Tue | Mar 19, 2019

In Focus

It’s always been generally accepted that “inspirational” and “Finance Minister” don’t belong in the same sentence. Surely, to use them consecutively would be to create such an oxymoron that the writer’s credibility would be shattered and his...

INTRODUCTION In 1961, in the Jamaican House of Assembly, a relatively young Edward Seaga, then opposition member, raised the uncomfortable issue of class division in the Jamaican society in his famous ‘Haves vs Have-Nots’ speech. Seaga was...

Not since the 2001 North East St Ann by-election has there been such national attention being paid to ‘country people’ in a race to send either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standard-bearer, Ann-Marie Vaz, or the People’s National Party’s (PNP)...

“Whaa gwan mi bredrin? Everyting criss? Oonu gud?” This is white former American Harry ‘Danny’ Myers putting on his best Jamiekan as he was sworn in as a naturalised Jamaican. “Mi waan bawl cause mi so excited,” he said. And he did. Myers was one...

In the big, great and increasingly confusing United States of America, a gas station operator would be overjoyed if he found himself clearing three per cent as the difference between what he paid for the gas and what it was being sold for at the...

With the 1973 oil crisis, the average oil price increased from US$2.48/barrel in 1972 to US$11.58/barrel in 1974, thus causing economic disruptions in many oil-importing developing countries (OIDCs). In response to a call for a ‘New International...

Today is the real day. The real start of the Holness administration, with the swearing-in of the prime minister on March 3, 2016. True, the general election was on February 25. There was only a little media motion around the election date last...

Peter Champagnie is one of Jamaica’s most successful attorneys-at- law. He has the experience, knowledge of the broken system of justice, and, one assumes, based on his competence in his profession and his observations of the myriad, problematic...

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” – ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll A reader, while commenting on one of the articles in this series, has reminded me that an Austrian group had...

Information contained in the 2019-20 Estimates of Expenditure and two recent articles in the daily newspapers are clearly indicating that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is on a direct collision course with bankruptcy and its...
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