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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 | 12:07 AM

The chronic abuse and neglect of children, and their exposure to  dysfunctional behaviour, sets them up for poor health, not just in childhood, but as they get older and become adults...

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...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:19 AM

“Doctor Bell fell down the well And broke his collar bone, Doctors should attend the sick And leave the well alone.” That would be great advice if doctors were able to easily determine who is sick and who is well, but while this sounds...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:09 AM

We applaud the Government’s plan to renovate 100 police stations across the island as a most deserving project. The crumbling infrastructure that is commonly seen in most police stations has long been a source of discomfort for the police and the...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It may be a coincidence that the announcement of Jamaica’s intention to close its embassy in Caracas came on the eve of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ departure for Florida for a summit of five Caribbean leaders and the American president, Donald...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:15 AMDr Doreen Gordon/Guest Columnist

The Caribbean has had a firm tradition of supporting the sovereign rights of nations. For example, in 1972, the prime ministers of Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica upheld the sovereign right of Caribbean states to establish and...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:15 AM

In 1970 when I first entered The University of the West Indies as an undergraduate (all of 49 years ago! Gosh!), we natural science students were required to take a compulsory course called ‘Use of English’. It was a good course, covering topics...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 1:10 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness obviously learned something from Petrojam and its related scandals. So, rather than allow the slow, damaging drip of tawdry and salacious information about nepotism and corruption that eventually brought down Andrew...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

They may have been wishing and hoping, and planning and praying that it didn’t have to happen this way, but it’s on, and they will have to make the most of it. Come this weekend, Prime Minister Holness and a few other Caribbean leaders will be...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

According to The Star of March 14, it is proposed that those who practise obeah should be fined $1 million, instead of the existing $100, or a maximum of 12 months’ imprisonment. What is criminalised is the practice of obeah, the consultation...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

In the aftermath of the finance minister’s budget presentation there was, quite understandably, a lot of chatter about the various initiatives and overall direction of the budget. Members of the private sector were quick to express their views, as...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:15 AM

We don’t know how closely, or if at all, Pearnel Charles, the Speaker of Jamaica’s Parliament, or any aspirants for the post, have followed the machinations of the Brexit debate in the United Kingdom House of Commons. Hopefully, they, and for that...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The recent case of the Kingston pastor charged with rape, a variety of sexual crimes, and impregnating a 12-year-old girl has once again cast a glaring and damning spotlight on the Church at a time when sexual crimes against children are increasing...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:11 AM

It would appear that despite more than half a century of tourism promotion, the Government of Jamaica has not yet learnt how to “get it all right”. Accordingly, despite the onslaught of commercials espousing the virtues of tourism, real questions...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Government’s announcement earlier this month that it had given its blessing to a Kingston-registered company, Blue Minerals Jamaica, to seek a licence from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore for polymetallic nodules on the deep...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Dear Mr Minister of Health Christopher Tufton: Further to your article on page A8 in The Sunday Gleaner of March 17, your points have been well taken. In fact, nutritionists have been saying all along that both sides of the controversy are...

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