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Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:22 AM

T he Gleaner, two Friday’s ago, said that it is “nervous about Alpart”. That is a mild reaction to what is pending. Because what Parliament heard from Minister Montague on Tuesday, September 10, was a pre-emptive announcement of the indefinite...

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:22 AM

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sex, per se. However, nowadays, everything seems to be all about sex, sex, and more sex. The only reason that we exist is sex, so it isn’t a bad thing. This is how we procreate naturally. Sex used to be in the...

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:08 AM

AMID THE changing realities affecting mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue, which is likely to become more frequent and aggressive, it is now more important than ever for Jamaicans to individually and collaboratively safeguard their health....

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Niggles of disappointment notwithstanding, we take pride in Jamaica’s broadly successful completion of its US$1.6-billion standby arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aware that it doesn’t represent the end of the country’s...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 10:50 AM

When I was a teenager, I heard a joke I found funny. It went something like this: A woman walks into a police station and reports that she was “graped”. The officer she is addressing replied, “Graped? I’m sure you...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:37 AM

What do Caribbean Airlines and Miss Lou have in common? Believe it or not, the airline is bigging up our language loud and clear. Last week, at Norman Manley International Airport, I saw the airline’s huge ad along an extensive walkway. It’s a...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:34 AM

Your editorial ‘Wrong lesson being applied at PCJ?’ (Gleaner, Tuesday, September 17, 2019) positions the decision to wind up the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Group within the context of management and policy failures at both PCJ and...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:33 AM

If education is the key to upward mobility, sadly, some in Jamaica’s school system are in need of a remedial lessons as they are stuck at the back of the class. Some school administrators and teachers have abandoned their senses in openly...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

For better or for worse, states of emergency (SOE) have become part of the Government of Jamaica’s crime-reduction strategy. The constitutional tool designed to respond to terrorism, war and natural disaster – none of which are, or have been,...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Gassan Azan’s J$11-billion agricultural investment plan for the Bernard Lodge lands should, on the face of it, be welcomed and embraced. We hope for other projects of the type. However, the Holness administration should not believe, or attempt to...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:07 AM

If we needed any further reminder of how dangerously brazen Jamaica’s criminals are, we got a jolt this week when it was revealed that men posing as policemen stole a motor vehicle from a man’s yard. They apparently searched his house and demanded...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Briana Williams is one to watch. The amazingly talented sprinter holds the world age-15 best (11.13s) for the 100m and is our national junior record holder at 10.94s. Williams recently tested positive for a prohibited substance,...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Moving is one of the most moving experiences you can ever have. It is not the same for members of the legal profession. Anytime you see their lips moving, you know they’re lying. But for the rest of us, moving, especially from one house,...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:25 AM

It’s good for Trelawny that the head of its municipal corporation, Collen Gager, and the parish’s custos, Paul Muschett, have agreed to put aside their cudgels, which they sealed with a public handshake in Falmouth last week. Perhaps they can now...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:09 AM

As the Government considers complaints from the entertainment sector about the perceived stringency of the noise abatement law, it might wish to implement an obvious and easy fix to an often-frustrating process for most people, including...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Baptist ministers James Phillippo and William Knibb mobilised the Moravians, Presbyterians, and others to establish free villages by acquiring lands to permit sale to the freed Africans. Some villages came about solely through the entrepreneurial...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:07 AM

The list of frightened, bigoted people in The Gleaner’s recent report from St James is long: the ministers’ fraternal; the past president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lee Bailey; the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:07 AM

In a rare example of ‘man bites dog’ news, more than 100 employees of Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Company last Monday protested in front of the offices of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) in Kingston against “misinformation” being spread about the...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Recently, an educated young man made a grand fool of himself in a social-media post when he suggested that his posting of a rape mention was just his way of expressing a joke. In that, he perfectly captured this society’s inability to bring to...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:21 AM

While reading the front-page story in t he Gleaner last week regarding the gaffe of a giraffe crossing on Constant Spring Road, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. Imagine a criss-criss pedestrian crossing that is supposed to span a four-lane...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Since the death of former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, there has been evaluation of his life and work. In the 1980s, Mugabe implemented universal healthcare and education, and the economy was strong. He encouraged the whites to be...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:08 AM

The recent announcement by the Ministry of Health and Wellness that the long-planned 220-bed children’s hospital to be built in western Jamaica will finally break ground is welcome news. The hospital, first announced by former Prime Minister Portia...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Few will be surprised at the frenzy with which politicians, on either side of the fence, have been having audience with, if not paying deference to, people in Jamaica’s entertainment industry, especially on the dancehall side of the business. This...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:26 AM

There have been several articles in the regional press in recent weeks speculating about the United Kingdom’s relationship with the Caribbean after leaving the European Union (EU) scheduled for October 31 (Brexit day). The Caribbean should be...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:26 AM

I write in response to the unfortunate opinion piece by Jaristotle’s Jottings characterising The University of the West Indies as an ­“administrative ghetto”. We feel compelled to correct this most unfortunate characterisation of The UWI-Mona’s...

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