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Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 6:25 AM

Professor Errol York St. Aubyn Morrison is one of Jamaica's most accomplished sons. His credentials include at least two doctorates, two professorships and two master's degrees.He has carried out pioneering work in the medical field with special...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:16 AM

Webster McPherson is cynical. Not unreasonably. He used to manage an orchard in Agualta Vale, St Mary, from where they used to export up to 80,000 boxes of mangoes weekly. Tropical fruits and other crops were also shipped from Belvedere Estate in St...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

October 10, 2018 is recognised globally as World Mental Health Day. This year, we celebrate this momentous occasion under the relevant and timely theme, 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World'.Today signifies a global network of...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Reports coming out of Europe last weekend indicate that the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) post-Cotonou negotiations commenced on Friday, September 28 in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.A brief...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:12 AM

The Government and the wider public are in danger of extracting the wrong, or not the most relevant, lesson from the success of a series of states of emergency in tamping down on crime in Jamaica. They assume that the gains are because of the powers...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Of all the pet names Elva had; 'Hero Duck' had to be my absolute favourite. The story goes, one day early 2014, Elva made a purchase. In that store, receipts were still hand-written, by a sales rep whose life mantra, I assume, was "Mi cyaa bother."...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was Friday night in July 1973, and the domino regulars were off partying, so Gene Autry and I headed to UWI to seek out our domino pals, Dr S. Blank and Jimmy Hunchback.Readers were introduced to these UWI maintenance workers in my first column (...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As I sat in the outdoor dining area at the new Ribbiz on the Kingston waterfront a few weeks ago, I almost had one of those 'pinch yourself' moments.I felt this way as I looked across into the distance to my left at the cars snaking along the...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 1:03 AM

There is an ancient parable about six blind men and an elephant that originated in the Indian subcontinent. The earliest versions are found in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain texts, and have different variations, but it basically goes as follows. A group...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness didn't specify whether it was before the end of the calendar or parliamentary year that he intends to open debate in the House on the future of the National Housing Trust (NHT). Either way, the move is welcome - but...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I was leafing through the Sunday Observer when I came upon an ad for a particular brand of motor car. The first two words of the ad read, 'Top shottas'. The ad showed the two versions of the model being advertised along with some of their features,...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The country is just not ready for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). There are serious problems of language and culture that have to be confronted first. The direction of PEP towards analysis and critical thinking is correct. The implementation of the...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It ought to be a concern of all of us that more and more of our fellow citizens are falling through the social safety net and ending up on the streets in various capacities.There is a proliferation of 'robot' taxis. These are unlicensed passenger...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is consensus among Jamaica's parents, educators and the political Establishment for a primary curriculum that encourages critical thinking by, and the continuous testing of, the island's primary students. No one wants to have them cramming for...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Friday's Gleaner editorial, titled 'The confusion of auxiliary fees', speculates that the amounts collected by schools "fell after the minister's initial foray and his public spats with principals over the issue, especially in the lead-up to the...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The time for tiptoeing around mental illness and the impact on our population is long past. There is no better time to come to terms with that fact than today, as we kick off our observation of Mental Health Week in Jamaica and ahead of World Mental...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I ended up in traffic behind a bus advertising one of our many universities. Incidentally, I provoked a lot of debate a few years ago because of a column I'd written with the headline, 'University fi stone dog'. I reported then that there...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

People who are concerned about what's happening to our men and boys seemingly do not realise that constantly labeling their underachievement and disproportionate involvement in criminality and other social ills as"male marginalisation" prevents us...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Quick action by the security forces and customs has prevented 26 illegal guns from getting into criminal hands. This is something to celebrate in a country that is daily convulsed by gun violence that is claiming lives at an alarming rate. More than...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you're working in a supermarket, taking up a piece of cake is a piece of cake. The term "piece of cake" applied to any action means that it is easy to accomplish, for example, "Why did the students eat their homework?" Because the teacher said it...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Addressing the first meeting of the parent-teacher association for the new academic year last week, Walton Small, the principal of Wolmer's Boys' School, one of Jamaica's top high schools, reeled off a host of improvements being undertaken.Internet...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Orville Higgins had an article in The Gleaner of Saturday, September 8, 2018, titled 'Why do we attend high school?' This article, he claimed, was prompted by a discussion he had with a teacher concerning the action of Calabar High in preventing...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fifteen years after George W. Bush invaded Iraq to destroy Saddam Hussein's imaginary 'weapons of mass destruction', what have the Iraqis got to show for it? There was a great deal of death and destruction (around half a million Iraqis have died...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica, we have placed academic achievement as the pinnacle of success at the expense of experiential learning, in effect dooming a significant portion of our population to poverty and social stagnation.When we talk about the productivity of the...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

KD Knight's recommendation that the Government compensate operators of public passenger vehicles, who, for a quarter of a century, paid fees that the Transport Authority (TA) had no legal authority to impose, is a commendable, and perhaps, moral...

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