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This newspaper welcomes, as it does anything that enhances Jamaica's image globally, the country's 15-place jump on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to 68 among 180 countries.Importantly, Jamaica's standing did not move...

To mark my 25 years as a weekly columnist, The Gleaner has asked me to write six short pieces on a topic of my choice, and it should be no surprise that I have chosen Jamaica's natural environment as my subject. I am committed to the conservation of...

Recently, I was part of the then record crowd of 81,978 persons in attendance to watch an English Premier League football match at Wembley Stadium being played in almost-freezing weather conditions. The game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...

In an interesting postscript to my last column 'Modern-day plantations', I was sent a response from tourism mogul John Issa saying that my account of Evon Blake's plunge into the Myrtle Bank Hotel's pool was "not quite accurate".Apparently, the...

JUDGES are called 'my lords', but they are not my GOD. Only GOD is infallible. Judges err and are not beyond reproach. There is a difference between the rule of law and the rule of judges in a democracy.1. The Gleaner of Tuesday, February 13, 2018,...

The postponement of the summit that the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and other private-sector bodies were organising ought not to be for long. One can understand why Mr Holness and his team would find the end of this week, which was the...

In the normal scheme of things, the comings and goings of diplomats are little-noticed, routine business, except when it used to be the arrival or departure of an American ambassador. The British, too, warranted some attention.These days, however,...

The domino crew gathered during a crime upsurge to talk and play.What we called an 'upsurge' then (over 200 murders in 1973) was like a family picnic now. But, as Dessie posed double-six, he said government should produce a better crime plan or he...

The Gleaner headlines (February 14, 2018) 'Holness backs down' and 'Holness bows to pressure' could well have been 'Holness responsive to citizens' demands: Jamaica's democracy alive .... if not fully well'.Justice Sykes is to be appointed "in short...

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...
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