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Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:14 AMBarbara Ellington/Contributor

I read Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ twice. Compared to his 27 years of suffering for his people, Buju Banton’s prison sentence pales in comparison. So according the same name to the concert was inappropriate. How about ‘Not An Easy Road...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:13 AM

For me, the most striking thing about the 2016 general election was that the voter turnout was the lowest in Jamaica’s history, at 47.72 per cent. The victorious party won 436,972 votes or 23.95 per cent of the 1,824,410 votes on the roll. The...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The undersigned social justice and women’s organisations and individual advocates note the Jamaican parliamentary consultations under way on the law on abortion. We encourage Jamaica to follow the example of other countries within CARICOM, which...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 7:15 AM

And so it came to pass that within the space of a few days, Ruel Reid’s world was turned upside down, with scathing allegations galore and his forthwith departure from the ministry, Cabinet and Senate. At the same time, the saga of alleged assault...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 7:15 AM

Why has Prime Minister Andrew Holness treated Ruel Reid, former minister of education, differently from Andrew Wheatley, former Cabinet minister? There are similar allegations of corruption, fraud and nepotism. Initially, Wheatley had one portfolio...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:30 AM

After six years of leadership, Dave Cameron appeared shocked by his emphatic 8-4 defeat by Ricky Skerritt for the presidency of Cricket West Indies. In his conception, he was betrayed by at least one of the territorial cricket boards that had...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:29 AM

It didn’t take long after the birth of Sanjaye Shaw for him to be placed into a bin marked ‘unwanted’. At three months old his mother, probably with one last shred of humanity afflicting her confused mind, left him by the roadside, swaddled and...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:28 AM

This week’s ruling by the Privy Council, that the Police Service Commission (PSC) has an obligation to call on INDECOM’s (the Independent Commission of Investigations) investigative capacities when deciding on the promotion of police officers...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Jamaica’s ongoing battle to keep up with, and even stay ahead of today’s sophisticated criminals, necessitate that our crime-fighters acquaint themselves with the technological perspicacity that is inherent to living in today’s modern world....

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, commonly known as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), is the success of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations. After several years of exploratory work,...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Everyone is now concerned and talking about poor people getting their fair share, though almost no politician can honestly say they have done much for the poor and vulnerable of this country. It’s quite cute, actually. Seemingly, very few of them...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Calvin Rowe’s choice of language is instructive. Sanjaye Shaw, a physics teacher, he said, “spewed” allegations of an assault on him by student athletes, “notwithstanding the absence of evidence of the said assault”. The implication, therefore, and...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:16 AM

And so Ruel Reid goes, shunted off stage by the prime minister, like a man reading from a homophobic manuscript at an LGBTQI spoken word concert. The reaction of the audience? A stunned silence. Like the stunned silence with which many Jamaicans...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Long live live music. On Saturday, March 16, I spent my night in the National Stadium satisfying my soul. The Buju concert was everything! If you never joined the other 50,000 of us who converged in that one place, let me give you the rundown. No...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Today is The Old Ball and Chain’s 39th birthday. Again! On the twoth of March, she celebrated her 37th wedding anniversary (today is the 40th anniversary of unofficial marriage), proving that even if I plead “not guilty” to robbing the cradle,...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:07 AM

The 2019-20 Budget presented by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke on March 7, 2019, has a capital budget of $72.1 billion, which is an increase of five per cent over the revised estimates for the previous fiscal year. This, according to the minister...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:07 AM

The training and teaching of our children are too precious to be deflected by scandal. Adults underestimate how impressionable young people are. So ask yourself, what lessons the more than 700,000 Jamaican youth are ingesting from the avalanche of...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Many of us were surprised to hear that our county’s estimated inflation rate is expected to be as low as around 4.80 per cent. The authorities defended their calculation but, given the increased prices in various products and services, that low...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:27 AM

The Rev Karl Johnson, chairman of Calabar High School, has, it seems, a flawed interpretation of how the principles of privacy should be applied at his school. Matters relating to Calabar should be internal. He also, it appears, shares the populist...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Today’s Scripture Reiding will be drawn from Isaiah, v. 42: “Here is my servant, whom I uphold… A bruised Reid he will NOT break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” We are told how to recognise the true servant, and you heard the man...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING Last month, mi did write one column wid dis ya headline, ‘Pom-Pom, Yes! P**-P**, No Way!’ One parson man sen mi one email bout it: “Just finished reading your delightfully mischievous and educational column. I have to share...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

If you read right and Reid’s wrong, then who reads Reid’s rights when Reid writes wrong? And if Reid isn’t right, which rites right Reid’s wrongs? It’s uncertain if the educator-cum-politician would still appreciate the verbal gymnastics;...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:12 AM

George Conway, a conservative lawyer and husband of Kellyanne Conway, adviser to United States President Donald Trump, is one of the harshest critics of his wife’s boss. Recently, he made some more unflattering comments about President Trump....

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:19 AMDr Daniel Thomas/Guest Columnist

This is in response to the article published entitled ‘21% of Jamaicans back abortion on demand’ a few days ago in The Gleaner. In the article, pro-death advocate Nadeen Spence makes some interesting and some dangerous remarks. She stated,...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:19 AMSuzanne Soares-Wynter/Guest Columnist

Jamaica, like many other countries, has finally taken action to fight the war on obesity. This is necessary if we are to have any hope of controlling the social and financial burdens of related morbidity and mortality. The fact that the severe...

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