Fri | Apr 26, 2019

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Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:24 AM

It was two weeks of mixed fortunes for the Brave who fell, won, fell again, and fell again, but I suspect that they will not yield. Of course, Jamaicans know that I am speaking of Kingston College (KC), a school co-founded by unmarried St George’s...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

I don’t want to get in trouble for saying that Daryl is now the MP for all of Portland. But who cares? Congratulations to Daryl for becoming the MP for Portland, a truly historic feat. And congratulations also to his lovely wife, Ann-Marie, who...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

In 2012, for the first time in its almost 40-year history, the National Gallery of Jamaica hosted an exhibition of poster art: the top 100 entries from the first International Reggae Poster Contest. Six hundred and seventy-eight designers from 80...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) overwrought response to a fraudulent letter claiming to be Peter Phillips’ resignation as its president may be understandable, given the letter’s circulation in the midst of Thursday’s East Portland by-election....

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:22 AM

On March 14, as I watched Peter Phillips’ Budget presentation, my mind drifted back four short years. Then (March 2015), Peter was finance minister. He said: “Let me be clear and fair. This build-up of debt didn’t happen overnight … . It was...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:20 AM

In the aftermath of a chastening defeat in the People’s National Party (PNP) bastion of East Portland on Thursday, Damion Crawford’s political future lies in his hands. Spirited into the seat just over a month before the April 4 by-election, Mr...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Good things come to those who bait. This is the essence of the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The first time I heard it I was overwhelmed by the sheer...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:19 AMElizabeth Morgan/Contributor

You will recall from previous articles that the negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU), the 27 members, for a successor agreement to the ACP/EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA),...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Advocates of reparation welcome the announcement that Britain will compensate the Windrush generation victims of its harsh immigration policies, a package totalling two hundred million pounds. This was announced by Asif Ahmad, the British high...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Up to yesterday, Lionel Myrie was still listed on the website of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) as one of its directors. We’d expected that by now, he’d have resigned, and if he hadn’t, that he would have been fired by the Energy...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Near the first anniversary of Nicaragua’s popular uprising that was strangled in blood by the government of Daniel Ortega, repression continues rampant, while dialogue with the Organization of American States and the Vatican is in limbo. Democracy...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:28 AM

In The Gleaner of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the article titled ‘SVL denies taking over racing industry’ seemed to be a reply the company was making to a question posed in the House of Representatives by Lisa Hanna, regarding the sponsorship of $80...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:26 AM

On March 26, 2017 – almost exactly two years ago – Dr Peter David Phillips became the fifth president of the People’s National Party (PNP) by acclamation, but the handwriting was on the wall sometime before that. Four months earlier (on November 28...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Recently, radio personality Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small called out social media sensation Ladasha ‘Mackerel’ Francis as a prostitute ( Star March 25). Mackerel cringed at such a label. Nevertheless, Mackerel boasts about taking away women’s men...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Calvin Rowe was quite possibly a worthwhile teacher of English literature. It is about his leadership that we have profound doubts. In that, we are not alone. Which is why he must seriously consider his future as the acting principal of Calabar...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Damion Crawford as first vice-president of the People’s National Party (PNP) is not just the most popular man among the national count of PNP delegates, but he gets the biggest applause whenever his appearance is announced at a PNP forum. In...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Years ago, I watched the movie White Man’s Burden, which was based on an alternative reality in the United States where the lower class consisted mainly of white Americans who lived in run-down and crime-infested ghetto communities while the upper...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:26 AM

It is frequently the case in Jamaica that we conflate word with deed. So declarations of intent are presumed to be actions and outcomes. That, however, is not a predilection anyone would associate with The Mico University College, which has been...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The article ‘No stomach for politics’ published by The Gleaner, March 10, 2019, is a most honest, brave and instructive political expression for the year. It provides a most glaring definition and description of the social and political...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The people who favour abortion are correct. A pregnant woman should have the right to decide what happens to her own body. However, we should not go on and talk nonsense beyond that statement which needs proper nuancing. At a common-sense level,...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:23 AM

There is an old, old adage which goes like this: ‘Yu nuh si smoke widdout fyah.’This is quite fitting to what I want to share with readers in Jamaica. Since March 2018, many persons, including myself, have painstakingly volunteered to assist as...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:16 PM

Michael Abraham’s article on 'Damion Crawford’s Hypocrisy tells only part of the story. The real question is what accounts for Ann-Marie Vaz’s rise to status? What gives her access to money to start a foundation and the confidence of the business class to support her campaign? Could a black girl from the country, carrying load on her head and back, sleeping in a callaloo bed to stop praedial larceny see the same rise in status and power?

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Anyone who viewed the offerings in the design competition for the new Parliament building that Prime Minister Andrew Holness is insistent on building at National Heroes Park can’t but celebrate the conceptual skills of Jamaica’s architects, whether...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) last Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the HEART Trust/NTA (HEART) to promote the acceptance of the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) and the...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Opposition spokesperson on education and fellow columnist Ronnie Thwaites last week wrote a piece that caught my attention. Here’s the part that really struck a chord: “Full and complete answers to all the questions regarding its (CMU) connection...

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