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Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

The prospects of an opposition senator voting in favour of the CCJ, to clear the two-thirds majority hurdle, were already slim. With the Malahoo Forte blowout and suspension, things look even dimmer for a switch.Two things are certain for the future...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMark Wignall, Contributor

As the dead babies scandal goes beyond individual pain and national tragedy and seeps into every crack of the People's National Party's political campaign, and amid the prime minister's stripping of the health portfolio from Fenton Ferguson, a quiet...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMPeter Espeut, Contributor

Now that the audits of the public-health system have been published, we can see why Health Minister Fenton Ferguson refused for so long to release them to the public.As bad as we might have assumed the conditions in government hospitals to be after...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 11:15 PMHorace Levy, Contributor

The statistics on the current murder scene are important, especially along with other data. Even more crucial is the analysis of the stats. And an eye-opener, at least for some people, is the conclusion that follows.The statistics, according to last...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 11:13 PMIan Boyne, Contributor

The big, nasty brawl in Parliament last week over security - just the latest episode of parliamentary crassness - reflects the heat on the streets as the crime scene hots up yet again.While the politicians are content to play the blame game,...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 11:13 PMRicardo Brooks, Contributor

It is a well-known truth that minority groups are often used as scapegoats when politicians need to leverage the support of the majority. After all, what better way to coerce action than to convince the privileged that a "vile, immoral and downright...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMPatrick Galbraith, Contributor

In The Gleaner article of October 21, 2015, my colleague, Everald Dewar, pleaded for help on behalf of taxpayers who have made innocent errors and mistakes. I, too, plea for leniency.The current system of imposing interest and penalty on taxpayers...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Deyal, Contributor

The sign in English in the window of a Mexican restaurant said, 'Don't stand there and be hungry. Come on in and get fed up.' On the other hand, there is a story about a US company that decided to market its 'no-leak' pens in Mexico.The actual...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 1:31 PMOrville Taylor, Contributor

Sometimes cock mouth kill cock. Now the utterances of Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, about the impotence of the Government to handle crime, might have once again opened him up to more attacks and given to the People's National Party (PNP)...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDevon Dick, Contributor

Recently, Calabar High Old Boys' Association hosted its annual dinner under the presidency of David Miller and chaired by Mike Fennell. It was a gala affair with attendance from the president of the KC, as well as the JC Old Boys, perhaps to get...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

THE POLITICAL silly season is upon us already. Scandals are highly probable and sentiments will only get more ludicrous. Unfortunately, we the people - the electorate that is expected to exercise our franchise by voting - will have to suffer this....

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence, Contributor

The Jordan Foote story is a tear-jerker. Instead of enjoying his last year of high school football eligibility, Foote has been stricken by cancer. The Holy Trinity High School standout has fought many battles on the field of play. Now, he is...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:01 AMPatria-Kaye Aarons, Contributor

Free health care was a campaign promise. A cheap tactic to lure the swinging and undecided voters to the side of the Jamaica Labour Party (and persisted with by the People's National Party with the same political goals in mind). Well, perhaps not...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:01 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

There's hope. I recently experienced the sort of transparent, participatory, responsive and caring governance I'd thought was lost to Jamaica. On October 22, hand in hand with the Old Ball and Chain, I attended the first of an intended series of meet...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Tony Vendryes, Contributor

For almost 30 years, I have been saying that a plant-based diet has significant health benefits. Now, the World Health Organisation (WHO) research published this past week, confirms that eating red meats, especially processed meats, is a major risk...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMJennifer Ellison-Brown, Contributor

The human skeleton is composed of 206 bones. The skeleton is the framework of the body, without it the body would be shapeless. The bones are shaped according to their function.Bones may be:n Long, as in the arm and legs.n Flat, as the sternum and...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Alicia Ashley was born in Jamaica on August, 23 1967. On Friday, at the age of 48 years and 81 days old she won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight championship title. Ashley is a world-champion athlete with the genetic makeup and...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMOral Tracey, Contributor

Captain Horace Burrell has been President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for an accumulated 17 years.Jamaica's football accomplishments under the captain's stewardship have been many and varied, headlined by the historic qualification of...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:50 PMLaurie Foster, Contributor

It was some Public Holiday night in 2008 - National Heroes Day appropriately springs to mind - that this columnist paid a visit to the Waterhouse community of St Andrew. It was a period of personal vehicular immobility, a favourite taxi driver...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Deyal, Contributor

One day a drunk walked into a bar and ordered a gin and tonic. He drank half of it and, without any warning, poured the rest on the bartender. The bartender got very angry, grabbed the drunk by the collar and demanded, "Why did you do that?"The...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 11:02 PMContributor

Do you know that the usual celebration of Halloween - with its various features, such as witches on flying brooms, ghosts, cult scary masks, and people dressed up in all kinds of costumes, etc., are pagan, not of Christian...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:01 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

Many of our leaders seem to have begun their political life prematurely, while others are tenured but performing at the level of a first-term parliamentarian. Our leaders seem to spend more of our (and their) time and resources in squabbles and...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:01 AMDevon Dick, Contributor

Recently, I went to Washington, DC, United States (US) to officiate at the marriage of my niece, Tahalia Barrett, to Louis Chang at the War Memorial, which is a monument to persons who fought in the World War and gave their lives on behalf of others...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMark Wignall, Contributor

It is more likelihood than possibility that after the next election, the people of this country will still get to call Portia our prime minister.Much about the lady is wrapped up in a bundle of perception and clichÈ. That she has not made herself...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 11:35 AMHubert Lawrence, Contributor

Though the stars of athletics make nowhere near the money gained by their peers in football, boxing, golf, Formula One and the domestic American sports, it’s becoming more tempting for young prospects to make the big move. They’d best...

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