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Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Dis ya year a 15 year since di Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) set up a UWI. An a nuff big tings di unit do inna da time ya. A Prof Hubert Devonish im in charge a di unit. An im come up wid nuff plan fi devel it up. Eena May 2001,...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On September 25, I stumbled upon a tweet originating from the agriculture ministry with the headline 'Agriculture and fisheries ministry paves way for access to Chinese fisheries market'. At first glance, the headline suggested that the agreement...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This is Part 1 of a five-part series.Next month, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be celebrating 150 years since its formation. Such longevity usually suggests strength, acceptability, and success.For nearly one-third of the JCF's 150 years...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A few, though influential, people have argued that Shane Alexis' eligibility to sit in Jamaica's parliament is a matter for the courts. Not least among them is Abe Dabdoub, whose challenge to Daryl Vaz a decade ago placed firm in people's...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One parliamentary seat separated the Government from the Opposition after the last general election. This meant that every seat counts. If you're thinking that every seat always counts, think again. Ordinarily, after there's a big win for one of the...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Sentence reduction for defendants who enter early guilty pleas in their criminal trial is a step in the right direction in seeking to reform Jamaica's creaking justice system, which suffers from inordinate delays.Introduced in May this year, the...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It appears that some parliamentarians are of the view that rural development in Jamaica is being stymied by the vast number of us who leave our home in the country to resettle, live and work in Kingston and St Andrew.I can't quite fathom how I could...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We were in Antigua. We had not been there long, just about two months. We had left Belize, a country that we still love greatly and would return to if we could, and had landed, bag, baggage, and two children, in Antigua.It was a country I had...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

At the turn of the 19th century, only a small portion of the Jamaican population was even nominal adherent to the Christian faith. The Anglican Church - the church of the colonial Establishment - maintained about 20 church buildings across the...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We have twice, in recent weeks, commented on the passing of two talented and stalwart public servants - Herbert Walker and Gordon Wells - whose deaths appeared to have been little noticed by officialdom.The response, or lack thereof, was unfortunate...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Heroes Day of this week, an unprecedented number of 15 people were given national honours for their contribution to sports. None of the 15 people were recognised for what they did this year, in particular.In virtually every case, people were...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Christians at the Intimate Conviction International Conference in Kingston are at loggerheads in their stance on homosexuality and the buggery law. Anglican Archbishop John Holder doesn't believe the Bible should be used to condemn homosexuality and...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There is a saying that to assume is to make an ass of you and me. I assume that Jamaican politicos have the country's best interest at heart and that we people are their priority. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you just call 1-888-...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is still very early to contemplate a verdict on the effectiveness of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO), the government's initiative for fighting crime by sending the security forces into communities to displace criminals, to be followed by a...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If we exercised our collective imagination to its fullest and most adventuresome, it's not too difficult a stretch to make the case that the entire length and breadth of Jamaica is one big special zone needing urgent intervention.That is hyperbole,...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I gave a lecture at the 47th annual gathering of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, held at the Breezes Hotel in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The topic was 'The Anabaptists-Radical Reformers: Relevance for Baptists in the 21st century...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," read the Facebook update. So said, so done. Within a couple of days, the #MeToo hashtag...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Everald Warmington's advice to voters in South East St Mary can be parsed to eternity to disprove accusation of clientelism or an intent to partisan patronage. We are not buying it. Nor are most Jamaicans.In the circumstance, Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Either the newspapers did the esteemed scholar and Anglican prelate, the Most Reverend Dr John Holder, a disservice in the reports on his presentation at the recently concluded Intimate Conviction conference at UWI or else my senior colleague could...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is perhaps true that Jamaicans are not given to critical thinking, so they readily imbibe the populist spiels of politicians and others who hold power. On that matter, we defer to Clement Lambert, a lecturer at the School of Education at the...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Economists live in self-constructed bubbles that exclude reality and treat statistics, surveys and numbers as divine.It's sad, because they only ever experience mathematics gone mad. In that regard, they're a lot like some doctors. I've always...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"... One orb to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."Five months ago, during Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, he was invited to open the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. (I'm not making that up.) The huge, darkened room...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of the most beautiful things about observing modern life in the tropics is the ease with which so many now share all the underlying parts for the world to see. By this I mean, lately, my gaze has been fixed on the abundance of our undergarments...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:38 AM

I walked into the surgeon’s changing room as I usually do on a Thursday morning, the day I schedule my patients for major surgery. The scrubs (operating room attire) that are available are customarily blue or green...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is a company of potential good but whose existence as a political football, and often a feeding trough, weakens its value to commuters and the national economy.The latest trading of accusations between the...

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