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Who then is my neighbour?

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 o ... Read More

Drought and other weather conditions have been an active part of Jamaica’s history. Water is life and drought is normal
SOMEONE should write the peripatetic history of our hapless water utility. The National Water Commis ... Read More

Letter from Henriques, McBean and Clough a breach of confidence
Dear Editor, I refer to the letter from RNA Henriques, Garth McBean and Raymond Clough, which was p ... Read More

Crisis situations
are laboratories for
human traffickers Crisis situations are laboratories for human traffickers
TODAY, July 30, is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. When disaster strikes, the humanitarian ... Read More

Emancipendence from modern slavery

Michael BURKE | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Roberto Italo Zanini’s record
of the life, virtues and
miracles of Josephine
Bakhita — the daughter of
Africa who became a sister to
the whole world.

ON August 1, 1834 there was partial emancipation from physical slavery in the British colonies and full emancipation on August 1, 1838. In the case of Jamaica, political independence was granted on August 6, 1962. There was the ecstatic belief that never again would there be bondage and slavery. But, unfortunately, slavery has returned. Because our Emancipation Day holiday is close to our Independence Day holiday, there is a similarity in one way with the Jewish -- although in that instance it ... Read More

Celebrate the "likkle but tallawah-ness" that is in our sporting DNA

Alicia MORGAN BROMFIELD | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Dream Denied

JAMAICA'S senior football team just pulled off an incredible feat. Once again, our bold, bright, vibrant, and indomitable national colours of black, green and gold were splashed across the international sporting arena in a positive way, and this time it wasn't for our ubiquitous dominance in track and field. Our football team, coached by the soft-speaking Winfried Schaefer, whose responses to interview questions are in halting English, did what the Brazilian Rene Simoes did in 1998: brought o ... Read More

Singapore meets Jamaica — So now what?

BY RYAN PALMER | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

AS a mathematics teacher, it will be interesting to see what concrete impacts the recently concluded seminar on the mathematics teaching practices of Singapore will have on Jamaica's policy and pedagogical landscape. Singapore maths is touted as being transformational and able to deliver breakthroughs in learning outcomes in a subject that many students struggle to master. As Singapore math is practised, it embeds the findings of American psychologist Jerome Bruner, who argued that a learner pa ... Read More

Manna not falling from heaven; the Church must manage earthly man

BY BASIL FLETCHER | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

THE Ministry of Education has recently announced the closure of roughly 20 rural schools, many owned and operated by the Church. The closure of the schools come about as a direct result of the significant decline in the population of children attending those schools and the relative underperformance of the schools in question. Here, I would like to point out that the decline in student numbers is a manifestation of the rural-urban population drift, which comes about as people seek employment an ... Read More

Joan Gordon-Webley and the PNP

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

(L-R)
Delano Franklyn
Angela Brown Burke
D K Duncan
Michael Peart

Joan Gordon-Webley's attempt to join the People's National Party (PNP), and the party's response, offers interesting insight into how and why organisations make decisions, the current state of the PNP, the shadowy influences of history that goes back 40 years and the imperative to address those issues, the challenges of taking a stance in a small and morally confused society, and how much more difficult life is when we try to act outside of a guiding ethical framework.   As it is with most ... Read More

The numbers game with high school CSEC rankings

Lipton Matthews | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

The numbers game with high school CSEC rankings.

In recent years the ranking of Jamaican high schools based on their performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations has become popular. Presently, two major ranking systems exist, EducateJamaica and Education2020, among them. The former assesses the percentage of students passing at least five subjects, inclusive of mathematics or English at the CSEC level. However Education 2020, the older ranking, examines the pass rates in CSEC mathematics and English for seco ... Read More

Defending the  fairer sex

Tariqu A AL-MAEENA | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

TWO girls, out for a stroll on the Corniche waterfront in Jeddah during the Eid holidays, found themselves quickly surrounded and hounded by a crowd of pestering youth. The terrifying ordeal the girls went through was captured on many mobile phone cameras and soon uploaded on social media. The unruly crowd pushing and taunting the girls has been described as a wolf pack trying to ensnare its victims. And from the expressions on the girls’ faces it is obvious that they were indeed victims ... Read More

I caught AIDS, but all is not over

Monday, July 27, 2015    

I caught
AIDS, but all
is not over

ON June 25, my entire world crumbled down as I was diagnosed with HIV. After being in a monogamous relationship for almost a year and testing negative multiple times throughout the relationship, I was tested positive for HIV. So I began to do some self-searching and introspection: I'm not a whore. I don't do drugs. How did this happen to me? Then I realised it can happen to anyone. I just needed to know how to bring my world back down to earth and stay strong. To be honest, it's a stressful sit ... Read More

Lessons from Bolt, Boyz for our leaders

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, July 27, 2015    

Usain Bolt celebrates after powering to victory in the 100m at the IAAF Diamond League
Anniversary Games in West London on Friday. (PHOTO: AFP)

AS our leaders line up for their photo opportunities with our heroic Reggae Boyz, victorious Usain Bolt, new sensation Elaine Thompson, and other athletes returning from the Pan Am Games and Diamond League, we invite them to reflect on what brought these personalities their glory. It was not the waving of party colours, promises and posturing. It was the early morning training, the inconvenient due diligence in the form of drug testing and, finally, their performance under the glare of public vi ... Read More

Scott urges fitting tribute to Isaac Matalon

Monday, July 27, 2015    

(L)MATALON… a man whose
generosity knew no bounds.
(R)
SCOTT… let his memory and
his work not be forgotten.

The head of the English Constitution of Freemasons in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Walter H Scott, has urged members of the St Thomas Lodge to name the building in which they meet in honour of the life and work of Isaac Matalon. "To do so will be a fitting memorial to him who gave so much for his beloved St Thomas Lodge," Scott told the freemasons in a lecture delivered earlier this month. "Let his memory and his work not be forgotten," Scott said after informing his audience of Matalon's j ... Read More



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