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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...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:08 AM

Don't, they say, speak ill of the dead, which might have taken Delroy Williams, the mayor of Kingston, off the hook. Except that his death is only metaphoric, and, if it were real, would be akin to a recurring case of catalepsy, or the Lazarus...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Matters concerning the economy and dealing with violent crime are the two tracks which have provided the booming soundtrack to every election contested in Jamaica since Independence. And where the economy is concerned, both the opposition and...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are 5,000 children who are wards of the State in Jamaica, give or take. Many of the 5,000 feel as if nobody wants them: not their parents, not their family members, not strangers. In their minds, had they been wanted, a mass government-run...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's time to piss off the Old Ball and Chain again and talk of cricket.Her column of two Tuesdays ago was very popular, mainly among women, many of whom stopped me in the streets, at an X-ray lab, at lawyers' offices, and at a popular plaza to tell...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:32 AM

The issue of corporal punishment is again topical. Research, carried out over decades, has shown that disciplining children by beating them may do more harm than good.  But there is a stubborn resistance to accept this by many Jamaicans....

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

John Mahfood generally strikes you as one of Jamaica's more civic-minded business moguls, and over the past two years or so, he has been particularly intense in his bare-knuckled advocacy on solutions for crime and the uplift of poor, marginalised...

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

At the International Conference on Teachers and Teaching that Jamaica proudly hosted last week in Montego Bay, there was much talk about transforming education to meet the purposes of what is called the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'. Well, whatever...

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

Columnists are supposed to be informative, thought-provoking and, sometimes, entertaining. We write hoping that, perhaps one day, something will strike a chord with someone and result in something positive.Unfortunately, many people are so...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Squatting knows no boundaries. It defies court orders, is indifferent to land owned by the Church, and is precocious given its proximity to Parliament and the way in which settlements perch precariously on riverbanks and gullies. Land is 'free',...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even those snobs who pretend to have nothing but contempt for dancehall culture actually enjoy a boisterous sound clash. Like an enterprising promoter, The Gleaner's opinion editor tried to set up a clash between Daniel Thwaites and me. Two Fridays...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The presentation of Interim Guidelines seeking to reduce the sugar content of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in schools, by Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, has garnered notable public attention. While much of the conversation...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Today in Paris, the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018, scores of world leaders, Donald Trump among them, will join French President Emmanuel Macron for ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.Andrew Holness will...

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