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Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

A two-party arrangement may seem like the ideal for maintaining democracy. In the past, we had good United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) examples. Though not so in fact, to us, Europe’s multiparty coalitions appeared clumsy and ineffective....

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:06 AM

The PNP leadership contest has lit a fire under the party pot, but if the PNP isn’t careful, that could become a melting pot. Recently, Basil Waite, hot under the collar in the pot, referred to persons as “some a di likkle nassy nayga dem who a...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

“One in four people worldwide will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental-health disorders among the leading causes of ill health...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

I am distressed to read of the terror experienced by Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and her daughter, victims of a deranged taxi driver. I know her to be a strong person and pray that she will recover from this frightening experience. But, sadly, instances...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

There won’t be open pushback to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ insistence last week that taxpayers must get value for public infrastructure projects and his admonition of the National Works Agency (NWA) for not doing enough to protect the public...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Yet another gruesome set of photographs depicting the horrendous death of a driver because of a crash has gone ‘viral’. Like too many others, this deadly crash was totally preventable. It occurred because someone swerved to avoid a pothole....

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 1:19 AM

Daryl Vaz may be hyperbolic with his claim that the highway project on Jamaica’s southeast, for which the Government signed agreements last week, “is, by far, the best thing to happen to the eastern end of the island in decades”....

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

After the shenanigans of the Benz driver and his cronies making a monkey of the police and the Comrades doing the same to Jake, his ­colleague, and their party, a real member of the lesser primate species turned up in the protected ­neighbourhood...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

The delivery of electricity, in respect of reliability, quality, cost of service, and volatility of rates, is a perennial concern for Jamaicans. At the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), we are cognisant of our role in ensuring that Jamaicans...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

On any given day in Jamaica, one may be treated to stunning displays of stunt driving on public roadways, confessions by criminals for avoidance of punishment, high-level ­deception, double standards and bly-giving by police, careless ­...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Rastas will certainly have a good laugh. They were way ahead of the curve. Ital food, sort of, is now on the menu of popular fast-food joints in the US such as Burger King, Tim Hortons, Dunkin’, Del Taco and White Castle. Believe it or not, KFC, of...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Delroy Chuck’s scolding of delinquent fathers is timely, coming as it does on the eve of the start of the 2019 academic year when fathers ought to be making a meaningful contribution to their children’s education. Chuck, the justice minister, made...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:08 AM

“Wait! Wait!” the lady said to me amid the hustle and bustle of Frederick Street, the main shopping drag in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad’s capital city, where at the head of the one-way street with traffic heading towards him, Captain Arthur Cipriani,...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Every year, close to the reopening of schools, we are inundated with countless news reports about the vast number of educators who leave the island to take up more lucrative teaching opportunities elsewhere. Consequently, the news cycle and reports...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Gary Welsh has emerged as this burlesque figure to be lampooned for his presumption of seraphic hallowedness during his dizzyingly short stint as head of the police’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB). This, clearly, will raise...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:29 AM

There has been a lot of infrastructure roadworks across the Corporate Area and other parts of the island that have been commendable. In most cases, the obvious and appreciated benefit is in relation to the resurfacing of the roadways. Often unknown...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:28 AM

The saying goes that great minds discuss ideas while small minds discuss people – engaging in personal attacks rather than dissecting the issues and making logical refutations. Often, it is because they cannot refute ideas they do not like that...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:23 AM

At a seminar in Kingston 10 days ago, Daryl Vaz, the de facto head of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, told government planners that a draft spatial plan for Jamaica will be ready by December. A spatial plan, broadly, is a...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:10 AM

I was 10 years old and she was probably in her early 20s. I was next door where she was, trying to prove to the older boys who were ogling her that I was up to their game. As she washed and hung out clothes, something about the skimpy shorts she...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The following is a public service contribution owing to the seeming inability of the relevant authorities to produce an appropriate plan to stem criminality in Jamaica. It may not be perfect, but it represents a start, ever bearing in mind that...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Boast inna God is the title of Alaine’s gospel song. Alaine, better known as a reggae artiste and TVJ’s Rising Stars judge, has this inspiring song in which she boasts in God, not about material things, but in God who is the source of everything...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:45 AM

The assumption of the office by the new governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Richard Byles, is coming at an interesting juncture in Jamaica’s economic history. In less than three months’ time, the standby agreement with the International Monetary...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:41 AM

The Amazon is not on fire. There are fires in the Amazon rainforest, as there are every year from July to September, because this is the dry season. There may be more fires than usual this year, and it may even be the fault of Jair Bolsonaro, the...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:41 AM

Maurice Tomlinson’s bid to have homosexuality, specifically same-sex unions, normalised has fuelled greater controversy around the delicate matter. Peter Espeut, a long-time Gleaner columnist and staunch defender of the ­heterosexual consensus,...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:40 AM

The developed members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were ready to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations at the first WTO Ministerial Conference (MC1) in Singapore in 1996, two years after the conclusion of the GATT Uruguay...

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