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An aerial view of Big Pond in Bannister, St Catherine, which is perennially flooded.

The US states of Florida and South Carolina are still counting the cost of being hit by Hurricane Ian. Central Florida, particularly, took a pummelling. Buildings were destroyed. Millions of people lost power. Many may have died. It will be a...

Last week both on air and in this column, I went to great pains to discuss the use of deadly force protocol. There is a simple formula; assume that you may be asked afterwards as to whether or not you could justify the shooting if the purported...

I often overheard the expression growing up, when adults were discussing the horrific acts of indiscipline carried out by my generation. Talking back, or being disobedient to an adult, was enough to earn the moniker. Indeed, we were worse than they...

I have some advice for persons accused of scamming: try as your defence that you made your phone calls to gullible seniors in the privacy of your bedroom, and that your right to privacy is guaranteed by the Jamaican Constitution. The right to...

Jamaica has no shortage of rain. The recent heavy outpouring which accompanied Ian was a timely reminder of how much rainwater this country gets. Every hurricane season, there is significant flooding and the same issues arise. The roads become...

Based on his resume, Fayval Williams, the education minister, could hardly have made a better choice than Lloyd Carney as chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). The big question, though, is what Mr Carney perceives his mandate...

Retired Justice Seymour Panton disclosed during a Gleaner interview last August that citizens’ refusal to testify against criminals and wrongdoers is a major cause of failures of the justice system, declaring that a critical mass of Jamaicans, in...

When I discovered that Liz Truss had won the Tory leadership election to become Britain’s prime minister, my overwhelming feeling was one of sadness. I’m not sad that Truss had won. Frankly, I would have felt the same no matter who won. But I am...

The question of how Jamaica teaches English in schools, and therefore the place the country affords the island’s Creole, was not a topic of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA) annual conference last month. Hopefully, La Sonja Harrison’s...

In July 2021, I wrote about Haiti at the time of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. I then gave an overview of the Haitian economy. Since then the situation has worsened. I have been reading a book on Jamaica in 1903, and the negative...
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