Clear, hold, build is a hard road

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 14 2017    

The debate is over. Parliament has agreed, so let's move to quell crime in Zones of Special Operations (Zones) and nationwide. We will support the security forces in their lawful acts to create the low crime nation we crave. We gave up some choices in a just cause but do not celebrate, as the... Read More

The politicians and the label

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 14 2017    

Talk the truth…would you like to be a politician; a leader of the people in Jamdown? As one “Mister Man” said to the other, how many fancy cars can you be driven in, with the streets being cleared by sirens, announcing like the passage of a king (or queen)? You don't have to... Read More

Let's build on the momentum of boys' GSAT achievement

Wayne Campbell | Thursday, July, 13 2017    

Boys' underachievement has been at the heart of many academic journals and discussion over the years. The issue is not unique to Jamaica; in fact the concern is of global significance and is rooted in both a socio-political and educational ideology. Read More

Champagne taste on a lemonade budget

Thursday, July, 13 2017    

If this $8-million phone bill debacle is not a case of Champagne taste on a lemonade budget, then I don't know what is. I, like many other ordinary Jamaicans, am incensed by the recent revelation that the minister of finance has somehow accrued a phone bill of $8.34... Read More

Four 7s and the constitution

Michael Burke | Thursday, July, 13 2017    

Last Friday, Juy 7, 2017, was the 40th anniversary of the day when the “four 7s clashed”. Oral folklore had it that Marcus Garvey had prophesied all kinds of violence to happen on that day and that “heads would roll down King Street”, among other... Read More

Special crimes zones Bill a test of PM Holness's resolve

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July, 12 2017    

The special crime zones Bill has been making its way through the Houses of Parliament should soon be signed by the governor general, thus becoming law. The Bill was vigorously debated by members of the two chambers of Parliament and it is good that this was so, as any such debate, especially on... Read More

Sand mining permit the result of a successful appeal

Peter Knight | Wednesday, July, 12 2017    

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) takes note of media coverage of the recent decision by the minister with responsibility for the environment to permit sand mining at Duncan's Bay. It is our view that the issue deserves a measured response, not only to... Read More

The possible effects of medical cannabis on public health — a pharmacist's perspective, Part 1

Rohan McNellie | Tuesday, July, 11 2017    

Cannabis is a generic medical term that refers to drugs derived from plants belonging to the genus cannabis.Cannabis-based medicine refers to cannabis or cannabinoids used as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. Read More

The GSAT story again?

With Dr Clement T M Lambert | Tuesday, July, 11 2017    

A day ahead of the release of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scores to parents, the minister of education, Senator Ruel Reid, announced that scores had improved. For the policymakers, it was cause for celebration. For some parents and their children who sat the GSAT, the knots in... Read More

Time to revisit and recast a new vision of pan-Africanism

Monday, July, 10 2017    

African nationalism is meaningless, dangerous, anachronistic, if it is not, at the same time pan-Africanism.— Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and political theorist  Read More

SDGs are ambitious, but achievable in the Caribbean

Bruno Pouezat | Monday, July, 10 2017    

The following is a lightly edited version of the presentation made at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Action 2030 Regional Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals on June 28, 2017:  Read More


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