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Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:21 AMColin Gyles - Contributor

There has been, in recent times, a strong effort to encourage critical thinking among students. It is considered that critical thinking is an important aspect of training people to think so that they can be more productive and positive in their...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Almost from the start of the Republic, the basic core guiding American social and political belief is that the nation is exceptional, and because of that, it has earned itself the right to dictate to other countries. Or at the least, point to the...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:20 AM

A major thrust of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen’s 2020-21 Throne Speech was that economic independence for Jamaica is no longer a dream. It is becoming a reality. That reality was encapsulated in the theme “Towards a Decade of Growth”,...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:16 AM

“Call me Fatty.” I could tell her story but she wanted a name change. Hers is the wickedest bun story I ever heard. At the time, she was living with her baby father in the house they had bought together. Often, her best friend would come over and...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:21 AM

There are a number of issues that become topical once an election is in the air. Included in the list is the issue of a fixed election date. The current law allows the sitting prime minister to call an election at any time within the administration...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:21 AM

It must have been the worst sort of a gut punch for the People’s National Party (PNP) in it helplessly sitting by an orange-painted box on the pavement and watching Trafalgar division Councillor Kari Douglas walk away and give love to the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:11 AM

In 1997, thirty-nine dead bodies were pulled from a mansion in San Diego, California. They were all found wearing identical Nike sneakers and dark uniforms and they each wore an arm patch labelled ‘Heaven’s Gate Away Team’. It didn’t take much...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Some of you might have heard the controversy surrounding the deportation of persons from England with a criminal record to Jamaica. Despite massive public outcry and protestations from members of parliament (MPs) from both sides of the political...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:24 AM

‘Demagogue’: A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting emotions, prejudice and ignorance to arouse an audience, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. –...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:24 AMOneil Madden - Guest Columnist

The unprecedented level of domestic violence, especially against women, that our beloved country has witnessed in the past few years is not only as a result of a negative subculture, but some of its roots can also be attributed to certain decisions...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:24 AM

In terms of my expectations for economic success for Jamaica, I wonder whether I am too hard on the country, and is it really doing much better than I give it credit for. On February 3, 2020, The Gleaner pointed out that the international ratings...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Normally, we would save year-in-review articles for December or even January of the following year. But January 2020 feels like a whole year by itself so we might as well break with tradition and give the longest month of the year its due. It was...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:22 AM

A few weeks ago when another extended moment of hell exploded at the bus hub at Chancery Street in St Andrew and a few more of our Jamaicans entered the realm of those who were shot dead, one side of Buzzer’s bus was shot up and the windscreen was...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:22 AM

In my second article on ‘Baking a bigger pie, rather than fighting over how to slice it’, I gave examples drawn from agriculture and manufacturing on increasing productivity. In this article, I share case studies from the public sector and the...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Singapore is often cited as possessing the ideal development model for Jamaica given the two nations’ location in relation to major trading partners and the similarities of their early post-independence expansion. While both countries may have...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Most election watchers are predicting that the general election will be held this year, even though the constitutional life of the administration does not come to an end until sometime in 2021. Some may even have forgotten that what is actually...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:18 AM

“Money is a bottomless sea, In which honor, conscience And truth may be drowned!” – Ivan Kozlof Forty thousand ­people have died in Venezuela ­because of unjust, immoral sanctions imposed by America and Western European nations. These...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Prior to our Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944, our women never had the right to vote. Fast-forward to our 2016 general election, we find a record number of female house representatives sitting in Parliament. We elected our first female prime...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:18 AM

I know of none so brave that he or she would pretend that the rumbling of an earthquake and the shifting of the ground beneath them is just another stroll in the park. On the scare meter, it measures 99 per cent. Last Tuesday, the fault lines near...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:17 AM

“You do know that song is about celebrating scamming, right?” “Yes,” he replied. “But you do realise that a lot of the same rich people I target got their money from scamming one way or another. What I do is to right their wrongs and give back some...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:31 AM

The textbook definition of ‘USP’ or ‘Unique Selling Proposition’ is a factor which differentiates a product from its competitors – such as the lowest cost or the highest quality or the first of its kind. In simple words, “What do you have to offer...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:23 AM

The governor was Alexander Lindsay, sixth earl of Balcarres and governor of Jamaica from 1794 until he resigned in 1801. The immediate cause of the dispute was the flogging by a slave at the Montego Bay workhouse of two Maroons accused by two white...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

American citizens and green card holders living outside of the United States (US) should pay US Social Security in order to secure a pension, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement insurance, and government annuity. Today, life expectancy...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

In my last column, I thought I had given an excellent explanation of the tough choices many individuals as consumers and parents must make to insulate themselves against devaluation and the initiatives public- and private-­sector leaders must...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

My last three articles clinically ­examined the structure of Jamaica’s food-import bill with a view to understand its composition and to ascertaining what portion of it can be realistically and sustainably replaced. The analysis shows that at best...

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