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Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nine thousand, seven hundred and ninety-six. This is the number of Jamaicans currently receiving life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS thanks to the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR, in partnership with...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When thinking critically about aborting or terminating a pregnancy, one needs to ask and attempt to answer a few fundamental questions prior to moving toward a tentative or final informed decision.The most central one, in my view, is dealt with here...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Newspapers in the United States have reported an entertaining story about the Publix supermarket in Charleston, South Carolina, that refused to decorate a graduation cake with the word cum. And it's certainly not fake news. The politically correct...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Mia Mottley, who has become Barbados' first female prime minister after her party's landslide win in Thursday's general election, has, on the domestic front, a difficult job ahead of her: that of fixing the economy. That will require courage and...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Because of the near certainty of misinterpretation in what I'm about to discuss, I want to point out that my editor occasionally goads me into writing about a news story by forwarding it to me with a provocative comment. The implication, of course,...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:05 AM

I would like to support the position taken by Peter Espeut and others about the decision to locate the new Parliament building at Heroes Park.When I heard of this plan to build a new Parliament building, I envisioned it being located on lands...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:04 AM

We believe G.C. Foster College lecturer Dwight Angus when he suggests that the institution is capable of lifting Jamaica's football to greater heights, in similar fashion to the success it has achieved in track and field.Now in its 38th year, the St...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If there was ever research done to reveal the impact of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on the outcomes of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, I would certainly like to see...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The call by former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to the trade union movement to join the cause for compensation from Britain for the crime and mess they left here in the wake of unshackling the enslaved on August 1, 1838, is timely and welcome.The...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A young student was asked to use the word 'cliche' in a sentence. She wrote, "Father came home from work with a cliche on his face." When the teacher demanded an explanation, she said that she had checked it in the dictionary, and the word 'cliche'...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:07 PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Less than 24 hours after she led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to victory in the May 24 general election, Mia Amor Mottley, 52, was sworn in as Barbados' eighth prime minister on Friday, joining a handful of...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The issue is not whether we need a new Parliament building. Anyone who has been inside Gordon House knows how inadequate it isfor members of parliament, senators, staff, visitors, and the media. The question is where should it be located, and how...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

People who appreciate the complexities of international negotiations will hardly be surprised at the collapse of the planned summit between America's Donald Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.They had intended to talk about the...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As Jamaicans, we are all very encouraged by the signs that there is an increasing maturity in the public and political management of the country's macroeconomic affairs.Even so, there are perhaps signs that in significant structural ways, this...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Karl Harrison, the chairman of the recently-promulgated Integrity Commission, has named the acting heads of the three divisions that will be critical to the work, and ultimately, the success of the commission. Unfortunately, Justice Harrison stopped...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica, we do not call a male goat a buck. It is almost in the same league as 'ram puss' or the beautifully ridiculous 'bull cow'.This column is not about four-footed animals as much as it is a frivolous comparison of some of our more wayward...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The serious allegations made by former director of elections, Orrette Fisher, concerning political influence on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) continues (Gleaner, May 15). It is time for the governor general to intervene.It is the...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The never-ending cycle of government initiatives, counter-arguments by the opposition, and opinions and counter-opinions from disparate individuals and organisations has, quite frankly, become a pain in the derriere. The politicos invariably exude...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It took us an hour in the House of Representatives last week to decide who can ask questions and when (or really, if) they should be answered. Everybody was vexed with each other, weary of the futility of the reciprocal mocking or had left the...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The two People's National Party's (PNP) representatives on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have rescinded their support for the ECJ's assertion of an absence of political influence in the operations of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I must respond to a letter to the editor ('NWC a law unto itself')published on Friday, May 18, 2018, contending that there is no coordination between the National Water Commission (NWC) and other infrastructure entities.In the first instance, the...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I've written about her before, my friend Jihan Cooke. She's the dance teacher in Mandeville I had spoken about in my December 2014 column, 'Kingston is not Jamaica'. She had a dance school there of just under 100 little pumpkins and was introducing...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We have no evidence of it, but we wouldn't be surprised that with a first name like his own, Barbados' Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was, as a boy, the butt of taunts and ridicule. Children can be wicked!If this thesis holds true, Mr Stuart may...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I had a dream that began with Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, in the process of expressing profound gratitude to Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, in the following terms:"We are more than pleased, Excellency, that...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, May 16, I watched on my computer as a packed British House of Commons engaged in that weekly staple, Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). Every time I watch such proceedings, I experience a mix of jealousy, frustration, anger and no...

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