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Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

During my brief hiatus, many readers complained that I'm drifting away from my roots."Too much politics!" they grumble. "Not enough satire and dominoes." It turns out the educated elite hate my intermittent forays into lyrics; the people for whom I...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The year 2016, for me, like many others, delivered a swift kick to the behind. A series of unfortunate events made me think twice about rubbishing those who said leap years bring crosses. Personal, financial and business issues set out to either...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It would be a mistake if, in the midst of their crisis, the Moravians of Jamaica were to merely circle their wagons and nurture a grievance of persecution, of which, judging by the remarks of some of their congregants and pastors, there are...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When I was a lad in the late 1980s, a pastor happened on my community in south St Catherine. I say happened on the community because he had no family or close friends who you could say attracted him to the place. It's as if he just showed up one day...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:56 AMMichael Abrahams

The Moravian Church sex scandal has escalated a national conversation on the sexual abuse of children. The story reads like a sordid soap opera, with allegations and revelations being spat out at maddening velocity. Apart from the alleged victims...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Nigerian musician Fela Kuti created pulsing soundscapes vividly depicting the gripping social conditions in the Africa of his experience at the time. He swung his sonic brush, illumining imagination while weaving tall tales of instruction. Painting...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I'm deeply troubled by the possibility of an outsider being brought in as the new commissioner of police (CP). Not just any excellent leader, strategic thinker, first-class communicator, change manager and courageous innovator can lead an essential...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"How much councillor you have in your constituency?" jibed the honourable minister of finance to Dr Dayton Campbell when the persistent and piercing questions from the member from North West St Ann were proving embarrassing for Christopher Tufton...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There is good sense in the proverb about cutting off one's nose and spiting one's face. It is about people doing things not in their best interests or in pursuance of good sense, merely to stand for ceremony, or to save face. This is what the...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In their time of crisis, the bishops of the Moravian Church in Jamaica mustn't rely on the example of the Roman Catholics in America and elsewhere in dealing with their own.Nothing must be swept under the rug, or be perceived to be so done.That is...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week's column, 'No Beach For Local Tourists', touched a very sensitive nerve. I got so many emails from both Jamaicans and other Caribbean citizens who are very concerned about the way in which hoteliers dominate the conversation about public...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I'm told about a security guard down at the old Public Works Department who used to see a 'worker' go out the gate daily with a wheelbarrow full of rubbish, supposedly to empty it into the gully. One day Guardie just got a sense and, feeling...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There is a vigorous debate taking place across the country. It is a debate necessitated by the spate of murders and the need to suppress crime at the expense of civil liberties and human rights. There have been 41 reported murders up to January 12....

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If reports prove true, it is likely that the mother of the 15-year-old girl alleged to have had intimate relations with a pastor will soon be charged with, at the least, child neglect.I am in many psychological places with this. One part of me is...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMSt Rachel Ustanny

Our future depends on the success of our girls, yet their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are disregarded and minimised every day. It is not uncommon to hear Jamaicans say, 'Is just a little sex'. The recent allegation of rape of a...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For a culture that prizes secrecy, Jamaica is shaping up to be a different place in 2017 because of the growing nationwide clamour for openness, transparency and accountability.Rocked by recent allegations of a pastor of the Moravian Church having...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMEwin James

Opponents of capital punishment often put forward the proposition that it doesn't deter murder. That proposition is unprovable. But more than that, it disregards the reason for capital punishment persisting throughout history: the need for...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If we distill Paula Llewellyn's complaints correctly, the real problem with the parish courts is the management systems rather than the efficacy of the still-new Committals Proceedings Act. Perchance we are right, we suggest that the director of...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of the arguments making the rounds in media is whether Theodore Whitmore erred, as his squad to face Honduras and the USA does not include red-hot striker from Cornwall College, Jourdaine Fletcher. If you were to follow some people, Whitmore's...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Mark Wignall's shallow and ill-informed column in yesterday's Gleaner cries out for a response.Right at the beginning, Mark admits: "Beginning with deflection in response to my simple questions on the Bible while just a teen, and my rational...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The obvious takeaway from the revised Budget that Audley Shaw presented to Parliament this week is that the Government has begun to deliver on its promise to prioritise spending on citizens' security and justice.So, Minister Shaw jacked up the...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant accepted the invitation of Boulevard Baptist Church to participate in the worship service on New Year's Sunday. She was asked to greet the brethren in congregation and during her address she said, '......

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Beginning with deflection in response to my simple questions on the Bible while just a teen and my rational examination of life, science and natural phenomena since, let me state at the outset to clear up misunderstanding, for the last 50 years I...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

While as a country our macroeconomic and indeed our microeconomic conditions have improved, we are still a fragile country competing among global giants. In order to survive we must be twice as good and our companies must be able to compete with the...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:09 AM

Philippe Douste-Blazy misdiagnosed the problem. Consequently, the French candidate to be director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) prescribed an ineffective solution to Jamaica's endemic shortage of nurses.When developed countries...

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