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Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 12:06 AM

One of dominoes’ key strategies is to keep it tight. You should always try to limit opponents’ options. Say a game proceeds with partner posing double-six; left-hand-opponent (LHO) playing six-five; you, five-four; right-hand opponent (RHO), six-...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 12:06 AM

It ought to have long been obvious that the regulatory oversight of Jamaica’s environment is in crisis and urgently in need of overhaul. Last week’s repudiation by the courts of a 2018 decision by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The Transatlantic slave trade was not an event. It was an ongoing system of brutality and dehumanisation that our African ancestors endured for over 300 years. Unfortunately, when Emancipation was announced in 1838, the torment did not cease....

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:08 AM

The Government, through its spinmeister, Robert Nesta Morgan, continues to engage in strategic ambiguities over the use of Jamaica’s arable land for real estate development, rather than declare an end to, or placing a long-term moratorium on, the...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Mr Bailey, the policeman is right. The bold, murderous multiple killing at Spring Village is “not normal” and must never be normalised in Jamaican culture, no matter how much scar tissue we have developed from the wounds of badman, big-man, state-...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:06 AM

When the brazen and cruel shooting murder of hard-working, mother of two, 31-year-old gas station pump operator Chevelle Lewis happened on Passage Fort Drive, Portmore, it pushed this year’s murder tally to over 1,000. Because there was no obvious...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AM

I was privileged to be a part of a Labour Day project that planted a remarkable 15,100 trees on May 23 in the heart of Discovery Bauxite’s mining area in the hills of St Ann. Discovery Bauxite will now be the new name of the bauxite company...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AM

Over the five months between April and August, foreigners working on Canadian farms under that country’s seasonal employment programme filed more than 2,000 complaints with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the government agency that...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AM

One thing that is almost too taboo to talk about is the amount of money the Government spends on poor relief, especially for the elderly. The Government is expected to spend close to $4 billion on social intervention this year, $1.1 billion of...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AM

He blinks! Just moments ago, a youth brandished a gun and ran. The boy, a 17-year-old with bleached-out face, is trapped in a dead end. Constable Dibble, with the smell of plastic wrap all over him and milk on his mouth, points his weapon on the...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AM

While a football match was being indiscriminately shot up last Sunday, human rights advocates were chastising calls for tougher measures on criminals, from the comfort of their cosy enclaves, far from the whizzing bullets. Recently, I dared to...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

We accept that no Jamaican should be denied access to healthcare because of an inability to pay. Sadly, there are thousands of Jamaicans who cannot afford basic healthcare and have to forego a doctor’s visit or not fill a prescription. These are...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

In Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare made an important point about the death of royalty, “When beggars die there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes”. That was then. This is now. When beggars die, there is...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2022 | 12:06 AM

“Every bullet, every bomb, every shell that hits a target in Ukraine, hits our pockets and our economies in Africa.” Those were the words of the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, at the UN General Assembly on September 21. The Ghanaian president was...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:06 AM

I believe that Jamaicans – politicians and their followers – are monarchists at heart. Why else would we want the annual waste of tens of millions on a ceremonial president? This kind of president would always “act on the advice of the prime...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The colonial education I received was primarily rote and students often got into trouble for raising questions that went against the grain of what we were taught. This goes against the very concept of an educated person as someone who can read,...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 6:48 AM

Its report of the shoddy state of lock-ups in western Jamaica and their poor management by the police again underlines the value of independent, civilian oversight of the constabulary, as well as the underuse of the Police Civilian Oversight...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

IT WOULD have been insensitive for Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in the midst of mourning, to remind King Charles, Jamaica’s recently inherited new sovereign, of the island’s intention of “moving on” from the monarchy. Prince William, the Prince...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The Daily Gleaner recently published an article which spoke to some persons in the public domain having no confidence in the minister of national security and the commissioner of police to address our ever-increasing crime problem. On reflection,...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Last week, I wrote an article decrying the practice of past student associations and other benefactors spending disproportionately on high-school sports, as opposed to supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. As you can imagine, the hate...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 7:19 AM

Things, it seems, have settled at Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland. With the parents having acquiesced, the school’s principal, Emily Lawrence-Ricketts, and her teachers, won’t have to be at the gates, tape measure in hand, checking the...

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2022 | 12:07 AM

Africa is being bullied by America to take the side of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Russia-Ukraine war. This is a war, His Excellency Pope Francis said, “was provoked by NATO barking at Russia’s door”. Except for America’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2022 | 12:06 AM

The inaugural Afri-Caribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2022) was held in Barbados, September 1-3, with the aim of promoting trade and investment between the CARICOM countries and countries of Africa. This forum was organised by the African...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Intergenerational trauma, also referred to as generational, transgenerational or multigenerational trauma, is trauma that is passed from trauma survivors to their descendants. People experiencing this can display symptoms, behavioural patterns and...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2022 | 12:06 AM

On March 25, 2017, Peter Phillips became PNP’s fifth president. Thirteen months earlier, under Portia “Do-I-Look-Like-a-Loser” Simpson-Miller, its most charismatic leader since Michael Manley, PNP suffered a shocking general election loss every...

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