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Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 I was invited to a Ministry of National Security function, where several important plans were unveiled. Some are not ready for public disclosure, but the Five-Pillar Crime Strategy was highlighted in a brochure that was...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who has sport and gender affairs in her ministerial portfolio, has noticeably dredged up a more than two-year controversy over the barring of girls from a cricket competition for high school boys, without offering policy...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Sexual harassment is a deadly serious affair. Just ask the notorious Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. And his victims! On October 5, the New York Times published a report claiming that Weinstein had been harassing women for more than 30 years....

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

He rode into the wild western town, a quiet character with a shadow of mystery. The town badly needed a hero. Its townsfolk were under pressure from a tyrannical set of thugs, and the sharecroppers were fighting to hold on to their land and dignity...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of the of the defining features of garrison constituencies is that they guarantee safe seats for those who create them. Not only are electoral contests one-sided one (the party that controls the garrison gets 85 per cent-plus of the votes) but...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In the constituencies of South and South West St Andrew the JLP simply conceded victory to the PNP and moved on to SE St Mary where they defined the nature of the campaign they intended to run by refusing to allow their candidate, Norman Dunn, to...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Imagine a game where No Trump is worth more than any Trump and seven No Trumps is the highest you can reach. In fact, people who end up with Seven No Trumps rejoice more than those who are celebrating the arrests in the Mueller investigation. The...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Sydney McGill

For nearly two decades, I planned and tried innovative ways of working with boys prone to be violent. While these methods had their strengths and weaknesses, they did the basic job of helping the youths to upgrade...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Delinquent motorists, who failed to pay fines from as far back as 2010, got the break they were waiting for with the recent 91-day traffic-ticket amnesty.By paying their fines, these motorists were forgiven for breaking the law and their slates were...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There has been no recently reported data on the subject, but in 2015, an estimated 108,000 Jamaicans sought treatment at a government health facility for mental illness. Nearly 80 per cent of these patients suffered some form schizophrenia.Those...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Over the past week or two, I have been having heated discussions with my callers about the current trends in the NBA. I have been at pains to tell them that the game is much different from what it was in a previous generation. The game is now...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMEthon Lowe

"Why do even happy people cheat?" asked Ian Boyne in his article in The Sunday Gleaner of October 29.Yup, why, do EVEN happy people cheat, indeed. You would expect only unhappy people to cheat. But who doesn't want to be happier? Wouldn't you want...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:44 AMj'aristotle

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Notwithstanding the convention of parties to legal disputes refraining from comment, the independent, or so-called selected members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), owe the public an explanation for backing the surprising, and seemingly...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

After suffering a defeat in a by-election where it had promised a win, one gets the sense that whatever traction the People's National Party (PNP) could have gained, had there been a victory instead, is slowly slipping away from the party.The real...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, the Christian world celebrated 500 years since Martin Luther, German theologian, published 95 theses based on his understanding of justification by faith and his angst against the selling of indulgences. One unintended consequence of his...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:05 AM

It's either the People's National Party (PNP) didn't do a good enough job vetting Shane Alexis, decided that his citizenship status wouldn't matter to voters in South East St Mary, or felt that placing him on the ballot was a manageable risk....

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The time has never been better for Jamaica to enter the medical marijuana market with the US reeling from an opioid epidemic in the everlasting hunt for pain relief. Opioids are synthetic derivatives of opium essentially synthetic heroin. Ganja...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There has been some banter among social media users about the role of each generation in society. To help to provide clarity, I offer a guide on how labels came about and the cultural norms that charaterise each generation.The first generation to...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When public officials commit wrongdoing, we should be able to impeach them as part of the democratic process. In Jamaica, we cannot.Successive Jamaican governments have committed to creating an impeachment process. In fact, Prime Minister Holness...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:51 AM

The huge awards, in Jamaican terms, demanded by the Jamaican firms Lasco Distributors and Medimpex Ltd from the global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, have understandably, generated significant interest in the final leg of their patent case, which...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Why not tell one more obscure story about another legal legend?This time, we'll take a peek into a little-known episode in the life of the great Ian McDonald Ramsay, QC, OJ, a prodigiously talented advocate with claims to being the best of his...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

While the nation continued its march into oblivion with wanton murders, general disorder and a struggling economy, members of the ruling elite could be seen merrily gallivanting along the north coast in a protracted race to secure the throne for one...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's been going on for a while. "Recently in Catalonia we have been living through a kind of 'soft' totalitarianism...the illusion of unanimity created by the fear of expressing dissent," wrote best-selling Catalan author Javier Cercas in the...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We understand the English language. We speak it somewhat. We are an island nation living in the underarm of the Americas. For as long as we have known ourselves, our people have been coming and going to other countries seeking work, the opportunity...

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