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Published:Monday | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Commendations to Martin Henry - Would like to commend Martin Henry on an excellent article in The Sunday Gleaner.

Published:Monday | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When outspoken televangelist Pat Robertson - founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of The 700 Club - calmly and authoritatively asserted that the cataclysmic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince in Haiti occurred because...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In urging Jamaican savers to agree to the rescheduling of $700 billion of the Government's domestic debt at lower interest rates, Prime Minister Bruce Golding promised transparency and accountability in the management of the country's affairs...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

My colleague Peter Espeut has inspired me to respond to his comments, 'Change the system', Gleaner, January 15 ) about the critique of the CXC exams by Education Minister Andrew Holness. As one who serves at so many levels of the education system and a master teacher, I would like to enter the debate.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

For too long there has been a popular perception that somehow the Haitian nation-building project, launched on January 1, 1804, has failed on account of mismanagement, ineptitude, corruption. Buried beneath the rubble of imperial propaganda ... is the evidence which shows that Haiti's independence was defeated by an aggressive North-Atlantic alliance...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is foregone that by Tuesday, the Government will have all the commitments it needs from domestic bondholders to go ahead with its plan to redeem, and reissue at lower interest rates, over $700 billion in debt, which is among the pre-conditions for US$1.3 billion in loans that Jamaica is to receive from the International Monetary Fund.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

So damaging and traumatic has been the 'Great Recession' of 2009 that not even the adage about crisis and opportunity has been much of a salve for the near 20 million people out of work in the United States and the huge number of families hit by mortgage foreclosures.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) routinely reminds us that 'water is life.' Yet the commission is callously cutting off the lifeblood of Kingston by aiding and abetting short-sighted 'developers' - both public and private sector - who are carelessly converting acres and acres of supposedly protected government lands into house lots.

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A Manchester letter writer to this newspaper has suggested that a full debate on the crime situation is urgently needed and should be accorded top priority by the Jamaican Parliament at this time.

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I suppose if you're having a relationship with a cougar you have to start from scratch. In my case, they hove upon my horizon as an application of an old word to describe a new phenomenon. - Tony Deyal

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is riddled with earthquake fault lines, and we have about four earthquakes each week of the year, most of which are too slight to be felt. The website of the Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona ...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Foolish views about Haiti - I must say that I find very disturbing, especially from the Christian communities, their views about the Haitian earthquake which has killed thousands. There seems to be this belief that the Haitians are being punished...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The plan for an international conference to consider the reconstruction of Haiti beyond the immediate humanitarian crisis is a good one. We also welcome the decision by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), apparently on the recommendation...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Remember how choked up we all were a year ago? There was Barack Obama, the US's first black president and a man who heralded a transformation of America, maybe even the world, standing on the steps of the Capitol and taking the oath of office.

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Opposition People's National Party - through a failure of strategic planning and the ineptitude of its inarticulate and intellectually flat-footed House whip, Derrick Kellier - turned what was a potentially simple issue into an embarrassing...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There are some phrases that are trotted out whenever persons are asked to suggest what we must do to rectify our social ills. I believe that these obfuscate the situation and end up being more of a hindrance than a help...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last week's earthquake which unleashed destruction on Haiti, leaving the country in tatters, reminds us of the enormity of nature's fury. With several reported tremors all around us, including the Cayman Islands...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It would have been better, in the interest of public accountability, if the $29 million in fees to be paid to the three commissioners inquiring into the 1990 collapse of Jamaica's financial sector had been declared at the start...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The recent strong earthquake will test the resolve of the Haitian people. They are not unaccustomed to natural disasters. In 2008, Haiti had four storms which killed 800 persons, nevertheless their economy grew...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This Government has looked to be the worst of our brief history but there are signs that the worm is turning.All Jamaica needs to stand up and applaud the manner that the Government went about defaulting on its local debt...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We, like the bankers quoted in this newspaper yesterday, believe the debt-restructuring programme that the Government has on offer is the right call at this time, even if domestic savers will have to give a substantial portion of agreed interest.

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is unlikely there will have been any significant rebalancing of enrolment by Jamaican students to the University of the West Indies (UWI) since our observation last year that the bulk of them were in the humanities and education, while only a handful...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We have observed that the output per worker has been falling in Jamaica during the period 1972-2007. We now turn to the issue of what has been happening to the labour cost of each unit of good or service produced over the same time period...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Haiti is not unaccustomed to the world's attention in the immediate aftermath of some disaster, natural or man-made. But it is mostly fleeting. In short order, the focus wanes and the world moves on to the next crisis...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Shame on you, Dr Ford - Never mind the savage, racist comments by Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh about the earthquake-ravaged victims of Haiti.

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