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Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Comrade Ralph Gonsalves, can't see what some people are getting worked up about regarding Venezuela. "There is no mayhem or a humanitarian crisis of an extraordinary kind that justifies any...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) takes note of the article ('Bloated NWC is bankrupt of ideas') published on May 4, 2017, in reference to the presentation by former minister of state in the then Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It was my friend and colleague the late journalist Carl Wint who, in a fit of despairing exasperation at the escalating corruption and crime, once called for "one God Almighty earthquake".Carl would know. Things were getting worse. Several years...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

At one far end of Molynes Road, two Saturdays ago, at about 11:45 p.m., 38-year-old Shays drew in the heavy door, locked the grille, and walked the 50 metres to the gas station where she hoped to grab a cab to make her way home. She had been...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

So this is the little banana republic in the Third World, where our head of government can whimsically fire the head of our national police, especially when there are allegations that his agents are investigating matters that may incriminate him or...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The prime minister used the occasion of his belated induction to UWI's Wall of Honour to talk about the cost of university education.This was followed by a very thoughtful column on the issue by Bruce Golding ('Accessing university education',...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Since 2000, a number of changes have been implemented to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the education system as the country prepares its citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Significant to this process was the Bruce...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

At the root of 15 acres of Mombasa grass on a government minister's dairy farm are important issues of governance. Grass for cows has become fodder for public debate. We need to move the discussion beyond Minister Samuda's integrity and dig deep...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It was no hurricane or tropical storm, but the damage done by the recent rains has already been estimated at nearly $1 billion. This in a country that has large social deficits and a burning need for an economic stimulus.Our attention has...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A university education is an expensive investment. Tuition fees alone at the five universities in Jamaica range between $800,000 and $1.3 million for the full duration of a first-degree course. It is the most expensive investment, other than...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:51 AMIan Boyne

The Gleaner’s focus on corruption beginning today will, predictably, concentrate on legislation, regulations, systems, processes and institutional reform. All of that is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in dealing with corruption in...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Lawyers are their own worst enemies. Except, perhaps, for Booklist Boyne, who converted a simple difference in perspective between two of my favourite ladies, columnist Patria-Kaye Aarons and advocate Valerie Neita-Robertson, AND a well-deserved...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

All governments are involved in the provision of goods and services. There is no reason why some of these should be produced by public enterprises because market forces on their own would provide them. Others, however, need the government if they...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMDensil Williams

Once again, the debate on the financing of tertiary education is being put back on the agenda for public discourse. As expected, a flurry of articles has emerged, providing different views on the subject. However, what is not always clear is the...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This has been a busy time for education. There was Teachers' Day last Wednesday when teachers could forget their troubles and dance and be pampered and recognised for a day.The day before was Read Across Jamaica Day, an annual event that seeks to...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Today is Mother's Day, and maybe because I am not saying it in French, "Sauce bonne pour l'oie, est bonne pour le jars," we overlook the very common maxim, "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."In essence, this means that everyone is...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The day has come at last. I was thinking that it might never have happened after so many years of speaking and writing about the critical need for government to take over the basic-school system so that it could handle the transformation of these...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last Wednesday at his induction into the UWI's Roll of Honour, Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for a public discussion on the funding of university education. This came against the background of the Government's recent decision to provide...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I DO try to reply to every reader who takes the time to send emails. One committed reader keeps complaining bitterly that I’m inconsiderate of my small readership base and in danger of losing it. His latest entreaty deserves reproduction: “Gordon:...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Frank Phipps and Valerie Neita-Robertson, as two of the country's most senior and respected lawyers, sent precisely the wrong signals last week when they shot off their reflexive, glandular and unreasoned letters to the editor in response to...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We should be going to bed tonight with Emmanuel Macron elected as the next president of the Fifth French Republic. If the pollsters and pundits turn out to be right. But then there was the Trump election in the United States and Brexit in the United...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The best deterrent to criminal behaviour is the certainty of detection and punishment. This goes for every Jack man and Jenny woman in the society.Commissioner of Police George Quallo, with his voice matching his name as he struggled to fight off a...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

With hardly enough time to sleep following her engagement with carnival last Sunday, music promoter and Minister of Culture Olivia 'Babsy' Grange dashed off a press release on Monday morning to express her "concern and regret" over law enforcement...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Effective education, training, and appropriate values are the only foundations of advancement for the people of Central Kingston and the majority underclass of Jamaica's population.That two-thirds of our school leavers cannot matriculate to the...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts of Professor Trevor Munroe's address to the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Conference.Corruption is not Third World phenomenon. In 2008, more than 100 United...

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