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Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Having the power to do something is not the same as having the right or authority to do so. Someone needs to advise the main players in our educational institutions that simply because they are in charge, it doesn’t mean that they can do as they...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:18 AMAnthony Gambrill - Contributor

When do you know you are old? I expect every one of us will reach that conclusion at a different age. Some will associate reaching old age when their employment ends at 65 or 70. Others won’t accept that they have reached old age because there are...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:18 AM

If there is one freedom that the rich, the middle class, and the poor enjoy equally, it is sex. But sometimes it seems as if the fates have made it out too crude and comedic in the general sense of humour that governs sex. In my close to 70 years...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:17 AM

How long is the Canadian media going to continue skimming the surface issue of blackface without plumbing the depths of the real story of anti-black racism, race and colour prejudice, black Canadians, and white privilege in what is supposed to be a...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:17 AM

In the face of adverse circumstances, the PNP’s secretariat produced a high-quality conference last weekend. Peter Bunting, architect of much of the adversity, did his best to ensure that conference was all about him, not the PNP. According to The...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:29 AM

After the squeaker of a win in the recent contest between Peter Bunting and Peter Phillips, the president of the PNP, home by political fate than by triumph, waded into the Noranda Bauxite issue and came out of it looking as if he had been in need...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The following is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness. We write to express the concern that Jamaica Conservation Partners (JCP) has regarding the potential issuance of an environmental permit for bauxite mining in the area covered by...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Last weekend, I decided to drive from the north coast through the Cockpit Country to Mandeville, in south-central Jamaica, to celebrate the life of a young friend. After several wrong turns, I picked up the road from Duncans in Trelawny to Clark’s...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Education affects everything and everyone. If conceived well and implemented properly, with emphasis on equalising options and opportunities in the society, it can improve learning across all classes and be a significant driver of economic growth....

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:17 AM

So, states of emergency (SOEs) are once more hot topics. I’ve repeatedly characterised recently declared SOEs as panic-stricken, knee-jerk reactions to long-time, steadily escalating murder rates (no ‘emergency’ there) likely to fail. I take no...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:26 AM

My doctor recently explained to me that tachyphylaxis is the rapidly diminishing response to successive doses of a drug, rendering it less effective. It immediately struck me that the states of emergency (SOEs) have met a similar fate. In St James...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:25 AM

That we are an island drowning in garbage is no secret. Ad hoc dumps have sprung up at almost every corner. And where skips do exist in public spaces, they are most often overflowing. It is not uncommon to see untended heaps of garbage on...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Last Sunday’s Gleaner carried a poignant but telling cartoon by Las May ­depicting a beautiful building with imposing columns conveying strength. The building was flattened to the ground as if hit by a hurricane. An inquiring onlooker, seeing the...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

It was a moment of nervousness for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), not just because armed suspects were adding to the crime statistics. Rather, it was because a well-spoken senior officer was once again at the public mic and, more so, he...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Our nursing stock is being depleted by the constant recruitment by hospitals in North America and England. Before you accuse the nurses of being unpatriotic for their mass migration, consider that most of them are not paid a living wage after years...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of national icon Louise Bennett-Coverley are now in full swing. On cue, dolls, dignitaries, and dancers appear at each of the official events swathed in bandanna. This reddish plaid madras...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

During the frenetic week leading up to the recent PNP leadership election, I heard former general secretary Paul Burke deliver an expansive lecture on democratic socialism and its alleged tenets to Cliff Hughes. I was disappointed when Cliff, whose...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Small businesses have a unique and critical role in Jamaica’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime. The SEZs in Jamaica may not be for everyone, as I established in a previous article, ‘Is the SEZ for you?’. However, what I failed to mention, but...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Years ago, I wrote that hurricanes are formed west of the African coast and followed the path of the slave ships all the way up into the New World. It is not coincidence, rather, it is simply basic meteorology, where the 16th-century navigators...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Based on media reports (I stopped watching West Indies play Test cricket years ago), Jason Holder trotted out his standard template during a post-match interview after losing the second Test match against India last week: “Obviously we are...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The need for a stakeholder body such as the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) to monitor and report on the fiscal, economic, and monetary indicators without the influence of political control or bureaucratic self-interest has proven to...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Tobacco was brought to Jamaica by the Taino Indians from South America. It is said that two of Columbus’ sailors came across natives in Cuba rolling the leaves of maize or corn, burning and inhaling it. Not quite, it was tobacco leaves, and the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Confidence Is so important to add belief to a country’s sense of what is possible, as well as add credibility to the conviction - “ain’t no stopping us now, we are on the move, we are in a groove”. Such sentiment and upbeat language capture the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

On September 7 when the contest to elect the president of the PNP is held at the National Arena, delegates of the PNP will speak. But while they are at it, they may also speak back to those who have dared to speak for them. Nationwide News Network...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:15 AM

It’s time to provide those interested with an independent, incisive analysis of the PNP leadership contest. Previously, Jamaica has been fed with a steady diet of hype in national media; irrelevant polls; Comrades keeping JLP recorders hyperactive...

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