Orville Taylor | The war on plastic

Gleaner on January 13th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

Now the Government has put its foot down and decided that it is going to end all ’scandals’ created by petroleum products. Well, that includes the single-use plastic bags that go by the same name and are notorious for filling up our drains and also…

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Densil Williams | Treat ally Venezuela with respect

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Venezuela is in the throes of economic and political turmoil. Almost all its economic indicators are pointing in the wrong direction, with inflation, a major measure of the health of the economy, standing above one million per cent in 2018. It means…

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Peter Phillips | A different model to managing crime

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The recent talks between Prime Minister Holness and me, as well as our respective teams, established the basis for sustained cooperation around a unified national effort in the fight against crime. This is certainly a step in the right direction on…

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Mark Wignall | Thanks, Venezuela, but bye-bye

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From the September 18, 2018, issue of Business Insider comes this: “Venezuela’s president feasted on expensive steak at a celebrity chef’s restaurant on Monday, a scene made striking by the fact that millions of people back home are starving.”…

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Martin Henry | Petrojam buy-back and the Venezuelan crisis

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Two days after the Government of Jamaica announced its foregone decision to repossess Venezuela’s minority shares in Petrojam, the country joined 18 of 34 OAS member states in a majority vote not to recognise the second-term Maduro government that…

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Colin Steer | Funding policy targets training, social ills

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The Gleaner’s editorial of Friday, January 11, 2019, would perhaps have done readers a better public service if the writer had attempted, ahead of the analysis presented, to get a fuller understanding of the funding policy for students up to age 18…

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Martin Henry | Plastics ban: Vaz and vendors

Gleaner on January 6th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

“No delay! No backing down!” The voice of Vaz, minister in charge of the environment. And very much, too, the voice of vendors. The ban on single-use plastic products rode in with the New Year, but as the minister clearly understands, it’s going to…

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Yvonne McCalla Sobers | Rape survivors and system roadblocks

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Rape is a crime that is often not reported. According to police data, reported rape cases declined from 863 in 2013 to 442 in 2017. However, rape survivor silence raises questions about the data, especially where in an estimated seven out of ten…

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Mark Wignall | Solving the great water puzzle

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Through the 450 systems operated by the National Water Commission (NWC), on average, 180 million gallons of water are produced each day. It costs the NWC $120 per gallon to produce water, which is then sold at $220 per gallon.Only 30 per cent of the…

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Gordon Robinson | How to listen

Gleaner on January 6th, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

For more than 10 years, I have strived mightily in these columns to convince you that in this world, nothing is as it appears.My mission has been to show you, proclamations by political, social, religious, and business leaders require careful…

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