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

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Nigel Clarke seems to be doing everything to play down the continued decline of the Jamaican dollar and the devastating impact of reaching a record low. Last Thursday, it closed at $137.35.In a column in last...

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

I see the on-again, off-again abortion debate was on again for nine days or so.According to media reports, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, moved by experiences of her constituents which they relayed to her (THE reason for any MP to move ANY motion in...

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

Immediately after President Trump's tweet in which he referred to fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a lowlife and a dog, some thought that he had plumbed new depths of debasing the office he occupies in Washington.They would have...

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

Masked, he moves with incredible speed, but he is not The Flash. Obviously, he cannot see the driver standing by the motor vehicle or entering. He must be Daredevil, the blind Marvel comics superhero, or, perhaps based on how he pumps his right arm...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden ...", a quote attributed to Jamaica's first national hero Marcus Garvey, has long been a source of inspiration for poor people across the world.Having long accepted the veracity of these...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMDelroy Warmington

This is the ultimatum the Government should give the tax evaders. For too long, these culprits have been given a free ride, causing massive revenue leakage, thus depriving the Government of its entitled taxes.The main reason why we have this...

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

From time to time, I have to take a break from the pressingness of national issues, crises, and scandals to ruminate on larger, longer-term global issues. Earning a spot on the back page...

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...

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