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Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM

One would be foolish not to acknowledge that in the days leading up to the People's National Party's (PNP) 79th annual conference, all was well with all the factions that had sprung up in the party, especially after the narrow loss to the Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Jamaica, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, was ready and willing to dispatch up to 120 soldiers to Dominica in the immediate aftermath of this week's deadly hurricane to help with the country's rehabilitation.But there was a problem - and...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Memories of the world's oldest person, Violet Moss Brown, are quite pleasant in spite of the negatives that shrouded the last days of her existence. On a visit on March 11, I found her to have immaculate memory in spite of her 117 years. She...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 9:00 AMJumoke Patrick

The February 25, 2016 general election was preceded by several conversations and speeches about the importance of and need for constitutional reform. Hot topics included the removal of the Queen as our Head of State, replacing the Privy Council with...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM

I am struggling to think about how I can influence change in the psyche and behaviour of present-day adults so I can assist with safeguarding the future for my child and other people's children.I recently got a taste of the future and it sat sour in...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Robert Montague has been accused, more than once, of shooting from the hip, but based on the communication chaos in his ministry, we never knew he was struck by a severe case of premature ejaculation. Good thing the St Mary West MP can reach across...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM

We don't know precisely who is at fault. It is, however, increasingly clear that, at least in matters of national security, the Holness administration suffers from a crisis of communication and judgement.There was, for instance, the fiasco over the...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM

On Friday, September 15, an emotion-wrought, politically fraught event took place at the University of the West Indies. The occasion was the launch of a book by Bernard Coard, former deputy prime minister of Grenada, called The Grenada Revolution:...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:09 AM

When Jamaica's Kamina Johnson Smith and her Caribbean counterparts join fellow Commonwealth foreign ministers on the margins of the UN General Assembly this week, we expect that they will propose a radical adjustment to the agenda to accommodate an...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Anyone who got a copy of The Sunday Gleaner of September 17 would share the range of emotions experienced by the mother of that female student who nearly succeeded in a suicide attempt when she was no longer able to deal with bullying by what I call...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AM

In 1999, the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) replaced the Common Entrance Exam. Because science and social studies had previously been given little emphasis, exams in these subjects, based on topics covered in grades four, five and six, were...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Michael Abrahams said he read the flipping text and maintains his earlier point that I tried to correct. Well, here are a few English translations of said text, Exodus 21:26-27.26 "An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:25 AMMichael Abrahams

Our society is broken. Crime, violence and corruption are taking a formidable toll on us. If you are a Jamaican living in Jamaica and have never been a victim of a violent crime, it is almost a certainty that you know people who have. We complain...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM

For the better part of our independence experience, this nation has not been able to settle on a core of common values and behaviour norms that children can be taught, can form the foundation of laws, and provide the backdrop for social intercourse....

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM

P.J. Patterson, the former prime minister, gave an important and telling anecdote about Herbert Walker, the celebrated civil servant who died a fortnight ago, aged 94. A young Mr Patterson became minister of industry, foreign trade and tourism in...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM

We live in constant fear of dangerous natural disasters. We all stress out over the 'big one': that massive quake that will bring earth-heaving waves of devastation when the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault zone suddenly shifts big time. Even much...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM

In Jamaica, we say, "Man a plan, God a wipe out!" Hurricane Irma was a great equaliser. She marched from the west coast of Africa like so many women in the Caribbean and wreaked havoc. True, she is said to have followed her spouse Harvey, like the...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM

We take Robert Montague, the national security minister, at his word that he is serious about having independent performance oversight of his ministry and the agencies that fall under it. The committee he has named to do the job is of serious people...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Jamaica's 'Talk Di Truth' public-education campaign on youth and ganja use was launched on September 13. Some speakers at the launch used terms and voiced opinions that youth may question if they were paying attention. For example, why use the name...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM

We seriously need to re-examine how the Government spends and on what it spends our money if we want better for ourselves and our children. We cannot continue to allow them to do as they like with public funds and resign in the belief that 'a jus so...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Mi no wrong Raymond Watson. Im do weh im know how fi do. If yu go pon di Internet an look pon Watson sculpture dem, yu see seh fi im work a weh dem call abstract art. Im no mek no whole heap a people weh look like ordinary people...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM

As I listened to the prime minister in his press conference on September 1 telegraphing to everyone, including criminals, where the first zone of special operations was, I recalled my outrage in speeches and columns when the Government, in April,...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 9:09 AM

I am not often big on praising administrators when they come up with ideas to move their sport forward. After all, that is what they are there to do, right? This time I want to make an exception.I take my hat off to the current Jamaica Cricket...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 9:06 AM

One of the most maddening aspects of life in Jamaica has to be the unresponsiveness of public bodies and those in authority to the needs of the average citizen.Almost daily, representatives of underserved communities can be heard fulminating against...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 9:03 AM

I was in my car, heading east, trying to get ahead of the filthy weather associated with a most assertive, demanding and forward Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that had already sent out its harbingers of thunder, lightning and big drops of...

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