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Published:Thursday | January 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This morning at the Bank of Jamaica, the governor, Brian Wynter; Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his finance minister, Audley Shaw, will outline the dirty-fingernail bits of the Government's debt-rescheduling programme, whose broad parameters...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Many will insist, not without logic, that the debt-restructuring programme Prime Minister Bruce Golding will formally unveil to Jamaicans tonight is effectively a default. That as it may be, what the Government is engaged in is a practical expedience...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICA Productivity Centre (JPC) launched its inaugural annual Productivity Summary Report in November last year. The report covers the period 1972-2007. Subsequent reports will cover the most recent five-year periods....

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

IT'S TIME to critically analyse foreign debt. Somebody must, since our leaders haven't the vision to see what's happening right in their faces. First, some basics. In 2007, our gross domestic product (GDP) was US$12.9 billion...

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

Prime Minister Golding, we have been told, warned his ministers, during their weekend retreat, that there would be no room for error in implementing the programme that the administration hopes will lead to economic recovery...

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

Comparing deaths stats - I would like to comment on the January 11 letter 'The war in Jamaica', in which A. G. Gumbs wrote a thought-provoking piece, comparing the combined loss ...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The December 26, 2009 edition of The Gleaner reported that the police were planning to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to drivers and passengers who don't use seat belts and motorcyclists who don't wear helmets.

Published:Monday | January 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Plaudits to Tony Rebel - I applaud reggae artiste Tony Rebel for his continued unapologetic stance in support of positive and clean Jamaican music, despite his seemingly being in the minority of an industry filled with many lyrically...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One of the curious happenings in last week's announcement by the police of the crime statistics for 2009 was the seeming priming of the event with an earlier press conference to give data on police operations during the year, as though the constabulary...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

News that the largest local banks have made record profits during the past year, when our economy has suffered the deepest decline since the mid-1980s and as most Jamaicans had to tighten their belts, has not won them many...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

For some time now, a virtual consensus has emerged about what ails our economy and the endgame requirements for achieving sustainable growth of at least five per cent per year. The key endgame factors are...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Orville Burrell, or Shaggy, as he is better known, has been able to maintain a universal fan base without sacrificing the iconoclasm and irreverence of the Jamaican dancehall.Indeed, Shaggy understands that it is too easy to attempt...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Citizens of all countries have a right to expect that their government will tell them the truth at all times. If things are bad, it is even more important that the citizens be made aware, so they may rally behind the country's leaders.

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On New Year's Eve I got a very hostile email in response to "Seaga put goat mouth on Bruce" (December 27). As it turns out, it wasn't just this column that had enraged the male writer. "University fi stone dog"...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Taking responsibility for the failure of others is perhaps one of the hardest things to do. In fact, one of the safest refuges of weak leaders is to blame subordinates for failures.

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

If West Indian author C.L.R. James were alive today he would certainly be tempted to go 'Beyond A Boundary' and write 'Beyoncé A Boundary', given the hullabaloo, hype and histrionics over the staging of a performance by Beyoncé Knowles in Trinidad on February 18, 2010. - Tony Deyal

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dr Omar Davies, when he was finance minister, had a penchant, as we have noted before, for lecturing the Opposition on the need for responsibility when making statements about the Jamaican financial market and its institutions...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The distribution of Germany's population is seriously skewed. The population is ageing and there are few births. Lower-Saxony - one of the northern countries of the Republic of Germany - is badly in need of babies. Germany's birth rate is 1.38 per woman...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica over the last 50 years, political possibilities have been limited by the large number of party diehard ('die-hearted') supporters. These are persons who support their party no matter what it does or how badly it performs...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We have not ascribed self-righteousness to Peter Bunting, the shadow minister for security. Yet, that is precisely how Mr Bunting sounds in his statement about the rise in crime for 2009, including homicides that were equivalent ...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Streamline gov't offices - All our government offices and other important places where people go for services must, as a matter of priority have their processes streamlined in order to achieve greater efficiencies.

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans are marvelous people. They are innately creative, fundamentally intelligent, truly warm and friendly. Yet, if one were to follow the media, one would feel that we were a hateful, spiteful, vicious people. Although it can be said that the media tends to focus on the sensational and that acts of viciousness and spite are generally more sensational than those of love, warmth, creativity and intelligence, one would be deluding oneself if one did not see that something was wrong with us.

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Vivian Crawford, executive director of the Institute of Jamaica, was inspired to lend me Ruby Martin's copy of the book Power List 2010: Britain's 100 most Influential Black People, published by Michael Eboda, information from which I have decided to use for my first column for the new year and new decade.

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It would have been grander theatre if the Opposition had 'elected' a speaker and had managed to have the mace in place for its unilateral sitting of the House on Tuesday.

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In response to an alleged threat from al-Qaida, the British and American embassies in Yemen closed briefly this week. Yemen's government then complained that both governments were being alarmist, because it has the threat of al-Qaida under control.

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