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Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The British gave the name 'High Street' to the main business centre and thoroughfare in many towns and cities of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Whether it was altitude or attitude, the height of optimism or the upper reaches of alcoholism,...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Over the last two weeks, there has been quite a bit of discussion in traditional and social media about the situation at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Everyone is seemingly now in a frenzy about the health and well-being of the workers and...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With Kingston as the backdrop, the region's municipal leadership met this week for the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors under the theme 'Caribbean Cities Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future'. Mayor Delroy Williams played host to his...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

All the stories featuring the fictional British spy James Bond were written here in Jamaica. His creator - who was a real British spy, Ian Fleming - had a holiday home on the north coast. His spymaster, Sir William Stephenson (code name: Intrepid),...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Until he became Prime Minister Andrew Holness' national security adviser and did the media rounds promoting the law allowing for the declaration of state of emergency-like zones of special operations (ZOSOs), Major General Antony Anderson wasn't a...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two wrong notions in this week's Parliament's talk about the ZOSOs just have to be knocked. One is the nonsensical notion that the 'plan' is to tackle murderous violence community by community. Really? And how many years will that take? While...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Emergency Powers Act and Regulations exist in most developed and developing countries where emergency services have to act to ensure public safety, the restoration of order, the preservation of peace and the public interest. It is in that...

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

Audley Shaw is obviously having a different perspective on things as the minister for industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, than when he had command of the finance portfolio. For instance, he's now keenly aware of the vast tracts of arable...

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

Having inherited a mouldy hospital and spent too much time going back in his head in trying to make the best fix to a complex problem, Health Minister Christopher Tufton is now finding that a mountain of apologies will not make the mould go away.The...

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

Last Friday, an indigenous bishop called me and explained his distress that the Jamaica Baptist Union has elected a lady to be the president. He is opposed to women being the leader in the church.By Sunday, Pastor Ralph Drollinger claimed that the...

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

Recently, a number of my friends have been reflecting on how our little paradise has regressed due to decades of mismanagement under various governments. I guess it is a sign of our age and missing the old days. My response is that it could be much...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:11 AM

If our reading of the regulations covering the 2010 state of emergency is correct, the trial of the three soldiers for the alleged murder of auditor Keith Clarke isn't automatically at an end.However, Peter Bunting, the former national security...

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

I must express my disgust, disappointment and displeasure about the ways that our governments, past and present, have treated the rural communities across Jamaica.Recently, I attended a funeral for the late Mrs L.M. Wilson, CD, JP, a stalwart in...

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

In your Tuesday, April 10, 2018 edition of The Gleaner, the article 'Develop rural towns to address urban drift, McKenzie tells mayors' is potential good news for our country, if what is suggested is allowed to germinate and bear fruit.I have often...

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

Custos of St James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, at his installation ceremony on Thursday issued a call for an ethics campaign, and according to The Gleaner, said, "I pledge that in this office, I will work hand in hand with you to continue instilling...

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

Google Home is my new roommate. My partner, Kwasi, is a techie, and this device is his new toy. By now, Google knows me well. She recognises my voice differently from Kwasi's and customises her actions based on which of us is talking to her.Google...

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

It's kite-flying season, so nobody should be surprised by the Government's latest talking horse, namely, a tax on sugary drinks.Don't get me wrong. I support the proposed tax 100 per cent. It's an acceptable, desirable method of raising revenue for...

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

Coconut industry interests are no doubt buoyed by Audley Shaw's declaration that the Holness administration no longer wants to grab the millions of dollars earned by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) from its 30 per cent ownership of food and...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 5:46 AMMichael Abrahams

April is Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the focus is on cervical cancer. Being a gynaecologist, this is right up my alley, literally and figuratively. I always get excited speaking about this type of cancer, because it is the only one that...

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

The best news last week was the decision announced by incoming Minister of Agriculture Audley Shaw to take Government's sticky hands off the big money attributable to the Coconut Industry Board from its part-ownership of the Seprod Group.Twinned...

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

Around a decade and a half ago, Kingsley Thomas, then the chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT), spearheaded the purchase by the agency of 15,000 acres of a former hemp plantation near Hayes, Clarendon. The hemp, when it was grown, was raw...

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

Most people spend their entire lives wondering about the hereafter. All religions teach that our souls are temporarily housed in bodies of clay. They tell us that what we do while incarnated will impact significantly on our eternal souls. I believe...

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

Audley Shaw's selling of his transfer from finance to agriculture as a promotion may just be spin against embarrassment. Yet, his rambunctious spirit may be just what that portfolio needs, and he may have the last laugh.So far, he has been saying...

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

Things are so bad at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) it appears that whole new diseases are being invented in the building. That said, let me outline where I'm going with all this ahead of time and lay it right out there: there are serious...

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

Tourism has been Jamaica's success story over several decades, and continuing its streak, it has coughed up what promises to be yet another winner. It might seem blasÈ to us because we have been talking forever about Port Royal's development...

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