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Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

The thing about legends is that despite coming to an end, they abide for eternity. The legend Jamaica bequeathed the world, Usain Bolt, had always wanted to retire after the Rio Olympics in 2016, but fans, and perhaps sponsors, pressured him into...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

And so it ends. A disappointing campaign at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, bookended by reports of a catfight between two members of our mile relay team, moments before the final.When the Legend pulled up with cramp on the final...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

It is not often, in recent times, that this newspaper has found itself in support of positions held by the Police Federation. That's because the union for the rank and file of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has mostly busied itself with irrational...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

The recent requirement for sub-officers and constables to give six months' notice of their intention to withdraw from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) may prove as difficult to enforce as the Public Health Tobacco Control Regulation which...

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM

The current barrage of verbal exchanges between the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the president of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, is part of a long, miserable and contentious relationship between both countries.The acrimony can be...

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM

Peter Bunting is not an ordinary Jamaica citizen and is in no position to insist to be so considered. He is not only an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, but he has held high political office, including the critical one of minister of...

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 8:00 AMRobert Evans

It certainly is a privilege to be a member of the generation that has been able to enjoy the performances of Usain St Leo Bolt - by far the most extraordinary sprinter the world has ever seen.He has run against royalty (unfortunately losing under...

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM

Last Sunday, I wrote a piece on the political crisis in Venezuela. Then on Wednesday, I wrote an article on Donald Trump's hyperbolic language about North Korea. But it never occurred to me that the next article would be about Trump, North Korea AND...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 8:40 AMGarth Rattray

The amazing talents of our elite track athletes have spoilt us. Their repeated international successes and world dominance caused many to see them as unbeatable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some years ago, a scientific group did a...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 8:24 AM

Recently, I was called to see a patient of mine who was in labour. When I arrived at the maternity unit of the hospital and entered the labour room, I saw her lying supine in the bed, in the middle of a contraction, with a woman tightly grasping one...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM

As we came down from the excitement of Great Aunt Babsy's annual Gala bashment, the sobering reality of what we call life on this rock after half a century of so-called Independence knocked many of our patriots senseless and irreparably damaged the...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM

One of the grave weaknesses of our national culture is to depreciate the value of infrastructure and institutions in which others have made significant investment, financially and socially.For example, there are four community centres in central...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM

As vulgarly perverse as the findings of the constabulary administrative review into the conduct of their officers during the Tivoli Gardens operation may have been, they can, at least, claim that they not only did something, but shared the outcome...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM

These are their names: Wray Palmer, Kent Pantry, Hilton McDavid, Errol Johnson, Hartley Perrin. They had, as their legal counsel, Andrew Lewis and Wesley Watson, who, like Mr Palmer, the chairman, are senior police officers.That's the group that...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM

Sadly, we are not unfamiliar with instances where politicians go after citizens. It is usually an unequal battle, because the ordinary citizen doesn't have the bully pulpit, the same access to media, or diehard supporters. So it's not a pleasant...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM

There's been a spectacular exhibition on Jamaican music at the Philharmonie de Paris that closed today after four months. More than 50,000 visitors viewed this truly inspiring tribute to our musical culture. The exhibition was brilliantly curated by...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM

We might have blown our opportunities in the past by not elevating engineers to a pivotal role in our society. We might have missed out by discounting their full significance in ensuring robust growth. But all is not lost if one adds credence to the...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 8:00 AM

If you think education is expensive, try the alternative. For years, the Jamaican high schools have been stratified according to their results by the population at large.All of these schools now have in common the mandatory interference from...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2017 | 8:23 AMShanna Kaye Monteith

The first few legs of Wendel McKoy’s life were marked by doom and saturated by struggle. Almost dying after being born prematurely, predicted next in line to go mentally ill after all his older siblings were admitted to mental institutions...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2017 | 8:00 AM

At the age of 71, Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and astute entrepreneur, had already created Chanel No. 5, the scent of the 1920s, and introduced the Chanel suit that is described as "a perfect melange of femininity, polish and timelessness...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2017 | 8:00 AMGarfield Goulbourne

Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter in the history of athletics. I bestow this accolade by virtue of the phenomenal times he has run, the way he has dominated and devastated contender pretenders to his sprint throne in...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2017 | 8:00 AM

The trucker dispute with Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) may have been settled, but the impact of the recent disruption may continue to hurt the productive sector and the economy for a long time.Truckers have been complaining about the...

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 8:00 AM

We had hoped that George Quallo might have proved an exception to the Peter Principle to become a transformative leader of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). But four months into his stint as commissioner of police, this newspaper is rapidly...

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 8:00 AM

It has been a strange World Championships for Jamaica. The results so far have made a mockery of the form books, and our legion of track and field experts have not looked like the gurus they project themselves as. Who can blame them, though?Who...

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 8:00 AM

I have now obtained a copy of the written submission made by the Rt Rev Howard Gregory, Anglican Lord Bishop of Jamaica, to the joint select committee of Parliament considering amendments to the Sexual Offences Act, and so I can comment more...

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