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Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It took us an hour in the House of Representatives last week to decide who can ask questions and when (or really, if) they should be answered. Everybody was vexed with each other, weary of the futility of the reciprocal mocking or had left the...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The two People's National Party's (PNP) representatives on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have rescinded their support for the ECJ's assertion of an absence of political influence in the operations of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I must respond to a letter to the editor ('NWC a law unto itself')published on Friday, May 18, 2018, contending that there is no coordination between the National Water Commission (NWC) and other infrastructure entities.In the first instance, the...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I've written about her before, my friend Jihan Cooke. She's the dance teacher in Mandeville I had spoken about in my December 2014 column, 'Kingston is not Jamaica'. She had a dance school there of just under 100 little pumpkins and was introducing...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We have no evidence of it, but we wouldn't be surprised that with a first name like his own, Barbados' Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was, as a boy, the butt of taunts and ridicule. Children can be wicked!If this thesis holds true, Mr Stuart may...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I had a dream that began with Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, in the process of expressing profound gratitude to Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, in the following terms:"We are more than pleased, Excellency, that...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, May 16, I watched on my computer as a packed British House of Commons engaged in that weekly staple, Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). Every time I watch such proceedings, I experience a mix of jealousy, frustration, anger and no...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is a canonical or fundamental regulatory principle, and the practice of prudent fiscal governance, to manifestly separate banks from securities dealers - capital from credit - based on their distinctly opposite risk profiles.Capital is raised,...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:55 AM

The results of an all-island poll titled 'A Woman's Right to Choose', conducted by Johnson Survey Research Limited, have recently been published, bringing the abortion debate to the forefront once again. Traditional and social media...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In conflating cause and effect, Prime Minister Andrew Holness sees underinvestment in Jamaica's symbols of sovereignty as being responsible for its failures in ethical values and the rule of...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner, Ministry of Health, and the National Health Fund sponsored the Johnson Survey Research Limited poll on 'A Woman's Right to Choose'. Among other things, it found that "67 per cent of men and 82 per cent of women believe the Government...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

INDECOM's first quarterly report for 2018 has exposed the embarrassing, evil, and egregious issue of recycled firearms leaving the safe custody of the police and finding themselves on the bodies of dead 'wanted men'. The ghost that haunts defence...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last year, the Government of Jamaica announced that it had received an unsolicited proposal for a public-private partnership from China Construction Company, South America (CCASA) to develop a master plan that resulted in the signing of a memorandum...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is a universal truth that most cultures have a superhero - whether mammon or a godhead. Tradition is that it has to be a 'he' as opposed to a 'she'. Our most famous superhero is Brer Anancy, whose brainpower exceeded his brawn.Our Jamaican Anancy...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

'Pree' a one a dem word weh big eena dancehall. Ascorden to di Jamaican Patwah dictionary, weh deh pon line, 'pree' mean 'watch' eena English. An dem gi dis ya example: "Wah mek yuh deh pree mi [?]." Dem figet bout di question...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Sometime between the end of September and the middle of October, the people of Antigua and Barbuda should be voting in a referendum on whether the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) should become that country's final court, replacing the Judicial...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Oh, no! The Warminister is off his meds again. I only say that, not because I have any special knowledge of Everald 'Longfinger' Warmington's mental health - although the facts speak for themselves - but because I believe projection is a real thing...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The establishment of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is one of the most important achievements of our political Independence and must be protected with every fibre of our collective being.The process that saw the Electoral Advisory...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has signalled its intention to ban the use of disposable plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. By this landmark step, Jamaica will join the global effort of 40 countries and municipalities in trying to stave off the damage to the...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While I applaud the Government making efforts to bring more discipline to using the roadways, there are many considerations other than wanton taxing of road users, especially the exorbitant fines stated for pedal cyclists.The Government should first...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety jig." I first heard this from an English doctor who was in charge of the clinic in Waterloo, a village in the sugar-cane belt of central Trinidad where, with the bravado of...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Government and its foreign-policy establishment have accomplished a great feat. They walked in a deluge and managed not to get wet. Or so, perhaps, they believe. In which event, they are misguided.For few people, we expect, see the foreign...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On January 5, 2017, the South America Division of China Construction America (CCASA), registered in the USA, submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) for the redevelopment of the city of Kingston.According to the...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a recent Gleaner article, '40% of Jamaicans say parents must approve abortion by teenagers', Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison advanced some troubling positions contrary to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was September 1973 and we were seated at a small, squared-shaped table at a quaint, little board bar on Maxfield Avenue.Dee (not her real name) was 19, I was 23, and pregnancy and abortion were both in a clash with what we saw as our immediate...

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