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Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:29 AM

If there is one thing that the Donald Trump presidency of the United States is teaching the rest of the world is that effective checks and balances must be in place to guard against despotic political leaders. The Jamaican Constitution has several...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Audley Shaw either misapprehends the arguments this newspaper, and others, have made against the Government’s planned new city at Bernard Lodge, St Catherine, or he has feigned ignorance. Either is bad. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Shaw,...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:14 AM

On Saturday, TVJ’s hosts Sakina Deer and Dwayne Extol interviewed a prophetess, a minister and a young Christian about United States ministers of religion wearing sneakers costing up to US$5,000. Many of these ministers have adopted a more casual...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:13 AM

People habitually disregard the law and disenfranchise others because they reasonably believe they can do so and get away with it, and the players in the local private security industry are no different. Owing to a lack of effective policing within...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Our home-grown gang leaders and hitmen are not necessarily the fools we would prefer they be, as in the image of a schoolboy not quite grasping his schoolwork and instead making himself more attractive to a life of criminality. A significant number...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:22 AM

I think I speak for all executives when I say that it would be impossible for us to function without the capabilities of a strong middle management core. They are extremely vital to the success of any organisation and are essential to the proper...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:20 AM

In my article on the role of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s private sector in international trade published in February, I pointed to the need for the regional private sector to be strengthened and to be more engaged in promoting intra-regional and...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It has the ring of cliché, but is profoundly true. Alister McIntyre, who died on Saturday, age 87, was of a passing breed of West Indian nationalists who placed their prodigious intellects in the service of the Caribbean. In Sir Alister’s case,...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Observing Jamaica’s foreign exchange market and its management by the now “independent” Bank of Jamaica, brings to mind the 1993 Hollywood movie, ‘Groundhog Day’ staring Bill Murray. It featured a cynical TV weatherman who finds himself reliving...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:14 AMM.K. Mukulu/Contributor

Though we saw the photos confirming the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Jamaica and China in April 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith is still to furnish the Jamaican public with the actual details of this...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Primary school was where I learned the expression ‘raper man’. I never understood the term rape or the attendant abhorrent profession before then. For my seven-year-old classmates, their fears were greatest, not for rolling calf or duppy or the...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Legal legend and sports administrator supreme, Pat Rousseau, died last Tuesday. This is a very sad time. He was one of two private sector businessmen who were the architects of the 1970s’ bauxite levy, but had to sit and watch successive...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:33 AM

I did not know Shantae Skyers. But I grieve for her. The little girl left for school one morning and never returned home. Her body was found five days later, dumped among rubble in bushes. The news left me numb, and she has been on my mind every...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Don’t take at face value Peter Clarke’s declamation about a “moratorium” on new abstraction of water from the aquifers and rivers in the Rio Cobre Basin. It hides more than it reveals. And what is hidden is injurious to Jamaica’s agriculture. Mr...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:09 AM

My earliest memories are filled with trying to understand the purpose of my existence and the mystery of the hereafter. As I became older and saw cruelty, violence, suffering and death, I wondered how it was that a (supposedly) loving God could...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:08 AM

I once thought Parliament was the forum where there would be ideas about all aspects of governance for Jamaica, where stories about people’s aspirations would be told, debate sharp, reasoned and sometimes light-hearted, difficult issues contested...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:18 AM

I was unsure if The Gleaner was going to produce an Easter Sunday newspaper, so that, coupled with a demanding travel schedule, had left me nursing hopes of taking another week off. No such luck. Still, there is lots of news to comment on, so I...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Jamaica is full of churches but short of Christians. Vex all you want, but we have one of the highest densities of churches per square mile in the world, 80 per cent of our population self-declaring that we are members of a denomination and...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Last week Sunday, mi get a email from one vendor weh sell a Pearnel Charles Arcade. So mi get it, so mi gi it: “Good day Ms Cooper, I read your article in Gleaner (14/4/19) amongst other things, about the state of the Papine Market roof that was...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Domestic violence is rampant in Jamaica, with a large number of the victims being women. We tend to react with outrage or shock when one intimate partner kills the other or commits murder-suicide. Chronic domestic violence in an intimate-partner...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:12 AM

By most accounts, Julian Assange is not an easy man to like. His personal hygiene, the Ecuadorians say, is poor. Friends and acquaintances concede to his difficult, sometimes unpredictable, personality, which they attribute to a presumption that he...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The solution to income inequality, according to some moneyed experts who benefit tremendously from capitalism, is pretty simple: teach people financial literacy so they will be less ignorant about money, have less debt, and have money set aside for...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:13 AMCarole Bridge/Contributor

An open letter to Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn: As I shared my story before you in Parliament on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, I realised that we had similar stories. We both had brain tumors called prolactinomas while pregnant, but...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The ban on single-use plastic bags and straws which came into effect earlier this year is being hailed as a success by Senator Matthew Samuda. The young government senator has been one of the main drivers of this project. Judging from the images of...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:12 AM

In 1998, I left the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and took up a job with Petrotin, the national oil company of Trinidad and Tobago. Petrotrin was recently shut down by the Government, and with it the hospital. This is a recollection of...

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