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Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

SOME OF our educators, including and especially our principals, are often as misguided and distracted as some of our leaders. They tend to focus on the wrong things (read their ego) and have a warped measure of success. It's all about inter-school...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMGlenroy Morgan, Contributor

The defection of our athletes to cash-rich nations is quickly becoming a worrying issue. What started as a novel concept when Sandra Farmer-Patrick pulled up stakes and switched allegiance to represent the United States in 1988, is now a contagion...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMGwynne Dyer, Contributor

Reuven Rivlin, the president of Israel, is an outspoken man, but he knows when to hold his fire. He condemned the killing of an 18-month-old Palestinian child in an arson attack in the West Bank by suspected Jewish settlers last Friday as "terrorism...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMPatria-Kaye Aarons, Contributor

As is the case every year, the looming date of August 6 gets the whole nation thinking about Independence and what it means to them. For those generations before me, the notion of Independence evokes sentiments of freedom from slavery, the liberty...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

Why do people 'confess'? People usually confess because they're guilty. Most confessions are 'coerced' (few confess 'voluntarily'). But 'coercion' is a complicated concept, despite the law recognising only confessions obtained under physical duress...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMJennifer Ellison-Brown, Contributor

This week's article is a follow-up to last week's article 'Process to Healthy Behaviour'Using the same plan for every individual who wishes to change a behaviour will not work. The same prescription would not provide optimal results for a person who...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Experts in the fight against doping in sports have long discussed and recognised that governments and anti-doping organisations worldwide have very little incentive to discover and prove if any of its marquee names (in any sport) has used or is...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Tony Vendryes, Contributor

MUCH IS said of the importance of well-known minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, selenium and zinc for good health.Another important mineral, magnesium, is often disregarded, although it is the fourth-most abundant mineral in the human body,...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMOral Tracey, Contributor

Comparisons between the current Reggae Boyz, who finished second in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 1998 team that qualified for the World Cup Finals in France continue to crave the indulgence of local football fans.It is always difficult, if not...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay is fiercely protective of Jamaica's world-standard track and field talent. When it seeks exposure under a foreign flag, there is frustration, coupled with anger.This columnist was at the 1999 Seville World Championships. Talking to...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:01 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

'No-P Jamaicans', the vast majority of the country, shouldn't join the Opposition in accepting Government minister Peter Bunting's apology for his' John Crow politics' statement.The apology is not sincere. And the Opposition knows it. But the...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Orville Taylor, Contributor

It is bad enough that we got a number two rating in the Gold Cup, despite our best of efforts to wrest it from the grasp of the Mexicans, who in the view of many were cheated into the finals. Unfairness is a hell of a thing to deal with, especially...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was on target to make the link at the United Nations (UN) Security Council between transnational crime, drug trafficking and development. Her call for multilateral debt relief in the context of discussing...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMCarlton Davis, Contributor

The following is Part One of a two-part article by Dr Carlton Davis on public sector reforms in Jamaica. See the conclusion next Sunday. I read this newspaper's report of July 27, 2015, regarding CAPRI's report on Public Sector Reforms in Jamaica,...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 11:03 PMKwame Dawes, Contributor

As long as there have been people on this island, there have been songs, poems, incantations, curses, blessings, prayers, abuses, witticisms, word...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Deyal, Contributor

A peer without peer could be deemed peerless but a peer without care is not just careless but seemingly couldn't care less. This is the case of Lord John Sewell, 69, a peer beyond compare, deputy speaker and chairman of committees at the House of...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMJennifer Ellison-Brown, Contributor

The intention to change to healthier behaviour may be good, but to accomplish it is a challenge, especially if you don't have the knowledge about how to achieve this change. Change usually does not happen all at once, it is a gradual process that...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Championships had its gloss removed on the last weekend in June, when arguably the two most anticipated events were shorn of a top-ranker expected to compete.

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMOral Tracey, Contributor

Jamaica and indeed the entire world, got excited over the weekend on seeing world sprint king Usain Bolt return to some semblance of form with identical 9.87 second clockings in the heats and final of the 100 metres event at the London 2012 Olympics...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMPatria-Kaye Aarons, Contributor

Last Wednesday, a stabbing occurred in Kings Plaza. A fistfight had taken place between two men 39 minutes prior and one party hurriedly left with both his body and ego bruised.

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

Gene Autry, the Beast, and I had given up raising a fourth for dominoes when we heard, away in the distance, "If a macca, mek it jook yu!"The Dunce! We greeted him with mixed feelings because his arrival interrupted Haemorrhoid's response (using one...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Jamaica's Gold Cup campaign has ended with a 3-1 defeat by Mexico in the finals on Sunday. The Reggae Boyz played well, and except for an inability to put the ball in the opponents' net during the first 30 minutes of undeniable ascendancy, and two...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Atheist-for-the-time-being and vigorous public defender of that faith in the press, Michael Dingwall, has thrown Christians a challenge: 'Christianity needs a newer testament', he wrote in The Gleaner of June 17.I am deeply irked by people who suck...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMApryl July, Contributor

We've grown in numbers. Gone are the days of the classes of 20 or 30. Even gone are the days of the classes of 100+. Currently, the class of 2015 of the Norman Manley Law School (NMLS) is 270 strong. Similarly sized is the class of 2016. We've been...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDensil Williams, Contributor

The debate is on in earnest as to whether or not Jamaica can indeed sustain the 7.5% primary surplus target as agreed with the International Monetary Fund under the extend fund facility signed in 2013.One set of persons call for a reduction of the...

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