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Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:11 AM

One of the things we admire about Audley Shaw is his aspirational optimism.As finance minister, even when the macroeconomic fundamentals weren't quite right, you sensed his will in talking them into alignment and delivering, say, low interest rates...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

She was 15 years of age when 'John Blacks' and his small crew snatched her. They had grabbed two teenage girls but one, a feisty 17-year old who I knew, somehow fought them off and escaped their murderous clutch.As they had their way with the child...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, the media was accused as being biased against Donald Trump, president of the USA, by letter writer Carlton Sterling (August 21). It can be argued that CNN and MSNBC do not spend enough time on the positives under the leadership of Trump,...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Saturday night I attended the Miss Universe Jamaica coronation. I was quite impressed with the contestants. Wow. They acquitted themselves extremely well, and the final six were very eloquent in the question-and-answer segment. Well done,...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Nigel Clarke's publication of the Bank of Jamaica's (BOJ) August 7 report to him has been rightly welcomed (Gleaner editorial, August 27), especially as now it is to be standard procedure. This 20-page report, summarised with fair...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We don't know if it's a good sign that Audley Shaw hasn't, unlike himself, been notoriously fast with a response to J. Wray...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I immediately knew that the beginning of this week was going to prove to be a challenge when from early Monday morning I received call after call from colleagues, pet owners and animal lovers alike, all referring to the Observer's front-page article...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Banks should be vilified, not vindicated. For four decades, they facilitated the fiscal irresponsibility of successive political administrations of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ).Public debt swelled beyond the country's sustainable capacity from...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:09 AM

The honchos of the business processing outsourcing (BPO) sector have worked themselves into a hot lather over Richard Byles' recent remarks about the need to lift the quality of the jobs in the economy, and the pay therefrom, without, it appears, a...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Harper/ Guest Columnist

In an article published by The Gleaner on Sunday, a learned professor made an egregious statement that "Jamaicans don't kill themselves, but they kill each other".While I understand and appreciate that Jamaica does, in fact, have a low suicide...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No, this isn't about the adventures of a US president in a Russian hotel.It's about me. I'm obsolete. The modern world has passed this grumpy old man by.What's the matter with the world?Has the world gone mad?Nothin's wrong with the world,it's the...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So here we go again. The annual quarrel over the value of the Jamaican dollar, relative to its US counterpart, is on in earnest. This event is such a staple that it reminds me of hearing the voice of Allan Magnus in the background, inviting us to...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:05 AM

I could have sworn the government trumpeted the abolition of auxillary fees in all schools in 2016. But now public servants have been given remission of something which does not exist as a feature of their equally trumpeted wage settlement. What a...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:05 AM

Depression is a word we hear often, but many of us do not understand what it is. Even more disturbing is the fact that many who are afflicted are undiagnosed and unaware that they have the disorder. Hence, they...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:04 AM

I am grateful for the enormous advances in information and communications technology. I vividly recall the days when even landlines were a very scarce commodity. Unfortunately, I also vividly remember, back in 1984, when I began practising medicine...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nigel Clarke, the finance minister, has made an initial but, this newspaper believes, significant step towards a more rational discourse on monetary policy, including how the actions of the central bank affect the foreign exchange market.He...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 8:22 AM

It was Christopher Columbus who named the beautiful bay Puerto Seco. He didn’t see any rivers, so he assumed the port (puerto) was dry (seco). He didn’t know about the freshwater streams underground. When Columbus went along...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 2:21 AMDaniel Thwaites

We regret to announce the passing of five-in-four. Five-in-four, late of Jamaica House, St Andrew, died under tragicomic circumstances, leaving behind parents, Andrew and Audley, 2.7 million children, grandchildren, other relatives and...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No one expects, or wants, Antony Anderson to turn up at every crime scene to recycle platitudes, or offer banalities and cliches about unturned stones in solving cases. Who people expect to see in those circumstances are professional scene-of-crime...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is so much road-improvement work happening in Kingston and St Andrew. Yes, I shudder at the thought of school reopening in a few days' time and what alternative routes and bumpy surfaces through literal road-construction zones will mean for...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner story of a nameless official of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) declaring that the option of vendors of the Constant Spring Market being allowed to use the empty space to the rear has been considered and...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Politics has had its run, and it is now time for tough economic choices and strategies if 2030 is to have the kind of relevance envisaged by businessman Johnny Gourzong, Ambassador Audrey Marks, and many other Jamaicans.Montego Bay businessman...

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The plight of the Constant Spring Market vendors has forced us to think once more about the top-down development strategy that is a common feature of the management of our cities and towns.About 70 vendors who, in all likelihood, are breadwinners of...

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Because I grew up tough, rough and tumble, going to school in one of the more violent parts of Trinidad, living for many years in another that I still call home, and not just selling, but spending considerable time in bars, gambling clubs, and just...

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is in a serious predicament. We talk about politics and the work being done by elected representatives every day but hardly want to vote in an election.Most of us resign in hopelessness about elections and the 'system' rather than committing...

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