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Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:11 AM

I decided not to vote for the extension either of the ZOSO in Denham Town or the state of emergency (SOE) in St Catherine last week in Parliament. Had the matters not been presented in a slap-dash fashion, out of respect I would have supported the...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:11 AM

Eventually, when the newly constructed road-ways are flooded with the newly imported cars and are choked at various bottlenecks, what will we think of the much-vaunted 'legacy' then? As we throttle, burning off precious fuel and poisoning ourselves...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:05 AM

“One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley The phenomenal cultural influence of Jamaica never ceases to astonish me. Our country is so small that it is a mere speck...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Having, after much prompting, provided blurry outlines of his Government's security arrangement with Israel, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is obligated to bring clarity to the deals being struck with Bibi Netanyahu's government and how they fit into...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The stench of corruption is invading the nostrils of everyone in Jamaica. The promise by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to be new and different is turning out to be a broken promise.The revelations seeping out of Petrojam and connected organisations...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Government ought not to find it unreasonable, or ascribe partisan motives, if people question, as has the political Opposition, the logic and efficacy of the taxation deal that it has locked itself into for the next quarter of a century, with...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Schools in Jamaica, like businesses, are governed by boards of management. This is in keeping with the Education Act, 1965, and Regulations of 1980, popularly known as 'the Code'. The school boards, which report directly to the minister with...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) notes with grave concern that Jamaica has maintained a Tier Two status on the United States Department Trafficking in Persons Report, which means that the country has not fully met "the minimum...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Pon September 8, Gleaner publish one article weh Syranno Baines write wid dis ya headline: 'UWI focused on output rather than quality output - PSOJ president'. It sound bad eeh! But wen mi read di article, mi see seh a no Howard...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It seems like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) strategy for Jamaica is not working. Despite passing all the tests, the solid platform for growth is not generating growth...

Published:Saturday | September 22, 2018 | 12:50 PMTony Deyal

The guntalk, boasting, jibes, name-calling, praying for DJ Bravo not to bowl and then the elation when his team won, the highs, lows, and mediocrity made me think of the dumbest wars that were ever fought, threatened or contemplated. For example, a...

Published:Saturday | September 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The rumour mill is churning furiously as questions swirl over Thursday's murder of the young St Catherine pastor, James Johnson. He was reportedly shot in the back while teaching a class in church.One of the early theories is that this may have been...

Published:Saturday | September 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I know it's cute to talk about tertiary education, but we actually need to focus more on early-childhood, primary and secondary education. This is particularly critical if we intend to move people from 'poverty to prosperity' and build a 'new...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Billy McConnell, who died on Wednesday, age 71, as a "trailblazer, nation builder and inspiration" to generations of Jamaica's corporate leaders. All of which, and more, is true.Two other things are...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Bishop Stephen Ackermann, a Roman Catholic cleric, in response to 1,670 German clergymen committing sexual assault against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014, described it as "the dark side of our church". This is very troubling because it...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Friday, we left Niamey (Niger) by car bound for Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African country of Burkina Faso. It is now the rainy season in the Sahel, which means that the fields are green with corn and sorghum and millet, and that...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:14 AM

Over the longer term, it may not amount to much. But last week's vice-presidential elections appear to have altered the leadership dynamic within the People's National Party (PNP). The loser was Phillip Paulwell. He was elected as one of the party's...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMHorace Levy/Guest Columnist

Prime Minister Holness is shouting out - notice the frantic voice - that "we must stick with the states of emergency (SOEs) and zones of special operation (SOZOs)"."Murder is 20 per cent down. Divide the forces equally across the parishes, and you...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMEthon Lowe/Guest Columnist

Ganja, the weed, cannabis, pot. To the Rastas, it's the holy herb given to them by God. They believe that it grew on the grave of Solomon and, you guessed it, gave them and, presumably, other smokers of the weed the gift of wisdom. Shouldn't we...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Phillip Paulwell and Wykeham McNeill came to the battle armed with their long-term savvy among PNP delegates. Damion Crawford showed up with dreadlocks, a record of being unafraid to open his mouth and constructively criticise his own party, and a...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With all the recent discussions about mental health, young people, suicide and suicidal hotlines, it's important for us to widen the scope through which we view this topic of mental health.Coincidentally enough, World Suicide Prevention Day was...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I find it very interesting the way many of our people think, and how much interest is shown in the weather and preparedness for severe weather conditions.As I write this letter seated in my living room at home with the sound of thunder punctuating...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India repealed Section 377 - a 150-year colonial-era law that criminalised same-sex intercourse and intimacy, among other offences. The court held that Section 377 contravenes key constitutional rights of...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is most surprising that the Government has announced a ban on some plastic packaging, most of which is to come into force in three and a half months' time, without knowing what sanctions will apply to people who breach the law. At least, that is...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While we venture no opinion on the merits of the specific case, the issues relating to the timely justice raised by the Smith family of lawyers further highlights why the Holness administration must act with dispatch to fill vacancies on the Bench,...

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