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Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Recently, the Star newspaper claimed that a well-known music producer said there is no evidence God exists (September 18). Sadly, he did not put forward any arguments to show that there is no evidence that God does not exist. Proving the...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:07 AM

During his Independence Day message to the country in 2013, His Excellency the Governor General (GG) Sir Patrick Allen expressed the view, perhaps the hope, that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Even with its current challenges, only the extremely bold might have contradicted Xi Jinping’s declaration yesterday of the improbability of upending China’s status as a “great nation”. “No force,” Mr Xi said , in a speech to mark the 70th...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Reference is made to The Gleaner’s editorial captioned ‘Of PSOJ and the Supplementary Estimates’ in the September 30, 2019, issue and in particular to the reference that “ninety per cent (J$45.5 billion) of the increase (in the Supplementary Budget...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:09 AM

“Unsure of what the balance held I touched my belly overwhelmed By what I had been chosen to perform But then an angel came one day Told me to kneel down and pray For unto me a man child would be born Woe this crazy circumstance I...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The Gleaner editorial (‘Tell us more, Dr Chang’, October 1, 2019) accurately pinpointed the question to be answered by Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang. What advantage does detention for an indefinite period in a state of emergency (...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Horace Chang, the national security minister, owes the residents of Montego Bay and, by extension, the people of the parish of St James, and for that matter all Jamaicans, a fuller explanation. For, if we interpret him correctly, Jamaicans should,...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:07 AM

In an article by one Ann-Marie Campbell, headlined ‘Step aside, PJ’, which was published in this newspaper on September 27, 2019, P.J. Patterson was accused of dividing the People’s National Party (PNP). In the article, Campbell claimed that...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:06 AM

There is a place for Jamaican Creole in our schools. As a new researcher in this field, I would like to add my voice to the chorus that speaks to the use of Jamaican Creole in our educational institutions. During my first-year teaching Spanish at...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Humans have a talent for fighting over boundaries. We love drawing lines in the sand. Or anywhere! Well-known donkey, The Law, mandates the age of ‘consent’ for women as 16. This could create an industry for legal eagles to argue ad nauseam. Did...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The refusal of Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis to grant gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride permission to use the city’s cultural centre for a series of events is a step in the wrong direction. According to Davis, “We must not do anything to disturb...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:14 AM

There were perhaps other Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) presidents, especially during its early days of ideological combat, who were his equal. But none was more courageous, or vocal, in pursuing Jamaica’s interests than Howard...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:12 AM

In a modern democratic society where our constitutional rights safeguard freedom of expression, freedom against discrimination, and freedom of religion, the reason for wearing locs is as irrelevant as the colour of one’s eyes. Locs have become...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:11 AM

So what is a school principal to do when significant numbers of staff either frequently arrive late or, unexcused, miss sessions and even days of classes? And then when the attendance register is to be checked, it is either falsified or...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:11 AM

It’s unfortunate that much of our interpersonal relationships are affected by ‘sex’. Most people are initially attracted to others because of sex. It’s unusual for a man to be attracted to any woman because of her personality. That may play the...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:32 AM

Below is an edited version of the prime minister’s speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York last Friday. Jamaica is pursuing several policy and legislative measures designed to create a more cohesive society and a more resilient...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Peter Phillips is on to something. His riveting presentation to his party conference titled ‘Building a Successful Jamaica’ touched on the most important variable in achieving this goal, education. In his very comprehensive speech on September 22...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Sometimes it is hard for small developing nations with an extremely open economy to survive sudden changes in weather, trade, declines in investment inflows, or sharp price increases in critical inputs such as oil. Since Independence, Jamaica has...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

If the Holness administration is looking for a positive take from Transparency International’s latest Global Corruption Barometer, it might note the 19-percentage-point drop from two years ago – from 68 per cent to 49 per cent – in the number of...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Blackmail is one of those words I don’t like to use because it seems racist. The colour black usually has negative meanings in words like blacklist, blackheart, blackguard, blackball, and so on. But the origin of blackmail has nothing to do with...

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2019 | 12:12 AM

The Government’s initiative to plant three million trees, which Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced at the United Nations yesterday and which he will formally launch in a week’s time, is a welcome development that should receive broad support....

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2019 | 12:08 AM

The news out of Indonesia this week is disturbing. In West Papua, the Indonesian-ruled half of the world’s second-biggest island, New Guinea, the native people are definitely restive. Approximately 1.8 million of them, 70 per cent of West Papua’s...

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2019 | 12:06 AM

It is easier to run amok than run a Moke, and both are less difficult than speaking in public, which, some experts say, is the most common of all phobias and a form of performance anxiety in which a person becomes very concerned that he or she will...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:32 AM

Guyana’s deepening constitutional crisis, with its potential for worsening that country’s political instability and inciting violence, ought to be a matter of regional concern, requiring intervention from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Regional...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Cultural identity and locks are again on the front burner for discussion. Kinky hair has evolved from being totally ‘bad’ – in what is plainly hate speech – to being accepted in some circles. So, judges (female only), doctors, lawyers, poor man,...

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