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Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The recent poll findings showing how little confidence Jamaicans have in them could not have escaped the Integrity Commission, which makes Greg Christie’s imminent assumption of the job as its executive director all the more important. That is...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:00 AM

For anyone who has given serious thought to the matter, last week’s publication by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) of summary finance contribution report for the East Portland by-election underlined the need for adjustment to the laws....

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:14 AMAlexander Shaw/Guest Columnist

As the nation grapples with the state of gross decadence in our society that has spilled over into our schools, I urge all well-thinking Jamaicans to join the call for better and more responsive leadership in schools, to tackle what appears to be a...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:13 AMSaundrie Shaw/Guest Columnist

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the body of 65-year-old domestic helper/farmer Patsy Davidson-Powell was found at her home with her throat slashed. Her 76-year-old babyfather has since been taken into custody in connection with the murder. The two...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:13 AM

I last dealt substantively with the post-Cotonou Negotiations of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) when the 26th Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Caribbean ACP Forum (CARIFORUM) was held in St Vincent...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica is in danger of getting badly wrong, conceptually and philosophically, its ideas about the Constitution, whose primacy, and the rights and freedoms guaranteed therein, the PSOJ apparently believes, should...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM

I was asked to participate in a discussion recently. The subject for discussion was ‘Two problems facing Jamaica in 2020 – murder/suicide and violence in schools’. My position was that this was not two problems but two phases of one problem. I then...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM

I welcome the plan to repopulate the Jamaican Iguana, Cyclura collei, on Great Goat Island as a sanctuary. This would not have been possible if a group of intrepid students and scientists (including yours truly) from the Botany, Geology and Zoology...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AM

No one could credibly challenge Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ assertion that Jamaica’s crisis of crime, especially its homicide rate, long predated his administration, or that his government has significantly hiked spending on the police force....

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMKristen Gyles/Guest Columnist

Some are becoming worried that a teacher-less school system may be on the horizon. Teachers are leaving in droves. Leaving the country and, in many other cases, leaving the profession. What is it that is disconcerting the so many teachers that have...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Last week on The Gleaner’s front page, a doctor of sexology (sic), commenting on the rash of spousal violence, regaled us with an analogy ascribed to Bounty Killer in his (not hers) less considered philosophising, that in their relationships with...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AM

She sat before me, a picture of panic. Eleven years before I saw her, she almost died during her last pregnancy because her blood pressure skyrocketed during the last trimester. When I saw her, she was significantly overweight, diabetic,...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:07 AM

“By far the worst thing we do to males – by making them feel they have to be hard – is that we leave them with very fragile egos.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author Recently, the People’s National Party (PNP) formally installed Dr...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The Prime minister gets an ‘A’ for honesty with his somewhat jarring admission that crime is beyond his administration’s capacity to handle, but that won’t give much solace to the citizenry cowering under the growing threats. I have no intention of...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AM

On Ash Wednesday, I went on an excursion to Fort Clarence Beach. This was certainly not a day of prayer and fasting for me and there were no ashes on my forehead. I was going for the Guardsman Hospitality experience. I wanted to see the changes...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AM

My arms are thrown up, but not in despair. It is a mark or defiance because I do not accept that crime in Jamaica has “evolved currently, over and above our established capacity to address it”. Our Prime Minister the Right Hon Andrew ‘Brogad’...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AM

It is generally accepted in democratic countries that once citizens achieve the legal age (usually stipulated in the Constitution), they have the constitutional right to vote. There are often other qualifications established in different...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AM

With the naming of the review tribunal for persons detained or restricted under emergency powers in east Kingston, it is opportune that we again urge greater transparency by the authorities in how they assess the efficacy in these enhanced powers...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMElizabeth Bennett Marsh/Guest Columnist

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), established under the Office of Utilities Regulation Act, prides itself on being an independent regulator that objectively executes its function for the benefit of all stakeholders, within the ambit of its...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:00 AM

In Guyana, they call it “blow”. In Barbados, St Lucia, and Trinidad, it is ‘horn’ or ‘butt’, but St Lucians add the Kwéyòl or patois word ‘kòné’. In Jamaica, you get “bun”, a word with several different meanings, at least one of which is identical...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:00 AM

As concern heightens over the global public health threat being posed by the new coronavirus that causes the illness Covid-19, ordinary folk are understandably anxious to learn what they can do to protect themselves. Early diagnosis and containment...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AM

This week’s confirmation by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) of the continued softening of gross domestic product (GDP) output poses two significant challenges to the government, one economic and the other political. The most immediate, and...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:23 AM

“The day will come when nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendor of their capital cities and public buildings, but by the wellbeing of their peoples; by their levels of health, nutrition and...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Not everyone supported Project Jamaica when it launched in 1962. As I recall, residents at the time could choose whether to become nationals of the new nation, or remain British citizens. Our family discussed it and we decided to be Jamaican, but...

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2020 | 12:00 AM

In the larger scheme of things, Mandeville escaped relatively unscathed from last week’s fire at the FESCO petrol station in the town’s commercial centre. Which, of course, is not to downplay the death of an individual, injuries to at least six...

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