Mon | Dec 18, 2017

In Focus

This week's hot topic is Government's 'apology' read by Andrew Holness in Parliament regarding the May 2010 'Tivoli incursion'.The Rev Ronald Thwaites, halo firmly affixed and voice at least an octave above usual, bemoaned the inadequacy of the '...

Last weekend, I spent a few days in the lovely but awfully congested town of Ocho Rios. Chupski and I were there for rest, relaxation, and everything that fitted in-between.Leaving from a private residence in the town's western end, we headed out on...

"Firemen strike ... up to the police dem too ... wooooiii ... oh oh ... ." The year was 1968 and the Ethiopians released the song Everything Crash. It was unthinkable that members of the constabulary should withdraw their labour and thus breach...

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Syria, allegedly to discuss a final peace settlement in the Syrian civil war. On Monday, he was in Syria to announce a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from...

November each year is recognised as Drug Awareness Month when the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) highlights its delivery of research-driven public education, prevention and treatment programmes in pursuit of its vision to reduce the use and...

Not surprisingly, the botched process of procuring used cars for the police is the subject of considerable debate. The public, as it should be, is incensed that 11 months after the contract was awarded, the supplier has so far delivered a mere 30 of...

On October 22, I penned an article titled 'The iceberg below the gun find'. It was a chilling discussion, and not just because it was in two freezers that the contraband was found. At the Kingston Container Terminal, 19 guns, including six rifles,...

In 1934, Osmond Theodore Fairclough (1904-1970) returned to Jamaica, only to find that 100 years after The Emancipation Act, the racist society created by plantation slavery was alive and well. Fairclough, a black man, after graduating from Calabar...

First of all, thanks to Professor Carolyn Cooper for her close attention to, and care for, the sugar industry here in Jamaica with an article addressing myself and our deputy CEO titled 'Dear George Hong Guo and Liu Chauyo' in The Sunday Gleaner...

By and large, cliches are lazy, mindless, foolish generalisations created as a refuge for the thoughtless.However, some cliches have worth. At the top of my very shortlist is 'a leopard never changes his spots'. If only we'd understand and accept...
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