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Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Foreign policy has traditionally been viewed as stuffy, complicated and indigestible, the kind of topic that occupies academics and diplomats at high tea in a snooze fest. In fact, it's often been the retirement home of a greying class of political...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Government should not be cowed by the intimidatory tactics of the Jamaica Tallawahs, a private cricket franchise that happens to benefit from this country's name but is owned by Florida-based businessman Kris Persaud.Sport Minister Olivia Grange...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In less than a generation, the global economic line-up will be starkly different from the one we know today. China, now the world's second largest economy, is projected to surpass the United States by 2050, as will India. The United States will...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The prospects for expanding exports depends significantly on the state of the economy in trading partners. The major global economic institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

It would be laughable were it not so serious. That's the only conclusion one could make after inmates of the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre, now housed at South Camp, took to Facebook Live on Sunday night to broadcast allegations of human-...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

For many years across administrations, there has been an expressed desire for the dream of a universal pension scheme for workers in the tourism sector to become a reality. The need for it is inarguable.Figures in 2013 showed that in the...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Something that seems an everyday occurrence at Victoria Jubilee Hospital scares the bejesus out of me. I don't think a mummy who wants to pee should have to ask the mother in the bed next to her to give an eye on her newborn.But, apparently, that's...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Faddish thinking seems to be replacing policy at the Ministry of Education. This could be the only logical justification for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam.Policymakers are positing that PEP, which will be replacing the Grade Six Achievement...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 6:23 AM

It’s official. We are now in the midst of a dengue outbreak. Like chikungunya and Zika, dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by a virus. Unlike chikungunya and Zika, however, dengue is endemic to Jamaica. In other words,...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:10 AM

We do not know if Troy Caine was a religious man, but we suspect that if he was, he would have died worrying about his soul's destination for his greatest sin: not committing his inestimable knowledge of Jamaican politics to tomes for future...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's urban water-supply crisis in the southeast is legendary, but the unfolding dilemma of dysfunction and incompetence, not only owing to the culpability of the National Water Commission (NWC), is unacceptable.The ritual hand-wringing with...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AM

It would have been best to have discussed this first. For then there could possibly have been full agreement about transformation going forward, and particularly about the Government's grand design of providing free access to education from...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AM

My all-time favourite core subject was 'The use of English'. Although some 45 years have elapsed, I still remember the principles of what I learnt and how they apply to everyday life. People use language not only to communicate on a personal level,...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith's announcement, on January 9, that the Jamaican Government "proposes to use legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shareholdings in Petrojam currently held by PDV...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Government must be acutely aware that the torrent of criticism it has received for what some observers deem foreign-policy aggression against the Maduro administration has been made worse by diplomatic schizophrenia.Unlike others who...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The sheer audacity of this gambit is amazing: I see the Holness administration setting itself up to rule in perpetuity. How so? Alienate the Venezuelans, seize their large local asset, socialise the debt, then privatise the profit, and maybe...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Driving a route taxi is a highly stressful occupation. Many drivers don't own the taxi. They are accountable to an employer who expects them to bring in a whole heap of money each day. This means making as many trips as quickly possible and packing...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica and Venezuela have had friendly relations going back to the 19th century, and diplomatic relations going back to the 1960s. We have also engaged in various energy cooperation efforts notably, the San Jose Accord, out of which developed the...

Published:Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The only thing worse than being a comic in the elementary school I attended was getting not one, but two, in the mail. Our headmaster, whose parents had bestowed on him the grandiose title and appellation 'Prince Alfred' Forde, was huge and loud.His...

Published:Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM

How is it possible for a woman who has been in a coma for 10 years to get pregnant and bear a child? And how could this happen without anyone even noticing over the nine-month period after conception? These are questions that United States...

Published:Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica Labour Party ministers and their surrogates in mass media and digital space do not like any counternarrative on the premature and precipitous act of drafting legislation to expropriate the 49 per cent stake in the Petrojam refinery, owned by...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Ruel Reid, the education minister, is fast becoming a socialist junkie.That's the only conclusion we can make after the senator made the "bold statement of 'zero to 18 public free education' strategy that gets all our students up to the minimum of...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

One of the first things you learn as a development scientist is that if it was easy, it would have been done already! By now we know that dealing with the cancer of crime in a sick society like Jamaica is not a simple matter.Why do I say that...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Every year, we are inundated by family and friends wishing us a merry Christmas and a happy new year. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride; or so the saying goes.Unfortunately, wishes for your happiness, some well intentioned (not all), are,...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:49 AM

A little after mid-day last Monday, still hours before a heavy downpour of rain made known its sudden fury, my lady and I drove casually through sections of lower St. Andrew. I was on a lookout for the state of gullies and searching for the extent...

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