Sun | Dec 9, 2018

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Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Whatever else may be the achievements of Audley Shaw, he did a great service for Jamaica during the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) long years in Opposition when he was the party's shadow finance minister and chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Days after the celebration of National Heritage Week, it is appropriate to focus on those aspects of our culture that give us our Jamaican identity, which make us feel comfortable in our Jamaican skin. Our Jamaican language is definitely part of our...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner editorial of October 15, 2018, titled 'Tax reform back on agenda', referencing comments made by University of the West Indies economist Damien King, quoted tax revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) at 24%. This is not...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Calabar Theological College celebrates 175 years, and on Sunday, Karen Kirlew, first female president of the Jamaica Baptist Union, delivered the 15th annual George Liele lecture at the famed Calabar High School Chapel to mark this historic...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, there was a landmark case in the United Kingdom (UK) under the aegis of an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), wherein a foreign national who had reportedly spent in excess of £16 million in Harrods department store over a 10-year period was...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's a given that people are drawn to investment schemes where the risks seem low and the rewards high. It's a psychology made for shysters, who play on the presumption of people's greed.Even in legitimate operations, promoters often play to the...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

CEO of Jamaica Teas, John Mahfood, like successful businessmen of his calibre, does have options, many more than we do. He could, I suppose, concentrate directly on his business, see the bottom line as everything with nothing else mattering, and...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), really did send a hit team to Turkey to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, what will happen next? Perhaps history...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We confess to sorrow and a sense of loss over the Craig Butler-Leon Bailey affair. For there is the unwisdom of young Mr Bailey and, worse, at the cynical wilfulness of those who, in the end, may coax him to moral perdition, unsaved by his...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There will be several activities at the University of the West Indies (UWI) this week to review and analyse the circumstances under which Walter Rodney, a prominent Guyanese historian, political activist and academic, was declared persona non grata...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On October 15, 1968, Dr Walter Rodney was declared persona non grata by Jamaica and not allowed to leave the plane that had brought him back from a conference in Canada. Opinions on this issue varied then and vary still today.Any analysis, at least...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:11 AM

Damien King, the University of the West Indies (UWI) economist, has, as reported by this newspaper, suggested that an old complaint of Jamaican policymakers, which the Holness administration suggested it was on its way to fixing, remains alive and...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have a word of advice for the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Well, four words, really.Leave Leon Bailey alone. Let him pursue his worldwide commercial interests to his heart's content. Don't invite him to join the Reggae Boyz. Ever. Again. I...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two non-Jamaican writers have made statements that still have an impact on my mind. Concerning the drug epidemic in the USA decades ago, Dr A.E. Wilder-Smith, a Christian academic, said the root cause is not so much the physical availability of...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:43 AM

Since this is the time when we try to remember our national heroes and bestow honours on worthy Jamaicans, I thought I would remember the late Carmen Verity who, for me, epitomised many of the qualities of real Jamaican heroism. Carmen Lawrence...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:42 AM

National Heroes Day is a time to remember and pay homage to our national heroes. It is also the day that we openly acknowledge those among us who have earned national honours and awards. A hero is defined as “a person who is admired for their...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:25 AM

This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Trench Town is the community from which emerged Jamaica's most influential popular music group, The Wailers, including Bob Marley, who is numbered among Jamaica's greatest sons, and...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:17 AM

Elva Ruddock was my friend. After getting involved in comedy, it was inevitable that our paths would cross. I recall my first time on stage at a comedy show. It was 2005 at the Christmas Comedy Cookup at Backyaad on Constant Spring Road. Owen...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a television interview last week, Audley Deidrick, CEO of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), said that while he operates in the public sector, he fully embraced the centrality of private businesses to the economy. Private firms drive...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Walter Rodney came from Guyana to Jamaica in 1960 to study history at The University of the West Indies, Mona. He graduated with first-class honours in 1963. He then went to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A Jamaican man once admitted that his socialisation had led him to see non-consensual sex as a norm. He learned that 'no' means 'no' only after he attended a gender sensitivity workshop as part of his professional training.Many persons, male and...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The GDP is finally looking up, scamming might be on the wane, and the top two per cent and their children are even reconsidering if they should emigrate to the US, as long as they can afford a new Audi. Thanks to the so-called disruptors, innovation...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The case of Jamal Khashoggi highlights the growing impunity with which the ruling Saudis conduct their business, including, it appears, the brazen murder of their critics. But it should also be further warning that with the moral licence afforded by...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMThe Gleaner's long-standing and enviable tradition of incisive editorials on matters of national interest, was evidenced on Monday, October 8, 2018, in which it postulated 'Broadening the NHT debate'.

The Gleaner's long-standing and enviable tradition of incisive editorials on matters of national interest, was evidenced on Monday, October 8, 2018, in which it postulated 'Broadening the NHT debate'...

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:10 AM

The focus on public-private partnerships (PPPs), as articulated by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has taken another step in the ongoing efforts to bridge Jamaica's infrastructure gap.Infrastructure deficit, being the difference between what a...

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