Carol Archer | UTech among institutions leading research on the state of the tropics

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

In July 2017, the Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University (JCU), Professor Sandra Harding, invited me to join a team of experts researching and writing on issues related to the built environment in countries of the Tropics. The…

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Steven Shaw | Who’s monitoring the road projects?

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

The short answer to the interrogative headline of the Gleaner editorial published on Friday, July 5, 2019, ‘Who’s monitoring the road projects?’, is ‘We are.’ … 

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Gordon Robinson | Still no remedy for Cornwall Regional

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

In April/May 2018, I produced a trilogy exposing the lethal threat posed by Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH) building. At the time, the government pretended only simplistic “renovations” were needed. JLP sycophants (especially on social media)…

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Mark Wignall | Is Peter Bunting just an overhyped, rich-boy politician?

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

Peter Bunting could be in trouble in his September 7 quest to topple Dr Peter Phillips and become the new PNP president. I say that mainly for two reasons. At the official launch of his Rise United campaign exactly one week ago, the venue was…

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Canute S. Thompson | The Integrity Commission Report: Evidence of Disintegration?

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

 Jamaica has had a long history of State corruption, aided and abetted by persons connected to the State or the party in power. To reduce the scale of corruption the PNP, while in power, drafted the Integrity Commission Bill…

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Zia Mian | Petrojam Review Committee’s take on ‘national energy security’

Gleaner on July 21st, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

“The PRC concluded that the existence of a local refinery operation is not essential to ensuring Jamaica’s energy security.” – PRC report, page 13. Since the ownership of the refinery by the Government, the management of the Petroleum…

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Arnold Bertram | Government in a tailspin

Gleaner on July 14th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

The social and economic indicators at the end of June point to a deepening of the crisis of governance in the Holness administration. Most worrying was the increase in violent crime in 10 of the 14 parishes. The Government has yet to present a…

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Zia Mian | Petrojam review and the missing pieces

Gleaner on July 14th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

“Of the 55 refineries closed in America in the last 10 years, they were all closed for economic reasons … .” – Peter DeFazio, US congressman The Cabinet appointed the Petrojam Review Committee (PRC) on September 4, 2018. Its terms of reference…

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Mark Wignall | PNP vigil: good move or spectacle?

Gleaner on July 14th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

Last Thursday, those who consider themselves the brightest minds in the PNP decided that a demonstration in Half-Way Tree against what the party saw as the JLP administration’s corrupt governance in many areas was exactly what the nation needed….

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Gordon Robinson | Total nonsense from Wignall

Gleaner on July 14th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

On July 7, Mark Wignall’s one-sided reporting (presented as ‘opinion’) of a civil suit by National Fuels Limited (NFL) against Total Jamaica Limited (Total) showcased, in my opinion, journalism at its worst. Upon what report was Wignall allegedly…

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