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Published:Thursday | January 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Not unexpectedly, Mr Owen Ellington, who has been acting as Jamaica's commissioner of police since towards the end of last year, has been officially offered the job, although the appointment has not yet been officially announced...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds himself in a bit of a spot. He stands accused by his foes of having what Bill Clinton would have called 'an inappropriate relationship' with democracy. As in, remember what Bill did to Monica?

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I SUPPOSE I oughtn't to be surprised at the 'poppy show' the hemisphere has made of the recent Haitian tragedy. Tears and fears are not what Haiti needs now nor has it ever. Earthquakes happen as do many other natural events (called disasters by those unfamiliar ...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I FEEL a bit guilty commenting on United States politics when we have so much to comment on here at home. However, I can't help my fascination with what has been taking place between the Obama administration and the electorate in America, as it reminds me...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Late last year, the National Water Commission (NWC) made some dramatic announcements about the reduced levels of water supply to the nation's capital. Graphic news photos of the minister of water walking on parched concrete inside a depleted Mona Reservoir...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Having suffered a heavy defeat by Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the challenge to his leadership of Trinidad and Tobago's United National Congress (UNC), Basdeo Panday should do the moral thing and resign as leader of the parliamentary opposition, lest he...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A matter of trust - There is a need for governments in Jamaica to win the trust of the population all over again.

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Government, in the documentation supporting its request for US$1.3 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund, says that it marked 20 state-owned firms and parastatal entities for divestment....

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

If we are serious about "Rethinking and Rebuilding Haiti" as the University of the West Indies plans to do, then we must search for a more complete story than the widely circulated one conveyed by Sir Hilary Beckles in "The Hate and the Quake", ...

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

Among the most pleasing bits of government-related news of the past week was the report that MPs had up to then spent only around 60 per cent of the money in that bi-partisan tub of pork drippings they call, euphemistically, the Constituency Development...

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

An earthquake in hilly terrain is a deadly combination. But during heavy rains, even minor tremors can trigger devastating landslips, mudslides and debris flows, and several locations in Jamaica are vulnerable. For some answers to the catastrophic potential of local landslips...

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.

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