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Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:21 AM

No matter how much Karl Samuda and his technocrats contort themselves and attempt to conjure an alternative reality, they can’t alter facts. And the fact is that the results of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) for grade six students are poor....

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:19 AM

To lock away is to discard, forget, or place out of reach. Unfortunately, you cannot do that to the human spirit. Mandela walked into freedom and then into becoming head of state, followed by world recognition as a martyr. He was locked away for...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Dr Peter Phillips, the People’s National Party (PNP) president, is facing a serious leadership challenged from Peter Bunting. His desperate supporters are spreading an argument that “this is disloyalty”. But didn’t Dr Phillips challenge Portia...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:15 AM

I take my responsibilities as first recipient of a new national honour (a grade higher than O.M.) seriously. Some may say too seriously. As first awardee of the G.O.M. (Grumpy Old Man) Honour for relentless protection of the English language, I...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 1:53 AM

Recently I was asked to give a talk to some antenatal patients at a forum being held at a public hospital. My presentation was on childhood trauma and its long-term effects. As I wrapped up my talk, I had one last piece of advice for my audience:...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness can’t fail to have noticed the deepening cynic’s view of his Government – one, as this newspaper’s columnist Peter Espeut put it, that has a “high threshold for … corrupt behaviour”. Reflecting on the scandals that...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Political parties go through changes periodically. Sometimes the changes take place at the leadership level, at the very top of the heap. Sometimes these changes are quiet and decided on between the relevant individuals, but sometimes there are...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The only way Jamaica will achieve rapid, inclusive, sustainable development is if we become a nation of world-class educated, highly trained and well-socialised workers. This applies to all of us, not half or less, who can turn up the frightening...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:38 AM

I wish to respond to a story that featured Cumberland High School on Friday, June 21, 2019, titled ‘School fight: Cumberland principal, staff at loggerheads over ‘backra massa’ leadership’. It is necessary to provide clarity and further...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Edward Seaga should not be declared a national hero, and certainly not yet. I read where Desmond McKenzie has recommended it, and while it may be understandable that he feels that way about his political godfather, that’s not a majority position or...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:23 AM

It is an opportunity that he saw or Esau, but this is no Jacob and there is no birthright at stake here. Yet, in this new dispensation, there is but one name – Peter – shared by the two, and the younger, middleweight Jake is seeking to unseat the...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Vision 2030, Jamaica’s National Development Plan, was initiated, prepared and finalised in 2009, with input from the Bruce Golding administration, the Portia Simpson Miller-led Opposition, government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:21 AM

We welcome the Government’s announcement of its engagement of the United States to determine whether “appropriate procedures” were followed when the Americans detained Jamaicans at sea under the Shiprider Agreement. But the Holness administration...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

In Part I of this article last week, the decision of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to spend between $600 and $700 million to remove 106,000 dead electors from the voters list was examined. The question as to whether this was the most...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Inspector Rohan Brown’s story, published earlier this week, is not the kind of news item that motivates social-media trolls to hit the share button, which would take it viral. Brown is a policeman who was retired from the Jamaica Constabulary Force...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Students are bleaching their skin and educators are punishing them for it, though they have no authority to tell children what they can and cannot do with their bodies. This week, a letter (allegedly) from the principal of Irwin High School in St...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:25 AM

I grew up with engines – not just the massive and noisy Mack trucks owned by our neighbour, Mr Esack, but the green, steam-belching ones owned by the sugar estate that were up and down the narrow gauge railway line just about a hundred yards or so...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMJoseph Willis/Contributor

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has been parading the figure of the country’s fifth prime minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga, and has been allowed to continue their public showing by many, out of sheer respect. It was reasonably foreseeable,...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:39 AM

Leadership sometimes demands bold assertiveness – just doing what’s right. Which should be the case with repealing Jamaica’s Obeah Act. Instead, there is vacillation and wind-testing by the Government, probably fearing that crossing people who...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

An individual has the right to protect their person and property. Everyone strives to achieve peace of mind. In light of this, most right-thinking people take their personal safety seriously. Today, CCTV surveillance is increasingly being utilised...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Those of us with sensitive consciences cannot bring ourselves to support either of the two major political parties on offer. Support for both has been in steady decline over the last few decades. Neither has made any serious effort to disassociate...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

A little over 50 years ago, in March 1966, Mexico and Jamaica established diplomatic relations. A few years earlier, in 1962, Jamaica gained its Independence from Great Britain after centuries of colonialism. Within those years, Mexico consolidated...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:18 AM

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the mental health of people who live in war zones is of relevance to Jamaica and, hopefully, will command the attention of the island’s medical authorities, including the health and wellness...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

A little over a week ago, while hosting Cliff Hughes Online on Nationwide radio, none other than Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles Sr, called in to make a comment on his fears over the proposed repeal of the Obeah Act. According to Mr Charles...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Last week, Dr Fritz Pinnock, head of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), made damning allegations against a fellow government agency at a parliamentary committee meeting. Pinnock accused a respected investigative government agency of ‘...

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