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Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:29 AM

I must admit, to amazement and even shock, that the police have not yet caught those who committed what had to have been the terror-filled murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield. Based on the observation that no signs of a break-in were shown, it seems...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Black History Month in South Florida was marked on Saturday, February 10, 2019, by a gathering of black elected representatives. This included many Jamaican officials. “FREEDOM, RESPECT, LIFE” was the main theme as persons gathered at the Coral...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:28 AM

You have probably heard someone say “I wish I had been a fly on the wall,” referring to a conversation at which they were not present but wish they had been to hear what was being said. Well, I imagine there may have been quite a few flies on the...

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

Twenty-nine years later, the lump returned to my throat, the mist to my eyes, as I listened on Monday, February 11, to rebroadcasts of Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom as he was released from 27 years of imprisonment....

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

Following the publication of my column in The Sunday Gleaner, February 10, 2019, I received a number of encouraging emails and comments. Some comments were from as far away as the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Canada. They alluded to other...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:17 AM

With the harmonisation of common external tariffs (CET) in 1993, the ‘partial liberalisation’ of the petroleum sector was complete. Prices and margins beyond the ‘refinery gate’ were decontrolled and opening hours for retail...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:17 AM

It doesn’t take a professor’s scrutiny of history to recognise the role of beautiful women and their placement in strategic affairs in stoking wars between countries or in bringing ruin to powerful civilizations. Which, of course, does...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Buju Banton must be given a chance to continue his music career without being pre-judged. That’s my opinion. Some say we ought not to be lauding someone who committed a crime, while others believe that once that person paid the price for the...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:14 AM

While visiting the UWI Research Days last Thursday, I stumbled upon a ‘Crime Plan’ panel discussion. It was a heavy panel, with a variety of meanings of “heavy”. The current Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang,...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

I began writing for this newspaper in March 1993. At that time, I noticed that the country’s politics was making a turn for the better but I was still concerned that many of the debilitating personnel hangovers from Jamaica’s violent...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Jamaican leaders have flirted with the idea of acquiring first-world status while experiencing intransigent socio-economic challenges. Is this possible without adequate scientific capabilities, especially in the fast evolving and competitive era of...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Kamala Harris has shocked the American political establishment. She launched her 2020 US presidential campaign bid with her very clear-eyed, bold, progressive vision that forced President Donald Trump to grudgingly call her presidential bid “...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

In the last column (Sunday Gleaner – February 3, 2019), I asked a few simple questions about the Kingston refinery. The first column in this series (Sunday Gleaner – January 27, 2019), provided some insight into the two basic questions...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Seeing on the Internet the elation and look of satisfaction of the people around culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange as the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meeting in Mauritius off the coast...

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 10:19 AM

Today has to be one of those eclectic days in this spot.

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 10:16 AM

The living-wage model has gained prominence over the last two decades in several countries seeking to reduce

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 5:43 AM

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 5:43 AM

Following the publication of my column in the Sunday Gleaner on January 27, 2019, I received a number of comments. One of the writers has urged me to “fast-forward to the present, given the imminent nature of a proposed ‘hostile’...

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 5:42 AM

While the major political parties debate the constitutionality of extending the states of emergency (SOEs) declared in crime hotspots, the real causes of crime go unchecked. Yes, the murders are down, but murders are only a symptom of the disease....

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 5:42 AM

Four years ago when I needed either immediate or remedial plumbing work, Jeff would always be the young man I would seek out. In his early 30s, he was not just a fixer. Jeff was a specialist in using his natural or learnt innovative skills to solve...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

DURING THE past few months, Jamaicans have heard a lot of news about the ‘partly’ state owned oil refinery, ‘Petrojam’. On January 8, 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade announced that, “Jamaica is seeking to take ownership of...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

It must take a lot of gall and other things rhymed with it, to think that one can call a police station and make terrorist threats. Now, although there might be no reason to believe that they will cash in on the threat, the police cannot take any...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Recent pronouncements and the panic surrounding Jamaica overshooting its “target” inflation rate is, frankly, absurd. Overshooting here, which means moving closer to zero, should be welcomed. Most countries, in particular, import and...

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