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Published:Saturday | October 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE TRINIDADIAN sense of humour is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of the colour of the citizen in question, the humour is as black as a hearse and as funny as a stab in the back.

Published:Friday | October 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Paid to play', about the additional charges slapped on televangelist Paul Lewis.Where were the parents?Shouldn't the...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I listened to, as well as read recent news reports about a child with autism in a day-care facility being physically abused allegedly by the director.

Published:Friday | October 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Appearances are important. Lord Chief Justice Hewart's famous statement that "it is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Fuderich, the resident representative of the United Nations Children Fund in Kingston, has made an observation that is critical to the current debate over how Jamaica allocates its education budget and what it ought to do in the future."..

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

Jassel Dunstan, my church brother and husband to Audrey Marks, the Jamaican ambassador to the United States, offered me tickets to attend the lecture to be given by William 'Bill' Clinton, 42nd president of the US and founder of the William ...

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

In the past few weeks, we have seen a spate of attacks directed against people perceived as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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

From my last count, Jamaica has some 32 media houses, including all radio and television stations, newspapers, and periodicals.

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

Jamaica, and particularly its government, hasn't had too much good news recently.So, the island's improvement on Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index will be welcomed.

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

Arguments concerning the recently announced commission of enquiry include a protest that the prime minister failed to consult with certain others before the appointment of commissioners.

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

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's story 'The Cool Ruler dies'.FOLLOW THE LEADERSSingers these days in Jamaica need to follow the lead of people like Gregory, Bob,...

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

My friend Rose has a beef with her bank and all of last week I was forced to listen to her ranting about unfair promotional gimmicks.

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

Kartel vs Bounty might evoke thoughts of a cage match to the death, featuring an assortment of cake soap and hammers, or perhaps a lyrical showdown at the venerable stage show, Sting.

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

We had feared that Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his administration might have gone cold on, if not totally abandoned, the idea of reforming the public sector.

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

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'MP spending spree - CDF Christmas payouts overboard but politicians resist cap'.Misleading report...

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

Domino players understand sports-related head injuries as we've all had to dodge the occasional flying domino launched by incensed partners.Fortunately, the only player I've seen hit was The Dunce who didn't see the point...

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

Within the next week or so, Mr Owen Arthur, having already taken over as leader of the Opposition in Barbados' parliament, will be official recrowned as leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Last week, the BLP's parliamentary group dethroned Mia...

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

The untimely, if not entirely, unexpected death last weekend of Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados robbed him of time to leave a distinctive and indelible mark on his country.

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

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Town-house turmoil: Minister's wife under fire ...

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

I believe that, in any good government, politics should play no direct role in governance. Ideally, politicians should only be elected based on their past, present or anticipated good works in their constituency...

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

Your typical French student has never met a demonstration he didn't like. It's like a rite of passage that each generation goes through; at some point, you have to take part in an anti-government protest...

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

THIS PAST week, George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, unveiled his plans for dealing with the country's fiscal crisis and long-term debt. He will, over the next few years, slash spending by most government departments...

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

Earlier this month, Mr Willie Walsh, the CEO of British Airways, warned of the damaging effect the upcoming increase in the United Kingdom's (UK) Air Passenger Duty (APD) is likely to have on travel to the Caribbean.

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

Toronto, Canada: Canada's 'hot' female governor general, Haitian-born Michaelle Jean wound up her five-year tour of duty September 28 with a round of ceremonial activities and a farewell address to parliamentarians at which interestingly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and many of his Conservative colleagues were conspicuously absent.

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

Quite a few years ago, I was invited to give a talk at a primary school during Heritage Week.

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