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Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:14 AM

The charitable characterisation of Ruel Reid's report of last month on results of the mock exams by students preparing for the new Primary Exit Profile (PEP) is to say that the education minister was disingenuous. Otherwise, we'd be forced to...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Andrew Wheatley's name stays on the Centre For Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, according to Professor Fritz Pinnock, president of the Caribbean Maritime University. He defended the naming and the name remaining, because Wheatley 'did...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Taxi drivers. Don't we love to hate them. There's no more detestable a group of lowlifes (apologies to the token good ones) who cause your blood to boil, nostrils to flare, and eyebrows to furrow.They create a middle lane that you didn't know...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In May of this year, six months before the 41-year-old accountant in the civil service, Kirmani Linton, was shot dead, he reached an unpleasant end to a five-year relationship. "Towards the end of the relationship, it was more like a feud every day...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It passed Jamaica by without acknowledgement, official or otherwise. But Monday was World Toilet Day, marked annually by the United Nations (UN) since 2013, to focus attention on one of the world's enduring problems, the global crisis of toilets -...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMKahmile Reid/Guest Columnist

You'd recall the old cliche, "In life, if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." It is true for people, but is it also true for brands? Should companies engage in the risk strategy of 'brand-standing'? In this context, brand...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMSelim Jahan/Guest Columnist

The lack of women's empowerment is a critical form of inequality. And while there are many barriers to empowerment, violence against women and girls (VAW) is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality.Estimates by the World Health...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:05 AM

We can't claim to have clarity on what the position of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and, by extension, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is on a specific allegation that one of the church's pastors may have incited, or come close to inciting...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Gene Autry, The Beast, and I were sitting around idly needing a fourth for dominoes when we heard, in the distance, "If a macca, mek it jook yu!"The Dunce! Autry guided him to the table while the Beast shuffled. First up, I drew double-six, double-...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About a year or two ago, I interviewed a known and respected elder from a St James address. His was a community once riddled with crime and criminals, and in a short space of time, a drastic turnaround was made in the police-reported statistics...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 1:33 AM

Civilised societies today recognise children as belonging to a vulnerable community. They are dependent on adults for nurturing, protection, guidance… for their very survival. They are indeed vulnerable. When children are abused, neglected...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:10 AM

Sometime after his December 10 sentencing, Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown will, in all likelihood, appeal his convictions on the counts of murder, and conspiracy to murder, of which a jury last week determined he was guilty. That's the usual form...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

That was John Maynard Keynes, perhaps the greatest economist of the last century: "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir."This quote was running through my mind last Tuesday as the House of Representatives approved the latest...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Politically polarised individuals take umbrage whenever I criticise the way that the 'legacy roads' projects are being carried out. Critical errors include: suboptimal detours, no dry runs of traffic redeployment, no directional signs on the detour...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's another of the recent revelations about the United States that they be taught a thing or two by Jamaica about the management of elections and maintaining the legitimacy of their democracy.When Jamaica last voted for a government in February...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm remembering back some 25 years ago when Nigel was kind enough to loan me a necktie while we were both in Barbados competing for the Rhodes Scholarship. He, perfectly prepared, grumbled slightly but assisted me, the ill-equipped upstart. So you...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) concludes its annual conference today, and if last week's warm-up at an area get-together was an indication of what's in store, prosperity has arrived and Jamaica has no more pain, no more problems.So bullish were the...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Spice done know seh plenty people nah go like fi ar big chune, Black Hypocrisy. Shi no bizniz. A so it go. Who waan bex, mek dem bex. Hear weh shi seh:"I was told I would reach furtherIf the colour of mi skin was lighterAnd I was...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In response to your editorial 'Is Israeli intelligence the difference?' (Gleaner, November 14, 2018), the reader is led to believe that intelligence gathering in the Jamaica Constabulary Force is suddenly improving based on the number of 'clear-ups...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hardly a week passes without news of another horrific crash somewhere in this country. An average 300 persons have perished in vehicular accidents every year since 2012. Many of the victims are in the prime of their lives, young, productive and full...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Workplace diversity is a topic that has been in vogue for a while. Yet many Jamaican companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation, communicating why diversity is important and finding ways to consistently and...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Travelling throughout Jamaica or at times looking at cricket from Sabina Park on television, I grinned a little every time I saw the sign, "This is TING country." In that context, Ting is a carbonated beverage sold in Jamaica and some other...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:17 AM

If you didn't know better, you might have concluded that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was having another, and personal, shot at litigating the NIDS case, or attempting, from the margins, to influence the ruling of the three judges who heard the...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Not another one." These are the words I whisper to myself when yet another child's face pops up on my screen: missing. Violence against women and children is at an all-time high. Not a day passes without new reports of lost, abused, or murdered...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A pitched battle is raging here in Jamaica. Casualties are mounting, and annually, number in the thousands. Cumulatively, over the last few years, it has been in the tens of thousands. If we allow the merchants of death to have their way, it will be...

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