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Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:07 AMMarcia Thomas/Guest Columnist

Sixty years ago, Sheila Chong, Miss Jamaica 1959, was the country’s first entrant in the Miss World beauty pageant, which began in 1951. On Sunday night, June 7, 1959, 24-year-old Sheila Chong, Miss Red Stripe Beer, was crowned Miss Jamaica at the...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMAndrew Isaacs/Guest Columnist

Rumbling through surrounding trees and across the rivers of bloody Babylon, the vibrant melody of Bob Marley’s Pimper’s Paradise emerges as a revolutionary guard, or knight in true honour, against a pattern and practice of cultural, social, and...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Christmas Day is a widely observed holiday on which neither the past nor the future is of as much interest as the present. It is that time of the year when you exchange hellos with strangers and, except in Guyana, good ‘buys’ with friends and...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:36 AM

The Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) at the University of the West Indies has submitted a petition to the Office of the Prime Minister, demanding the Government take the necessary steps towards recognising Patois as an...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:36 AM

Jamaican employers need to fundamentally rethink and seriously improve the health and safety of the work environment they are providing for their employees to be productive. With the projected greying of the population and increasing windfall...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:35 AM

It should not surprise anyone that road deaths in Jamaica for 2019 have already topped the 400 mark. Last year the death toll was 389, and there are more cars and motorcycles on the road now than ever before. Recent data are hard to come by, but...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:11 AM

The case of Walter Duncan, who sleeps rough in downtown Kingston, as was reported by this newspaper on Wednesday, underlines the nexus between poverty and homelessness and their intersection with our decayed inner-city communities. It provides an...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:27 PM

Horace Chang, the national security minister, is obligated to provide further and better particulars regarding his claim that several of the big crime sprees across Jamaica were occasioned by criminals seeking money to pay lawyers...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Last Sunday, about mid-morning, as I left my car and walked across to one of the fruit and vegetable vendors close to the police station in the small semi-rural town centre, a policeman – a sergeant – who I knew from the 1990s beckoned to me. We...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Honourable Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, claimed that the killing of 42-year-old Patricia King; 68-year-old Glen Grange; 40-year-old Dennis Pryce; and 42-year-old Marcus White in Dover, St...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Last week, I cautioned that with the political parties moving into election mode, we should expect higher than normal incidents of influence-wielding and vote-garnering strategies on the part of our politicians, whether in opposition or in...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:16 AM

There aren’t too many government projects that are completed below budget. If this happens, it’s a reason for taxpayers to be thankful. So, we are happy that the cost of the city’s welcome sign at the roundabout at the Sangster International...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:24 AM

I have reflected on the report carried in the press of the statement attributed to Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang, in which he states that robberies have increased in order to secure fees to pay lawyers. It would be of interest to...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:22 AM

We write in response to the letter to the editor published in The Gleaner on December 10, 2019, captioned ‘Stop embarrassing people, SLB’. Please note that it is never the intention of the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) to embarrass anyone, but it is...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:21 AM

This week, I am remaining with the 9th ACP Summit recently concluded in Nairobi, Kenya, because I am concerned about the attendance of Heads of State or Government (HoS/G). In 1975, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States was...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

During a recent debate on Britain’s foreign policy, John Casson, who recently served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Egypt and was previously foreign affairs private secretary to David Cameron, offered an anecdote of a conversation he had...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:07 AM

#TalkbackTuesday: The national security minister has announced that the Government will be cutting the majority of the funding provided to the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) and will instead be investing more in the rehabilitation of social...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The “huge surge” in the number of motorcycles on Jamaica’s roads in recent years, might, as Lucien Jones suggests, be a major contributor to a sharp rise in traffic fatalities. The hike, we believe, also points to policy weaknesses that require...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:19 AMLady Etiquette/Guest Columnist

Civility is contagious, and a society that tries can produce men and women who, daily, unconsciously express HRC (honesty, respect, consideration). Being cultured is a mannerism that everyone at some time or another takes seriously. We may not...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

So, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) relented and registered the United Independents’ Congress (UIC) as a political party. In my October 22 column (‘Colour Prejudice?’), I took the ECJ to task for its unreasoned and seemingly...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ exhortation of African capital to look for investment opportunities in the Jamaican market is a timely, and positive, move about which this newspaper hopes he is serious, but as part of a wider process of political...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Sticks and stones may indeed break our bones; they were our first weapons. They were sometimes used to pummel people to death. Then they evolved into sharpened sticks and stones that were thrown or propelled from a sling. The ‘sticks’ morphed into...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Road fatalities in 2019 have exceeded 400 and the year has the usually perilous holiday season still to endure. We don’t hear much about the thousands who are injured, maimed, all becoming a burden to the State and their families, all forfeiting...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:08 AM

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programmes by their intentions rather than their results” – Milton Friedman Murders committed by organised crime groups continue to have a devastating impact on many Jamaicans as well as the...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:46 AM

When some ‘Jamaicans’ speak, I am embarrassed. Embarrassed, because it is clear that they have absolutely no regard for our heritage and hold our culture in very low esteem. We have grown so ashamed of our own ancestry and we try everything in our...

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