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Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), from reports received, is set to roll out a new system of identifying voters in polling stations in select constituencies in the upcoming general election. This, to my mind, although long overdue, is...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Somehow I have foolishly inserted myself into this whole Patois in schools debate. Of all the people I could have picked an argument with in life, I chose the ones who study the power of words for a living. I, therefore, have no choice but to tek...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:31 AM

One has only to move among people at street level to know where they are politically. As long as one can ensure that the views of both political bubbles are taken into consideration, in Jamaica right now one can taste the bare singe of the burn on...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

I am using as my point of departure two articles published recently in The Gleaner. One was an editorial titled ‘Resurgent Financial Conglomerates, But …’ and the other written by Ronald Thwaites, ‘Chang’s Dilemma’. I am making the assertion that...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

An analysis of our Food Import Bill reveals that the major imports of plant based food include: n Cereal – wheat, rice, and corn, both as raw material for processing into consumer-ready products as well as finished products; n Food preparations,...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

I am illiterate in Patois. There. I said it. I cannot read or write standard Patois. Don’t get me wrong, I can speak it fluently, but I struggle to read proper Patois spelling and wouldn’t even dare take on the challenge of writing it. But since...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Keith Duncan, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and chairman of JMMB, is a stout defender of the government’s achievements in the area of macroeconomic stability. Over the Christmas holiday, he decided to expand his...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

For years, they have ruled the roost. Gunmen who have gained the support of their communities based on a number of factors and who have been labelled as dons. The first thing is, as much as they are reviled and made evil by police reports on...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMColin Gyles - Guest Columnist

Applying scientific principles can help in solving the crime problem. If we target murders as a critical action for reduction, the other crimes will follow and, likewise, will be reduced. The focus, therefore, should be targeted to stop murders....

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Beware of the half-truth! You may have got hold of the wrong half. Anyone listening to pronouncements made recently by the Ministry of Tourism would say that Jamaica is doing phenomenally well in cruise shipping. This is not so. The Government...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“It was the best of times, It was the worst of times!” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities ‘Dumpster diving’ is a sad reality for many Americans who are part of the 50 million people who are not able to find a daily meal, therefore,...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Interesting days are ahead in 2020, with Guyana scheduled to have general election on March 2. Now an oil-rich country, the stakes are high as to which party will lead the country into this new phase of its development. Most Jamaicans are also...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The lessening of tribal divisions that defined PNP and JLP politics of the 1970s has been one of the quiet success stories in Jamaica. If Pearnel Charles Sr, Speaker of the House, is to be believed, that is the only success story in our politics....

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

It’s likely that politics in general and general elections in particular will dominate early 2020 public discussion. I hope discussions are more visionary than tribal; more constructive than destructive; and oriented more towards solutions than...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

With the murder rate having gone up last year, it is evident that the country’s desperate crime-fighting efforts have not borne much fruit. Over time, with the crime situation worsening, all and sundry have posited some idea or another as the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“Religion is the greatest source of evil in the world. More wars have been fought and more blood has been shed in the name of God than for any other cause.” (Many sceptics, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, et al) If you are a Christian and...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Final excerpt from Conflict of Identity From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa . I painstakingly explored two key areas – family-sex and religion – two of the institutions most disfigured by the past. I have...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We can call it the paradox that is Jamaica or the little island of extremes that capture and display the best of us with the worst of us. How can that be? The Gleaner’s Thursday, December 19, 2019, front page said it all in juxtaposing the beauty...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We’re approaching 2020 with Government’s New Year’s Resolution being to call general elections. I’m not expecting a first-quarter election. First, no responsible government should call an election shortly before Budget is due. This would be unfair...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In a few days, 2020 will come around and many Jamaicans will greet each other and give thanks that they made it to see another year. Overall, I do not think that we will change our priorities in any radical way. The elderly, and especially the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In my last article, the food import bill for 2018 was examined and it was established that the largest chunk of imports represented food products of animal origin – some 30 per cent. It was further established that the case for replacing our beef...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The following is an edited version of a presentation made at the Association of Fraud Examiners (Jamaica Chapter) on November 15, 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. T HE WORLD SITUATION: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), in...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“I want you to know that I am a man Who fight for the right, not for the wrong… Helping the weak against the strong… And … If you trouble this man It will bring a bam bam … Bam bam, what a bam bam!” – Toots...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As we rapidly approach Jesus’ official birthday, Christians are filled with warm sentiments expressed by Herald Angels upon His birth “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14). Some insert the word ‘all’...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Were I a lawyer operating in Jamaica, at some stage, I would have to face up to the convenient similarities I could claim to myself and a small but busy wholesale establishment located on the edge of an inner-city pocket. Like the wholesale...

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