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Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

When I am teaching my foreign friends bad words, I explain that the root word is made incrementally worse by adding the suffix “c***t” to it. And so, by appropriating the latest international bad word, I present to you the most vile of curse words...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In a recent Gleaner editorial, the case was made for the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith to meet with current United States Ambassador Donald Tapia to send him a clear message that Jamaica’s foreign policy was not formulated at the US State...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

On a day last week when the opposition leader’s point man on agriculture, Victor Wright, was thrown to the dogs, he was on Nationwide Radio struggling and stumbling to explain what was supposed to be another scandal under the Jamaica Labour Party’s...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The public uproar about Waldane Walker’s use of “bad words” to end his valedictory speech at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) 2019 graduation ceremony and the support he has received from many people is indicative...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The following is part one of a three-part series featuring excerpts from the book ‘Conflict of Identity: From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa’. The fractured self in the context of racial identity is the...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Sometimes I wonder when governments prepare budgets if they do not believe that the consequences of misjudgments, misplaced priorities, and overly ambitions forecasts will not come back to haunt them and the society. Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Recently, the news cycle has been dominated by episodes of angry outbursts, leading to physical violence in some instances. This is almost always due to low emotional intelligence. We all know someone who “nuh fraid fi talk wah come a dem mout” or...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I am originally an industrial engineer by vocation and so have had a lifetime fascination with how to improve productivity. In Jamaica, we are very good at analysing problems but not as good at implementing solutions. I would like to take a...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

One famous Jamaican, the late Professor Rex Nettleford, bemoaned the fact that Jamaica is a nation of “sprinters” and not “long-distance runners”. This adage is applicable to sports, but, unfortunately, for many businesses that blazed their names...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The recent altercation between a mother and a medical doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children that led to a shutdown of the accident and emergency unit for two hours became the major topic of discussion in the past week. Psychological...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

I happen to like Kari Douglas, PNP councillor for the Trafalgar division in South East St Andrew. First of all, she is a woman, so that gets her an automatic 10 bonus points. Second, she is intelligent and is proud of her Jamaican self. I also...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from speech at the recent Jamaica Basic School Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala in the United Kingdom. That the Jamaica Basic School Foundation (JBSF) will, in 2020, celebrate 20 years of service to Jamaica is testament to the...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump and his family own 38 registered trademarks in China. Some of these were approved after Trump became president. And yet ‘Donald the Great’ Trump has the audacity to rail about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Government recently brought to Parliament proposed changes to the boundaries for the Municipality of Portmore. The opposition objected on the grounds that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) had not been consulted ahead of the proposed...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In 2012, the New York Times wrote a column, part of which read: “China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies, and outright gifts from the government...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two recent high-profile USA visa revocations (and hints of more) brought into sharp focus Jamaicans’ irrational lust for and all-encompassing reliance on the American visa. Joe Blow’s and Jane Payne’s visas are revoked all the time. The USA, as a...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Since mankind decided to end the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and engage in farming 12,000 years ago, we adopted new ways of living. We put aside the concept that only the mightiest will survive – the law of the jungle. After all, the best farmer is...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Malcolms of Poltalloch are typified by historians as feudal inferiors in Argyll, Scotland, who transformed themselves into a wealthy dynasty not only as landlords in their own country, but with enterprises in Jamaica, and, eventually, other...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from an address at the recent Camperdown Alumni Gala and Awards Ceremony. The theme ‘Together We Must’ is a clarion call to work to achieve excellence at Camperdown High. It also underscores your mission, which is to be the learning...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Though scientists had for many years been developing theories based on evidence obtained through research, acceptance of the term ‘evidence-based decision-making’ became commonplace in the scientific community in the 1990s. The political community...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

A recent Gleaner story has informed us that we have already spent about J$230 million in police expenditure on states of emergency (SOEs) and I suspect that those doing the cost/benefit analysis would like to know if the well which provided that...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The heated paternity leave conversation brings to mind one of Yogi Berra’s notorious faux pas “Feels like Déjà vu all over again”. As usual, the subject has been analysed to death. This is a modern proclivity, especially whenever it involves man/...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We were right, but Dudus was expelled just as if we were wrong. The report from The Gleaner Editors’ Forum on electronic surveillance is headed ‘ Gov’t pulled plug on Phillips’ US, UK MOUs’ , clearly referring to secret memoranda signed by Dr...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) celebrates Jamaica as the poster child for economic reform, the local planning agency, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is revealing a more sober story. The PIOJ revealed that Jamaica’s economic...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In last Thursday’s column, I suggested that initial announcements of charges against high officials usually form the bigger basis of public judgment against these officials. In other words, if an official is accused of an embarrassing charge of...

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