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Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For anyone who mightn't have understood, the controversy over the Keith Clarke immunity certificates should have brought home the fact that the declaration of a state of public emergency is serious business. During such a period, rights and freedoms...

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When Bruce Golding presented his 'framework for good governance' in the run-up to the 2007 general election, he spoke earnestly about the need to give the parliamentary Opposition more power to impact the business of the country. Critical to this...

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Everybody knows I'm not a fan of 'modern' English language.For example, the word 'impact' will forever be a noun to me. 'Impacted' isn't the past tense of the verb 'impact'. It's an adjective from the noun 'impact' that describes teeth. Instead of...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:35 AM

The art form of stand-up comedy is no laughing matter. I know. It sounds funny. But stand-up comedy is a craft that is underappreciated by many but, when mastered, can be a powerful tool to make us not only laugh, but also think. The first stand-up...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Except for a brief parliamentary foray into the politics of government vehicle purchases and on how Jamaica has transcended the International Monetary Fund (IMF), not much has been heard from Nigel Clarke in the month since he was drafted into the...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The number of cell phone videos showing citizens resisting the police is increasing. There are numerous reasons why people fight the police. All of them stem from a viscous cycle of aggression, indiscipline and corruption. They will lead to anarchy...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday's burlesque in Parliament was entirely the fault of House Speaker Pearnel Charles and the members on the Government side. Christopher Tufton gave a creditable statement regarding a grave matter of public concern - the crisis at Cornwall...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm still deeply concerned about the State's ability to respond to emergencies. Both the national security and health ministries have been unable to answer what I consider critical questions. It also troubles me that it hadn't dawned on anyone prior...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

First, let me establish my credentials. When I was perhaps five or six years old and my teachers were struggling to teach me to write basic words, one of the first things I settled upon to record was a list of the all the delicious curse words I was...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The matter of human evolution has engaged the minds of enquiring men and women for generations with still no consensus or resolution to this day. Prime Minister Andrew Holness can now be counted among those persons attempting to speak...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans trust their army. So much so that approximately six of every ten would support a military coup as a means of tackling the country's crime problem.Not only is that sentiment strongest in Jamaica among the 22 countries surveyed on people's...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The year was 1980. I was director for a one-year, NGO-funded project that required me to travel to some deep-rural parts of the country. One day, I came upon a school and decided to visit. Just outside the school were two modern houses, both...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Many Jamaican women are not doing routine tests for cervical cancer. That's because the procedure is very invasive and often painful. A Gleaner article was published last Monday with this alarming headline, 'Be gentle, Doc - Medical practitioners...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 2:09 AM

The Postal Corporation of Jamaica has failed in its mandate to transform the antiquated postal service into a modern-day business. That, in a nutshell, is what Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis found in her latest assessment of the corporation's...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It seems that members of parliament (MPs) are far more interested in doing community work - building a house here and giving a scholarship there - than they are in policies and laws.The truth is, understandably, many people depend on them for this...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

You hear the name 'Whitehall' and you expect grandeur and history combined in an awesome presence. When I was there, it had that. The awesome presence was Dr Eric Williams and the history were dusty copies of his works in the rat-infested basement....

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Dionne Jackson-Miller, president of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), is right. The erosion of press freedom can be - and in liberal democracies it often is - insidious - a little like the start to the boil of the proverbial lobster in cold...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has taken note of the Letter of the Day titled 'FLA dragging its feet, punishing clients' by Kent Brown published on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Authority takes the opportunity to provide clarity on the...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recent judgments favourable to the gay lobby delivered by courts in Belize and Trinidad have caused Jamaica's LGBTQI advocates - including the editor of this newspaper - to get their tails up. They smell victory! And they are jumping for joy in...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Bishop Rowan Edwards, in claiming that God has given him the power to speak things into existence, declared, "I am prophesying that this year, you will not see 1,615 people murdered in Jamaica under my watch." In fact, he got more specific...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I have been observing a plethora of emerging and repeated practices, often hidden in plain sight, which foist inconveniences on the public and are in breach of existing laws. The authorities seem to give little, if any, consideration to...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On the matter of expertise on Jamaica's water resource and its management, there may be someone as knowledgeable, but no one more so, than Basil Fernandez. Indeed, his respect as a hydrologist is international.That's another reason why Prime...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was never going to be an easy fit; this public campaign by health officials to aggressively champion a reduction in excessive consumption of sugary drinks, and the need of drinks manufacturers of all sizes to maintain viability in the sales of...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I can understand perfectly the emotions that Patria-Kaye Aarons ('119 fails again', Gleaner, April 24, 2018) experienced with that 119 crew. But at her age and stage, she should know not to waste time calling these numbers.I was taking a worker to...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In your editorial of April 16, 2018, it was advocated that, at the end of the present IMF programme, Jamaica should engage in another round of oversight with that institution. The editorial posited that, in the past, improvements achieved in the...

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