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Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 3:05 AM

Michael Abrahams Online Columnist I absolutely love music. Growing up, it seemed like it was always being played in my home. My father had a formidable record collection, including many genres: calypso, jazz, classical, ska, rock steady, reggae, R...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I picked up the newspaper this Friday morning and saw a splendid story titled 'Stop wasting money on expensive burials'. It began:"Chief executive officer of COK Sodality Co-operative Credit Union Limited, Ambassador Aloun Assamba, wants Jamaicans...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Partisans who believe the only worthy place political parties can be is in government will, perhaps, insist that Peter Phillips' only choice is to start his leadership of the People's National Party (PNP), which begins today, breathlessly and on...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

In 1970, Derek Walcott wrote a philosophical introduction to a collection of his plays. The title of the essay, What The Twilight Says: An Overture, is intriguing. There, Walcott recalls his youthful days in St Lucia learning the craft of writing in...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Despite my Afrocentricity, I am not a big fan of the tambourine having fallen out of love with it since my erstwhile colleague Ragashanti associated it with mix-up and 'blenda'. Indeed, as musical instruments go, my preference is for the little...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The Jamaican Parliament is to be located in a spanking new complex at Heroes Circle in downtown Kingston. The need for a new Parliament building has long been the source of discussion.Gordon House, built in 1960, has long outlived its usefulness in...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:26 AMTony Deyal

After the departure of Quasimodo for Disneyworld to star in the hit movie 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', the bells of the famous cathedral in France were silent and the bishop in charge was very depressed. The silence was deafening and the...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Advocacy has a distinct role to play in bringing injustice to the fore and influencing change. Opposition Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson has demonstrated brilliantly how parliamentary advocacy can effectively benefit ordinary citizens.Mr Jackson...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Andrew Holness has had a remarkable journey over the last two or so years. It's quite fascinating to observe how much he has grown since the general election in February 2016 and the last attempt to oust him as leader of...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AMHarry Parkes

The recent arrest and charge of human-rights activist Latoya under Section 9 of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 has triggered some degree of public outcry. Those 'protesting' the actions of the police include the Press...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Schools in the habit of importing athletes will face increasing local competition for buying track stars - and increasing costs - and will be forced to turn elsewhere. Too many dogs and not enough bones are here in Jamaica!After poaching all the...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) would like to acknowledge the publication of the article 'Companies Office nightmare', written by Patria-Kaye Aarons in the March 21, 2017 edition of The Gleaner.As always, the agency welcomes, and is guided by...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Last weekend, Sabina Park witnessed one of the most bizarre cricket matches ever played in the region. The game lasted under two days (two nights if you prefer.)Neither the Jamaica Scorpions nor the Leeward Islands Hurricanes scored 150 in either...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' proposed new law to tackle Jamaica's crime contains a potentially redeeming feature. Among its declared objectives is to "promote social and economic development in a zone through the efforts of various government...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I suspect that the per capita consumption of what North Americans call corned beef hash and we here in Jamaica call 'bully beef' reached one of its highest points in the months following the passage of Hurricane Gilbert in September, 1988.The island...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 3:00 AM

On Sunday, before the nine a.m. worship service, a congregant of the Boulevard Baptist Church told me that a very close family member of his was recently raped. It is causing unimaginable pain for the victim, an academically gifted child.Can anyone...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Here is a startling statistic about what happens when a teacher enters a Jamaican classroom for, say, a 40-minute session with students. On average, he or she spends up to 16 minutes attempting to establish order, maintain silence, enforce...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I am mindful when using the word 'prosperity' now. Because of its appropriation by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), it is almost a dirty word in some circles.Boldly, the 'Man a Yard' has boasted about boosting employment and gross domestic...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I want to publicly thank the Companies Office of Jamaica for preparing me and others out there for hell. After going through the business registration process that you put us through, we've been conditioned to face the toughest future of...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

As I pointed out in an earlier column, Jamaican men cry rape every time women say, "Yes, let's say their names." A kind of hysteria breaks out because somehow they hear this as women demanding the right to falsely accuse men of raping them. But this...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Anthony Gifford, the British peer who has made Jamaica his home, is a lawyer of sharp intellect whose heightened social conscience has made him an indefatigable campaigner for justice and human rights around the world.It is hardly surprising that he...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Jamaica is hopelessly out of whack when it comes to this vexed issue of child sex abuse."Under seventeen are you over sixteen?Ah beg yu rock and come eenbecause a one general inna di yard."Jamaican men publicly steer clear of flouting the law, but...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats.First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such a way as to magnify it. Not only did he give our landscape a certain epic status, he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps,...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The Tambourine Army has burst into life like a powerful storm that brings the promise of new growth. On March 11, it organised an effective protest march against domestic violence. Now, one of its founders is facing a charge of malicious publication...

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