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Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Richard Byles is too much of a gentleman and too astute a businessman to be vulgarly inspecting the mouths of gift horses. So, as he made clear in his speech last week, he welcomes the recent decline in Jamaica's rate of unemployment - to 9.7 per...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

All of us, no matter how thick we profess that our skins are, some lies cut deep.I've recounted some magical, mystical stories about myself that would make for a great Mills...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Apocrypha, that beloved fantasy land beyond the clouds, citizens were abuzz about the inspirational stories of a schoolboy football team rescued after weeks trapped in a subterranean cave.Apocryphan Tourism Minister, Mr Ed, was inspired to offer...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As university students begin filing back into the classroom while others enjoy the last full week of their free paper, my thoughts drift to the struggling parents and guardians who form the backbone of the school system here in Jamaica.I'm isolating...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:58 AM

On Monday, August 6, 2018, The Gleaner published my article ‘Gay pride? What the hell is that?’ To summarise, the piece described my journey from viewing gay pride as being ridiculous, to now understanding the struggles members of the...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We share Major General Antony Anderson's wish that policing becomes a career young Jamaicans, like some of the pre-high-school kids to whom he handed out bursaries last week, are excited about. Hopes and wishes, however, are not of themselves...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

That would be utter folly. The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is the gold standard of a well-crafted regional initiative to evaluate and certify academic and technical competence. Universities, colleges and employers all over the world have...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Having read the contributed article in The Gleaner of Saturday, August 18, 2018, titled 'Social partnership on beach access', by Sophia Frazer-Binns, I concluded that the opposition senator and the People's National Party (PNP) have either found the...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This piece recently appeared in The Gleaner: 'User fees for health facilities to go up August 1'. "Persons with health insurance, non-residents, and private patients will pay more to access services at public health facilities starting August 1. The...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica, Academic Staff Union (UTASU) joins the debate about the viability of the national university, and the unique and vital contribution it must make if Jamaicans from all walks of life are to be empowered...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is important that Carolyn Cooper has used her weekly column to bring us into conversation on the vexing issue of beach access in Jamaica. I would hope that the people of Discovery Bay and all Jamaica keep up the fight.The matter highlights the...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Maybe when he gets around to the promised reorganisation of his Cabinet, which he says will happen in short order, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will act on Chris Tufton's not-so-subtle recent hint of where Jamaica's fledgling medical marijuana...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Though my home is The Sunday Gleaner, there is a pang of jealousy when I consider THE STAR and the magnificent stories that find their way into that tabloid newspaper. THE STAR has been crushing it lately. Two somewhat complementary stories, in...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Inna May, fire bruck out eena Papine Market and burn up one big piece a di roof. Dat deh roof never tan good from morning. Wen rain fall, nuff water wash down di market. So a now water a run lacka river. Two Saturday gone, wen mi...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The outcry over access to public beaches is not new, but it is a response that no leader can ignore.The information available suggests that an increasing number of Jamaicans are being denied access to, and use of, our beaches, which are some of the...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Office of the Prime Minister has morphed into a retirement home to which old warriors and political rivals are sent to die, but Karl Samuda, with what might be his last gasp, has confirmed that he is alive and kicking - even if barely so. But Mr...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even though heavy metal was big in the late 1960s, I got into it really early. I don't mean all the weights that I lifted in my garage in my teens, but the Timex watch I bought in my days as a 19-year-old teacher in a co-educational secondary school...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Holness, in his quarterly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, announced that his Government would be pressing ahead with its plans to establish a "Government Campus" at National Heroes Circle and its surrounding communities,...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To understand Minister Nigel Clarke's dissertation in last Sunday's Gleaner (12/8/18), puzzling at first sight, you have to know where he is coming from. To also assess its worth, you must get answers to some questions and appreciate the possibility...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While that wouldn't have been their intention, Jamaica's education minister, Ruel Reid, and the registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch, have to be careful of being perceived of wanting to lower the bar, rather...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The ruling by the Full Court which has paved the way for the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) to execute a search of the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force presents interesting arguments concerning access to information and...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Robert Montague, honourable minister of transport, lambasted a TVJ reporter. This could put her safety at risk. Instead she should be congratulated for excellent investigative journalism. She claimed that when Montague was minister of...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

He didn't address the issue with the contextual breath it deserved, and we are uneasy with some of his vocabulary. Nonetheless, Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness' affirmation of the importance of Jamaica's media as critical pursuers of truth was...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Thursday, I awoke at my usual time of minutes to 5 a.m. At 7:30 I took a shower and immediately after, went to the kitchen to mill some roasted beans in preparation for brewing my coffee.While filling a glass for measuring I was far from...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We had thought that there was no cause to relitigate the matter, that it was settled policy that Jamaica has a floating currency, whose value fluctuated against other currencies. It can go up and down. Some, it seems, would wish to reopen that...

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