Sun | May 26, 2019

Commentary

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Since the ending of the states of public emergency in St James, parts of St Catherine and Kingston, the number of murders between January and the first three weeks of April has declined nationally, with 41 fewer murders ( Gleaner, April 23). So...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:20 AM

If the High Court’s throwing out of the Government’s national ID law holds a lesson for political administrations, it’s about the consequences of arrogance. Success at appeal is a long shot. So, if the Holness administration wants a law that...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:18 AM

We can’t claim to be surprised at the Government’s declaration of a state of public emergency (SOE) in Jamaica’s westernmost parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland, where homicides have been on the rise, and we have no doubt, either, that...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Critical thinking skills have different meanings. It can be viewed from a basic perspective because it is more than memorisation; it’s thinking independently. Simply put, it is the ability to make objective judgement based on evidence rather than...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Last week, a university student conducting research on Jamaican currency was turned away from the research library at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) downtown. He is an international student at the University of The West Indies, Mona; he is from the...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM

I want to congratulate all Jamaican students who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of US universities have gone on to become leaders and...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The recent kerfuffle about the depreciation of the exchange rate; the hurried meeting between the Minister of Finance and elements of the private sector to cool tempers; and the reassertion of support for policy continuity, are indicators that...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Right after his standard refrain “if a macca, mek it jook yu!”, the Dunce (playing with Dessie) banged down double-six before I could change my mind about one last six. Autry played six-blank; Dessie, blank-five. My hand was six-five; six-trey;...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The chickens are coming home to roost. We always suffer the consequences of our actions! Our leaders need to take heed and act now, lest, like Lord Ullin with his daughter, we are left lamenting for our children, and “too late, too late!” shall be...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:16 AM

That was the pathetic cry of the mother of a little girl who was slaughtered recently, as everybody wretches and wrings our hands at the recurrent brutality. Then there is, more often than not, the aftermath of vicious, disproportionate and...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:12 AM

If the Government appeals the Supreme Court’s ruling against the law that was to be the basis of its national identification system (NIDS), it would, in all likelihood, merely give confirmation to the Oakes test, applied by the judges as the new...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:11 AM

On April 17, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the activation for the first time ever of a measure that will allow the filing of lawsuits before United States courts under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, a decision...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:11 AM

I was never for the current National Identification System (NIDS) because it seemed superfluous in areas and dangerously intrusive in others. In my opinion, it forced all citizens to submit the kind of personal information that should only be...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Diplomacy can be unfair. Venezuela, Syria, North Korea – when as many crises flare up around the globe as is currently the case, they garner nearly undivided attention. Consequently, investment in long-standing partnerships and expansion of...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Every sovereign country has to decide and implement for itself the monetary and exchange rate regime it wishes to have and that best suits its circumstances. There are a spectrum of options, each with pros and cons, and each with a set of companion...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AM

While the review ordered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness of his planned city at Bernard Lodge, St Catherine, is welcomed, stakeholders must be clear that that ought not to be an end in itself. They must be vigilant that what happens is not an...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has copped a significant laurel by becoming the principal location in the next, as yet unnamed, James Bond movie. There’s nothing quite like the Bond imprimatur to add exposure, give glamour, and perpetuate the brand. Tourism Minister...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:10 AM

On Easter Sunday, I went to Devon House with some friends from Canada, the US and Jamaica. As I observed the large number of people enjoying themselves, I made the point that this was one of Edward Seaga’s many visionary accomplishments. He saved...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:10 AM

And the bishop came down from the pulpit and did what Jesus would’ve done. Anglican Lord Bishop Rt Rev Howard Gregory, in a moving sermon on the Mount of Synod, stayed right on script and scripture, taking on the phenomenon of contract work. He...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Every day there are incidents which remind us of how dangerous it is to live in parts of Jamaica these days. Kidnappings and murders help to create mayhem in the society. The regularity with which these horrific crimes are happening in urban and...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:09 AMVerona Antoine-Smith/Contributor

Every major prediction leading up to the 109th edition of the Issa/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships had one projection in common: The top three schools on the boys’ side would be Calabar, Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Growing up in the country, I frequently heard about people who had ‘sugar’. These references were generally muttered with a sad shake of the head and a sympathetic softening of the voice. For a long time, I never understood, and found it hard to...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness must be adept at deciphering the short-hand of organisations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So, when the IMF talks about matters about public sector governance that are in need of urgent attention and...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:32 AM

What do Brexit, ‘Obamacare’ and NIDS have in common? All three were championed by persons with good intentions. The persons who believe that the United Kingdom (UK) should leave the European Union make a solid case that the citizens of the UK...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM

I strongly disagree with The Gleaner’s editorial of April 2, 2019, ‘Genius design, but better on King’s House land’, in which it was suggested that King’s House land would be a better site for the proposed new Parliament building. Let me state my...

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