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York Castle High School students sit provisional driver’s licence test at the school.

Driver education in schools seems like an excellent way to tackle the ongoing carnage on the nation’s roads. If there is national concern about public safety, as there ought to be, then safe and smart driving is desperately needed in Jamaica at...
Anti-government march seeking immediate elections, President Dina Boluarte’s resignation, the release of ousted President Pedro Castillo and justice for protesters killed in clashes with police, in Lima, Peru January 28.

All the countries of ‘the Americas’ i.e., those in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, are experiencing political, social and economic trials to some extent. In large part, these trials in most countries are the result of several...

Almost all of us who grew up or lived in the Caribbean call their mother by many variations of ‘mother’ – including ‘mummy’, ‘mammy’, ‘ma’, ‘mooma’ and, when the chips are down, out, and needing replenishment, there is ‘mother dearest’. Fathers are...

It is more than a quarter of a century since Peter Phillips, then the health minister, launched what he promoted as the start of a modern emergency medical service (EMS), built around the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB). Fire stations across the island...

Reading a book on travel in the Caribbean in 1903, it was evident that travel among the islands was not a pleasure. One needed Job’s patience and stamina. This is still very much the case in 2023. There is only limited maritime transportation in...

A friend sent me a social media post by ‘Thought Restaurant’ recently which I found very funny, but also quite interesting, intriguing and insightful, as it reinforces the message that morals matter. The post read, “Right now the financial...

Last week’s announcement by Trinidad and Tobago that the United States has agreed to ease its sanctions to allow Caracas and Port-of-Spain to jointly develop a natural gas field that straddles their maritime border is another signal to Jamaica to...

“O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts and men have lost their reason!” a quote by Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, a play by William Shakespeare. It may be more appropriate for Jamaica to say that men have lost their reason, integrity, their...

The Old Ball and Chain says I spend too much time on character updates when recounting my Apocryphan fables. “But what should I do for recent readers? They might not know the personality?” I calmly and rationally (gotta watch my tone, remember?)...

This newspaper often makes the point that what is worse than bad policy is the implementation thereof. But even good policies can be problematic if they are badly implemented. The government’s latest traffic ticket amnesty, which Parliament...
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