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Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

And they did it again. Popular lore is that lightning does not strike in the same place twice, but that is just a complete falsehood. In any event, on the brink of the celebrations of the de-paganised festival, Officer Dibble and around 1,000 of his...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:10 AMPaul Golding

The National Identification System (NIDS) bill is likely to become the most revolutionary piece of legislation in the history of Jamaica. It is certainly one of the most ambitious in scope, as it will directly impact every single individual...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If you are the majority shareholder of a large or medium-size company and you are also active in its management directions, are the owner of two or three houses, excluding the one in South Florida, and your family is safe and sound, 2017 would have...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Standing alone against the world like Athanasius contra mundum, and standing astride the bewildered world like Colossus, the government of the United States, led by its strange president, Donald Trump, on December 6, a truly historic day, has "...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

My departed colleague Ian Boyne would, in his usually unflappable demeanour, perhaps shake his head and wag his finger over my mischievous commentaries, which for some, border on blasphemy. Appearing on Profile was never one of my goals. However,...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In each of the last two months, The Gleaner has carried an editorial on the Jamaica's high murder toll, which is expected to exceed 1,600 in 2017. This is the highest in the last seven years.The editorials have been focused on what it calls anarchy...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Christmas Eve is the best time to get together with God and contemplate His works just before the day man designates as His only begotten son's birthday.I've tried to teach you the purpose of this mundane life, which is, through experience, to Be...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When Bob Marley wrote and sang, for all the world to hear, Trench Town Rock and Concrete Jungle, depicting life, and its evolution, in the inner city, was it his genius that provided him insight that one day, these songs could become a liberating...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When my wife and I got married, we were given a dog who I called Cholmondley (pronounced Chumley). The name was one of those peculiar English surnames like, for instance, Featherstonhaugh, which is pronounced Fanshawe. Slavery and sugar have given...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:14 AM

I am encouraged that discussions of a truth commission for Jamaica have been placed back on the national agenda.The title of this article is also the title of research conducted by this author in collaboration with the Truth and...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:05 AM

Last weekend, I spent a few days in the lovely but awfully congested town of Ocho Rios. Chupski and I were there for rest, relaxation, and everything that fitted in-between.Leaving from a private residence in the town's western end, we headed out on...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Stephen Francis, OJ, who coached the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson with tremendous success, has a famous quote: "In Jamaica, experts grow on trees." This came to mind as I listened to the debate on the National Identification...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The name of Lowell Hawthorne has been indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of Jamaicans of all walks of life in Jamaica, the United States and the diaspora, as the young man who climbed an amazing ladder of success and conquered every business...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 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...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

November each year is recognised as Drug Awareness Month when the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) highlights its delivery of research-driven public education, prevention and treatment programmes in pursuit of its vision to reduce the use and...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Syria, allegedly to discuss a final peace settlement in the Syrian civil war. On Monday, he was in Syria to announce a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This week's hot topic is Government's 'apology' read by Andrew Holness in Parliament regarding the May 2010 'Tivoli incursion'.The Rev Ronald Thwaites, halo firmly affixed and voice at least an octave above usual, bemoaned the inadequacy of the '...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"Firemen strike ... up to the police dem too ... wooooiii ... oh oh ... ." The year was 1968 and the Ethiopians released the song Everything Crash. It was unthinkable that members of the constabulary should withdraw their labour and thus breach...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is a great time to rerun the essence of '72 hours to a safer Jamaica', a column I first published on October 11, 2015, and from which I have subsequently drawn points in other crime columns in grim recurring commentary. You have to keep telling...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Christmas was much simpler when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s.In the evenings, sometimes we would drive around to observe the Christmas trees in the homes. Of course, not every household could afford a Christmas tree, but whoever could...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:57 AMArnold Bertram

In 1934, Osmond Theodore Fairclough (1904-1970) returned to Jamaica, only to find that 100 years after The Emancipation Act, the racist society created by plantation slavery was alive and well. Fairclough, a black man, after graduating from Calabar...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:19 AMPaul Golding

"Jah-Jah city, Jah-Jah town, dem waan fi turn it in a cowbwoy town now ... (You look, you will know). Jah-Jah city, Jah-Jah town, dem waan fi turn it in a dead man town, y'all." (Capleton et al) This has not been a good year for the...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

By and large, cliches are lazy, mindless, foolish generalisations created as a refuge for the thoughtless.However, some cliches have worth. At the top of my very shortlist is 'a leopard never changes his spots'. If only we'd understand and accept...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

First of all, thanks to Professor Carolyn Cooper for her close attention to, and care for, the sugar industry here in Jamaica with an article addressing myself and our deputy CEO titled 'Dear George Hong Guo and Liu Chauyo' in The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Just over a week ago, the Redemption Song monument in Emancipation Park was painted with marine paint. This was set in motion by an attempt to resolve the issues of calcium build-up on the fingers of the bronze sculptures and on the walls of the...

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