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Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:37 AM

Earlier this year I was visited by a patient I had not seen for a long time. She has trusted me to manage her gynaecological issues for decades and we have an excellent doctor-patient relationship. She always greets me with open arms and a warm...

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:34 AM

Jamaicans will be inclined to side with Dirk Harrison in urging the integrity commissioners to get off their backsides and get on with the job they are intended to do – going after the crooks and charlatans who, at the expense of taxpayers, use...

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:32 AM

I read with great amusement a letter purportedly sent by a local high-school principal to some parents whose children’s complexion had somehow departed from the image the school had on their files. Being a teacher myself, I appreciated the comical...

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:32 AM

Literally hours after the passing of Edward Seaga, Jamaica’s fifth prime minister, they started seeping from under the floorboards where they remained mute for decades. Emboldened by his death, they moaned as they advanced into the public sphere....

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Why not just release all the papers and numerical scores of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP)? That way, everyone will know exactly how the new standard curriculum is bring received at the primary-school level and how successful the new forms of...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:27 AM

If President Donald Trump had not existed, someone would have invented him. (Strike that.) ‘Donald The Imperial Great Trump’ is the political invention of Steve Bannon, the extreme American right-wing ideologue. The political vacuity of Donald...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:26 AM

A commission sent to investigate the Morant Bay uprising found that it was essentially a loosely organised movement aggravated by poverty and a lack of institutions for social justice, in particular access to labour tribunals. Flash-forward 154...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:26 AM

It would appear that Jamaica’s foreign policy is drifting along without clear direction, rather like the little boat carrying the five lost fishermen who were picked up by the US Coast Guard and allegedly treated like chattel. Unsurprisingly, if...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:12 AM

The security forces seem to be still holding things together in western Jamaica, where a state of public emergency has been in place in the parishes of St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland for the last two months. But elsewhere in Jamaica, they...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Out of respect for his family, and in recognition of the period of mourning declared by the Government, I felt it appropriate to hold my public comments on the life of Mr Seaga until after his burial. It was hard to hold back my comments,...

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2019 | 12:21 AMKornel A. Brown/Guest Columnist

If we are really serious about the development of football in Jamaica, there are some urgent prerequisite steps that must be taken. In part, strategic efforts must be made by the Jamaica Football Federation to have the highest level of football,...

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Mounting concern about students’ use of products to lighten their skin pitched the bleaching debate at a high level recently after a copy of a year-old letter from a St James high school made the rounds on social media. The letters signed by...

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2019 | 12:13 AM

‘That old black magic has me in its spell, That old black magic that you weave so well. I’ve got those icy, icy fingers up and down my spine, The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine.’ We in the English-speaking Caribbean...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:20 AM

As we pointed out in these columns nearly five years ago, nothing impacts a child’s learning, once in school, more than the quality of ­teachers and teaching to which he or she is subjected. Indeed, we, at the time, alluded to a World Bank study...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:16 AM

The monsoon rains are finally arriving in central and northern India, but they are two weeks late. It started raining in Mumbai on Monday, and it should be raining in Delhi by Friday, but it will have come too late for many people, especially...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:14 AM

I was recently contracted by an energy services company with an international footprint to conduct due diligence on an invitation for ­prequalification regarding an ­energy-savings project for hospitals in Jamaica. The project is being managed by...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:14 AM

I do not expect persons who have no respect for God to respect Satan and his power. It is, therefore, not surprising that secularists have jumped on the bandwagon to legalise obeah under the guise of our constitutional right to freedom of religion...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:38 AM

Since he fired Ruel Reid three months ago, Andrew Holness has been the de jure education minister. Karl Samuda, the day-to-day man at the ministry, acts on Mr Holness’ behalf. More important, Mr Holness is Jamaica’s prime minister. He wields...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Where most 33-year-old women would have breasts with nipples, all Jean had were nipples. In her mind that was probably full confirmation of her mother’s observation, drummed into her since she was 13 that ‘yu too damn ugly’. Low self-esteem walked...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:20 AM

When one hears of the Representation of the People Act, the typical perception is likely to be that of an act of Parliament articulating how elected officials should represent the people in their constituencies. The truth is that this act really...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Head of Jamaica’s garbage collection, Audley Gordon, is a breath of fresh air. After the recent fire at the Retirement Dump, St James, Gordon was asked by a reporter whether he was against residents who claimed that they were going to sue the...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Oil futures rose six per cent last week in the face of rising tension between the United States and Iran. This upward movement follows a ratcheting up of military activities by the US in the Persian Gulf. The US has been imposing a series of...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Jamaica is, undoubtedly, a beautiful island. Sadly, however, the majority of its citizens cannot enjoy its amazing offerings because almost every leisurely or ‘touristy’ activity here is ridiculously overpriced. Recently, I researched Jamaican...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Aside from food, water, and shelter, the one thing that a person will most need in life is an education. Of those four necessities, education is the only one that can help ensure a person’s consistent ability to provide him or herself with the...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Discussions on Brexit at the 8th Biennial Diaspora Conference last week showed the passion, anxiety and confusion which this issue generates in the United Kingdom (UK). Members of the UK diaspora present at a location roundtable on this issue...

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