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Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:09 AM

As we look around the globe at the impact of the pandemic, one thing is clear: we are all in the same storm even if we aren’t all in the same boat. While more affluent nations are now rolling out second vaccine doses, health workers across the...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Behind me on a wall in the small bar is a sign prominently displaying, ‘We do not sell illegal cigarettes. It is an offence.’ I happen to know that about 90 per cent of cigarettes sold there and in other bars and shops are illegal. Which just about...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Climate change has become a phrase that has been trending over the last five-10 years, but the problem has existed for far too long. It is for good reasons that climate change should be taken seriously, and we should try our best to mitigate the...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Today, epidemic levels of crime have positioned Jamaica as the most murderous country in our hemisphere in 2020 in a context where violence and abusive behaviours seem to have become acceptable norms. This epidemic has also contributed to the...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to Africa shows how France has continued a politique de grandeur in which a country in perpetual decline pretends to be a Great Power. As former French president, François Mitterrand, had noted in 1957: “Without...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:08 AM

When I decided to run for president of the People’s National Party, I did so knowing that the job of uniting and energising our movement would not be easy. I understood then that mending fences and building bridges would mean real work for every...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:07 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversations, Honorary President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Patrick Robinson (PR), talks to Verene Shepherd (VS) about a virtual symposium he convened on May 20-21, 2021. VS: Honourary...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Wednesday June 2, 2021, was an important day for all of us Jamaicans concerned with the decline in trust and confidence in our democratic institutions and desirous of strengthening Jamaica’s democracy. On that day, the Office of the Political...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Just before a devastating 1692 earthquake made two-thirds of Port Royal disappear beneath the sea, the town was said to the wickedest place in the world, which probably meant that law and order was either absent or complicit with the most...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Today, many people are talking about ‘smart cities’ in the world. In fact, pilot projects are going on in some places while in advanced regions concrete projects are being implemented. As Japan has tackled smart-city development for more than 10...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a profound shock to the Jamaican society and economy. There is no question that while health workers have been on the front lines responding to the pandemic, families are managing the repercussions on the home front...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:09 AM

African-American, Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe’s US$20 million adaptation of the black playwright, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, won Chadwick Boseman a posthumous Golden Globe, but failed to win either him nor the equally...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Our recent silence on the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming a loud, booming sound resonating within many of us. Quiet but palpable! Unpalatable and frustrating, but seemingly unbreachable. It is a deep pain that resonates with many who belong to the...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Mental Health has been a heavily discussed topic in Jamaica these past few months. Even our own Miss Universe Jamaica 2021, Miqueal-Symone Williams, has based her advocacy on mental health and its effects on children and teenagers. We have seen...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:06 AM

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) has mental health as a primary focus area for research and implementing programmes. Contrary to popular belief, Caribbean nationals were battling several issues...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:06 AM

If you are entirely honest with yourself you would know that the modern male of the human species is not that far removed from his primal self. To the extent that his earliest part of him expressing his manhood was him physically encroaching...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMClifton Yap - Guest Columnist

The United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which started on May 17, has as its theme #Streets for Life, and in their open letter, the UN states that “Low speed, liveable streets are essential and urgent”. Their message is that “Streets for Life”...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:13 AM

My colleague and friend, Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, wrote an excellent article published in The Gleaner on May 20: ‘(W)right time to rethink representation’. Rosalea pointed out that “the people’s voice has been expressed on the infamous, brutal...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:12 AM

In 1993, a gardener killed the lady who employed him, Jennifer Cox, a senior executive at a large insurance firm in Jamaica. He also hacked to death two ancillary workers employed to the household. About 20 years before that there was also another...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The Gleaner’s May 14 editorial addressed sympathetically ‘Restrictive Covenants’, yet I raise as somewhat unfortunate the Financial Gleaner of May 7 headlined “Lagoons loses first round in beachfront stand-off”. Is this case a financial matter? Is...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:09 AM

I n this issue of Reparation Conversations, a collaboration between The Gleaner and the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies, Alex Renton (AR), whose ancestors were enslavers in Jamaica and Tobago, talks to...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Israel, after 11 days of consistently bombing the people of Gaza, resulting in the death of 233 Palestinians, has finally heeded the call by Egypt for a cease-fire. Egypt being one of the very few countries whose leadership has direct access to...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:05 AM

If we look at Jamaica’s evolution as a nation, we will see that the formation of the political parties and their style of personality-driven leadership mimicked the power games of the colonial experience. Since Jamaica attained its political...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Wherever you were last Monday, I’ll take a solid bet that at some stage of that day, you were glued to news that the police had intercepted gunmen fleeing a scene of crime and gunned them down. You also would have been aware that it required a...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Jamaica’s drive to achieve developed country status over the next decade will be a major challenge, further complicated by the struggle to protect businesses and livelihoods in the aftermath of a global health threat. Despite the setbacks caused by...

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