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Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you're like me, you are no longer surprised at the alarming crime statistics in Jamaica. Over the years, we have become numb to the news of murder and mayhem.It is clear that our politicians are unable to do anything about it. They all seem not...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At 9:51:31 p.m. last Tuesday, 21 miles underground, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter Scale shook the Earth between the Cayman Islands and Honduras.That was a big one! It is one of the largest quakes to take place in the Caribbean in...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In recent months, up to earlier this week, Ed Bartlett, the tourism minister, has been busy boasting about Jamaica's record performance in tourism for 2017. The island welcomed 4.3 million visitors - an increase of 21 per cent - of which 55 per cent...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the spirit of 'the buck stops here', accepting ultimate responsibility, it is not far-fetched that Commissioner George Quallo should resign over the New Year's Day road blocking Sandz party debacle on the Palisadoes Road.But, the perception is...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

October 2017 marked the retirement of the Honourable Rev Dr Burchell Knibb Taylor as pastor of The Bethel Baptist Church, Half-Way Tree, and after 50 years, from active pastoral ministry with the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU).Also, 2017 was the last...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The debacle of the protracted traffic jam along the Palisadoes strip on New Year's Day was a product of a disregard of responsibility on the part of those who issued the permits giving clearance for the Sandz event to take...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's perhaps invidious to make a direct comparison between the two. We do so nonetheless, but only to emphasise that Jamaicans are capable of producing good outcomes, especially when we employ serious thought and planning into our ventures.First,...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:05 AM

If the trend of the first eight days of year is maintained, Jamaica will record more than 1,800 murders in 2018, or nine per cent more than the previous worst-ever year of 2009.The figures for 2018 will represent an increase of around 210, or 13 per...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There was something cruelly symbolic about the gridlock that shut the country down on New Year's Day. Did it portend an unhappy future where everything slowly ground to a halt and the last person to leave the country couldn't even reach the airport...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's 2018. Hip, hip, hooray! No sooner did the pepper lights come down and the fanfare of the fireworks diminish did real life set in.We closed out last week with news out of the JCF that Jamaicans were killing each other at a rate of six a day. A...

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 6:34 AM

You have to admire Robert Stephens' persistence. For a quarter-century or more, he has been peddling his vision for the redevelopment of Port Royal US$500 million to transform the 17th-century British naval base into a cruise ship and heritage...

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It wasn't unusual for the Beast to wait outside Autry's home in his car while Gene and I searched for a fourth.Those were the days of no cell phones and no air-conditioned cars, so you had to find people and talk face to face. I would always express...

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In these times when the empowerment of women right around the world is happening at a steady enough pace, I have been given cause to wonder about the ambition of some of my lady friends.In recent days, I have had three separate conversations with...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:19 AM

Being an obstetrician and gynaecologist is not an easy job. It requires one to be knowledgeable at prescribing drugs appropriately to treat medical conditions, as well as being adept at surgery. It is the speciality with the most exposure to blood...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:18 AMRonald Thwaites

In our constitutional tradition, a Cabinet ought to function as the executive committee of the legislature, which is elected by the people and is presumed, in collective, to be representative of the will of the people. Except it doesn't really...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:13 AMGarth Rattray

Not long ago, I shipped two flat-screen televisions from New York to Kingston. One was sent as unaccompanied luggage and the other was shipped to the port. The experience at the airport wasn’t too bad, but it entailed very detailed...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Unlike his predecessor, Dennis Morrison, the president of the Court of Appeal, is not a man given to venting about, or to, the press on any subject. So, when he speaks in a rare interview such as the one published by this newspaper last week, you...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last year was extremely bad for crime and violence. We simply can't repeat that this year.Before Independence, Jamaica with its Constabulary Force (JCF), was among the top countries in the world in registering...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ah jus one bag ah gold medal pon him enuh Champion Boyne! Yuh know how de damn ting goh!My speculation about why Ian Boyne's death has touched off so much mourning is that people appreciated his attempts at even-handedness and balance. Plus, to '...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finally, someone has taken the foot off the head of parish court judge Judith Pusey and apparently forgiven her for the white fowl that she might have eaten. Perhaps it might have been the black rooster, but of course, that might suggest other...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Among the many vexing issues with which Jamaicans had to contend this past week, two acknowledgements which, though not the most dramatic, were particularly troubling to this newspaper.One was the...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On the very first day of the new year, I signed up for membership on the Singles Club 876 website. I'd read about Everton Tate's clever idea in last Sunday's Gleaner. Mr Tate's smiling baby-face promised honesty, if not expertise. Looks can be very...

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is an old proverb that goes like this, "If fish come from river bottom and tell yu seh alligator have gum boil,believe him."Earlier this week, Rev Ronald Thwaites, the member of parliament for Central Kingston, exposed the nation's Parliament...

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

General Charles de Gaulle made what many people at the time thought was a huge political blunder when he said, "China is a big country inhabited by many Chinese." For a long time, this was all I knew about the country. In the little village in which...

Published:Friday | January 5, 2018 | 12:02 AM

I live in Bull Bay, St. Andrew, and on my way to Midnight Mass on New Year's Eve (Sunday night) in Kingston, I was thankful to be travelling away from the Palisadoes area, with many hundreds of cars heading to watch the fireworks.The two lanes...

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