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Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The constitutions of functioning democracies are not to be trifled with. If they can be changed at whim and the processes they delineate ignored, the rule of law is imperilled as are the rights and freedoms they guarantee to citizens. And there from...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Trinidad-born novelist and 2001 Nobel Prize winner, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, will remain one of the most celebrated yet controversial figures in Caribbean literature.A master of the English sentence, he welcomed the celebration of his work...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Communication experts know that the first rule of communication is to know your audience. We need to determine who they are; what they know; what they understand or misunderstand about the subject being communicated; the underlying values, attitudes...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 2:17 AM

To all my brothers who believe that being inside a woman is the greatest feeling ever, can I get an amen? Amen, my brothers, amen! Hallelujah!  Yes, sex with women is a thing. A big thing. It has been a thing since the beginning and will...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Miss 'P' is in her late 50s but she looks like someone around 80. I believed her when she told me last Wednesday that she had not eaten a half-decent meal since the previous Sunday. She lives in a leaking room in a Southside yard, where the sanitary...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hopefully, Delroy Chuck's announcement that he is thinking about regularising the bail bond business in Jamaica is a matter of serious policy consideration, rather than an off-the-cuff answer to a reporter's question.A properly regulated system...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In only a few days apart, two licensed firearm holders got themselves in trouble. Reportedly, one got into an altercation with a security guard. Apparently, things got heated and he pulled his licensed firearm, but he was shot and killed by the...

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

I certainly regret the error in the headline of my column published last Sunday: 'J$13,000 a year to lease Puerto Seco Beach!' It's the annual licence to operate the beach that costs this pitifully low sum. The cost of the lease is, allegedly, J$3,...

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

One surprisingly enjoyable aspect of the annual Emancipendence celebration is that it invites everyone to pull back and take a more balanced view about our nation's progress and prospects. That's an important and welcome break from the sometimes...

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

When we appoint bright people to prominent positions, we expect them to deliver, and deliver big. Quoting the prime minister during the unexplained delay in appointing Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, we want "actions that brings results".In a cloud of...

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

This is an extract from the speech delivered at the launch of Medicanja products in Kingston, Jamaica, last month.With the recent launch of a number of Medicanja products, ganja is once again making news headlines. And rightly so. It is an opportune...

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

It may not be the international norm for the adjudication of allegations of doping in sports to be conducted in public, but the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) was right to hold its hearings in the open. It is unfortunate that JADCO, without...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This week's citizenship ceremony of 32 newly minted Jamaicans has caused some reflection on what it means to be a citizen of this country. We recognise that citizenship is an important step along an immigrant's quest for full economic and political...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent debate about the Puerto Seco Beach has revealed, once again, that we need to have a conversation about leisure.We need to begin talk about how accessible and affordable recreational spaces are for the majority of our citizens, the absence...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans.com is one of my favourite regional sites. Like the Barbados Nation and the Jamaica Gleaner, it keeps me in touch with the Caribbean - my workplace, birthplace and stamping ground.This week, though, it lapsed badly, and on the subject of...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Former chairman of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) Trevor Forrest has denied that the email exchange between himself and the former SMA managing director, Dr David McBean, is evidence of any wrongdoing on his part. According to Forrest, the...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dennis Chung had a bit of a public whinge this week about the equivocation and vacillation of a nine-member group appointed nearly two years ago to privatise the collection and disposal of solid waste in Jamaica. That so-called enterprise team...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Currently before the court is a matter in which a 13-year-old boy has been charged with the offence of sexual intercourse with a person under 16. A young girl, one year his senior, has given a statement that this youngster is her boyfriend and that...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:09 AM

This newspaper endorses the efforts of the Office of the Public Defender in support of the four persons seeking redress against the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for infringing their constitutional right to a healthy environment...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

'Church to Turn Prayer Power on Illegal Gun Users' was the title of a Gleaner article on Saturday, August 4.Oh, wow! I can just picture all of Jamaica's most vicious gunmen hiding and cowering and crying on each other's shoulders thinking that the...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tourism reflects the Jamaican spirit of resilience. Tourism continues to grow every year. Ed Bartlett, knowledgeable Minister of Tourism, outlines the improvements within the industry and offers a vision of where he would like to see the sector...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has had its fair share of governance challenges, such challenges invariably arising when, knowing that regulatory systems are not up to par, governments have nevertheless chosen to ignore existing inadequacies and further compounded the...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The challenging dilemma of corruption facing our country has morphed into a test of enormous proportions. The innumerable paths along which the present administration has allowed the monster to roam, from as early as the involvement of its Cabinet...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In reference to your article posted August 3, 2018, and titled 'Gov't says no to removing tax on fuel', I would like to respond to our minister of finance.The minister of finance is clearly only highlighting the level of desperation the GOJ is in ...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The fish, we have been advised, are back. Or, at least, are on their way. "We are pleased to say that, generally, the sanctuaries are working," said Karl Aiken, of the NGO, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM). "Not just out in...

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