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Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

It must take a lot of gall and other things rhymed with it, to think that one can call a police station and make terrorist threats. Now, although there might be no reason to believe that they will cash in on the threat, the police cannot take any...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Recent pronouncements and the panic surrounding Jamaica overshooting its “target” inflation rate is, frankly, absurd. Overshooting here, which means moving closer to zero, should be welcomed. Most countries, in particular, import and...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaican entertainers are getting a bad deal in our booming tourism industry. It is no secret that a horde of performers have been imported from nearby Spanish-speaking countries to be the main attractions at nightly cabaret shows in some major...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

For more than two and a half decades, the Chinese economy grew at average annual rates of 10 per cent. Students of economics standing by and plotting the curves and the global and political intersections would know that at that rate of amassing new...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Gladstone: Woody, what is it you think is giving the prime minister nightmares? Woodrow: It’s in the newspaper, once you get past the latest Petrojam scandal, Cornwall Hospital update, PEP cover-ups, JIS press releases, corporate donations...

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Everybody knows Jamaica recently voted to approve an OAS resolution "to not recognise the legitimacy of Nicol·s Maduro's new term as of the 10th of January 2019".The resolution tabled against Maduro was proposed by the USA and seconded by Argentina...

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Cecil doesn't remember it, but when he was about 10 years old in 1972, his aunt, who raised him, told him that his mother carried him to her five years before and told her that she had to leave the island in a hurry and she would soon be back.That...

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Since declaring the dengue outbreak on January 3, I have interacted with hundreds of Jamaicans, all of whom are anxious over the disease while being bombarded with news of an increasing number of cases, including the deaths of some of our children....

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Poorly paid they may be, but no public servant in Jamaica is ever likely to go without their little monthly pay cheque. As is the case in the United States right now with a partial shutdown of the federal government which started on December 22 last...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

From the September 18, 2018, issue of Business Insider comes this: "Venezuela's president feasted on expensive steak at a celebrity chef's restaurant on Monday, a scene made striking by the fact that millions of people back home are starving."...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Venezuela is in the throes of economic and political turmoil. Almost all its economic indicators are pointing in the wrong direction, with inflation, a major measure of the health of the economy, standing above one million per cent in 2018. It means...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The recent talks between Prime Minister Holness and me, as well as our respective teams, established the basis for sustained cooperation around a unified national effort in the fight against crime. This is certainly a step in the right direction on...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Now the Government has put its foot down and decided that it is going to end all 'scandals' created by petroleum products. Well, that includes the single-use plastic bags that go by the same name and are notorious for filling up our drains and also...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two days after the Government of Jamaica announced its foregone decision to repossess Venezuela's minority shares in Petrojam, the country joined 18 of 34 OAS member states in a majority vote not to recognise the second-term Maduro government that...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner's editorial of Friday, January 11, 2019, would perhaps have done readers a better public service if the writer had attempted, ahead of the analysis presented, to get a fuller understanding of the funding policy for students up to age 18...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

For more than 10 years, I have strived mightily in these columns to convince you that in this world, nothing is as it appears.My mission has been to show you, proclamations by political, social, religious, and business leaders require careful...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

"No delay! No backing down!" The voice of Vaz, minister in charge of the environment. And very much, too, the voice of vendors. The ban on single-use plastic products rode in with the New Year, but as the minister clearly understands, it's going to...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMYvonne McCalla

Rape is a crime that is often not reported. According to police data, reported rape cases declined from 863 in 2013 to 442 in 2017. However, rape survivor silence raises questions about the data, especially where in an estimated seven out of ten...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Through the 450 systems operated by the National Water Commission (NWC), on average, 180 million gallons of water are produced each day. It costs the NWC $120 per gallon to produce water, which is then sold at $220 per gallon.Only 30 per cent of the...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is currently thrashing about in the throes of political excitement, shouting "Lock them up!" in a knee-jerk reaction to the auditor general's Petrojam report that's as short-sighted as it's wishful.The good news is that Jamaica already owns...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The world economy might be going to hell in a hand basket, but a favourable interpretation of Jamaica's economy could easily instill arrogance in some people. To these patriotic and observant Jamaicans, what is clear is that countries can't stand up...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The frenetic pace of the global news cycle with significant and disruptive important issues like Brexit, the rise of populism, privacy, immigration, the scope and impact of social media, fake news, and trade wars has resulted in the downing out of...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's not just the Christmas break that is holding up that trumpeted meeting of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition over the parliamentary impasse on the continuation of the three states of emergency.Crime is too important an issue...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even the most well-seasoned politician who has seen the underbelly of governmental corruption and knows of its, seemingly, systemic permanence will readily agree that corruption and failed state are partners in the same long waltz.I am not among...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We are mostly Christian and definitely Westernised, so Christmas means the same to us as it does to many others globally. Some of us may want to share more love as the intangible magic of the season pulls us into its joyous fold, but we have to...

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