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Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica spends around US$900 million a year importing food. Government researchers suggest perhaps a third of our imports could be replaced or substituted.

Published:Tuesday | July 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Maybe it is just that the event couldn't compete for Jamaica's attention with World Cup football in South Africa. But three weeks ago there was an event at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology...

Published:Tuesday | July 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited comments posted by online readers to Monday's feature article on Harcourt Fuller, 'From poverty to PhD'. Wonderful story - This is such a wonderful story, only if the politicians and other influential Jamaicans could read...

Published:Tuesday | July 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party (PNP) is once again exposed as driven by craven, classless, power hungry cowardice and seeking national office whilst ignoring its tactics' adverse effect on Jamaica. Norman Manley, the father...

Published:Monday | July 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from comments posted by online readers reacting to the lead article in Sunday's Gleaner about nearly 100 children dying in state care over a three-year period.What criteria for state custody?..

Published:Monday | July 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We have not been shy in articulating our belief in agriculture's ability to make a substantial contribution to Jamaica's economy, and the country's broader development, despite the sector's poor performance in recent decades.That potential, however,...

Published:Monday | July 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

During his recent CVM-TV interview, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin (retired commissioner of police and former chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force), suggested that person(s) leaked critical/sensitive information to Christopher Coke...

Published:Monday | July 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Every country counts its people.The numbers tell decision-makers about current and future needs. "Everyone counts" is the theme for this year's World Population Day.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Tufton, the agriculture minister, is right. Jamaican farmers, given the environment and circumstances within which they operate, have, in recent times, been performing reasonably well.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The police officer designated to be in charge of the new police station in Tivoli Gardens has made an urgent call for social interventions to accompany the station's establishment.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is amazing how many people faced with unpleasant realities are quick to create alternative thought processes in an effort to wish away the actualities they find unpalatable.

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

After nearly 40 years since the establishment of CARICOM, it is time enough for the people of the region to ask aloud: apart from political solidarity, what has been accomplished in terms of its main purpose - economic development?

Published:Saturday | July 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Calls by civil society, media, business and the Opposition for a commission of enquiry (COE) surrounding the Dudus affair - incursion, evasion and extradition - will go unheeded by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as it would have been similarly ignored by the Opposition if they formed the government of the day.

Published:Saturday | July 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

For too long a movement that was dealt its death blow way back in 1962 - when 'one from 10 left zero' - was allowed to live on the life support of historical romanticism. CARICOM served its purpose with the establishment of a regional university and cricket team.

Published:Saturday | July 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The world will experience one big Dutch party tomorrow! That is not just nostalgia speaking, although when I was in my teens, Dutch parties were all the rage. What made them Dutch rather than just parties were that you had to carry something to the party - boys were expected to supply the drinks and the girls were expected to provide the goods and goodies, however defined.

Published:Saturday | July 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Information that criminal gangs are regrouping in western Kingston comes as no surprise because, notwithstanding the recent successes of the security forces, they have suggested that thousands of guns and ammunition are still in illegal hands. We must do everything possible to prevent their re-emergence.

Published:Friday | July 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's graduation season again, and I would like to share with you the sort of message I delivered to graduates this year.I have lived through more or less the first 50 years of Jamaica as an independent country, and you graduates are likely to live...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from comments posted by online readers to Thursday's lead story, 'Prove it, Lewin', in which Prime Minister Bruce Golding placed the onus on Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin to back up with evidence recent allegations...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We are happy that the Cayman Islands authorities, as has been reported by the territory's premier, Mr McKeeva Bush, are trying to think of ways to ease the visa restrictions they placed on Jamaican travellers....

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GROWING UP in rural Jamaica in the 1940s and 50s was a vastly different experience to what prevails now in present circumstances. Storytellers have recounted over and over again enthralling tales of the lantern slide shows which...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper remains certain in its view that Trinidad and Tobago must play by the rules and eliminate the barriers to exports from its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners, especially Jamaica.Indeed, a levelling of the playing...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AS THE American withdrawal gains speed, there are fewer American troops in Iraq than in Afghanistan for the first time since 2003.

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Two Wednesdays ago, former commissioner of police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, in an interview with Garfield Burford on CVM TV's 'Direct', stated that extradition needed speed and secrecy to succeed.

Published:Wednesday | July 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Trinidad and Tobago's new prime minister (PM), Kamla Persad-Bissessar, wants a review of the petroleum stabilisation fund, through which her country has over the past five years provided economic support to some of its...

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