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Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I first heard the sound of his trumpet one morning. He was blowing it on Waterloo Road near the intersection with West Kings House Road.The crisp notes piercing the air, so that it could still be heard above the din of that early-morning traffic....

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I hope that the prime minister has learnt by now that no matterhow much he tries to appease human-rights fundamentalists; no matter how much he uses their jargon and exercisesthe utmost political correctness and goes further and actually builds in...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

I can't believe I eventually gave in.I promised myself I wouldn't do it, no matter how often I was lured. With so many legal, moral and common-sense obstacles, I'd be embarrassed to surrender to temptation. Eventually, I couldn't take it any more,...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Mr Speaker, the first duty of government is to protect, preserve, and promote life. All other rights follow from the 'right to life.'" - Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Budget Debate 2017.I'm glad I am alive to hear a prime minister say this and not...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

"What's even more disgusting is that politicians won't even try. Jamaica's last two governments were criticised for oversize Cabinets. Instead of using the first opportunity to set a different tone, this JLP government appointed 18 ministers (many '...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AMMawuena Logan

Had he lived, Peter Abrahams would have celebrated his 98th birthday on March 19, 2017. While he is best known for his journalism and radio commentaries on RJR, he has left behind a considerable legacy in novels. Peter Henry Abrahams was born on...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The prestigious Caribbean School of Architecture (CSA) in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology, Jamaica, has been mentioned repeatedly in a spate of Gleaner articles concerning the future of its graduates.As the only...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Imagine, if you may, three fanciful scenarios in the Jamaican context. The first involves a judge of the Supreme Court. The second involves the DPP. And the third has the contractor general featured. All three of the individuals now find themselves...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AMLuis Almagro

We cannot continue to look away. Today, while you read these lines, in a South American country of more than 30 million people, there is a dictatorship.Its government - in violation of its own constitution - does not allow the people to vote (it...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The Molesworth family originated in the mid-England county of Northamptonshire, but after John Molesworth was appointed auditor general by Queen Elizabeth, it moved to Cornwall and acquired a substantial property near Bodmin called Pencarrow. It was...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:30 AMAndre Hylton

It is often said that success has many parents and failure is an orphan.  There is no truer phrase to describe what is now happening in August Town, where there were no murders last year, and three so far this year. It appears that those who...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:06 AMBruce Golding

The application for a Supreme Court injunction to bar the tabling of a report to Parliament from the contractor general raises serious constitutional questions and should be watched carefully.The contractor general had already submitted his report...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

With the death of Derek Walcott last Friday, the West Indies and the world have lost a poetic giant.I first met Walcott at the wedding of one of John Figueroa's daughter's. Dressed in a white sharkskin suit, he was sprawled in a lounge chair under a...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Over the past two weeks or so, there has been much criticism, scepticism and general lack of understanding about the aims and objectives of the #TambourineArmy. Much of this lack of understanding was displayed on social media, particularly Twitter....

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Audley Shaw has had a difficult week between the opening and the closing of the useless Budget Debate. Serves him right. There are better ways to proceed with the annual Budget.Nobody likes taxes, old or new. When the disorganised poor are...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

"No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated."- Nelson Mandela Former prime minister of Jamaica Edward Seaga often said, "No poor country is educated, and no educated country is poor."No matter how it is described, leaders across...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

As usual, when Jamaicans have a conversation about sex, it all goes sideways.The current debate on the definition of 'rape' and age of 'consent' has majored in the minor (pun intended). The word 'rape' has its roots (Latin 'rapere') in 15th-century...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

At its best, party politics is about the formation of viable bodies to advance the social and economic direction of a country, motions that tend to happen in Jamaica more as the exception thanthe rule.At its worst, party politics is akin to the...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The seasoned warrior of the working class had to fight for her place in the Budget speaking line-up as some of her own Comrades were lobbying for her to tek weh herself and yield to Peter Phillips to make his grand appearance in this Budget Debate...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

A strong America is indispensable to global peace and a weak America. I was never sure about what now President Donald Trump meant about making America great again. However, the issue of his country's national security is not a business deal that,...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Nobody likes taxes. It's reflexive to howl and wail over any new taxes and, especially if you are a commentator, it's hard to resist being apocalyptic. The sky must be falling with this $13-billion-plus tax package of Finance Minister Audley Shaw....

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Among the things we outsiders learned about prime minister-cum-Gleaner editor Andrew Holness from his paper on Thursday, March 2, was that he is working like a beast. Working, working, working like his Mama P before she disowned him for bad...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Jamaican popular music provides more internationally frequent brand exposure for the island than its powerful athletic teams that make global appearances only from time to time. The value of this brand is enormous and must be protected. Of course,...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

"Why does it seem that so many programmes are geared towards women and girls and none towards men and boys in Jamaica when that is where the real problem lies?" said a girlfriend of mine recently. I went on to explain that in fundamental areas,...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Sometimes I wonder if we appreciate how much tax we actually pay and for what collective or personal benefit.PAYE workers pay 25% (30% on earnings over $6m/annum) of taxable salary. What we can sometimes overlook - unless we carefully review our...

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