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Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:33 AMAnthony Gambrill

In 1661, just six years after the English captured Jamaica, a young Peter Beckford came to the island seeking his fortune. Few records of his early years have survived but Jamaican historian Frank Cundall claims that he accompanied Henry Morgan on the assault of Panama in 1671...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On October 30, South East St Mary electors vote to replace late, lamented MP Winston Green (PNP).JLP candidate Norman Dunn ran in the 2016 general election and lost, in a magisterial recount, by five votes, despite prevailing on election day. This,...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Of all the individual parts that are stitched together to make a society healthy, viable, socially secure and happy, the most important is justice. Lack of justice is similar to being homeless, living on the sidewalk, and subject to the extremes of...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Not every crime statistic is meaningful in its own right. So, for example, when two weeks ago the commentators were shrieking and accusing the devil of all sorts of crimes, because the reports of abuse against children had increased, I sucked my...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Monday, October 30, voters will be going to the polls in South East St Mary, Southern St Andrew, and South Western St Andrew. Three constituencies at once in by-elections may be history-making.The widely expected results will be soaked in history...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In the best of times, politics and principle will always step out to the same music, but the dance is usually awkward, laboured and laughable.About 10 years ago, the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) mercilessly hauled the Jamaica Labour Part...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I see child abuse is the latest nine-day wonder, especially among the chattering classes.Why? A video has surfaced of a topless mother, seemingly living at or below the poverty line in an inner-city or country settlement in Bath, St Thomas, beating...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Soon come. Just try starting a meeting on time in Jamaica. Even in Parliament.'Jamaica Time' is one of the cute hallmarks of the culture. It is also one of the cultural handicaps holding us back. There are others.I've long been convinced that if we...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

My first child was born in Canada. When Nadine Chang Dupre was born in 1974, I was still an MBA student at McGill University in Montreal.Her mother, Angela, and I returned to Jamaica, with her, shortly after.While she lived here until she was around...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Research on a great Jamaican scholar who went to Oxford in the 1950s has led me face to face with the exciting moment when political federation of the Anglophone Caribbean was not only seriously being considered, it had briefly become a reality.By...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMRhonda Williams

I am mortified by the complete deficit of nuance and context in response to the actions taken by St Catherine High School to reprimand the students who have brought the image of their school into disrepute.The most recent onslaught on discipline was...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Grade 10 in high school can be a pleasurable place in terms of deeper involvement in academic work, athletic pursuits, bonding with friends, getting to know the opposite sex, and thinking seriously about a career path.Other times, if a child is...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A mother used a coconut machete, commonly called a bill, to beat her teenage child with so much rage that it brought to mind the evils that we experienced when we were on the plantation. Most pathetically, it was not only the busha man and white...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two seminal thinkers whose ideas on economics have had the greatest impact on the world, and who were founders of rival schools of economic thought, were philosophers Adam Smith, father of capitalism, and Karl Marx, father of communism. Today, sadly...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Many happenings deserving of comment occurred while I was sitting on the bench waiting for the call to warm up.For example, even belatedly, I must congratulate Bishop Howard Gregory and the Rev Garnett Roper for exposing Jamaican churches'...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Guest columnist Milton Wray made a number of inaccurate assertions in the article titled 'Save the pharmacy sector', published in The Sunday Gleaner of October 1, 2017.Arising from this article, the National Health Fund (NHF) has received feedback...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:15 AM

Jamaicans reading IMF review recently must have been flying high and singing with gusto, "Ain't no stopping us now, we are on the move, we are in the groove."But within days of that review, some manufacturers started complaining about the recent...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:09 AM

... When a government of the same men and women sign a contract for $626 million to repair the Junction road in the middle of an election campaign, why should not the political ombudsman, the contractor general, the NCC, the parliamentary Opposition...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Who made that telephone call? That months-late call from the Ministry of Finance to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions the same day the director publicly and bitterly complained about the lack of response to filling staff vacancies...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans can become carried away with temporary authority and are prone to inflating its scope.Recent hyperbole regarding the offices of the political ombudsman (PO) and contractor general (CG) has rekindled these unfortunate tendencies. Under a...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

More than a few years ago when I interviewed a murderer, robber, and rapist who called himself 'Captain Blacks', who was once a gang member running with the notorious Natty Morgan, two things he told me have remained riveted in my mind.'Yu si all...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

So the big man has cast a relatively large shadow Cabinet and has clearly put his own stamp and flavour on the People's National Party (PNP) as it waits with 'baited' breath for the next general election. Of course, the election is not due for...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma demonstrated the vulnerability of both rich and poor societies and the extreme fragility of the poor-island societies. Barbudan society literally collapsed under the onslaught of Irma, and social chaos hovered over St...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When he died in 1813, Simon Taylor, a Creole Jamaican born in Kingston, was the richest man in Jamaica and reputedly among the wealthiest in Britain.His father, Patrick, had migrated to the island from England and over time became a prosperous...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Like the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA), but for different reasons, I am looking forward to the disclosure by Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, of the list of processors involved in defrauding the...

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