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This week’s confirmation by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) of the continued softening of gross domestic product (GDP) output poses two significant challenges to the government, one economic and the other political. The most immediate, and...

Not everyone supported Project Jamaica when it launched in 1962. As I recall, residents at the time could choose whether to become nationals of the new nation, or remain British citizens. Our family discussed it and we decided to be Jamaican, but...

“The day will come when nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendor of their capital cities and public buildings, but by the wellbeing of their peoples; by their levels of health, nutrition and...

With students not only frequently engaging in fights, but hurling stools at each other in the process, leaving school grounds to get backup, and punching authority figures who try to calm them down, we can all see that the classroom has become a...

Justice Seymour Panton was the guest speaker at the launch of my recent book A Controversial Clergyman. He was a clerk of courts during my time working in the RM Courts in Montego Bay, straight out of high school (1968-1974). In passing during his...

Now that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is back to its full complement of ‘independent’ members after last week’s appointment of former Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, it should not only get on with preparing for the imminent general...

The article written by Erica Virtue, titled ‘Holness stands out…But crime and corruption bedevil JLP Gov’t four years later’, in The Sunday Gleaner (February 23, 2020) begs an important question. If an administration fails both at good governance...

In light of the increasing incidents of physical altercations in our schools, it is important that we consider teaching our children empathy. Such instruction must be explicit and consistent. For one hour per week, guidance counsellors and other...

It’s a matter of regret that unlike the Commonwealth, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at its summit last week, apparently couldn’t close the fault lines on a common candidate for the job of secretary general of the Organization of American...

I had not seen one of my patients for way over a decade. I knew her parents long before she was conceived. I saw her through her formative years, but then she fell off my radar. When I saw her for the first in a very long time, I had to catch up on...
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