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Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To the wealthy who stand atop society's totem pole, the uncomfortably large percentage of those who hover beneath and those whose best fit in somewhere in-between, the biggest open secret in this country is that our education system, by fault or by...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One asks the question, "Is Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness a weak leader because of how he has handled two situations involving persons?" The first had to do with the revelation by former Prime Minister Edward Seaga that it was his idea that the...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Wheatley-gate is now at full throttle. The prime minister (PM) has reallocated the ministerial responsibility for energy to his office, and the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is threatening to withhold their cooperation with the Government...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness could justifiably claim much of the credit for the discernible energy among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders during their Montego Bay summit to complete the transformation of the regional customs union into a...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even with Donald Trump scheduled for a brief visit to the United Kingdom this week amid massive protests, it's still 'all Brexit, all of the time' in the sceptred isle - and the long struggle over the nature of the deal that will define Britain's...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Here we go again. According to Andrew Holness, "Let the people decide." Why is it that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), through the years, has all too often sought to be on the wrong side of the right action, the law and our constitutional provisions...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The editorial 'Let marijuana kick-start R&D' (Gleaner, June 29, 2018) provides useful and useable information. It reveals the ownership of the Jamaica Cannabis Collective and the Jamaica Medical Marijuana Holdings...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are known for their pledges to implement the agreements necessary to advance the integration of regional economies, only to stall in the face of the first noise of domestic political obstacle, whether perceived...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

You ever hear the lottery jackpot and daydream about how you would spend the money if you won? I do it every single week. I've apportioned my winnings down to the last cent. And it's an exercise I go through, whether or not I buy a ticket.Winning...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, my friend, Dr Michael Abrahams, regards the Bible as a dangerous book. Well, well. When I was a young Christian growing up in Montego Bay, there was a very popular song at once about Jesus and encouraging Christians to seek to make people know...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:48 AM

About a year ago, I befriended a Christian lady on Facebook. Unfortunately, our interactions were short-lived. I recall her saying that Jesus is God and asking her to preface her declarations with “I believe that”, or “according...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was clear last Tuesday afternoon in the House of Representatives that about half of the government members had taken the decision to circle the wagons around the defrocked minister of energy as he struggled to answer questions to do with the...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Almost nine years before I was born, my father's only living sibling, my then-15-year-old aunt, became pregnant. I was told that it was an unmitigated disaster for a family living in poverty, especially because (as happens frequently) the father of...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What didn't emerge in Dr Wesley Hughes' recent observations on the virtues, value and achievements of the PetroCaribe Fund is the policy decision to dismantle the scheme and transfer its resources to the Consolidated Fund. So, if Dr Hughes'...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Wednesday, 66 students graduated from Kingston High School. As I observed the animated faces of the graduates, I instinctively knew that they all believed they were "destined for greatness". That was the theme for this year's graduation. It...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No doubt the reduction in Minister Andrew Wheatley's portfolio will be trumpeted by the People's National Party (PNP) as a huge victory.It might be seen as a PNP win. It shouldn't be. Whether or not it's a PNP triumph, the plain truth is that...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nothing is perfect, and that definitely includes healthcare. On the 70th anniversary of the first full-coverage national healthcare system that is 'free at the point of delivery', Britain's National Health Service, English people have been marching...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, despite his carefully parsed words and a valiant effort at ambiguity, would, at least to himself, acknowledge the irony of presiding at Adrian Saunders' oath-taking as president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)....

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It pains me to say it, but there cannot be a more eloquent testimonial to the PM's low estimation of so many of his Cabinet colleagues than that he has kept so much of the Government at OPM. The energy ministry will join works, housing, water,...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is becoming more apparent that some of the skills adjustments required to achieve Jamaica's growth goals are yet to be tackled. Indeed, it's an issue that has not received the requisite national attention.Yes, there has been a great debate about...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The obvious under-estimation, by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), of its capacity for mass appeal was again in evidence when it recently announced its pending introduction of 'apex ventures' to provide more options for its investors.It intends soon...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When Indranie asked me what my column today was about, I answered, "Old jokes," and seeing her meaningful look, I added very quickly, "They much older than me. In fact, the first one we know about was from 1900 BC."She still grinned and I quickly...

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The United States could probably extract major concessions from China in a carefully managed confrontation on trading issues because the Chinese don't want a trade war with their best export customer. But the US can't win the trade war that Donald...

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With unusual frankness for CARICOM, Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda's premier, placed firmly on the table an issue around which regional leaders usually tiptoe, yet many in the Eastern Caribbean consider a constraint to implementing an element...

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (Petrojam) is a very profitable publicly owned monopoly; it sets the prices for its products, and so its bottom line is guaranteed to be always in the black.Company policy seems to be to set gas prices high...

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