Sun | Oct 13, 2019

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Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Four months of mass protests in the streets of Hong Kong, and thousands of injuries and arrests – but only two gunshot wounds, both very recent and neither life-threatening. Five days of mass protests in the streets of Baghdad, and there are...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Last week’s big issue was the Holness administration’s failed effort (he says with the understanding of the Opposition!?) to gut open governance by hiding from the public all Cabinet papers for a period of 70 years – almost three generations. Now,...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Hagley Park Road is now fully active and once again being used by commuters. Already, taxi and minibus drivers are leading the way when it comes to rank indiscipline and dangerous driving. Even when the roadway was barely drivable, even when it...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:31 AM

He might no longer be the Beast, but Yohan is still young, gifted and Blake. Lest we forget, he is the second fastest man in history over both the 100 metres and 200 metres. His 9.69 over the shorter distance was done into a slight headwind (-0.1...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:31 AM

This is a public notice inviting applications from suitably qualified persons to deal with crime. Politicians from Parliament, present and past, need not apply – and not because they prequalify for the Order of National Hero. To the contrary, it is...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:31 AM

The Gleaner editorial of September 30, 2019 suggested that the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) build its research capacity in order to robustly opine on policy using empirical evidence. Second, the article suggested that the...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Two Saturdays ago, I got a call from one of the vendors at Papine Market. He wanted to know if I was planning to come because there was a ‘situation’ he wanted me to know about. He did not elaborate. When I got there, I was greeted by several angry...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:17 AM

We have wondered what Lenworth Fulton’s constituents in the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) have made of his recent flight into illogic, which, perhaps, more accurately, might be described as a cave-in to the Government. The JAS, now in its...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:09 AM

There are many good reasons for children to stay away from dance halls. Lyrics laced with expletives and including derogatory references to women, explicit dancing, drugs, nudity and X-rated conduct are all par for the course at these adult dances...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:07 AMAndre Burnett/Guest Contributor

Communication is a core tenet of human progress, and over the past few decades, the speed of communication has shrunk to literally no time at all. Just 30 years ago, it was almost impossible to think that most of Jamaica could be aware of the same...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Once upon a time, at the Pearly Gates of Heaven where St Peter presides as the sole selector of souls virtuous enough to be allowed admission, there came before him a teacher, a doctor, and a journalist. St Peter met them and said, “It’s good to...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:31 AM

We are grateful that in the face of public pressure, the administration has, at least for the time being, shelved its plan to extend, by half a century, the period that official documents, including those on which the Cabinet bases its decisions,...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:08 AM

We must not relax because the Government has announced that it will withdraw its resolution that would see an increase in the exemption period for public access to Cabinet documents from 20 to a whopping 70 years. The very attempt was a backward...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:08 AM

In a two-part series titled ‘The unnatural primacy of sex’, family doctor Garth A. Rattray suggests that nowadays, there is just too much focus on sex and sexuality. In his first article (September 23, 2019), Rattray says: “There’s absolutely...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Every well-thinking Jamaican was saddened upon hearing of the mauling of a teacher by dogs recently. It is my hope that she will avail herself of psychological counselling. She will need it. It will be expensive, and I hope she will not have to pay...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:30 AM

The lament by the minister of national security, Horace Chang, last Thursday, that every single social intervention medium has been brought to Montego Bay and have all failed miserably, is notable and significant. The minister acknowledged that...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:08 AM

A few days ago, Patria-Kaye Aarons, Nationwide journalist and Gleaner columnist, held a masterclass on interviewing where she calmly and skilfully dissected the complex subject matter so that listeners were equally entertained and informed. She...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Recently, the Star newspaper claimed that a well-known music producer said there is no evidence God exists (September 18). Sadly, he did not put forward any arguments to show that there is no evidence that God does not exist. Proving the...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:07 AM

During his Independence Day message to the country in 2013, His Excellency the Governor General (GG) Sir Patrick Allen expressed the view, perhaps the hope, that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Even with its current challenges, only the extremely bold might have contradicted Xi Jinping’s declaration yesterday of the improbability of upending China’s status as a “great nation”. “No force,” Mr Xi said , in a speech to mark the 70th...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Reference is made to The Gleaner’s editorial captioned ‘Of PSOJ and the Supplementary Estimates’ in the September 30, 2019, issue and in particular to the reference that “ninety per cent (J$45.5 billion) of the increase (in the Supplementary Budget...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:09 AM

“Unsure of what the balance held I touched my belly overwhelmed By what I had been chosen to perform But then an angel came one day Told me to kneel down and pray For unto me a man child would be born Woe this crazy circumstance I...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The Gleaner editorial (‘Tell us more, Dr Chang’, October 1, 2019) accurately pinpointed the question to be answered by Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang. What advantage does detention for an indefinite period in a state of emergency (...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Horace Chang, the national security minister, owes the residents of Montego Bay and, by extension, the people of the parish of St James, and for that matter all Jamaicans, a fuller explanation. For, if we interpret him correctly, Jamaicans should,...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:07 AM

In an article by one Ann-Marie Campbell, headlined ‘Step aside, PJ’, which was published in this newspaper on September 27, 2019, P.J. Patterson was accused of dividing the People’s National Party (PNP). In the article, Campbell claimed that...

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