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Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Cyaapit Ann has joined her husband in the House of Representatives as the duly elected member of Parliament for Portland East. With Daryl in the West, the Vazes control an entire parish. Cyaapit Ann will quickly learn that unless the prime...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:12 AM

The youngsters at Calabar ought never to feel in any way that they have failed themselves and have slipped into a dark unconsciousness of undisciplined behaviour. In fact, it is their immediate leaders – the school principal, the VP, the school...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:11 AM

While my column is on sports, it is not just about sports. It is about Jamaica’s national treasures, in the form of our young athletes, who give it their all for five days at our stellar sporting event, the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships,...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:14 AMKimberly Seymour-Brown - Guest Columnist

The case for increased development and equitable access to green spaces continues to grow globally. The range of benefits of exposure to green and blue spaces is associated with improved physical and mental health. As Jamaica continues to grapple...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:14 AM

I have sufficient anecdotal ­evidence to comment and make ­suggestions on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), even without the perks of being a Ministry of Education consultant, or better yet, without the fear of being muzzled! Thursday ended the...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Last Friday, I received an invitation to a press conference. It seemed this had to do with the matter of athletes reportedly attacking a teacher at one of our prominent high schools. The first three items listed were: 1. Protesting The Subservience...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:14 AM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) piloted the use of the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS) in one electoral division in the 2003 local government election. The system comprised the following components linked...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Voters in East Portland go the polls on Thursday, dragging the entire country along with them. They will, by and large, vote like how people vote in general elections across Jamaica. Portland Eastern is one of those 32 original constituencies of...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:13 AM

There is much euphoria when Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day comes around, as we unburden our guilt for the neglect of the women in our lives. Earlier this month, it was International Woman’s Day (IWD) and in Jamaica it passed like a damp squid...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:13 AM

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll Once, we were in love with...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Russia’s interest in Afghanistan started in 1885 with its expansionist seizure of an Afghan border fort at Pandjeh. During the Soviet era, Russia intensified fiscal interventions. From 1955-1978, billions in economic/military aid was sent to...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:12 AM

As a political watcher, the recent RJRGLEANER-Don Anderson polls showing Peter Phillips less popular than the PNP can hardly be seen as an ‘I told you so’ moment. Many had already sensed that each time he stepped up to a PNP podium to talk, his...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:18 AM

It was reported in the news recently that fake recruitment information circulating on social media resulted in over 1,500 young people queuing up at the Jamaica Defence Force in Kingston, attired in their best business wear and waiting to be...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Former Minister of Education (and let’s not forget Youth and Information) and former Senator Ruel Reid wants to be back on the job at Jamaica College as principal tomorrow morning. A top-of-career job for which he is eminently suited as a Master...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Since the political meeting in East Portland, presenting the candidate for the upcoming by-election, the media, social media, and street talk have been buzzing away with perspectives on race and politics in Jamaica. Jamaica is one of the strangest...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Within a week of the demand by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, for a full investigation into reports of corrupt practices in the Ministry of Education and its agencies, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the resignation of the...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Well, lookie here! Mumble Bumble gone! Braps! No coddling, no reviews, no hesitation. Some guys, like Topsy Turvy, had better luck. Remember the PM’s “preliminary” statement to Parliament on Petrojam (June 26, 2018) about Topsy Turvy? “On Monday...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has his hands full, and, coming out of the Petrojam scandal and national fiasco, the late-night punch that Education Minister Ruel Reid has currently hurled his way was purely not needed. I thought Ruel Reid was...

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

The Gleaner’s front-page headline, in an affectionate play on words, dubbed Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke ‘Santa Clarke’ essentially capturing his gift-giving Budget. The minister has received rave reviews from analysts, editorials, the Jamaica...

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

Venezuela’s political crisis appears to have heated up, with the world seeing a so-called “humanitarian crisis” on the Colombia-Venezuelan border. A self-styled president, Juan Guaidó, has emerged, backed by America and some Western countries as...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:13 AM

“Thou hast seen nothing yet.” – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Assets Valuation AND UPGRADE PROSPECTS In 2018, the Petrojam oil refinery retained Muse Stancil, a United States consulting firm, to provide fair market value of its assets....

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke should have been invited to the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica’s Research Technology and Innovation Day last Thursday. In both capacities: finance and the public service. But he...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:15 AM

While today, we consider Hope Gardens to be Jamaica’s best-known botanic garden, it probably owes its beginning to a remarkable past reaching back into the late 18th century when a former British naval officer lived at Cold Spring above New Castle...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Not since the 2001 North East St Ann by-election has there been such national attention being paid to ‘country people’ in a race to send either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standard-bearer, Ann-Marie Vaz, or the People’s National Party’s (PNP)...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The 30th Inter-sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Conference ended in St Kitts on the February 27, 2019, with the staging of a press conference. And guess what was the very first question posed to the head table comprising Prime Minister...

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