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Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMReginal T.A. Armour SC

Much has been written in the press about the provision of legal education, the latest being the comments of the minister of education of Jamaica.In the analysis of these issues, it is important to refer to the historical and logical basis for the...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:10 AM

Economic and social outcomes in Caribbean countries following their independence were impressive. Per-capita incomes rose sharply, poverty declined, and impressive strides were made in increasing life expectancy, reducing infant mortality, and...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If it's an accurate reflection of the energy, political savvy, and determination that the then opposition JLP brought to the by-election in North East St Ann in mid-2001, we can safely remove the present PNP Opposition from the heater and call it...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Is it only people who are bored or discontented with their marriages who cheat? Is cheating a sign of some inadequacy in a marriage? Do happy couples cheat? Yes, says marriage therapist Esther Perel in her new book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Joining the crowd gathering for the festival of All Saints Day, 34-year-old Augustinian monk and university professor of theology, Martin Luther posted on the door of the castle church of Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, a document with 95 theses, or...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Regular readers recall that I recently spent time in MoBay because The Old Ball and Chain's 'baby' required surgery.As I wrote then, although we were booked in the fabulous Half Moon Hotel, Old BC insisted that we live at the hospital, where she...

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...

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