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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...

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

There is logic to the Opposition’s demand that the Government account for its spending on the development of the National Identification System, now that the Supreme Court has held that the law on which it was predicated is unconstitutional. The...

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 12:07 AM

The Jewish Feast of Pesach (Passover) begins tonight, and the Christian Feast of the Pascha (Easter) begins tomorrow night. There is an unbreakable connection between these two high holy days of two of the great world religions. For the Jews,...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:36 AM

Pat Rousseau is being deservedly eulogised for his achievements in law, business, and sports administration. Not surprisingly, what hasn’t received as much attention is his contribution to public service. Yet, it is the sphere in which he leaves...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:27 AM

There will always be 101 versions as to the factors which led to the devastating defeat of the PNP’s charisma king, Michael Manley, by the JLP’s Eddie Seaga in 1980, just as there will be countless iterations of what led to Manley’s re-emergence in...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Recently, a minor in the Waltham Park Road area witnessed her father killing her mother, against her pleas, and then he committed suicide. This is a grave wickedness to beset a 12-year--old. For her to become an orphan in broad daylight and in the...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:15 AM

With each passing day, law-abiding citizens going about their business on our roads are becoming more frustrated with the rampant indiscipline and downright dangerous driving being exhibited by a growing number of road hogs. Motorists and...

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

The head of the St James Police Division is reported as admitting that the upsurge of post-state of emergency (SOE) shooting is being contributed to by two groups. One, the detainees released following the end of the SOE and, two, those who fled...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

I imagine many of us, when we think of ecotourism, think of long, hot, boring walks through deteriorating old places, primitive conditions, lectures, perhaps museums, all fairly intimidating effort compared to luxury resorts. But the two are not...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

It is not often that this newspaper is in concert with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), which hasn’t sufficiently, or with clarity, articulated a strategic vision for a modern farming sector. They tend to be animated by small-bore issues....

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The Supreme Court’s comprehensive slap-down of the Government’s national identification law has implications beyond the need of the Holness administration to reflect deeply on its future approach to the formulation of laws. For it raises questions...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMBenyamin Cooke/Contributor

The advent of the Internet has opened the world to endless possibilities and connectivity. However, unscrupulous persons have been using social media to facilitate human trafficking. Social media has become a daily part of our lives and posting,...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Let me establish up front that I am 100 per cent in agreement with the ruling handed down on Friday with regard to the National Identification System (NIDS) being declared null and void. My initial objection to the bill wasn’t the legal reasoning...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:15 AM

So, what I knew as Common Entrance became the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and is now the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). LOL! Based on language (not usually featured locally), we began 62 years ago with a pass/fail attempt to place all in...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 7:45 AM

Last week I received a message from a patient of mine, informing me that she was diagnosed with Swine flu and was resting at home. She also wanted to know if was okay for her to eat pork. I smiled to myself before realizing that it was serious...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:13 AM

It has been well said that the real measurement of one’s presence is the space one’s absence creates. The air is now full of the absence of our dear Dorraine Samuels. On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, I pay...

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