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Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:12 AM

Yet another report has shed light on the god-awful situation of the education system and we (myself included) are all behaving as if it hasn’t been plainly obvious. The recently launched report from Patterson-led commission on education revealed...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:11 AM

“Our greatest failure lies in the very success of placing the great majority of our children in schools, where, sadly, the hopes of over a half are dashed by the end of their primary education from which they emerge illiterate and innumerate” (...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:11 AMAdekeye Adebajo - Guest columnist

PIONEERING BAHAMIAN-AMERICAN actor Sidney Poitier, who died this month at the age of 94, was Hollywood’s first black global megastar, appearing in over 40 films. His 2000 autobiography, The Measure of A Man, recalled how his success had been...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:11 AM

THE RECENT shuffling of an old deck of political cards ended up with yet another ‘new’ ministry. Cabinet now consists of the PM, 15 ministers with named portfolio titles, and seven ministers ‘without portfolio’. What a lot of ministers to run a...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:06 AM

A READER writes, “I read with interest your Gleaner column on January 9, 2022. I am not persuaded by PM Holness’ attempt at the dramatic. He has about a decade of leadership in the Jamaica Labour Party and had plenty of time to think about crime...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Skin colour, race, is a topic, like religion and politics, that evokes strong emotional feeling, passion. Many would prefer that it were not touched, discussed, or debated, treated as taboo, as if we suddenly became colour blind. However, we have...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:08 AM

In this edition of ‘Reparation Conversations’, a collaborative initiative between The Gleaner and the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), we attempt to shed some light on the issue of the Maroons of...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:07 AM

In the best of times, a population under pressure finds its greatest strengths in its political leadership even if the trust deficit has always existed. Or if there is no strength to be found there, it will feed on the exposed weakness of the...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:07 AM

In these columns, I keep teaching that most worldly barriers to peace, love, and understanding are man-made illusions. One of the most insidious, soul-destroying enemies of humanity is individualism. Over centuries, we’ve cultivated the concept...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:08 AM

As you would know by now, I am not a big fan of prayer breakfasts, national days of prayer, and other such noble gatherings. And it is not because I believe that prayer has no use. I am aware that there are many people who lean on prayer as the...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Anybody as tired of COVID as I? Anybody as sick and tired of arguing with commentators who begin tirades against the vaccines with “I’m not an anti-vaxxer but …” then end up sounding very adjacent to an anti-vaxxer? Anybody as impatient with anti-...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 2:07 PM

After 30 years of public life, which started in 1991 with my appointment as the youngest trade administrator and CEO of the Trade Board Ltd. through to being the first CEO of the Fair Trading Commission, and also after 26 years in the Parliament (...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:06 AM

What is the basis upon which people are chosen to run government ministries? We would all prefer not to assume that it is the whims and fancies of prime ministers. So what exactly is it? Quite a few politicians have got a touch of two or more...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:09 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversation, a collaborative initiative between The Gleaner and The University of the West Indies’ Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), we pay tribute to the late anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:09 AM

In one litter, my daughter’s cat had kittens from three different tom cats. One was extraordinarily fluffy, coloured white with tabby patches; one was shiny, sleek and jet black; and the third one was white with a single gray spot, and short,...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:09 AM

This is the sad tale of an elderly couple trying to be boosted against Omicron. The Old Ball and Chain and I received second doses on June 15 so were scheduled for boosters as of December 15. But Old BC was ill (not with the plague), so on medical...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:08 AM

A grim statistic seen on the COVID-19 vax live website last Thursday morning stated that ‘vaccines administered for COVID-19 in Jamaica, currently at rate of about 0.01/second or 851 each day’. That is about 40.4 doses per 100 people (~2.97...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:07 AM

During the past few years, seaweed has been considered a nuisance in the Caribbean, with its presence tarnishing pristine beaches and deterring tourism. The “weed” within its name doesn’t help public perception, therefore, “seaplant” will be used...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:06 AM

This year, the construction industry shall remain buoyant. This shall augur well for citizens’ associations and neighbourhood communities that are organised and vigilant. Citizens shall know their rights and enforce their covenants while at the...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:09 AM

Recently, Jamaica saw the establishment of a Mango Agro Park valued at nearly $100 million and there is a commitment to growing the fruit as reported in the news. The Agro Investment Corporation estimates an Internal Rate of Return of 59 per cent...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:08 AM

It’s the time of year when New Year resolutions should be recommended. So here goes. How about we resolve to stop policing other people’s garment choices, especially when those other people are women? Recently there was a furore when Rihanna went...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The second part of a two-part series on the way that the hyperscalers now control our digital world. The hyperscalers that control the Internet have become so rich and powerful because there is a natural tendency for public Internet spaces to...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:08 AM

First there was the unprecedented nine-month lockdown in 2020 when the country was caught up in the uncertainties of an unwanted visitor: COVID 19. Then in 2021 as we swore we knew enough about it, the Government instituted haphazard versions of...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The British and other cultures make a big deal about not having your cake and eating it too. Unlike we Caribbean people, they see the possession and demolition of a cake belonging to you as two mutually exclusive options. The Germans say, “You can’...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:07 AM

The destruction by tornadoes of Kentucky, a south-eastern State of the United States of America (US), on December 12, has lessons for the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as 2022 dawns amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and...

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