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Published:Thursday | December 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is not enough for the Golding administration, as it has done through its national security minister, Mr Dwight Nelson, to react with mere hubris and anger.That suggests the administration is inviting Jamaicans to infer that the dispatches from...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GIVEN ITS bad fiscal situation, no one can quarrel with the Government for harbouring all kinds of ideas for increasing its revenue - even if hare-brained. But as the administration should be aware, what is worse than formulating bad policy is actually...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com from readers' reaction to yesterday's lead story, 'Teachers flunk'.Wrong qualificationsMany teachers are upgrading their qualifications but not in their...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

TO THE children of Jamaica - our future. Grownups have taught you many important lessons. Hopefully, you're obediently following them, otherwise, Santa won't be kind to you this Christmas. Remember, listen to mommy and daddy...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

RESPONDING PREDICTABLY to the proposal by the Government to relocate Up Park Camp, the voices of opposition are growing louder and louder.So far, we have heard that there are historical strings which ought not to be severed.

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper understands that governments cannot undertake their negotiations in the open, with every minute detail subject to public referenda. However, policy should be transparent and it is the people's right to know of the initiatives being...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I felt obligated to give my views on the disastrous path we appear to be taking to seriously damage the tourism industry. We have been piling tax upon tax on our visitors for giving them the privilege of spending their hard-earned...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The intention of this letter is not to respond to the personal attacks by Dr Henry Lowe, but is designed to inform the public of the questions they should ask of any new bioactive product being brought to market, whether...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The mild, mild, milquetoast west, driven mainly by pedestrian American media, is obsessed with analysing relationships. The American talk show TV revolution experienced since Joe Franklin's trendsetting 1951 debut has been...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The finance minister, Mr Audley Shaw, has been loud about and incessant in his efforts to improve the efficiency of tax collection and the successes the ministry has been having on that score, including in widening the tax net....

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com from readers reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Liquor tax licks hotels'...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is widely expected that current events in Haiti, in particular the dispute over the outcome of its presidential election, will be a substantial part of today's talks between the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) in the town of Wakefield in the...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow, the Italian parliament holds a confidence vote on embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Given the divisions on both the governing and opposition sides of Italian politics, there is a good chance this vote...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This administration has already committed several blatant errors in judgement, but, because Jamaica is exceedingly politically polarised and because so many depend on their political party for survival, there have been no serious consequences thus far.

Published:Monday | December 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Whether you liked, disliked or disagreed with him - which many did - you couldn't help but respect John Maxwell, the Jamaican journalist, who died last Friday from cancer of the throat, aged 76.Maxwell started his career at this newspaper in 1952...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Are you being served? Many stations still not equipped to respond to calls'.Value in community policing...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The dual-citizenship matter has again resurfaced. Another by-election is to be held. This time it is in the North East St Ann constituency. But why, I wonder, are we still devoting so much time to this matter?

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Christmas is often described as the most wonderful time of the year. People look forward to its celebration with much anticipation. Indeed, the commercial countdown to Christmas has begun.

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica, oft-repeated 'claims' have a way of swiftly becoming 'gospel', and especially in relation to matters that are not closely scrutinised. Generally, many people do not pay careful enough attention to current affairs, and Jamaicans in particular tend to listen to those who shout the loudest...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

An Associated Press report last weekend high-lighted the rapid increase in the number of inmates aged 60 years and over in the Japanese prison system. In fact, one wing of the Onomichi prison near the city of Hiroshima had been converted into a geriatric unit...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I write in response to the unfortunate article written about me and my work by Dr William Aiken and published in The Gleaner on December 7, titled 'Prostate cancer breakthrough: Overstated and premature'.

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica will this week mark the start of the winter tourist season relatively optimistic about a decent performance.Ed Bartlett, the perennially upbeat tourism minister, projects that visitor arrivals over the three-month...

Published:Saturday | December 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This week's thrilling finals of the annual (TVJ) Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz provided inspiration for many who watched the programme. The finalists from Mona Preparatory and Allman Town Primary displayed poise, competence, intelligence, and tenacity. And if we believe that education is strongly linked to economic empowerment, then these children hold great prospects for the future.

Published:Saturday | December 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A visiting minister asked the Sunday school class, "Children, what weapon did Samson use to fight the Philistines?" None of the children could tell him.

Published:Friday | December 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The administration's proposal to move the army from its headquarters in Kingston to the plains of St Catherine, supposedly to free lands for the redevelopment of the capital, raises a number of questions that demand serious answers so as to facilitate...

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