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Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:38 AM

It had been a routine Thursday for me. I performed surgery, worked at my office, ran a few errands and was on my way home when I got the call. It was one of my female friends, and she was distraught. "Have you seen the headline in THE STAR (...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I was trying to help a small-business person renew her tax compliance certification. We waded through excessive pages of confusing forms. Eventually, she was turned down because the attestation clause had been left undated, inadvertently...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The column by Michael Dingwall (28 March) on the heinous attack on civilians in the United Kingdom casts Russia as a victim at a time when global reaction points to the unacceptable conduct of a state.Has Russophobia gone too far, he asks. Russia...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are many real Christians among us; humble, peaceful, helpful, even sacrificial people who live according to Christian principles by loving God and their fellow man. Sadly, for a lot of others, Christianity does not go deep; it remains as...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Holness administration, we note, has resurrected the idea of developing a town at Bernard Lodge in St Catherine on land that was once better known for the growing of sugar cane and has, in the past, been considered for the production of other...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Michael Manley, the 1970s prime minister, used to complain that Caribbean leaders, with the odd exception, didn't write books. Mr Manley wrote - books on cricket and the politics of development, including reminiscences of his years in government, in...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fighting crime by putting more resources in the hands of the security forces is important, but this must go hand in hand with sustainable economic and socio-cultural development.We spend too much time focusing on crime and we often hear the majority...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I know I'm going to be accused of tribalism for bringing up Carinosa.But it was Mr Seaga's own justification for the naming of the North-South Highway in his honour that provoked the flashback. Seaga is quoted in a Gleaner article published on March...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ask someone from the United States to name my country's connection to Jamaica and you'll probably hear about two things: music and sports. My fellow American music enthusiasts might mention Damian Marley's recent collaboration with Jay-Z, while...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The rearrangement of the executive that took place over last week was more of a Cabinet 'ruffle' than a Cabinet 'shuffle', but it was significant nonetheless. Mr Holness has asserted his complete control, which in earlier times used to be known as '...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Andrew Holness is showing all his naysayers that he is a masterful and astute politician. His political moves over the last three years, including the recent Cabinet reshuffle, which, seemingly, has incited no public brawl within the party (as some...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About 15 years ago, there was a big fundraising function for Courtney Walsh in Jamaica. Fortunately, it was not a 'singles' event. Had it been, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels would not have attended because even then they had serious problem with...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Just like a puff of wind, Rudyard Spencer's crass and partisan remarks about the trough opening up at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) have been forgotten.At first, the country was led to believe that the minister's statement was...

Published:Friday | March 30, 2018 | 6:24 AM

Hilary Beckles, the vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has a creative idea of how Caribbean governments can clear their debts to the university that they own and which their grants account for 46 per cent of annual income.“...

Published:Friday | March 30, 2018 | 5:52 AMGwynne Dyer

Why do they bother?Last week, Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator, got 're-elected' to his fourth six-year term by a 76 per cent majority on a 76 per cent turn-out. This week (March 26-28), the Egytian dictator, former general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi...

Published:Friday | March 30, 2018 | 4:19 AMPeter Espeut

It is in seasons like this that I miss my colleague and foil, Ian Anthony Boyne (1957-2017), who could be relied on to write a column attacking traditional orthodox Christianity for celebrating the Feast of Easter. His argument, following his...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you were a leader in a country where corruption is, or is perceived to be, rife, this past week would probably be unsettling, given what has been happening to colleagues around the world. Public officials in Jamaica may have taken note. But...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two years into a political administration is usually time enough to detract from the sameness, staleness and failures by introducing something fairly dramatic. The Cabinet reshuffle is good political strategy.In the eyes of Prime Minister Holness, a...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Forgiveness is at the heart of the remembrance of the death of Jesus, the Christ, on Good Friday. Jesus died in order to break the dominance of sin in the world and in our lives through the embrace of forgiveness. Sin has marred the systems of the...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Despite the negativity appurtenant to crime, jackass politics, environmental neglect, lunacy on the roads and challenging socio-economic realities, we Jamaicans never seem to bury ourselves in gloom and despair for too long, putting aside our...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some time ago, Dr Alfred Dawes wrote a letter to The Gleaner editor pointing to the fact that low emotional intelligence is responsible for many Jamaicans being so aggressive.Dr Dawes wrote the letter in response to the stone-throwing attack on the...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reporting that, so far, 22 governments have kicked out Russian diplomats out of their countries. These countries are mainly members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - following Britain's...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dear Commissioner of Police Antony Anderson:I am writing on the advice of INDECOM to lodge the following complaint against a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in an effort to seek redress in accordance with the assurances from your office...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Were we cynical, we might have claimed that Prime Minister Andrew Holness shuffled his Cabinet solely to provide a place for Nigel Clarke, but managed the process in such a way as to squeeze good press out of it.So, while it is argued that the...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 1:22 AM

Either Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been woefully inattentive on the INDECOM issue or is afraid to commit the authority of his office on one side or the other, waiting to determine which way the political winds are blowing. That’s not a...

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