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Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Remember that peacemaking pushover from high school? The child that would never stand up for himself (and, Father forbid, for anyone else). The goodie-two-shoe who was perpetually afraid of ruffling anyone’s feathers and endured all kinds of abuses...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Unless the Government silently reversed its policy, which, in this case, wouldn’t be a big deal since the initial plan was executed largely on the quiet, the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) no longer exists. Monies that used to flow to, and was...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Calabar High School and Kingston College have a lot in common. Calabar was started by the Baptist Church. The aim was – primarily – to provide educational opportunities for young black boys. Kingston College was started by two Anglican bishops in...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:20 AM

What now for Damion Crawford after his chastening defeat by the remarkable Ann-Marie Vaz in East Portland? To which seat does he now direct his energy and attention ahead of the next general election? What guarantees will he need about such a seat...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Shortly after our fateful ‘wedding’, the Old Ball and Chain interrupted one of my last permitted domino sessions. Most of the old players had dispersed, so Gene Autry and I invited Little D and his father who were, as usual, separating us from our...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 1:27 AM

In the 2011 general election, Andrew Holness, who had been installed as prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) after Bruce Golding’s resignation, ran against Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of the People’s...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Jamaica is advertised as having a vibrant and diverse culture built on an evolving democratic base. This standard, accepted narrative gives comfort to many. It is a narrative that is rarely unpacked or challenged. The political process that has...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Elections tend to reveal an awful lot about our politics – how people think, what they want and are willing to do for power, and, sadly, unabated political tone deafness. The by-election in Eastern Portland on April 4, 2019, showed that very...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The way that the Calabar High School authorities handled the dust-up reportedly involving a teacher and two of their star athletes deserved a failing grade. The physics teacher claimed that he was abused and assaulted during an altercation with two...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Three events during this past week show up some foundational challenges facing education in Jamaica. The first was the abuse by some students at Calabar High of their Kingston College peers at Monday’s assembly. Fortunately, public response was...

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...

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