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How not to promote economic equality

US presidency (Democratic) aspirant Hillary Clinton

At the Washington Post, Max Ehrenfreund argues in 'Hillary Clinton's top goal as president could be effectively impossible to achieve' (July 20) that Hillary Clinton may be hampered in her stated goal of raising middle-class incomes and reducing economic inequality by factors beyond her control. The ... Read More

Flip the coin
It would defy the laws of God if we, as a people, over the years elect politicians to govern us who ... Read More

Elder Clara Davidson (second left) baptises one of several individuals at Camp Verley, St
Catherine, on September 28, 2013 during a Year of the Laity baptism, which authorised local
church elders to do baptism that day. Adventists grapple with decision on ordination of women
DELEGATES at the 60th Session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists turned down a moti ... Read More

Activity on the Kingston port. KCT deal: Misinformation flowing from no information
As it now stands, the deal to place Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) firmly in the hands of CMA CGM ... Read More

'Sweet' deal will turn out sour for Jamaica

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

(L-R) Minister of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips. KAGAME...regarded by many world leaders and economic
scholars as Africa’s Lee Kuan Yew

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue. -- Sir John Herschel An excerpt from Aesop's fable The hawk, the kite, and the pigeons The pigeons, terrified by the appearance of a kite, called upon the hawk to defend them. He at once consented. When they had admitted him into the cote, they found that he made more havoc and slew a larger number of them in one day than the kite could pounce upon in a whole year. Moral/Interpretation: Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease. I did not on ... Read More

Portia will not be flying the gate until her horses are ready!

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

SIMPSON MILLER... does not intend to retire as
anything else but as the prime minister of Jamaica

To begin with, prime ministers do not call early or snap elections to lose -- even though misreading the political tea leaves and miscalculating political risks can result in electoral defeat. Historically, there have been many instances of such electoral miscalculations in Jamaica. Michael Manley called early elections in 1980; his egregious "150,000 strong can't be wrong" miscalculation of the enthusiastic crowd -- numbering 150, 000 -- that gathered in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, is well ... Read More

A nation is born

Lance Neita | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

The Jamaican National Flag.

As we approach Independence Day, it is always interesting to look back at the frenzied preparations that time forced us to make in 1962 to prepare Jamaica for that first August 6 celebration. During the seven-year period following the general election won by the People's National Party (PNP) in 1955, the people went to the polls four times, first in 1958 to determine party representation in the West Indies Parliament, then in 1959 when the PNP was re-elected, in 1961 to decide the fate of the F ... Read More

The hawks that swooped down for Jamaica's Independence

VERNON BROOKS | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

WAKE up every teacher, time to teach a new way! History teachers, wake up! It's not just about the pay! Your hands are tied, though: A gag order is more like it, if you must know. For, the department won't stamp the approval to say what you needed to have been telling the nation from day one of basic school education, lest all arrows should point back at the politicians -- past, and by all means present -- from all indications. Big controversy swirls around whether Jamaica should have taken the ... Read More

Guyana and Venezuela — Peace under law

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Nicolás Maduro and David Granger

There is everything right with talking. And if, indeed, Ban has suggested such a dialogue between the two presidents -- and presumably himself -- then everyone in the Western Hemisphere should wish it well. It is past time that the Guyana-Venezuela controversy should be ended. The urgency of such an end is not only because by next year it will formally be 50 years old, but because recently it has heated up, creating tension in the wider Latin American and Caribbean area. But a dialogue between ... Read More

Human trafficking: The slavery of the 21st century

LUIS ALMAGRO | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Human trafficking is a silent crime, hard to identify, and roughly as profitable as drug and arms trafficking. No country is untouched by this crime -- a sad and challenging 21st century reality. Today is the day chosen by the United Nations to remind us of the moral precariousness in which we live at an incalculable cost: Human dignity. Human trafficking subjects men, women, and children -- many lured by their dreams and hopes for a better life -- to exploitation of all types, comparable to s ... Read More

We must change to find growth

BLOSSOM OMEALLY NELSON | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

The following is an edited excerpt of a presentation by management consultant Dr Blossom O'Meally-Nelson on the occasion of the 40th anniversary banquet of Sam Sharpe Teachers' College on July 25, 2015: I listened to the young man ask a driver, "Yasso a weh?" and I thought, this is no ordinary question. This question speaks not only to geography, but to psychology, to philosophy, economics, and politics. It is a question that we should ask ourselves individually and collectively, now and with r ... Read More

Making mathematics teaching and learning meaningful

RYAN PALMER | Sunday, August 02, 2015    

THERE is little contention that the teaching and learning of mathematics are equally challenging processes. The struggle to improve on both aspects must yield to the realisation that these processes are inherently messy. As it relates to teaching, this messiness often involves re-teaching, un-teaching, over-teaching, and under-teaching. It is a complicated judgement that the teacher must make in order to become facilitators of understanding. But even though a lot of emphasis is rightly placed o ... Read More

Who then is my neighbour?

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, July 31, 2015    

Anthony Carmona,
president of the
Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago

REMEMBER how it was not too long ago that we and our "Trini" neighbours weren't so happy with each other? If you followed all that was being said, not too long ago, it was easy to proclaim that we would never talk to them again. But time is the greatest healer. Just over a week ago, the president of the twin-island republic came into our island, not to make war, but to bring peace and to revive memories of good times which were a part of his development right here on the University of the West ... Read More

Water is life and drought is normal

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, July 31, 2015    

Drought and other weather conditions have been an active part of Jamaica’s history.

SOMEONE should write the peripatetic history of our hapless water utility. The National Water Commission (NWC) has a good story, but to those who can't pay, get connected, or have no water the tale is inglorious. Once we were first in water works and concrete houses; had an on-time railway, trolley car system; hydro-electricity; the first Ford car agency; seaplanes; largest hospital; cycle velodrome, but we do not maintain things. We are the "riches to rags" cautionary tale that Granny tells. A ... Read More



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