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Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 9:03 AM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is set to host a summit on fixing crime and has insisted that the leadership of both the governing Jamaica Labour Party and Opposition People's National Party be in attendance. Further, the PSOJ is...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:04 AM

PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson exposed PNP's thin skin in a letter ('Phillips laid wicket for growth') published Friday.As usual, The Gleaner's headline was disconnected from the letter that contained no such hostility to reality but sought...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The USA has, on average, three mass shootings a year. The deadliest so far happened just three months ago, in October 2017, when 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded by a single gunman in Las Vegas. All these mass shootings are reported...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:40 AM

One day at my practice last week, while walking to the front office, I noticed one of the receptionists leaning over a counter adjacent to the waiting area. There young woman appeared to be uncomfortable, and as I approached her, I asked if she was...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Don't expect the man, and the millions who agree with him, who thus described the black and proud nation of Haiti, the brown Salvadoreans and the entire continent of Africa to place Jamaica in any different category.Our suck-up on the Jerusalem...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Time seems to be flying by faster and faster every year. It's a pity that our problems won't fly away with the passing years. Instead, they seem to be gaining strength as we record, analyse and bemoan our sad fate. Our biggest problem remains our...

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Despite the Jamaican authorities' attempt to pass off America's latest travel advisory for the island as merely an old, though reformatted statement, the United States government's warning to their citizens is consequential.First, it is a direct...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Ruel Reid, the education minister, repeated his intention to end the serving of sugary drinks with meals under the Government's School Feeding Programme. The aim is to improve the nutrition of students, thereby improving their...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is definitely not rocket science, and it is more doable than we might think. Jamaica does not have a crime problem. What we have is a family problem, and when we fix family life, we will simultaneously fix crime.Among the myriad crime statistics...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you had a million dollars to spend, but not on yourself, where would it do the most good?Well, the cost to cover morphine or a morphine-equivalent pain relief treatment for all the sick children younger than 15 years who are in really serious...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner is using its tremendous reach to signal that enough is enough on the lackadaisical approach to Jamaica's crime problem. The editorials under the rubric 'In a State of Anarchy' are throwing some blockbuster punches, and none have really...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For too long, the Jamaican economy has been in a pregnant pause. This gestation is definitely too long. It is time for the economy to emancipate itself from this coma.The mining industry can play a critical role in reviving this economy. There is no...

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Making the Internet safer for our children will likely emerge as one of the daunting challenges of 2018, even as the constant use of digital media causes public-health concerns around the world.The United Nations Children's Fund estimates that one...

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The newspaper headline announcing the death of a former president of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards, blazoned, 'MAX IS DEAD'. One of my Facebook friends was appalled. She called it, "Classless, uncouth and beneath the dignity...

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Just be yourself" is what the parents of many children say in an effort to keep them grounded. Unfortunately, the reality for African-Jamaican children does not permit them to be themselves.They live in a country where, to be accepted, they need to...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you're like me, you are no longer surprised at the alarming crime statistics in Jamaica. Over the years, we have become numb to the news of murder and mayhem.It is clear that our politicians are unable to do anything about it. They all seem not...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At 9:51:31 p.m. last Tuesday, 21 miles underground, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter Scale shook the Earth between the Cayman Islands and Honduras.That was a big one! It is one of the largest quakes to take place in the Caribbean in...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In recent months, up to earlier this week, Ed Bartlett, the tourism minister, has been busy boasting about Jamaica's record performance in tourism for 2017. The island welcomed 4.3 million visitors - an increase of 21 per cent - of which 55 per cent...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the spirit of 'the buck stops here', accepting ultimate responsibility, it is not far-fetched that Commissioner George Quallo should resign over the New Year's Day road blocking Sandz party debacle on the Palisadoes Road.But, the perception is...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

October 2017 marked the retirement of the Honourable Rev Dr Burchell Knibb Taylor as pastor of The Bethel Baptist Church, Half-Way Tree, and after 50 years, from active pastoral ministry with the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU).Also, 2017 was the last...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The debacle of the protracted traffic jam along the Palisadoes strip on New Year's Day was a product of a disregard of responsibility on the part of those who issued the permits giving clearance for the Sandz event to take...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's perhaps invidious to make a direct comparison between the two. We do so nonetheless, but only to emphasise that Jamaicans are capable of producing good outcomes, especially when we employ serious thought and planning into our ventures.First,...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:05 AM

If the trend of the first eight days of year is maintained, Jamaica will record more than 1,800 murders in 2018, or nine per cent more than the previous worst-ever year of 2009.The figures for 2018 will represent an increase of around 210, or 13 per...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There was something cruelly symbolic about the gridlock that shut the country down on New Year's Day. Did it portend an unhappy future where everything slowly ground to a halt and the last person to leave the country couldn't even reach the airport...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's 2018. Hip, hip, hooray! No sooner did the pepper lights come down and the fanfare of the fireworks diminish did real life set in.We closed out last week with news out of the JCF that Jamaicans were killing each other at a rate of six a day. A...

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