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The length of the term of president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and that organisation’s unique executive structure are pertinent matters for debate by people vying for the leadership of the JTA. But a more urgent issue is the vision...

There is a spectrum of men who produce children. Many men are fertilisers who simply fertilise eggs, with little or no affection or loyalty towards the female or his progeny. Some men only produce children to validate their manhood and to fit in...

Absent schooling and present hunger are the plagues afflicting two-thirds of the Jamaican people right now. Tell mi is lie mi a tell. Last week a horrid and dangerous consensus was finally admitted. It isn’t 120,000: it isn’t even 200,000 of our...

It is estimated that every cigarette reduces the life of the smoker by 11 minutes; a pack of 20 reduces life by about three hours and 40 minutes, and a carton of 200 cigarettes reduces life by one and a half days. Many smokers will smoke 50,000-500...

When a lawyer criticised one of my recent columns (Come lie with me), I wanted to ask him “What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 20?” The answer is, “My Lord.” Or I could have said, “A lawsuit is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out...

No one should have to explain to Dwight Sibblies, the North Clarendon member of parliament (MP), that there was always going to be the potential for conflicts of interest between his membership of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and...

It took the Jamaican State more than 100 years to learn that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) cannot effectively police itself. For decades the JCF had a Professional Standards Branch, headed by an assistant commissioner, with a department...

For the past year, the world’s efforts have been focused on beating back the worst effects of COVID-19, underscoring the relevance of scientific evidence in public health policymaking. The experience of places like the United States and Brazil...

DONNA PARCHMENT BROWN, the political ombudsman, should stay her haste in asking Parliament for additional powers against politicians who break election laws or breach the codes by which they agree to abide during campaigns. Last week, Mrs...

It should be obvious at this point that online schooling was a failed experiment, a trial-by-fire that many students could not withstand. Education in general has been on a major downward spiral for a while now. Last April, The United Nations...
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