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Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, Parkland was voted the safest city in Florida. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in that city is highly regarded by the Florida Board of Education.Last Wednesday, a nightmare unfolded at that school. Nikolas...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I walked into a bat. Not a cricket bat, but a costumed demon bat, tall, grinning headpiece with long ears, black velvet arms, and to a seven-year-old, scary like hell. I was at my Uncle Bem's 'parlour' or 'cake shop' in Carapichaima (a village in...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As the dust created by the whirlwind of public outrage settles on the appointment of the acting chief justice, and the terms of the acting unequivocally stated as supervisory probation by the prime minister, the chief executive officer of the state...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow will mark my 25th anniversary as a weekly columnist with this newspaper.It all began in 1992 when the New Beginning Movement (NBM) - of which I was a convenor - joined the Jamaica Council of Churches on a walk from the People's National...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

P J Patterson, a former prime minister of Jamaica, offered the current incumbent, Andrew Holness, valuable advice recently at the height of the controversy over his appointment of Brian Sykes as the acting chief justice in a context where a clear...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A politician is by no means a rare find if one wants to forage all over. In truth, the composition of most politicians supports the obvious finding that they are highly motivated individuals, but with what end in mind, we do not fully know.What...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As crime and violence continue to plague the nation, the interests of individuals, sectors, and political parties have to give way to the collective good of us all. Just as how we are one Jamaica and singing One Love when Team Jamaica mines gold at...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We hear Colonel Desmond Edwards' defence of the independence with which the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has operated. Nonetheless, we, too, urge the speedy completion of the legislative process for its establishment as an...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It seems that Prime Minister Andrew Holness will acquiesce to the public outrage and instruct that Bryan Sykes be permanently appointed as Jamaica's chief justice, after an uncomfortable fortnight for the Government of having him act in the post. It...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Basil Dawkins, in one of his better plays, uses the biblical parables of the prodigal son and Noah's Ark as the backdrop to his newest play, Pressure Drop. Pressure Drop is the title of a song by reggae icons Toots...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The story is told in hushed tones of well-known journalist Evon Blake, who jumped into the pool at Myrtle Bank Hotel, a whites-only facility in downtown Kingston."One summer day in 1948, as tourists and elites casually colonised the poolside deck...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I read an article in The Guardian newspaper titled 'Trinidad's jihadis: how tiny nation became ISIS recruiting ground'. The article reported that more than 100 of Trinidad's citizens have left to join the Islamic State (ISIS), "including...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is a deepening consensus that Jamaica needs not only a new police chief, but one with skills not usually perceived as being the most critical for the job. It should be someone of high intellect, versed in the modern techniques of management...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When I attended secondary school in 19 (mumble, mumble), Jamaica's education standards were exceptionally high.From then, the Campion College template was best. Campion focused on development of the mind and emphasised analytical thinking. Teachers...

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:20 AM

One of the most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching experiences is for a parent to have to deal with is the death of his or her child. A pastor I know of had to face such an ordeal. His daughter became ill and eventually died. But instead of supporting...

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

After its bungle that allowed an interregnum, though brief, between the end of tenure of the previous Police Service Commission (PSC) and the naming of their successors, the Government has appointed a new five-member commission. Gordon Shirley, the...

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I found it incongruous that someone who the prime minister described as possessing "extraordinary legal insights, clarity and erudition", along with, "discipline, structure, efficiency and timeliness", all of which highly recommended him for the...

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Will we listen to Doreen Dyer? We were outraged to watch her beating her girl child with the machete. What is our reaction to her remorse and distress now that she has been punished?"I want the fathers to take care of their kids, because probably if...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:50 AM

With the sudden departure of Police Commissioner George Quallo, the country is on the hunt for a new victim to fill what must be one of the most thankless jobs in the Western Hemisphere. What happened to Quallo? We hardly got to know you, sir!...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:43 AM

Last weekend, family and friends of Dr Donna McFarlane gathered from the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe and across Jamaica to celebrate her life. As we stood in the garden at Liberty Hall on Friday morning, pouring libations...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:28 AM

The recent call for the resignation of the regional and internationally recognised criminologist, distinguished academic and co-author of the last National Security Strategy, Professor Anthony Harriott, by the newly appointed chairman of the Police...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The state of public emergency imposed by the Holness administration in St James last month has staunched the bloodletting by criminals there.In the first 37 days of 2018, a dozen homicides were recorded in the parish. That's nine, or 43 per cent,...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Debates over access to education and the dynamics, financial challenges and best policies to pursue for the sector have been matters of public discourse for decades. Some of these issues were again brought into sharp focus in the State of the Nation...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:11 AM

"You want to hear a dirty joke, Tony?" my friend asked. "You wake me up at five in the morning to tell me a dirty joke? Man, what get into you," I responded. "You want to hear it or not?" he demanded.I was already awake and not as angry as I...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:10 AM

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) (rights) movement in Jamaica has myopically focused a whole lot of its attention and resources on the buggery law and the impact this archaic piece of legislation has had on discrimination and...

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