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Do you remember passing Arlington Villa?

There are a number of interesting old buildings around Kingston that are rapidly disappearing. Did you notice an old Edwardian-type house on Lyndhurst Road? I passed it in 2018 and it piqued my interest. There was a “for sale” sign on the fence and the column bore the name... Read More

Jamaica's political dilemma
Let us pause to reflect. In the eyes of some citizens the 2020 political campaign was reduced to an ongoing sports day for adults when the 'green and orange houses' became mobilised on asphalt, television, and the airwaves to showcase 'talent'. The difficulty to...... Read More

The people voted for hope!
We have come through another general election with a resounding victory and mandate from the people being given to both major parties. “Keep your train chugging on the track!” the people shouted to one. “Repair your train and come back!” the people said to the...... Read More

The 2020 General Election and the future of the PNP
Let me again congratulate the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for a decisive victory at the 2020 polls. The people have spoken, and their sovereign decision is sealed until they are again asked to speak on the issue of who should rule over them.... Read More

New Cabinet, do not fail your country in this hour

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, September, 16 2020    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a 19-member Cabinet which will help him to steer the ship of State through the rough and treacherous waters of a ravaged COVID-19 economy. All the economic indices indicate that the next 12 months will be a time of great economic hardship for... Read More

Internal strife making Guyana a continuing regional problem

Ronald Sanders | Tuesday, September, 15 2020    

Once again, Guyana is causing regional and international worry following two sets of killings of young men (two of African origin and two of Indian origin) that have sparked the flames of communal violence and threaten to engulf the country. Read More

The new normal Coexisting with COVID-19 requires growth

Ryan Strachan | Tuesday, September, 15 2020    

By now it should be evident to most that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. That considered, those so minded would do well to adjust to the reality of coexisting with this virus. A vaccine, the timing of which is uncertain as of right now, suffered setbacks as recently... Read More

Toots Hibbert: Rise up, Jamaica

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 14 2020    

Jamaicans everywhere are deeply moved by the passing of Frederick Nathaniel ''Toots'' Hibbert, our favourite brother whose voice was joy itself, and whose music danced us through decades of ups and downs. Major media houses here and abroad have been carrying obituaries and features on... Read More

If ever someone deserved to be honoured by Jamaica, it's Patsy Robertson

Richard Bernal | Monday, September, 14 2020    

Several of the pioneers who led and managed the difficult transition from colony to politically independent Jamaica are not adequately recognised or appreciated. Their stories are not well known; indeed, in many cases, not at all. Read More

Stop insulting the Jamaican people, PNP

BY Fabian Lewis | Monday, September, 14 2020    

I note with growing consternation, and sometimes laughter, the many commentaries about the massive 'murderation' meted out to the People's National Party (PNP) at the hands of a marauding Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election machinery and a well-crafted public relations strategy focused... Read More

Bitterness and dangerous entitlement

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, September, 13 2020    

Rain beats the leopard skin, but it does not wash out the spots.— Akan proverb, Ghana Read More

Arise from the grave of defeat, Comrades, and do so quickly!

Christopher Burns | Sunday, September, 13 2020    

Those old enough should remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, better known as Baghdad Bob, the unintentionally hilarious Iraqi information minister who — no matter what evidence to the contrary — emphatically predicted evisceration of United States forces during the 2003 Iraq... Read More

Cowards, gangs and the Ku Klux Klan

Jason McKay | Sunday, September, 13 2020    

The infamous Ku Klux Klan was formed in Tennessee, United States of America (USA), in 1865, ironically the same year that Jamaica experienced the Morant Bay Rebellion. Both events, notably, resulted in catastrophic long- and short-term suffering for people of colour. Read More

Technology, education and society

STEPHEN VASCIANNIE | Sunday, September, 13 2020    

Jamaica needs properly to enter the era of information technology. There are manifestations of interest in information technology, largely among technical experts, some professionals, tech-savvy students, and others, but the society's IT competence remains limited. Read More

Young candidates key to motivating young voters

Ben Jealous | Sunday, September, 13 2020    

One of the most exciting parts of this year's Democratic National Convention for me was the keynote speech delivered collectively by a group of young, progressive elected officials, many of them black. They showed us the potential for a promising future once we have got... Read More


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