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I can understand perfectly the emotions that Patria-Kaye Aarons ('119 fails again', Gleaner, April 24, 2018) experienced with that 119 crew. But at her age and stage, she should know not to waste time calling these numbers.I was taking a worker to...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In your editorial of April 16, 2018, it was advocated that, at the end of the present IMF programme, Jamaica should engage in another round of oversight with that institution. The editorial posited that, in the past, improvements achieved in the...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I am trying to make sense of the explanation of Nigel Clarke, the minister of finance regarding the $190m the Holness administration has spent on high-end vehicles. The minister, in a statement to Parliament (his first statement), made some obvious...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Perhaps one should not read too much into the fact that the website of neither the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) nor the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA) has as yet reported their merger, announced by their presidents last weekend....

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:07 AM

Andrew Holness, if his party stays in office long enough, may yet preside over a Jamaican economy growing at five or six per cent a year. But if the credible projections of the International Monetary Fund) are to be believed, that's not for now, or...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As I draw closer to the end of my temporary hold on mortality, I find myself becoming more intolerant of avoidable ignorance.One of today's regular hostilities to truth and historical reality is the now standard reference, usually by the YouTube...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Sunday night at 10:23, someone ran into the back of my car.I immediately jumped out and discovered a man in the middle of the road with his bike strewn beside him. He was wailing in agony, bawling that his leg was broken, and you could see the...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is indeed saddening that recent crucial developments in the case brought against three Jamaica Defence Force soldiers implicated in the killing of Keith Clarke threaten to steer the matter away from what appeared an inevitable collision with...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:05 AM

I recall my first meeting with Ann-Marie*, a 27-year-old woman from the inner city who visited me for an ultrasound examination. She was pregnant at the time and unsure of the date of her last period and wished to...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The erudite, eloquent and emotive Labour Member of Parliament David Lammy (from Tottenham) tabled an urgent question regarding the immigration status of the Windrush Generation children. He stood boldly in the House of Commons, rebuked and shamed...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I am trying to understand why teachers would object to offering three more days of instruction as mandated by the Ministry of Education in light of the industrial disruption that occurred some weeks ago.It is the state of mind behind the objection...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not about to give up on Jamaica, but its technocrats admit, as they did in their latest Article IV review of the island's economy, to a sense of discouragement over the feeble growth and slow social...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the latest survey on people's attitude to democracy and governance in the Americas coordinated by Vanderbilt University, 12.4 per cent of Jamaicans told researchers that they felt unsafe in their neighbourhoods.In the context of the island's...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Whole heap a people a nyam up demself bout di history lesson weh di teacher a Hillel gi di grade nine student dem. Im tell dem fi study di weapon dem weh di wicked white people dem did tek an torture black people. Mi no see...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If it is true that humour has been my life force, the first laugh upon arriving in Jamaica was going to be on me. Looking out of the aeroplane window as we were landing in Montego Bay, I saw a lot of sea water alongside the aircraft. As it slowed to...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Technological innovation and automation are accelerating at a blistering pace, so much so that fears of a dystopian future in which machines and artificial intelligence displace human workers are becoming commonplace.But a future of robots and...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In view of the prime minister's skilful handling of the anti-buggery question from the hosts of Good Morning Britain, I recall back in 2011 when we last heard what Mr Holness thought about taking gays out of the closet and putting them in his...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Words uttered by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes suggest the promising emergence of a transformative shift in the way business will be conducted in the nation's courts.If Mr Sykes has his way, inordinate delays in getting cases to trial and delivering...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' recent positive statements about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Brussels and London will help greatly to disrupt the tyranny of hypocrisy around human rights that has been plaguing our...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers starts, "Numbers have exercised their fascination since the dawn of civilisation. Pythagoras discovered that musical harmony depended on the ratios of small whole numbers and concluded that...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The jewel of social media has come under heavy fire with the recent Cambridge Analytica saga. It was first reported that the data leak affected 37 million Facebook (FB) users; then it was increased to 87 million.Regardless of the figure, the...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are several current topics which demand public comment. This week's column is a potpourri.More needs to be said on the granting of indemnity from prosecution to low-ranked Jamaican soldiers known to have invaded the home of a private Jamaican...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I am in agreement with Arlene Harrison Henry, the public defender, that the state of public emergency in St James should be ended rapidly.First, the public emergency is being used to justify detentions on a mass scale, which is a serious violation...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Neither surprisingly nor unreasonably, Peter Bunting is being battered for signing, six years after the fact and on the eve of a general election a declaration to the effect that the three soldiers accused of murdering Keith Clarke acted in "good...

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness deserves credit for his obviously evolving views about gay rights and whether homosexuals were to be ministers in Jamaica's Government.Asked in a leaders' debate seven years ago whether he endorsed his predecessor,...

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