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Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Not until well into adult life was it clear to me that I had missed a day of science class. I was a long-time big woman when I discovered that starches turn to sugar in the body. You know, like dumpling, and bananas and rice and my beloved bread....

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:36 AMAmanda Quest/Guest Columnist

December 3 is observed across the world as International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) under the theme ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. This...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:36 AMSamantha C. Johnson/Guest Columnist

Each year, December 1 is celebrated internationally as World AIDS Day. HIV/AIDS, after many years of research, has become a manageable chronic illness, much like diabetes and hypertension. However, HIV remains stigmatised, preventing access to...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Dominoes with the Dunce as a partner can be stressful. Nobody suffered more than his brother cum domino genius, Dessie. Not that the Dunce was a bad player. It was just that he preferred mischief to thought. The sibling tension highlighted that...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:26 AM

The great and the good who descended on Port Royal last week, toting another package of promises for the town’s development, were perhaps lucky that, after three and a quarter centuries, the spirits of the buccaneers who once controlled the town...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Government’s plan to build, with Chinese support, six schools specialising in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is, on the face of it, exciting, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness has to make a better case than he has, thus...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Further to articles that have appeared in the international and local media on the matter of the transfer of shares in Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, the Port Authority (PAJ) wishes to provide clarification as follows: 1Who are the parties to...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Emergency Rooms (ERs) are understaffed. And they must accommodate patients (even in chairs) until beds are available on the wards. Sometimes this takes several days. A certain well-known and heavily subscribed ER has only 50 per cent of the...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:16 AM

That is what the sullen student told the substitute teacher when given a mild reproof last week. You fill in the blanks. His is the story of deep self-disrespect which will defeat the 2030 vision, ‘5 in 4’, seven years of states of emergency, seven...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:10 AM

These days I am being invited to speak to boys a lot, an opportunity I embrace with much gratitude. One of my last sessions was with a group of grades five and six boys from a school in the Corporate Area. It was Boys’ Day at the institution, and...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:59 AM

Our billionaire problem is getting worse. Any market-oriented economy creates opportunities for new fortunes to be built, including through innovation. More innovation is likely to take place where fewer rules encumber entrepreneurial creativity....

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:59 AM

The over-pressured pipe that burst in the Pembroke Hall High School classroom recently was simply one of many. Nothing new. Teachers who spend day after day trying hard to teach and discipline rotten-behavioured students will have mental breakdowns...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:58 AM

The Government, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, intends, by next March, to have before Parliament a bill to establish a national identification system (NIDS) to replace the one the court struck down earlier this year for being...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:58 AM

There are not enough Labourites or Comrades in this country to win an election for their party. However, there are large numbers of persons and certain key constituents who, if you lose them, then the election is a stiff task and if successful,...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:55 AM

On a flight from Jamaica to Turks and Caicos last Monday, I got into idle conversation with a mischievous man who asked if I’d heard that Edna Manley’s name is now a new ‘bad’ word. It’s being used as a sanitised supplement for the protective cloth...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:19 AMTulip Reid/Guest Columnist

Too often, people argue that homosexuality is the root cause of HIV and offer proof that same-sex behaviours are abnormal. As we observe AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day in the coming week, it is worthwhile to revisit Dr Wayne West’s letter...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Dr Russell Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, and social and literary critic. In 1953, he completed and published The Conservative Mind. Brilliant in every respect, this book is arguably one of the greatest contributions...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Earlier this week, I went fishing for cod. The last time I did that was about 35 years ago. We were in a boat on the Gulf of Paria and safely, we hoped, within the maritime border with Venezuela. My diver friend, Henry, better known as ‘Sploof’...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Jamaica is in the midst of a dengue outbreak, with scores of deaths and hundreds of persons showing symptoms, so it’s an urgent national priority to attack and destroy the mosquitoes which bear this disease. We now see that one of the most...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:29 AM

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) reprising of its proposal for a two-percentage point reduction in the general consumption tax (GCT) suggests that the issue will be central in its election campaign, which is why the party owes the public further...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

It was alarming to see a video of a teacher threatening a student to murder him. That was way over the top and the response of the public is, essentially ‘let’s kill the teacher’. According to news reports, the education minister said that the...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

On Friday, November 22, the Financial Gleaner published an article headlined ‘Red Stripe tees up pitch for another tax break’; however, the truth is our story is much bigger. As a corporate entity, we derive our social legitimacy and right to...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

This week, Christians of older tradition observe the beginning of the Advent season which prepares for the celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas. As St Paul so aptly writes, the idea that God (pure spirit), the Creator, should take on flesh...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:34 AM

We’d be surprised if most Jamaicans weren’t as disconcerted as we were by Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ suggestion that Jamaican institutions are struggling up a learning curve in the fight against corruption. It was as if he was making an excuse...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:27 AM

The viral clip of a teacher from Pembroke Hall High School is, first of all, more of a general review of the decay of Jamaican society from independence to now, than it is the teacher driven to the edge of schoolroom insanity. In the 1960s, when a...

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