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Don't bad-mouth the $14-billion gift to this country

BY FABIAN LEWIS | Tuesday, March, 12 2019    

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The budget — growth with equity

Stephen Edwards | Monday, March, 11 2019    

The 2019/20 budget presentation by Nigel Clarke, minister of finance and the public service, is remarkable because it represents Jamaica's first growth budget in recent history. The primary tool of a minister of finance is fiscal policy. This budget speech was profoundly important... Read More

Big break for business

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March, 11 2019    

In July 2014 Debbie-Ann Gordon Crawford, then chair of the Jamaican Bar Association Revenue Committee, addressed the Kiwanis Club of Kingston on the announcement of some 22 new taxes: “Since 2013 to present, Jamaica has experienced perhaps its heartiest dosage of tax legislation in... Read More

DC and DC pulling from old PNP playbook

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

It's better to stumble with your toe than with your tongue. — Swahili Proverb, Tanzania  Read More

Those fiery budget debates

Lance Neita | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

The much-acclaimed budget opening by Finance Minister Nigel Clarke last week has overshadowed, for the time being, the by-election excitement taking place in Portland. Read More

'Improving' and bungling

Canute Thompson | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

IN my column of March 3, 2019, in which I assessed the performance of the three-year-old Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party Administration, I compared the state of crime in 2018 to 2017 and 2016 and, taking account of the 21.9 per cent reduction in murders in 2018 over 2017, I... Read More

Relationship, democracy, right, and wrong

Al Miller | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

Loyalty means I am down with you whether you are wrong or right, but I will tell you when you are wrong and help you get it right. — Anonymous, from Quoteambition.com  Read More

Cricket West Indies should choose the best possible leader

BY DR RUDI WEBSTER | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

In a few weeks, members of Cricket West Indies (CWI) will meet in Jamaica to select its next president and vice-president, a critical and historic decision that will determine the fate of West Indies cricket. Read More

The cycle of disorder

JASON McKAY | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

I recently read an article in the Jamaica Observer where I was criticised by Louis Barton, president of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators. Read More

Guyana's unavoided crisis

Bruce Golding | Sunday, March, 10 2019    

Guyana is now deep in the throes of a constitutional crisis. It didn't have to be there. Read More

Women run with the best of them

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March, 8 2019    

HELLO there, Sisters! Today, March 8, is recognised as International Women's Day. Read More

Portland Eastern poll will answer some of our questions

Friday, March, 8 2019    

JAMAICA is a racially moved, male chauvinist, colour-coded, violent, unequal society, and the Portland Eastern election may be the crucible in which these issues are resolved or add to confusion. We are a 92.1 per cent black nation; the rest white, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern roots,... Read More

A good day to celebrate women's progress

Inés Fors Fernández | Friday, March, 8 2019    

JAMAICAN sisters, I would like to express to you my most sincere congratulations on the occasion of International Women's Day. Read More

Women advance... but men benefit

Michael Burke | Thursday, March, 7 2019    

Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day. It coincides with the anniversary of the birth of the late Lady (Gladys) Bustamante. It will also be the 18th anniversary of the by-election in St Ann North Eastern, when the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Shahine Robinson won the seat for... Read More

Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

Thursday, March, 7 2019    

As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at mid-life, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality,... Read More



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