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Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:54 AM

One of the greatest blessings we enjoy in this land of ours over the 56 years of Independence, and even before, is the extent of our civil liberties and equality before the law, although many exceptions can be cited.At the height of the American...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was recently announced that with 12-month inflation to June of 2.8%, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) missed the Government of Jamaica's (GOJ's) inflation target range of 4%-6%. The 2.8% inflation result also meant that the BOJ missed the slightly wider...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The National Stadium was the centrepiece of our first Independence celebrations in 1962. Since then, thousands of girls and boys have competed there, more than a hundred have become Olympians, and some have become wealthy.Built to seat 35,000 and...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The leader of the Opposition is bombarding the prime minister to appoint a minister quickly to oversee the now-beleaguered and essentially headless Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. The prime minister has promised an appointment within two...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:26 AM

  Tomorrow we hit the Big 56. What have we done with 56 years of independence? It’s been quite a mixed bag. While we have progressed to become one of the most murderous countries on the planet, we have maintained a stable democracy....

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow, Jamaica celebrates its independence. It is 56 years since the country took full charge of its own affairs. One would have thought that by this, we would have got better at leading and managing, but we haven't.One would have also thought...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dismissal of a worker is a deliberate action taken by the employer. People do not fire themselves no matter how bad their behaviour is. Even if a worker walks off his job, he does not fire himself. So let's cut the nonsense about whether former...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Since he can't change them, he's going to train them. Like enraptured Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration impulsively calling out for the building of three tabernacles, corruption-bruised Andrew, in the euphoria of breaking ground for a mere 212...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Writing is my natural skill. History is my special interest. The history of the 'World's Coolest Beer', the iconic Red Stripe, and the company named for its creators, brewers, and bottlers, Desnoes...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently in Japan, 13 members of a doomsday cult were hanged for a sarin (nerve agent gas) attack on the subway in the 1990s.A number of factors are worthy of consideration within the Jamaican context. First is, with a population of more than 127...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Another police officer has died, allegedly by his own hands, and there is, understandably, grief among his colleagues. Whenever this happens, we usually hear an "appeal to members of the force to avail themselves of the services available to them...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The enslavement of Africans by the Western Europeans is perhaps the worst tragedy in modern history. Nothing, including the complicity of continental Africans, the horrific treatment of other enslaved Africans by their peers during slavery, or the...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Sunday, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke was on form waxing about Jamaica's outstanding economic performance. So impressive was he when speaking to an area gathering of JLP party supporters that I am sure those in the audience and those hearing...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Within the last two weeks, the issue of Africa's culpability in the historic trafficking of our enslaved ancestors has been raised in your newspaper, one by Dr Orville Taylor, the other by Dr Glenville Ashby.While Dr Taylor took it for granted that...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday, Gleaner columnist Patria-Kaye Aarons wrote a piece titled 'A Royal joke', in which she spoke of the announcement of a government investment of US$7.4-million in a floating cruise-shipping terminal at Port Royal, a village rich in its...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMCuauhtemoc Ruiz-Matus and Lucia Helena de Oliveira

The scientific evidence is compelling: Vaccines work! Their power to prevent disease has been widely proven - so much so that disability and death from diseases such as smallpox and polio are now a thing of the past. Thanks to the availability of...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Now that exams and tests, or whatever they're called nowadays, are over, it's time for our young men and women to start thinking of how they are going to make a living, aka have a career. Given that government statistics tell us that 60 per cent of...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmanda Quest

Since the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill by then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller almost three years ago, it appears to have fallen far off the legislative agenda. Whatever the reasons for the protracted delay in the retabling and passage...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is having difficulty paying Venezuela US$120 million under the PetroCaribe agreement.Don't jump to any conclusions. This has nothing to do with the troubles at Petrojam, the oil refinery that is half-owned by Venezuela, or with the general...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 11:19 PM

It was yet another fire, this time in May Pen. A number of uninhabitable zinc structures were gutted in what was believed to be gang-related reprisals.Last week, a debate, quite agitated, occurred as councillors grappled with vexing issues: Where do...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In light of the fallout of the Petrojam scandal, one of the issues that have surfaced is using members of the diaspora to serve on government boards. This is action that Jamaicans overseas have been openly calling for as a mechanism for them to...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For most men, monogamy is as unnatural as using a condom during sexual intercourse. Primarily for health or reproductive reasons, a condom is a necessary evil that men can't wait to dump in the waste bin after usage.The truth is today's monogamy is...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a recent article published in The Gleaner titled 'Caribbean expats mean much to Britain', Lord Tariq Ahmad, the British minister of state with responsibility for the Caribbean, Commonwealth and the United Nations, took the opportunity to...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent public announcement by Flair Magazine dated July 9, 2018 of the expectancy of Krystal Tomlinson and her boo, Moses 'Beenie Man" Davis, has offended the sensibilities of at least one member of society who was...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If he is honest with himself, the typical policeman is likely to tell you that he does not trust the typical inner-city citizen. The person living on the edge of the gully where stink gases become awake at night to infect cramped rooms with multiple...

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