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Published:Sunday | November 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Once again, the intellectual community of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean has lost one of its leaders. The death on Friday of Professor Emeritus Alston Barrington Chevannes, coming after the passing in February of Professor Rex Nettleford, is a double loss for the region.

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Speculation is rife that recent robberies of jewellery stores in the nation's capital are linked to the lucrative cash-for-gold business that is fuelled by the high demand for the commodity that now sells for a...

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A statistician is a mathematician broken down by age and sex, and statistics, according to Mark Twain, are like ladies of the night - once you get them down you can do anything with them.

Published:Friday | November 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In an article published in The Sunday Gleaner last, Professor Trevor Munroe, director of the National Integrity Action Forum, seems elated at the improvement over previous years in Jamaica's score and global ranking in the 2010 Corruption Perception...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

American voters gave the Democrats a drubbing this week in the hotly contested midterm elections for congressional, state and local offices. President Barack Obama described the results as a "shellacking" and many are already writing...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Bridgewater committed to stamping out corruption'.Undiplomatic languageI find the ambassador's comments rather troubling.

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last week, the Honourable Michael 'Mike' Fennell, Calabar old boy, was awarded The Gleaner Award for services in sports administration, subsequent to the successful staging of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Celebrated Jamaican poet, Lorna Goodison, in her poem For My Mother, describes a strong, self-sacrificing woman who could "feed 20 people on a stew made from fallen-from-the-head cabbage leaves and a carrot and a chocho...

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

With Tomas playing hide and seek up to Tuesday (when this article was written), Jamaicans are on edge as we try to track the whereabouts of this late-season storm.To have a hurricane or even a tropical storm in November is...

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dr Warren Smith's election by the board of governors to be the next president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) marks a deserved elevation of a son of Jamaica, tinged with a bit of sadness and a small dose of irony.When people discuss Caribbean...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last week I readied my new suit, polished my old shoes and held my BlackBerry near, eagerly anticipating a phone call. Former US President Bill Clinton was speaking in St Andrew and, as a Gleaner contributor...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Rush on for Tomas'.

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The voice of the smooth crooner Gregory Isaacs is now silent. The unmistakable vocals that thrilled music lovers for decades will, however, be remembered for a very long time. He has made sure of that by producing more than 500 albums...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Crop diversification in traditional banana-growing areas of the country is giving renewed hope to farmers who saw their livelihood disappear in a haze of manoeuvres by international market forces to end protection for Caribbean bananas entering...

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One left us on Sunday, October 25. The other visited on Monday, October 26. William Jefferson Clinton (né William Jefferson Blythe III) delivered a powerful message to Jamaica last week.

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Throwing out the baby with the bath water has never been a good idea, nor can dumping the Constituency Development Fund be justified because some dirt has been observed during the recent washing of its linen.

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Fit to drive' about campaign to allow people who have epilepsy to drive.

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nicole, Jamaicans must now understand that it does not take a full-blooded hurricane to disrupt our lives and deliver damage to life and property.

Published:Monday | November 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Sometime soon, the Government and the private sector and, perhaps, trade unions will resume talks on the so-called Partnership for Progress agreement, with the aim of bringing some level of predictability to economic policy formulation...

Published:Monday | November 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

POOR BARACK Obama must spend his spare moments watching old videos of election night 2008. Remember that feeling? He sure won't be getting it now. Later tomorrow, barring polling errors on a scale...

Published:Monday | November 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

JAMAICA'S ECONOMIC underdevelopment is rooted in our failure to craft and implement a coherent national development strategy that is pivoted around the strength of our national resources....

Published:Monday | November 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

CERTAINLY, WE don't want to provide incarcerated lawbreakers with five-star accommodations in prison, but what Horace (not his real name) related to me concerning his stint in prison was quite disturbing....

Published:Monday | November 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from comments by our readers online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com to yesterday's lead story, 'Pricey places: Gov't spends big to put poor-performing students in private high schools'.It is worth itI only read the first sentence...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MANY PERSONS are not surprised that The Gleaner would find, within head of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr Gladstone Hutchinson's proposal to the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, another opportunity to broadside the parish councils, even while acknowledging the validity of the proposal itself.

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

WE NOTE the announcement by business groups, led by the Private Sector Organisation, of the readiness to resume social-contract talks - called Partnership for Progress - with the Government.

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