Sun | Feb 25, 2018

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Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Blaming fault-finding in others is hardly the best approach to fixing flaws within ourselves. It's usually the excuse for not confronting our own shortcomings and indiscretions.Unintentionally, perhaps, that is precisely the impression that has been...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was chilling: A youth in turmoil. A voice note by a teenage student who attends one of the most prominent high schools in this country. He is contemplating an attack like the one that occurred Valentine's Day at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The discussions around the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) have dragged on for nearly two decades, and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life continues to ask: Why has it taken so long to pass legislation that all the stakeholders agree is...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below are proposed amendments to the data protection legislation before a parliamentary committee.It is highly likely that data subjects who are the subject of investigative journalism will try to use this law as an end run around defamation law,...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I can't be the only one who thought the blockbuster Black Panther movie was about the militant US Black Panther Party. Thanks to the corporate social responsibility of ZIP 103 FM, in partnership with the National Commission on Reparations, I saw the...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We often lament the fact that many of our boys are struggling at all levels of the education system while, increasingly, girls are making waves in Jamaica's schools. Many studies have highlighted the gender dynamics in education, and the topic has...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Holness administration's focus on economic growth over the last two years is commendable. It is really encouraging to see all these economic related projects (finally?!) being (fully?) implemented. However, while I applaud the Government for...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even by British standards, Harold Pinter, the famous playwright, was considered eccentric, and rightly so. He was even more passionate about cricket than John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, who is still honoured at the tea interval in every match. In...

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I was part of the then record crowd of 81,978 persons in attendance to watch an English Premier League football match at Wembley Stadium being played in almost-freezing weather conditions. The game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper welcomes, as it does anything that enhances Jamaica's image globally, the country's 15-place jump on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to 68 among 180 countries.Importantly, Jamaica's standing did not move...

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To mark my 25 years as a weekly columnist, The Gleaner has asked me to write six short pieces on a topic of my choice, and it should be no surprise that I have chosen Jamaica's natural environment as my subject. I am committed to the conservation of...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Donna Parchment Brown, the dispute resolution specialist and political ombudsman, is not someone with whom this newspaper often disagrees. She is highly intelligent, and her voice, invariably, one of reason. This time, though, we find ourselves at...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Unlike with Donna Parchment Brown, we hardly ever expect to be on common ground with Venesha Phillips, the People's National Party's (PNP) local government councillor and caretaker for the constituency of Eastern St Andrew. She is usually too crass...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Having examined aspects of the political, economic, social and technological issues appurtenant to crime management in Jamaica, it is evident that there is an intrinsic link between these various factors as far as the nature and extent to which they...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Wage talks in the public sector tend to be characterised by angry stare-downs, grandstanding threats, and two-fisted arm wrestling.But neither state negotiators nor labour unionists would have worked in the public interest unless they recognised...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Huge numbers of us do not trust the government, the police and the courts. Many Parent-Teacher Associations do not trust the school boards and, apart from a few outstanding cases, all is never well between teachers and principals.Political diehards...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The postponement of the summit that the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and other private-sector bodies were organising ought not to be for long. One can understand why Mr Holness and his team would find the end of this week, which was the...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

JUDGES are called 'my lords', but they are not my GOD. Only GOD is infallible. Judges err and are not beyond reproach. There is a difference between the rule of law and the rule of judges in a democracy.1. The Gleaner of Tuesday, February 13, 2018,...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In an interesting postscript to my last column 'Modern-day plantations', I was sent a response from tourism mogul John Issa saying that my account of Evon Blake's plunge into the Myrtle Bank Hotel's pool was "not quite accurate".Apparently, the...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We know nothing of the social circumstances of the Wolmer's Boys' School student who circulated the voice note threatening mass violence at the institution. But unlike the school's principal, Dr Walton Small, who sought to publicly downplay the...

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

In the normal scheme of things, the comings and goings of diplomats are little-noticed, routine business, except when it used to be the arrival or departure of an American ambassador. The British, too, warranted some attention.These days, however,...

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

The domino crew gathered during a crime upsurge to talk and play.What we called an 'upsurge' then (over 200 murders in 1973) was like a family picnic now. But, as Dessie posed double-six, he said government should produce a better crime plan or he...

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

The Gleaner headlines (February 14, 2018) 'Holness backs down' and 'Holness bows to pressure' could well have been 'Holness responsive to citizens' demands: Jamaica's democracy alive .... if not fully well'.Justice Sykes is to be appointed "in short...

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

At the peak of our world dominance in the sprints, we often boasted that Jamaica is a sprint factory. We were proud of the achievements of our athletes and readily embraced the well-deserved title bestowed upon us.Given our runaway murder rate, with...

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

Few, if any, of us in Parliament would disagree that the current slate of bank fees are extortionate and that competition in our marketplace is ineffectual to stimulate their moderation. When self-regulation is spurned, the State has an obligation...

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