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Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There has been quite a bit of panic since the start of the year. At the end of the first week, about 42 murders - an average of six per day - were reported. One would think that this would impress upon us the urgency with which we must move to...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Easter was a big event in my village and the little cinema pulled out all the stops so it was non-stop religious movies. One of the perennial favourites was The Ten Commandments. Gerald King went to that and said he reached late, so he only saw...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The 2018 Grammys will be held in New York on January 28, and all eyes are on the Reggae category. Overall, it has been a great year for reggae for many artistes, like Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and Charlie Blacks, who have all broken new ground with their...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Backed into a corner by the rising wave of murders, the Holness administration had few cards left to play besides a state of emergency. If the Government had twiddled its fingers much longer, the parish of St James would have been swamped in a...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On October 31, 2017, the world marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, that deep split within Western Christianity that began with Roman Catholic theologian and monk, Martin Luther. It was preceded in the year 1054 by a deeper...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Often in life, we catch glimpses of people's life in the public domain and wrongly conclude that we 'know' them or a lot about them. We read and hear about them in the media and we may even follow their careers with passing or great interest. Then...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For tourism interests, 2017 was a relatively good year, and this trend is poised to continue in 2018, largely because Brand Jamaica remains strong, we have attractive indigenous product offerings, and we have the best tourism workers in the world as...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) are based on the National Security Policy, which recommended a 'clear, hold and build' strategy for normalising the high-crime communities in Jamaica. Clear, hold and build is a strategy used in areas with...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Towards the end of 1973, I moved out of my parents' house and started a 'dolly house' with Ann-Marie, my girlfriend (who would eventually become my wife), and the infant son, Mark Jr, that we had recently, wonderfully and magically made."Place the...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About two weeks ago, the head of the Police Officers Association (POA) made some serious and far-reaching allegations against the honourable minister of national security. The claim was that the honourable minister was interfering in the allocation...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have been digesting the commentary regarding the crime conundrum which has been coming from multiple sectors of our society, including the Opposition and the private sector. It is good that more voices are speaking out, but talk is easy. Actions...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I would be obliged if you could permit me to address your recent front-page article captioned 'Ridiculous' sentence!' Your article concerned a recently concluded case in the Supreme Court, Gun Court Division, in which Kirk Smith and others, having...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there. These all look to You to give them their food at the...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There have been many attempts to reduce violence in Jamaica. All of them have failed. The homicide rate in 2017 was almost back to the level it reached in 2009, Jamaica's worst-ever year.Why have they failed?The simplest answer is that every attempt...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 9:03 AM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is set to host a summit on fixing crime and has insisted that the leadership of both the governing Jamaica Labour Party and Opposition People's National Party be in attendance. Further, the PSOJ is...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:04 AM

PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson exposed PNP's thin skin in a letter ('Phillips laid wicket for growth') published Friday.As usual, The Gleaner's headline was disconnected from the letter that contained no such hostility to reality but sought...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The USA has, on average, three mass shootings a year. The deadliest so far happened just three months ago, in October 2017, when 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded by a single gunman in Las Vegas. All these mass shootings are reported...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:40 AM

One day at my practice last week, while walking to the front office, I noticed one of the receptionists leaning over a counter adjacent to the waiting area. There young woman appeared to be uncomfortable, and as I approached her, I asked if she was...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Don't expect the man, and the millions who agree with him, who thus described the black and proud nation of Haiti, the brown Salvadoreans and the entire continent of Africa to place Jamaica in any different category.Our suck-up on the Jerusalem...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Time seems to be flying by faster and faster every year. It's a pity that our problems won't fly away with the passing years. Instead, they seem to be gaining strength as we record, analyse and bemoan our sad fate. Our biggest problem remains our...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Despite the Jamaican authorities' attempt to pass off America's latest travel advisory for the island as merely an old, though reformatted statement, the United States government's warning to their citizens is consequential.First, it is a direct...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Ruel Reid, the education minister, repeated his intention to end the serving of sugary drinks with meals under the Government's School Feeding Programme. The aim is to improve the nutrition of students, thereby improving their...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is definitely not rocket science, and it is more doable than we might think. Jamaica does not have a crime problem. What we have is a family problem, and when we fix family life, we will simultaneously fix crime.Among the myriad crime statistics...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you had a million dollars to spend, but not on yourself, where would it do the most good?Well, the cost to cover morphine or a morphine-equivalent pain relief treatment for all the sick children younger than 15 years who are in really serious...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner is using its tremendous reach to signal that enough is enough on the lackadaisical approach to Jamaica's crime problem. The editorials under the rubric 'In a State of Anarchy' are throwing some blockbuster punches, and none have really...

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