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Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMTenesha Myrie/Guest Columnist

On December 11, 2018, the joint select committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related acts published its long-awaited report. Some gains were made in the recommendations largely because of the persistent advocacy of civil-society groups....

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the absence of an obvious groundswell of opposition, the Government, it seems, is bulldozing ahead with its decision to create a new city on the alluvial plains of St Catherine.Last week, Daryl Vaz, a minister without portfolio in Prime Minister...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We are using the political process that was meant to keep us free to constitute the strongest shackle fettering national development. That's stupid!Last Tuesday's final sitting of the House of Representatives was preceded with one highly placed...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some esteemed biblical characters have been with prostitutes, used maids/slaves to bear children, offered virgin daughters to assuage the lustful rage of lascivious bisexual villagers, got drunk and committed incest, had concubines, womanised,...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:26 AM

The picture Andrew Wheatley painted of himself in his interview with this newspaper a week ago was of a snivelling, remorseful character, too out of his depth to be aware that Petrojam was being incompetently run and, figuratively, sacked by the...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) was established in 1966 and is a compulsory, contributory, funded social-security scheme. Employers and employees make contributions to the National Insurance Fund (NIF), and these contributions are used to...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Peter Tosh's provocative song, African, on his militant Equal Rights album, was released more than 40 years ago. It opened with this startling declaration: "Don't care where you come from/As long as you're a black man, you're an African."None of the...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Governmental issues can get complicated. That's a fact. Plus, very few people actually take the time out to understand the Budget and spending priorities of an administration.The inherent weakness in relying on the media is that often journalists...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican State may be passing up on chances to build trust. For example, National Identification System (NIDS) spokespersons have seemed more inclined to defend the system than to discuss it. As a result, they seem to be missing out on...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:44 AM

The name Kimone Rose may not mean anything to most of our readers. Yet we have elected to highlight the initiative of this 25-year-old woman who is on a mission to tackle mental-health issues starting in two rural communities of Clarendon....

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In England, it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances. Although 'suspicious' is not defined in the statute, being drunk to the gills might constitute a cause.Perhaps drunk with power, the British lawmakers also made it an offence...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party (PNP) will not win public support for its recent decision to not vote in favour for the extension of the states of emergency (SOE) in parts of St James and St Catherine, but it will go down in history for taking a...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The auditor general's report has exposed the rot within Petrojam. Logic would suggest that it would be full speed ahead on the part of the Integrity Commission, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Office of the...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I write in response to Anthony Pantlitz's letter, 'Dumbfounded at hero's welcome for Buju Banton', published on Thursday, December 13, 2018.Though the "great American soldiers" are given a hero's welcome after duty in the Middle East, there are also...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tuesday's brouhaha between the Government and Opposition over whether a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was properly convened should serve as a reminder of the unfinished business of entrenching the leadership of other parliamentary...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No, the Jamaican Government is not schizophrenic; it does not have a split personality. How then, you may ask, can one agency of government be so wantonly corrupt, funding lavish private birthday parties, serving US$1,000 (J$128,000) birthday cakes...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:54 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) and its leader, Peter Phillips, must be aware of the political risk they have taken by voting down the states of public emergency in three regions of Jamaica, which had been credited with a 20 per cent...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMAndre Wright/Opinion Editor

It's tempting to join in the knee-jerk lament about the apocalyptic ramifications of the imminent lapse of states of emergency in St James, St Catherine North, and sections of the Corporate Area. Don't.What has fundamentally curbed homicides and...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What takes the cake in this Petrojam fiasco? Is it the 600,684 barrels of oil accounting for the unaccounted losses of $5b in five years, giving new meaning to five in five?With $5b the police force could: be better paid; be more mobile; improve...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Like others before, the video went viral recently. A young girl, in school uniform, probably about 15, her body expressing fits of anger saying, "Mi wi stab him up yu nuh, kill him!"It is obvious that she is in the company of adults, probably school...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Seventy years ago, on December 10, representatives of countries from every continent adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a mighty document that has helped change the world.Drawing on cultural and religious traditions from across the...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The malefaction of the governors of Petrojam, laid bare by the auditor general in her report on the state-owned oil refinery, has again underlined the need for transparency into the financial management of public agencies, to which few adhere, in...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I read with interest Carolyn Cooper's column of Sunday, December 9, 2018, titled 'Back on the highway of Holness', and all I could do is shake my head. I am not a permanent resident of Beverly Hills. I grew up in the area, and have stayed down the...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have accepted that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is a dysfunctional, inefficient and unprofessional organisation. I don't wish to overgeneralise, and it may very well be that a curse has befallen me regarding my encounters with members of...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' announcement that he will order a forensic audit of Petrojam will be embraced by people, among whom this newspaper is counted, who value accountability in the management, and use, of taxpayers' money.Yet, Mr Holness...

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