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Here is a startling statistic about what happens when a teacher enters a Jamaican classroom for, say, a 40-minute session with students. On average, he or she spends up to 16 minutes attempting to establish order, maintain silence, enforce...

I suspect that the per capita consumption of what North Americans call corned beef hash and we here in Jamaica call 'bully beef' reached one of its highest points in the months following the passage of Hurricane Gilbert in September, 1988.The island...

On Sunday, before the nine a.m. worship service, a congregant of the Boulevard Baptist Church told me that a very close family member of his was recently raped. It is causing unimaginable pain for the victim, an academically gifted child.Can anyone...

The Tambourine Army has burst into life like a powerful storm that brings the promise of new growth. On March 11, it organised an effective protest march against domestic violence. Now, one of its founders is facing a charge of malicious publication...

Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats.First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such a way as to magnify it. Not only did he give our landscape a certain epic status, he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps,...

The major victim, so far, in the squabble led by Calabar High School over the eligibility of Aryamanya Rodgers for this year's Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships is the young man himself. If reason, balance and good sense don't prevail, the...

I always wonder who advises politicians when they come up with ideas to enhance their chances of winning elections. Not too long ago, this ruling political party made election promises to provide no-user-fee health services. They assumed that since...

In the grand scheme of things, politicians are generally cunning and hardy animals. Their tough skins and broad backs enable them to not only survive, but to thrive in harsh and demanding climates such as ours.These opportunistic creatures are quite...

The Tambourine Army describes itself as a “radical social-justice movement committed to uprooting the scourge of sexual violence and safeguarding the rights of women and girls”. Co-founder Latoya Nugent was arrested last week and...

It was refreshing to be in the House of Representatives last Tuesday and Thursday by comparison to many previous sittings. The presentations of Peter Phillips and Portia Simpson Miller caused listeners to think, to appreciate good oratory, and to...
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