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Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:05 AM

We can't claim to have clarity on what the position of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and, by extension, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is on a specific allegation that one of the church's pastors may have incited, or come close to inciting...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Gene Autry, The Beast, and I were sitting around idly needing a fourth for dominoes when we heard, in the distance, "If a macca, mek it jook yu!"The Dunce! Autry guided him to the table while the Beast shuffled. First up, I drew double-six, double-...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About a year or two ago, I interviewed a known and respected elder from a St James address. His was a community once riddled with crime and criminals, and in a short space of time, a drastic turnaround was made in the police-reported statistics...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 1:33 AM

Civilised societies today recognise children as belonging to a vulnerable community. They are dependent on adults for nurturing, protection, guidance… for their very survival. They are indeed vulnerable. When children are abused, neglected...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:10 AM

Sometime after his December 10 sentencing, Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown will, in all likelihood, appeal his convictions on the counts of murder, and conspiracy to murder, of which a jury last week determined he was guilty. That's the usual form...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

That was John Maynard Keynes, perhaps the greatest economist of the last century: "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir."This quote was running through my mind last Tuesday as the House of Representatives approved the latest...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Politically polarised individuals take umbrage whenever I criticise the way that the 'legacy roads' projects are being carried out. Critical errors include: suboptimal detours, no dry runs of traffic redeployment, no directional signs on the detour...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's another of the recent revelations about the United States that they be taught a thing or two by Jamaica about the management of elections and maintaining the legitimacy of their democracy.When Jamaica last voted for a government in February...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm remembering back some 25 years ago when Nigel was kind enough to loan me a necktie while we were both in Barbados competing for the Rhodes Scholarship. He, perfectly prepared, grumbled slightly but assisted me, the ill-equipped upstart. So you...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) concludes its annual conference today, and if last week's warm-up at an area get-together was an indication of what's in store, prosperity has arrived and Jamaica has no more pain, no more problems.So bullish were the...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Spice done know seh plenty people nah go like fi ar big chune, Black Hypocrisy. Shi no bizniz. A so it go. Who waan bex, mek dem bex. Hear weh shi seh:"I was told I would reach furtherIf the colour of mi skin was lighterAnd I was...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In response to your editorial 'Is Israeli intelligence the difference?' (Gleaner, November 14, 2018), the reader is led to believe that intelligence gathering in the Jamaica Constabulary Force is suddenly improving based on the number of 'clear-ups...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hardly a week passes without news of another horrific crash somewhere in this country. An average 300 persons have perished in vehicular accidents every year since 2012. Many of the victims are in the prime of their lives, young, productive and full...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Workplace diversity is a topic that has been in vogue for a while. Yet many Jamaican companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation, communicating why diversity is important and finding ways to consistently and...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Travelling throughout Jamaica or at times looking at cricket from Sabina Park on television, I grinned a little every time I saw the sign, "This is TING country." In that context, Ting is a carbonated beverage sold in Jamaica and some other...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:17 AM

If you didn't know better, you might have concluded that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was having another, and personal, shot at litigating the NIDS case, or attempting, from the margins, to influence the ruling of the three judges who heard the...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Not another one." These are the words I whisper to myself when yet another child's face pops up on my screen: missing. Violence against women and children is at an all-time high. Not a day passes without new reports of lost, abused, or murdered...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A pitched battle is raging here in Jamaica. Casualties are mounting, and annually, number in the thousands. Cumulatively, over the last few years, it has been in the tens of thousands. If we allow the merchants of death to have their way, it will be...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:09 AM

This is the approach to which Richard Byles alluded in September when he spoke, to the ire of the sector's honchos, about lifting the quality of business processing outsourcing (BPO) jobs in Jamaica. In a way, it's a little like the future catching...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two Wednesdays ago my ex-wife, my mechanic and I were in a little bar at the corner of Park Lane and Red Hills Road. I had assisted her in having my mechanic do some front-end repairs to her car and we came to the little joint to chat, drink, hang...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Not so fast with abortion, until it is determined when life begins, the effect of abortion on a mother, the case for a rape victim to abort a pregnancy; and what to do with a foetus with lethal abnormality.Abortion, that is, the deliberate and...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We have all been 'schooled' on the brutal realities of slavery which, although long past, have left indelible scars upon our society to this day. Such scars are manifest in the largely angry tone of daily goings-on around us, by the manner in which...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Bauxite mining has now arrived in Walkerswood, St Ann. There is large-scale mining of bauxite taking place to the east and south of Walkerswood. The bauxite company is carrying out its activities with no regard to the green hills of Walkerswood and...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is no secret that the decision in the case of Jason Jones v Council of Legal Education and others, at the Caribbean Court of Justice, is a sad one for most, if not all, non-UWI LLB holders.The main contention was that the practice of the Council...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The evidence suggests that the intelligence-gathering capacity of Jamaica's security forces may be improving. At last, they seem, recently, to know where notorious criminals are likely to turn up, with, unfortunately, deadly consequences for the...

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