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Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:35 AM

We are all emotional beings. The problem is that one half of the world’s population is consistently being told they are not emotional but rational. And this is the badge of honour they wear. When the going gets tough, they must muster up all the...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:35 AM

Two Fridays ago, Sir Roy Augier was awarded the highest honour that is conferred by The University of the West Indies: the Chancellor’s medal for distinguished service to the Caribbean region. Established in 1998 on the occasion of the 50th...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:35 AM

I make no bones about the lack of flesh on this measure called the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), but one purpose it serves is to tell us what the nation feels about the level of corruption in this country. As I’ve consistently indicated,...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:35 AM

Despite the impressive macroeconomic numbers which Jamaica has been enjoying since 2014, high and sustained economic growth still eludes the country, up to this point. The latest attempt to use moral suasion to increase consciousness around the...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:35 AM

Even with someone as objectionable as Donald Trump as America’s president, Jamaica can’t but maintain good relations with the United States, its close and powerful neighbour and major economic partner. The circumstance, though, demands from...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Recent happenings at two of the country’s tertiary institutions have demonstrated how things can fall apart when boards do not give reasonable attention to their legal and ethical responsibility to provide oversight of the institutions they are...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:10 AMCarolyn Graham/Guest Columnist

Years ago, I did a small study exploring the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse in Jamaica. As I recall, the literature had no explanations for female abusers not being able to control their emotions, or that it was their fathers’ fault...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:09 AM

It just happened in Jamaica, but with a vengeance and some missiles. According to The Gleaner (January 13, 2020), vector-control personnel carrying out fogging exercises are facing hostility from residents across Jamaica, with the latest reported...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:36 AM

Perchance no one in Jamaica has paid attention, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), concerns over political divisions notwithstanding, may be on the cusp of the long-elusive economic breakthrough. The issue is whether Jamaica is ready to grasp the...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:36 AMDavid Green/Guest Columnist

We have heard the constant concerns from the masses on why are we pushing this ‘gay agenda’. And, as has been personally asked of me, why don’t you seek to go to a country that is more accepting and supportive of your ‘lifestyle’? Among other...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:34 AM

Jamaica has been involved in a long and arduous search to find an answer to the indiscipline and the violent crime said to be gang-related, now aggravated by crime against children and women with an alarming increase of spousal murder attributed to...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:33 AM

As someone who has studied both the natural and social sciences, I have been fascinated by the concept of entropy. Entropy is defined as “the degree of disorder” in a system, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of the...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:20 AM

If one of the big regional conglomerates, say, the Massy Group, or the privately held Bermudez Biscuit Company, racked up losses, was in danger of becoming illiquid and had its capital calls rejected by shareholders, the firm’s managers and...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Guest Columnist

A striking portrayal of the entrenched thinking that has retarded any hope of the much-needed civic-mindedness to lift our society out of the marshland of loutish behaviour in which we have been mired since Independence especially was published in...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:16 AM

That verse from Job 14:14 was used as the basis for a sermon at the funeral service at Boulevard Baptist Church for the late Raymond Peart, better known as ‘DJ Venom’ by his FAME FM fans. That verse came to mind because at the recent Golden Globe...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:13 AM

At a recent sitting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) where the auditor general’s report on aspects of RADA’s (Rural Agricultural Development Authority) bidding methodology for road rehabilitation contracts was being discussed, the...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:27 AM

What Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mike Pompeo, America’s secretary of state, are unlikely to address, or insist there was none, when they speak at today’s press conference, are the political deals or quid pro quos that may have been settled...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:23 AMLouis Moyston/Guest Columnist

When the European explorers encountered Jamaica, they must have been struck by beauty, serenity and mellowness that forced the utterance, “the land of wood and water.” In fact, this phrase is still alive, but is Jamaica really “the land of wood and...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Robinson/Contributor

“Corruption is when a politician uses public funds to deliver pistachio ice cream to his home and transfer garden furniture to his Caesarea villa, then requesting that the expenses be covered for the water in his pool and fights to get a private...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:19 AM

A few news reports out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines informed that the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) held its 26th Council of Ministers’ Meeting there on Friday, January 17. The meeting was...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:38 AM

When the council of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) meets on Wednesday, theirs should be a very specific and limited agenda, executed with great symbolism. They, including those who have already slunk away, should literally be in sackcloth...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:35 AMCallese Allen/Guest Columnist

Social media highly reflects people’s opinions and impacts our relationship with others through each posting. While some may argue that it is delimiting, does it truly control our ability to be sensitive towards others, or does it order conduct...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:29 AMEarl McKenzie/Guest Columnist

I have refrained from entering the debate about the place in our society for the restructured English, influenced by some African grammars, that is called by a variety of names, is spoken by most Jamaicans, and to which we are understandably very...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:23 AMSandra Currie/Guest Columnist

I have a deep admiration for men who lead, and lead with excellence. I absolutely believe that it’s a man’s place to lead the family, Church, school and government. This, I believe, is how the Creator designed it to be. Now, some of our beloved...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:22 AM

We don’t know where Maurice Tomlinson’s challenge to Jamaica’s sodomy law now stands in the Supreme Court’s docket. However, he, other gay rights activists, and all reasonable subscribers to the ideals of human rights, among whom this newspaper...

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