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Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 6:26 AM

In what can only be described as a momentous event in the India-Jamaica relations, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, is landing in Jamaica today for a four-day state visit. It is the first-ever visit by an Indian President to Jamaica and...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:08 AM

The prime minister has spoken and so have selected members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Something is operating in Denham Town that is designed to ensure that the Zone of Special Operations, known as ZOSOs, must not work. According to the PM...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:06 AM

There has been much media hoopla regarding the Privy Council (PC) overturning Jamaica’s Appeal Court in the case of Lescene Edwards v R . I’m incredulous that the conversation has reached such an inglorious condition that this case becomes the...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Jamaica remains a special case for sustainable development in view of its unique and particular vulnerabilities, categorised by the United Nations as part of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Maximilien Pardo in The year 2020 or the...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Looking back at that Saturday evening way back in 1996, if my memory refuses to play games with me, I was OK with myself and in a good mood. My two friends, a married couple and I were ‘trampoozing,’ that is, driving out to any place and caring...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:06 AMZingcharwon Rungsung - Guest Columnist

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all,” these words by Oliver Wendell Holmes, though poignant, convey a sublime message – and this is not without good reason. While all human bonds form...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Informal tenure often involves squatting, where households occupy a parcel of land that belongs to someone else, state Jan K. Brueckner and Harris Selod, “… while paying no financial compensation …” elaborated in ‘A Theory of Urban Squatting and...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:06 AM

As Jamaican children and adolescents return to school physically after two years of online learning, their health and safety are a priority for all – parents, caregivers, teachers, school administrators, government, and the private sector. Steps...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:05 AM

Legendary black standup comedian Nipsey Russell often quipped: “Marriage is an institution and love is blind. After seeing what some of you have for wives, you MUST be blind!” I love you Nipsey, but you’re wrong. I wholeheartedly believe in...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:07 AM

The enormous profits and global dominance of the Big Tech hyperscalers are rarely out of the news and, almost daily, there are new reports on how they have undermined society and democracy in the pursuit of profit. Today, there is a better...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

If our people were a bit more patient maybe we would allow ourselves to see the dots lined up and constantly connecting. Of course, there may be some of us who see good reason in the ‘virtues’ of impatience, especially in light of the security...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversations, Michael Barnett responds to an opinion piece by St Aubyn Morgan published in the Jamaica Observer of April 12. Barnett outlines some of the many justifications for reparation for the trans-Atlantic...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

As I drove past, I observed the very young children being ushered in. The sign caught my eyes. Tugged at my heartstrings. It read ‘Small Treasures’. This immediately distinguished the attendees and announced to all onlookers that our youngest of...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The right to full independence inheres in us as a people, as a reflection of our humanity, and it is a matter of the deepest regret that in 1962 Jamaica did not seek a form of independence that would have separated us constitutionally from the...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Many heads swivelled when the notoriously salacious Lady Saw switched identities and became Minister Marion Hall. Before the ink was dry on that reinvention of self, the dancehall diva subjected her fans and critics to more shock waves by...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

In an ideal world, those who have a knack for counting trees would study and specialise in tree counting and would be revered for the diverse contributions they make as professional tree counters. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world. Hardly...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Columnists, including your not-so-humble scribe, do a lot of writing about governments’ obligations to their citizens. This often begs the question, “Do citizens have any obligation to Government?” Yes, they do. I’m not referring to the obvious...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:05 AM

Growing up in St Andrew, my exposure to the bauxite-alumina industry was the view of the mud lake visible from Mount Diablo on the way to the north coast. As a young university graduate interested in environmental matters, I recall listening to...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:11 AM

For the Commonwealth Caribbean States, the resolution of the issues relating to the removal of the Queen as their Head of State has been bedevilled by what I describe as the colonial doctrine of gradualism and lack of readiness. According to this...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:11 AM

Last week, I reviewed and commented on an inspiring message about the meaning of Christ’s resurrection delivered by Swallowfield Chapel’s Pastor David Henry. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Most understood that the message was proof of...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:11 AM

The Taino didn’t need to read science to appreciate what they saw before their eyes. They saw the same features that were recorded by naturalists and others in the 1700s and 1800s – that in the interior of the island, with its “countless hills,...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:10 AM

Scientists tell us that pandemics and epidemics may be an inescapable feature of life as we know it unless we address man’s unsustainable interaction with wild animal slaughterhouses. The resulting rise in zoonotic diseases (infectious diseases...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:10 AM

“Customs is an issue which touches a number of areas. Obviously, we will be concerned about the environmental impact from bags that we know are not being produced here, which means they have to be coming through our ports,” said Matthew Samuda in...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The announcement of plans to divest the Milk River Spa in Clarendon ought to be placed on hold at this time. Instead, the Parliament – Government and the Opposition – should take very seriously a German geologist’s comment with respect to our spas...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Recently, while in London, I attended the play Get Up Stand Up, reflecting the life and music of the legend, Robert Nesta Marley. I was supremely proud of that experience, even becoming emotional, especially as I witnessed the audience, rocking and...

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