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Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The outcry over access to public beaches is not new, but it is a response that no leader can ignore.The information available suggests that an increasing number of Jamaicans are being denied access to, and use of, our beaches, which are some of the...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Office of the Prime Minister has morphed into a retirement home to which old warriors and political rivals are sent to die, but Karl Samuda, with what might be his last gasp, has confirmed that he is alive and kicking - even if barely so. But Mr...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even though heavy metal was big in the late 1960s, I got into it really early. I don't mean all the weights that I lifted in my garage in my teens, but the Timex watch I bought in my days as a 19-year-old teacher in a co-educational secondary school...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Holness, in his quarterly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, announced that his Government would be pressing ahead with its plans to establish a "Government Campus" at National Heroes Circle and its surrounding communities,...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To understand Minister Nigel Clarke's dissertation in last Sunday's Gleaner (12/8/18), puzzling at first sight, you have to know where he is coming from. To also assess its worth, you must get answers to some questions and appreciate the possibility...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

While that wouldn't have been their intention, Jamaica's education minister, Ruel Reid, and the registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch, have to be careful of being perceived of wanting to lower the bar, rather...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The ruling by the Full Court which has paved the way for the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) to execute a search of the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force presents interesting arguments concerning access to information and...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Robert Montague, honourable minister of transport, lambasted a TVJ reporter. This could put her safety at risk. Instead she should be congratulated for excellent investigative journalism. She claimed that when Montague was minister of...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

He didn't address the issue with the contextual breath it deserved, and we are uneasy with some of his vocabulary. Nonetheless, Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness' affirmation of the importance of Jamaica's media as critical pursuers of truth was...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Thursday, I awoke at my usual time of minutes to 5 a.m. At 7:30 I took a shower and immediately after, went to the kitchen to mill some roasted beans in preparation for brewing my coffee.While filling a glass for measuring I was far from...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We had thought that there was no cause to relitigate the matter, that it was settled policy that Jamaica has a floating currency, whose value fluctuated against other currencies. It can go up and down. Some, it seems, would wish to reopen that...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

V.S. Naipaul, our phenomenal West Indian son, has resigned leaving behind a substantial space in our society that we can only hope would one day be filled again.The passages detailing his passing have been marked with sadness on all sides of the...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dr Michael Abrahams attempted, in his Gleaner article published on Independence Day, August 6, 2018, to advocate for the LGBT lifestyle as normal and even commendable. Of note, he refers to research but fails to cite same.According to Dr Abrahams: "...

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...

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