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Published:Thursday | December 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last week's formal announcement by the premier of the Cayman Islands, Mr McKeeva Bush, that his country would ease its visa restrictions on Jamaicans is a move in the right direction that Kingston should encourage by reciprocating with even more than...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I SUSPECT that Santa Claus is very busy right now in preparation for his long journey starting on Christmas Eve, but I wanted to be assured that he had read my email.

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICA Labour Party's (JLP) Shahine Robinson was, in Monday's by-election, returned as the parliamentary representative for the constituency of North East St Ann, although Mr Devon Evans of the little-known Marcus Garvey People's Progressive Party...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

"'TWAS the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."Well, that's not entirely accurate. It's actually three nights before Christmas and all kinds of creatures...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There may be symbolic value to the Golding administration's barring of state-funding for Christmas parties by government ministries and their agencies.

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by readers online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com reacting to yesterday's lead story, 'Stand-off - cops INDECOM at odds over probes'.Get rid of thecriminals in uniform...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There are other things at which Jamaica's finance ministry may be good. Presumably! But when it comes to crafting and implementing taxation policy, it is horrible.

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by readers online@www.jamaica-gleaner.com reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Dog-hearted.

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's time for the second annual Domino Awards. This year, mainly due to The Gleaner's graven-image-style worship of word count, we're doing it in two separate sections. First, we'll hand out the international awards.

Published:Monday | December 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THERE IS nothing particularly brave or far-reaching about the recommendations of the parliamentary committee that has just completed, after nearly two years, its review of the Small committee's report on the reform of Jamaica's libel laws....

Published:Monday | December 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by readers online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com reacting to yesterday's Page 3 story 'No Cuba-Jamaica rift, says Lewin'. Poor gov't handing - Mr Hardley Lewin is a man of very high morals...

Published:Monday | December 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

What if you had burning questions or doubts about some aspects of Christianity, would that make you less of a Christian? Can you believe only some of the writings in the New Testament and still be a Christian? What if you only practise some of what...

Published:Monday | December 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last month, when British university students protested against increased tuition fees, and some of the demonstrations turned violent, the commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, declared ominously that "the game has changed".

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party's (PNP) attempt to extract a toothsome victory from the jaws of election defeat is as unusual as it is unworthy. Many a politician has had his/her seat made vacant because a recount of the valid votes identified a different winner. However, for a party's nominee to claim a seat after being overwhelmingly rejected by the electors is something else

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I operated a sound system (disco) when I was in my late teens-very early 20s. I was attending UWI (University of the West Indies) at the time and was into music in a big way. The disco started small, playing at one of my sister's weddings. It had only one turntable initially, and it took great skill to change 45s as quickly as possible without causing the dancing to stop.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Few would disagree that the economic collapse which led to the devastation called FINSAC and its even more destructive successor, the cynically misnamed Jamaica Redevelop-ment Foundation, was the result of Government's high-interest rate policy of the 1990s.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Most days, the central business district of downtown Kingston is a cacophonous hive of jostling humanity engaging in a dizzying swirl of commerce. But by sunset, haggling vendors and shoppers are gone, the reinforced shutters of its stores are pulled tight, and the area's streets are mostly deserted.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

If we are to judge by the uptick in the poverty figures and the rise in the unemployment rate, this festive season is going to be a sombre one for many Jamaicans. My supermarket operator tells me that in the past, it used to be the case that there would be a noticeable pick-up in spending in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. But in recent times, that window is now compressed to the last three days prior to the big day...

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is the week before Christmas and I am in the Turks and Caicos Islands, on the island of Grand Turk, on which is located the capital of the island chain.

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Numerous tributes came from near and far on the recent passing of outstanding public servant and clergyman, Canon Weeville Gordon.

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from readers comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Beastly bust - J'can, US lawmen bring down international drug ring'....

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The United States government, faced with the publication on the Internet of a quarter-million cables sent by US embassies in recent years, has responded just as it did when WikiLeaks posted similar troves of secret messages about...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We do not know as yet what is to be made of Prime Minister Bruce Golding's shunting of James Robertson, the energy minister, from the leadership of the Government's liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion project, or why Mr Robertson's right-hand man on...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted by readers online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com reacting to yesterday's lead story 'Un-beer-able' - Red Stripe, Wisynco angered by Shaw's revised alcohol tax measures'.Eeny, meeny, miney mo?I am...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Trade unionism is a relatively recent development in Jamaica's public education dating back to the 1950s when self- rule, regulation and the introduction of the free-place system served as precursors to teacher representation.

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