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Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:10 AMRomane Elliston/Contributor

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.’’ – Kurt Vonnegut When you have successfully gone through a secondary education system and you see how some of your classmates behave,...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Too many of our pastors and their congregants spend too much of their time worrying about same-sex marriages and what lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people do in their bedrooms. It’s rather mind-boggling how pastors in such a deeply...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Age doesn’t matter unless you’re a cheese, but if you love cheese like I do, cheese matters considerably, despite your age or even whether the hardest substance in the human body is singular, plural, present, absent or merely missing in action. I...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:37 AM

They call it the Highway of Bones. I am speaking of the road between Ferris and Mackfield in Westmoreland, currently under reconstruction by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). This particular stretch of road is littered with the bones of the...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:35 AM

Although over the last quarter of a century I have written on many and diverse subjects in this column, when many people see me on the street they identify me as ‘the environmentalist’. My childhood was full of snorkelling on our reefs, and coming...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:16 AM

While this newspaper shed no tears at seeing the back of Dave Cameron at the helm of Cricket West Indies (CWI), we warned Ricky Skerritt, the new man, against dismantling everything that was done by his predecessor. We understand that temptation....

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:16 AM

There was a little-noted, but potentially constitutionally significant, observation in the Privy Council’s recent ruling making it mandatory for the Police Service Commission (PSC) to procure independent investigations, especially from the...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:13 AM

If the East Portland by-election was viewed by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as a gastronomical feast, then, instead of the huge fatted calf that it expected to be spread out on its table for feasting on, it had to settle for a few goats ready for...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Well, the tsunami in East Portland fizzled even before it started, and Damion Crawford, having run what many have dubbed a ‘class-less campaign’ is now seatless and senateless after being trounced by a ­neophyte who overcame a previous 2,200-plus...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:05 AM

The recent by-election in East Portland telegraphs the need for forgiveness in national development. Hence, it is necessary that the candidate who concedes does do so unconditionally and graciously with a congratulatory message. It is not a time to...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Last September, this newspaper drew attention to Jamaica’s failure, despite being one of the early signatories, to ratify the Rome Statute that, 17 years ago, established the International Criminal Court (ICC). So, Jamaica is still not a member of...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

I oftentimes get tired from having to fight to get our people to appreciate the importance of human empowerment in the arts. I struggle to understand why we find it so difficult to fund creativity, to assist our people to engage art towards...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Remember that peacemaking pushover from high school? The child that would never stand up for himself (and, Father forbid, for anyone else). The goodie-two-shoe who was perpetually afraid of ruffling anyone’s feathers and endured all kinds of abuses...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Unless the Government silently reversed its policy, which, in this case, wouldn’t be a big deal since the initial plan was executed largely on the quiet, the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) no longer exists. Monies that used to flow to, and was...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Calabar High School and Kingston College have a lot in common. Calabar was started by the Baptist Church. The aim was – primarily – to provide educational opportunities for young black boys. Kingston College was started by two Anglican bishops in...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

What now for Damion Crawford after his chastening defeat by the remarkable Ann-Marie Vaz in East Portland? To which seat does he now direct his energy and attention ahead of the next general election? What guarantees will he need about such a seat...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Shortly after our fateful ‘wedding’, the Old Ball and Chain interrupted one of my last permitted domino sessions. Most of the old players had dispersed, so Gene Autry and I invited Little D and his father who were, as usual, separating us from our...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 1:27 AM

In the 2011 general election, Andrew Holness, who had been installed as prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) after Bruce Golding’s resignation, ran against Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of the People’s...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Jamaica is advertised as having a vibrant and diverse culture built on an evolving democratic base. This standard, accepted narrative gives comfort to many. It is a narrative that is rarely unpacked or challenged. The political process that has...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Elections tend to reveal an awful lot about our politics – how people think, what they want and are willing to do for power, and, sadly, unabated political tone deafness. The by-election in Eastern Portland on April 4, 2019, showed that very...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The way that the Calabar High School authorities handled the dust-up reportedly involving a teacher and two of their star athletes deserved a failing grade. The physics teacher claimed that he was abused and assaulted during an altercation with two...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Three events during this past week show up some foundational challenges facing education in Jamaica. The first was the abuse by some students at Calabar High of their Kingston College peers at Monday’s assembly. Fortunately, public response was...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:24 AM

It was two weeks of mixed fortunes for the Brave who fell, won, fell again, and fell again, but I suspect that they will not yield. Of course, Jamaicans know that I am speaking of Kingston College (KC), a school co-founded by unmarried St George’s...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

I don’t want to get in trouble for saying that Daryl is now the MP for all of Portland. But who cares? Congratulations to Daryl for becoming the MP for Portland, a truly historic feat. And congratulations also to his lovely wife, Ann-Marie, who...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

In 2012, for the first time in its almost 40-year history, the National Gallery of Jamaica hosted an exhibition of poster art: the top 100 entries from the first International Reggae Poster Contest. Six hundred and seventy-eight designers from 80...

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