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An insufficiently noted or commented-on element of the Budget Estimates tabled in Parliament last week by Finance Minister Audley Shaw is that he set out a detailed medium-term spending plan.In other words, Mr Shaw showed not only how much, or on...

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is, it seems, facing a dilemma over how to go about the Cabinet reshuffle he has in mind, especially what to do with the finance minister, Audley Shaw. It is clear that he intends to replace Mr Shaw with Nigel Clarke,...

Few, if any, of us in Parliament would disagree that the current slate of bank fees are extortionate and that competition in our marketplace is ineffectual to stimulate their moderation. When self-regulation is spurned, the State has an obligation...

This week's ousting of South African President Jacob Zuma, the surprise resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and before that the forced resignation of Robert Mugabe, 93, as president of Zimbabwe, call for a reflection on the...

Recently, Parkland was voted the safest city in Florida. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in that city is highly regarded by the Florida Board of Education.Last Wednesday, a nightmare unfolded at that school. Nikolas...

I walked into a bat. Not a cricket bat, but a costumed demon bat, tall, grinning headpiece with long ears, black velvet arms, and to a seven-year-old, scary like hell. I was at my Uncle Bem's 'parlour' or 'cake shop' in Carapichaima (a village in...

P J Patterson, a former prime minister of Jamaica, offered the current incumbent, Andrew Holness, valuable advice recently at the height of the controversy over his appointment of Brian Sykes as the acting chief justice in a context where a clear...

Tomorrow will mark my 25th anniversary as a weekly columnist with this newspaper.It all began in 1992 when the New Beginning Movement (NBM) - of which I was a convenor - joined the Jamaica Council of Churches on a walk from the People's National...

As the dust created by the whirlwind of public outrage settles on the appointment of the acting chief justice, and the terms of the acting unequivocally stated as supervisory probation by the prime minister, the chief executive officer of the state...

We hear Colonel Desmond Edwards' defence of the independence with which the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has operated. Nonetheless, we, too, urge the speedy completion of the legislative process for its establishment as an...
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