Tue | Feb 19, 2019

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Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Yesterday’s defection from Labour of seven members of the British Parliament will, as was the case nearly four decades ago, likely again reveal how difficult it is to up-end the entrenched two-party arrangement of Westminster-style politics...

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Last year’s sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination for English language recorded a 68 per cent pass (JIS News). Albeit satisfactory, passes in CSEC English language have always remained a long-standing...

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Fifty-three million dollars worth of people rolled out on Sunday to participate in this year’s staging of the Sigma road race. I find it more impactful referring to the donation figure as opposed to the headcount, because it brings into focus...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:02 AM

There hasn’t been sufficient time for a deconstruction, and deep analysis, of the Budget Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke tabled in Parliament on Thursday, to clearly determine the philosophy that underpins its numbers and what, if any, role...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:00 AM

Not even the governor general seemed convinced about what he had been given to read in Parliament last Thursday. If there had been an altar call after his low-energy presentation, few would have responded.For instead of outlining “the policy...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:00 AM

In addition to living in a technology-driven century, we also operate in an era that is heavily dependent on research. It is taught that research informs practice, and one of the positive elements about most of the four-year degree programmes in...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:00 AM

Unfortunately, I must use the word ‘Negro’ until the influential people on this planet admit that ‘Negroid’ has no place in racial nomenclature. Other major races – Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Australoid – are named...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 12:53 AM

Every now and then a patient would be accompanied by her spouse when she turns up for her appointment at my office. In many cases, their presence is welcomed as they are able to ask me questions directly and therefore be more aware of the issues...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

In a country that is struggling to achieve higher levels of labour productivity, rewarding incompetence, underperformance, and bringing your business into disrepute is the last thing that is needed by an employer. The prime minister must tread...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:26 AM

This month, in a week or so, is five years since Cavahn McKenzie, a St Jago High School middle-distance runner, collapsed and died after a cross-country race in Trinidad and Tobago. Cavahn was 17. He suffered a heart attack For much of last week,...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

As customers are by now aware, the current challenges with water supply in the Corporate Area are primarily related to an irreparable break on the 18-inch Ferry Transmission Pipeline, as it is buried under 35 feet of earth and road infrastructure....

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It must have been déjà vu for the million or so Jamaicans who live in squatter communities listening to Thursday’s Throne Speech. Attempts to grapple with this problem and all its attendant social ills have eluded...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Most of the storylines are driving the international community’s understanding of the Venezuelan crisis centre on the Maduro regime’s gross mismanagement of the economy, and its clean break from democratic laws and tradition. However,...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Parliament is not the Church. It is a place where representatives of the people are supposed to represent the people. Parliament is hardly representative of the people, however. It is dominated by men and they are mainly middle class. That men have...

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

“My son is under a doctor’s care today and should not take PE today. Please execute him.” Since my father and mother never saw my report card or homework book because I relieved them of the hard labour of signing those useless...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Nobody could ever claim that Fayval Williams isn’t academically qualified for her new job. She has the benefit of an education from one of Jamaica’s top high schools, Ferncourt in St Ann, and two of the world’s finest universities...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

China’s unique form of political economy, the socialist market economy (SME), is almost 100 years old. In 1992, these political economic principles were substantively integrated into the Chinese Communist Party Congress (CPC)...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

In recent years, I have expanded my research examining health disparities experienced by African-American women. I came across an especially disturbing statistic: compared to African-Americans, Caribbean-born black people...

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:09 AM

For the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), virtue is not the performance of one good act, but is present when someone is in the habit (‘ethos’ in Greek) of performing good acts. Will Durant (1885-1981) summarised...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Howard Mitchell, as the president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), has a legitimate interest, beyond his role as a citizen, in initiatives to fight corruption in Jamaica. Graft by public officials, the anecdotal evidence suggests...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:09 AM

When news broke two weeks ago about the murder of East Portland Member of Parliament (MP), Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, I happened to be on the corners with some of my drinking buddies. Almost immediately my-not-so well-informed colleagues started...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:09 AM

A little after midnight on a day in 1974, my one-year-old son, Mark Jr, became ill with what turned out to be gastroenteritis. I had been out late that Friday and I was in a bit of panic as I arrived home and the live-in helper gave me the news that my wife had rushed off to children’s hospital...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Recently, on the occasion of the body of Judith Rose Spencer, medical doctor, being discovered in a pond on a university campus, there was a newscast in which the University of the West Indies (UWI)...

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:26 AM

This newspaper is often impressed with, so takes seriously, Howard Mitchell’s interventions in the national discourse, including his proposal last week that we borrow Britain’s mechanism of imposing unexplained wealth orders (UWO) to...

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