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Published:Friday | July 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is that adage about children playing with matches: if allowed, they might just burn the house down, or cause serious damage to themselves and others.That's the vision left by Jamaica's political leaders with their...

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The security forces need to be commended for the work done and the success achieved that led to the reduction in major crimes such as rape, shooting and murder in the month of June when compared with last year.

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

At the end of this month, and going into the first two days of August, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will host its annual agricultural show at Denbigh, Clarendon. We wonder whether they should bother.

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret opened the first Independence Parliament on Tuesday, August 7, in the midst of a hectic five days of activities following her arrival on August 3.

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There are many nasty strikes on the political career of Desi Bouterse, who was this week chosen by the parliament of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) member state of Suriname to be that country's new president.

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The news coming out of Miami-Dade County in Florida is that crime has declined by 50 per cent after a curfew law was imposed in May, aimed at keeping youngsters off the streets of crime- infested neighbourhoods like Overtown...

Published:Tuesday | July 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Poor example - I found the following quote attributed to Merrick Watson, superintendent of police, St James, to be in poor taste and way out of line.

Published:Tuesday | July 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Whenever Ernest H. Flower was at the domino game, you knew that a tall tale wasn't far away.
And so it was that night, as he grew bored kibitzing Gene Autry and me versus Dessie and The Beast...

Published:Tuesday | July 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Among Christopher Tufton's observations during his recent parliamentary review of the agricultural sector was the fact that these days, almost no Jamaican students graduate from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of the West Indies (UWI)...

Published:Monday | July 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We note last week's extension by the Defence Board, until August 18, of the call-out of the Jamaica Defence Force's (JDF) reserve to allow their continued help in security operations under the state of emergency.

Published:Monday | July 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from online readers to articles in the Sunday Gleaner:Re: 'Gangster hunt - west Kingston thugs held in Manchester'Reward money. The private sector should put up reward money for information leading to the capture...

Published:Monday | July 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans are still dissecting the life, fortunes and misfortunes of the 'President' of Tivoli Gardens.Our little country is making one person the archetype for corruption and crime.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Every time Bruce Golding opens his mouth on the Christopher Coke/Manatt, Phelps & Phillips scandal, he pushes his foot in deeper - to his personal discomfort, we suspect, and the embarrassment of the country, we are certain.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One night last week, I felt a little 'laziness' in my left leg which, initially, I thought was due to my sitting down for too long in a 'bad' position. I also felt a little light-headed. I immediately informed my daughters who looked up the symptoms of a stroke on the Internet. Of the five to six symptoms, I only had one and the 'laziness' only extended to my left leg.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Of the observations coming out of this newspaper's current series on Jamaica's agriculture, the most telling is what has been said about the obvious state of atrophy in the leadership and organisations that serve the sector. This has been a decisive factor in the sector's ongoing declining role in Jamaica's economy over many years...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A recent editorial in this newspaper made the valid point that too much was at stake for our Parliament, on our behalf, not to be fully at work and committed to the job of nation-building. Our future right now is on a knife's edge and we need the full capacity of Parliament working together to take us out of the political and socio-economic quagmire in which we find ourselves.

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Our Jamaican home-grown tongue, patois, is indeed a bona fide language that is an active and vibrant medium of communication. It has its own structure and expresses subtleties, nuances and flavours peculiar to our culture that are not readily available in Standard English.

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The madness of passengers wilting in unusually long immigration lines at the Sangster International Airport can do no good for Montego Bay's image as a tourist-friendly city.

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Everyone in the town of Siparia in the deep south of Trinidad knew 'Rabby' or 'Rabbit', although only a few people knew that his real name was Ivan Marchand. Rabby was the undisputed leader of the little community of 'Cassava Alley', which was later renamed Peyton Place (by both its inhabitants and the rest of the town it scandalised) when the Grace Metalious...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AMONG THE most interesting, and no doubt welcome, bit of corporate news to have emerged in Jamaica recently would have been this week's announcement by Lascelles Chin that he is about to take his Lasco...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Life in this world is complicated, and it is a tricky business to figure it out and get it right. Take cause and effect cause must come before effect, but just because one thing happens before another does not mean that the first thing...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is at least one belief that Jamaicans across the social spectrum share.This is that, if they wish to be good parents, their main function is to ensure that their children receive a good education.

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The successful staging of the 2010 World Cup football in South Africa, a first on the African continent, was marred by rules that need changing.

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican government needs to clarify an element of the deal with Trinidad and Tobago's Caribbean Airlines for its takeover of Air Jamaica.At one stage, Jamaican officials, including Prime Minister Bruce Golding, had suggested that the Air Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Independence Celebrations Committee of 1962 chaired by then Gleaner Editor Theodore Sealy rolled out a massive programme for the all-island celebrations to mark our transition to Independence.

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