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Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:08 AM

It has always been perceived in Jamaica that politics is always in the business of increasing the fortunes of the big man while only pretending that the main focus of government is paving the way for the advancement of those close to the bottom of...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:06 AM

The Sunday Gleaner was awash with news pertaining to an immediate ban on the harvesting of conch which has been imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture; that ban to run for one year until January 2020. As sudden as the ban was, it really did not...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:06 AM

A Commission of enquiry is urgently needed into the Petrojam saga. According to the Commission of Enquiry Act of 1873, which was last amended in 1978, a commission allows for a full, faithful and impartial enquiry into a matter of grave public...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

When Audley Shaw was transferred from the finance to the agriculture and industry ministry, most people saw it as a demotion. We perceived matters differently. It was an opportunity, we hoped, for Mr Shaw to employ his charisma, energy and force of...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:19 AM

With the rise of digital communication, traditional media has become one of the many spaces in which public relations professionals operate. Due to the advent of social media, the practice is divided into traditional public relations, advocacy and...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continue to export goods to the United States (US) under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the 2000 Caribbean Basin Trade...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Permanent Secretaries Board (PSB) of the Government of Jamaica, notes with heightened concern the article published in The Sunday Gleaner dated February 17, 2019, titled ‘On shuffling the deck’ by one Orville Taylor. The concern arises mainly...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:13 AM

It’s not clear if George Ramocan’s recent call for Britain to halt its deportation of Jamaicans, until publication of the Home Office’s review of the Windrush scandal, was cleared by, and delivered with the full imprimatur of, the foreign ministry...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Government was in crisis in Apocrypha, that fantasyland beyond the clouds where all politicians are friends and retired politician Oma D’unn solved political dilemmas by parable. Regular readers know Oma. He’s a PhD in logic but, like a moon,...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Just who is to blame for the steady deterioration in the relationship between us, citizens, and the police? Social media has thrown up some distressing videos, especially in recent weeks, of citizens confronting police personnel in public as the...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:07 AM

If something is wrong, it is simply wrong. In my column last week in speaking to the Petrojelly debacle, I, in a satirical mode, spoke to the responsibility of former permanent secretary (PS) in the energy ministry “Sancia Bennett Templer, under...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Mara came to see me on Jamaica Day, the day when the nation revels in the goodness and prospects of our ‘livity’ – our way of life. She was raised in the country by relatives because her father no deh bout and her mother gone to look life in...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:17 AM

When it comes to supersensitive topics like abortion and the part of the Offences Against the Persons Act that addresses buggery, it’s always been blah, blah, blah … back and forth, up and down, ‘round and ‘round, inside out, to and fro, side to...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Roman Catholics in Jamaica may have thought the local church immune from the child sex-abuse scandal that the more than one billion-member global congregation has, for decades, struggled, with little success, to put behind it. But then came the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:32 AM

All things considered, the industrial relations environment in Jamaica is relatively stable, unlike the situation three or four decades ago when the atmosphere was often thick with the tension between firms and their workers and the trade unions...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:32 AM

As reports of governmental corruption continue on the rise, Jamaica’s need for constitutional reform has reached emergency levels. Without radical constitutional change aimed at limiting opportunities for bad governance and increasing the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

It has been a wild ride with our dollar (JMD) moving from J$127 to US$1 in June last year to $137 in August, then $126 in November, and on February 4 this year, $137.21. Our finance minister offered comfort by telling us don’t worry, it’s just a...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Since I’m tyyyerrrrd of the Jamaican politics, I was looking forward to writing something about the Jussie Smollett case on the basis that it’s just too funny and serious at the same time. The case just perfectly encapsulates the sad and sorry pass...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

What a difference a vowel makes! The English word, pom-pom, is perfectly respectable. It comes from French and was, originally, a small decorative ball for a hat. Roman Catholic priests wear fancy hats with pom-poms. So do French sailors. These...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:16 AM

There was a time when the police officer was a highly respected member of the community. Regarded as the peace officer among his peers, he was called on to resolve minor disputes, and his counsel was sought by citizens who faced tough, domestic...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMKarl Williams/Contributor

Human Resource (HR) professionals are responsible for adding value to the organisations they serve and to contribute towards their sustainability and productivity. A strong ethical culture is one in which all employees are committed to doing what...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM

We are generally too unwilling as a people to acknowledge and challenge the implicit bias and usually negative and harmfully stereotypical portrayal of poor people in the media. This bias, whether unconscious or deliberate, is particularly...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Australian wicketkeeper, Rodney Marsh, known as ‘Iron Gloves’ for his sloppy catching, was one of the Aussie ‘hitmen’ or ‘Ugly Australians’ known for their hard-nosed cricket, hostile fast bowling but, most of all, for their verbal abuse of the...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:32 AM

It’s been said that sports and politics should not mix. In reality, it’s hard to keep them apart. Especially in today’s egg-shell offence-easy world of political correctness. Slapped with a 75 per cent cut in match earnings and issued with just...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:31 AM

A number of organisations in Jamaica, both in the private sector as well as government entities, tend to receive a plethora of customer complaints, which can be based on a variety of reasons. According to some customer service experts,...

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