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Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:23 AM

On Sunday, July 7, the United States women’s national team (USWNT) won its fourth FIFA World Cup title. Overshadowing their brilliant play has been their battle with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to be paid on the same footing as the...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The social and economic indicators at the end of June point to a deepening of the crisis of governance in the Holness administration. Most worrying was the increase in violent crime in 10 of the 14 parishes. The Government has yet to present a...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:19 AM

“Of the 55 refineries closed in America in the last 10 years, they were all closed for economic reasons ... .” – Peter DeFazio, US congressman The Cabinet appointed the Petrojam Review Committee (PRC) on September 4, 2018. Its terms of reference...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:19 AM

It is no secret that while tourism provides tangible economic benefits for Jamaica, its importance has never been quite understood by the man in the street. Historically, tourism has been viewed as a palette for them versus us, the natives. The...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:19 AM

On July 7, Mark Wignall’s one-sided reporting (presented as ‘opinion’) of a civil suit by National Fuels Limited (NFL) against Total Jamaica Limited (Total) showcased, in my opinion, journalism at its worst. Upon what report was Wignall allegedly...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Last Thursday, those who consider themselves the brightest minds in the PNP decided that a demonstration in Half-Way Tree against what the party saw as the JLP administration’s corrupt governance in many areas was exactly what the nation needed....

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:19 AMOrville Brown - Guest Columnist

I write to contest positions taken by my friend, Delano Franklyn, in his article, ‘Seaga: the good, the bad and the ugly’ ( Sunday Gleaner, June 30, 2019). He suggests (i) that Edward Seaga cannot be a hero because he was disliked by the people,...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

With a little over 700,000 children up to age 18 living in our country, and with a superministry and a host of other governmental agencies, one would think that the state of the Jamaican child population would be satisfactory. The opposite is true...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

“The higher risk profile of the refinery arises from its greater operational complexity, the significant challenge involved in increasing plant utilisation from the historic levels of ~63 per cent to the projected utilisation rate of 78 per cent,...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Currently, Jamaica gets high favourability rating from the IMF and the World Bank. Captains of industry are bullish, and, so too, are the prime minister and the minister of finance. Yet the economy performs below expectations. We are not...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM

At the heart of the global capitalist project is the notion that competition is a necessary condition to drive efficiency and innovation in order for the system to transform itself. Those who pay close attention to the process of global capital...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Government, through the foreign affairs minister, finally conceded that it could’ve better approached the way it abdicated Jamaica’s responsibilities for Jamaican citizens accused of drug running on the high seas. Ya think? She said: “ I think we...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:12 AM

A disturbing legacy of the history of slavery and sugar was the publication in Britain in 1774 of a three-volume History of Jamaica by Edward Long, the great-grandson of a man who had once taken on the Crown. Samuel Long was a lieutenant in General...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Jamaica is challenged with perpetual drought in some of our more densely populated areas not because of lack of water, but mainly because the majority of our population is not living near the supply source of our water, hence the necessity to...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Campaigning in St Thomas, Peter Bunting, who has challenged President Peter Phillips for the party’s leadership, was like a man possessed. He was fired up with language, posture, and untamed energy, reminiscent of Michael Manley in the seventies....

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:22 AM

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana came to stay in Jamaica for the weekend. He was entertained at the Seville Great House by the sounds of the Maroon drums and the abeng. He told us that Ghana had named 2019 the ‘Year of Return’ and that Jamaica and...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:21 AM

In 1994 when Eddie Seaga as JLP opposition leader and MP for Kingston Western handed over to then Commissioner of Police Trevor McMillan a list of 13 ‘trouble makers’ in the Tivoli and Denham Town division, nothing was, basically, done to change...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:19 AM

My humble apologies to Mikael Phillips. It appears, contrary to my assertions on Tuesday, that the word ‘reluctancy’ does exist in some language texts such as the Free Dictionary (whatever that is) and the Collins English Dictionary published by...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:18 AMDiane Austin-Broos - Guest Columnist

I write in response to the article by Orville Brown (9/05/19) regarding Edward Seaga, Wills O. Isaacs and garrison political violence in Kingston. My prime concern is to set the record straight regarding Wills Isaacs. He was not the instigator of...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Let us cut to the chase: special economic zones (SEZs) are not for everyone. This was firmly established in my previous article: ‘Is The SEZ For You?’ Answering this question, as you came to learn, was beyond a mere cost-benefit analysis. The key...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

William Shakespeare wrote: “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Jamaicans translated that to say: “Belief kills and belief cures.” Simply put, what you believe creates your reality. In Jamaica, race and religion have always...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The week of June 17, 2019, witnessed the eighth assembly of the Jamaica Diaspora conference. According to the reports in our local newspapers, many conference attendees expressed concerns about the conference being one of “much talk, policy...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

In 2006, on the eve of the vote in a special election to decide the new People’s National Party (PNP) president and prime minister, outgoing PNP president PJ Patterson said that Portia Simpson Miller was not just the hope of the PNP, but “the only...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Philosophers know that everything in this world is relative. Especially “reality”! This is why, for me, the world’s greatest scientific “discovery” is Einstein’s theory of relativity expressed by the simple equation: E = mc2. In that equation, “E”...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:21 AM

I have watched and listened to the debates raging on social media and in real life over the legacy of Edward Seaga. Even in death, this giant of a man polarises his country. Some camps have sought to paint Mr Seaga as the father of political...

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