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Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

The “right to freedom of opinion and expression” is a phrase uttered with endless count, especially since being established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Of late, this freedom has been maligned as part reason for the increasing...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

For most of my life, I was a loyal carnivore. I hated all vegetables except broccoli, which only interested me because I had it ingrained in my head from childhood that they were trees and I, the big bad hurricane. I despised peas and so I had to...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Ron Sanders, a usually perceptive ­observer of, and commentator on, regional affairs, has been warning of the likelihood of the use of subterfuge, and political clout, by a group of ­hemispheric countries to ramrod Luis Almagro to a second term as...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was, on the face of it, unanimous in its rejection last week of Donald Trump’s rekindling of the contumelious Helms-Burton Act that allows Americans to sue foreigners who possess ­former US-owned properties in Cuba...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:15 AMJanet Allen/Contributor

Whether you were born uptown, downtown, or roun’ town, it is important for us to understand that every life that is born in this country is a seed of potential that is driven by purpose or destiny, that is arranged and decided by the manufacturer,...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Surely, if last week taught us ­anything, it’s that not every ­circumstance that seems criminal really is. Especially when viewed with the trained, legal eye. Where laymen see what appears to them as nepotism, corruption and certain jail time,...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:13 AM

A young married couple named Mary and Joe decided to take a vacation in Apocrypha, our favourite fantasy land beyond the clouds. Mary was seven months pregnant, so the couple decided to have one last idyllic holiday before the baby came and changed...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:18 AM

If men did not exist, there would be no abortions. Pregnancies do not just occur magically. In order for conception to take place, sperm and egg must meet. The egg comes from a woman, and the sperm from a man. No man, no sperm. No sperm, no...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:16 AM

A recent op-ed in the US newspaper The Miami Herald (May 14, 2019), by Alex Van Trotsenburg, spoke to Jamaica’s ‘extraordinary’ macroeconomic turnaround over the last seven years. He placed significant attention on the country’s remarkable retreat...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:16 AM

In 2014, I sojourned to Songyuan, a rustic and quaint prefecture in China’s Jilin province. Blacks were very scarce in the area, and so it was not long before I catapulted to a celebrity-like status. Whenever I walked the streets, dined in...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It is a testament of how thick and arteriosclerotic the education system is, that after several years of being convinced of its vital importance, no minister, no administration has been able to really transform the quality of early-childhood...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:15 AM

With the multiplicity of simultaneous ‘legacy’ roadwork projects going on, many teeming inner-city and several middleclass communities have been without potable water for months. I’m always mystified by a political machinery that espouses concern...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:25 AM

I paid keen attention to Wednesday's sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) meeting as Dr Fritz Pinnock, the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) president, faced questions about the 2017 yacht party for since...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Out of a desire to praise great men when they are still with us, this and succeeding articles will examine the contribution of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga to the building of our nation. These articles will avoid the hackneyed subject of his...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:24 AM

I caught a little bit of the Integrity Commission’s press conference on Monday. Then I read the document they circulated to the media. Remember, as I pointed out in last week’s column, these are good folks doing a bad job. I just knew I had heard...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:24 AM

CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING Thursday gone, Gleaner put out one front-page story wid dis ya headline: ‘A Real Threat – Rooms On The Beach Muckraking Could Scare Off Investors, Says Lee-Chin’. Ascorden to Gleaner, Michael Lee-Chin seh if im did own...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Give me some time to get to the case of the dead man who sent a letter to seek donations from the corporation which has more stories than a book of Grimm fairy tales. This week, I am licking my wounds over the World Track and Field (WTF) Relays. A...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:23 AM

It is important to answer, clarify and refute claims made in the article entitled ‘Tullow and Jamaica – Why the Silence Over the Big Oil and Gas Find?’ which was published in The Sunday Gleaner on May 12, 2019.  ...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Until he conforms to the law, or unless the Integrity Commission is incompetent or guilty of misfeasance, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has forfeited his moral authority to expound on weighty matters of governance, or hold to account members of his...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The vulnerability of members of the public to cyberattack was aptly demonstrated this week by one of the country’s major ­commercial banks. The National Commercial Bank (NCB) publicly warned its customers against responding to a fictitious e-mail...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

It’s quite odd how the petty gods reigning over our schools are usually so adamant about disciplining children (sometimes for the simplest of ‘offences’), but have no problem ignoring regulations and the law, and their morals to protect and...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

England is a crazy place and the English language is even crazier than its inventors. An Englishman on a horse with a big shotgun in his hand was riding through the forest when he came upon a beautiful and totally naked red-haired woman. “What you...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:08 AMHilary Robertson-Hickling/Contributor

As we enter a week celebrating the torturous journey of Jamaican workers, we must thank Jimmy Cliff for his prophetic song Many Rivers to Cross. May 24, 2019 will make 71 years, or nearly four generations, that Jamaicans embarked on the SS Windrush...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Antony Anderson, the police chief, would understand why his recent press conference left most Jamaicans feeling unfulfilled and ungratified. It delivered far less than was promised. People remain as fuzzy as ever about the big vision for the...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:24 AM

“This exciting discovery of live oil onshore Jamaica, based on our – (CGG) – study with PCJ, builds a strong case for the island – (Jamaica) – as an attractive region for future oil exploration within the Caribbean.” So said Sophie Zuquiyah...

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