The Laird

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    Entertainment tourism – Let’s pick some cherries!

    The Annual Tourism Arrivals statistics for Jamaica for 2017 have a metric on which we have not had any public commentary and reveal a set of possibilities for the country. In 2017, neither unnaturally nor unexpectedly, the month with the largest number of arrivals was December. We welcomed 251,800...
  • The chiseling effect of education

        The following is by an unknown author or authors although it has been used, spoken, read and repeated for centuries, viz; “…. The advantages of education, by which means alone we are rendered fit members of regularly organised society” Since the dawn of light 6,018 years ago,...
  • Patrimony gone awry

    The real patrimony of this beautiful isle is the land bequeathed to its citizens from generation to generation. The land provides fertile ground for sugar, coffee, cocoa, pimento, ackee, domestic food crops and others. The land provides the mineral wealth of the country — bauxite, limestone, gypsum, and aggregates....
  • Revenge of the nerd

    As a young lad growing up in the 1970s and attending an all-boys traditional high school, there were few epithets worse from your peers than being described as a nerd. A nerd was a social outcast. He was stereotyped as having very thick eyeglasses; he did only science subjects...
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    Middle Class Breeding

    The Pocket Oxford English Dictionary describes the noun “breeding” as follows: “upper-class good manners seen as being passed on from one generation to another”. It also describes “to breed” as follows: “to mate and produce offspring”. The term ‘middle class’ may be used either as a measure of economic wealth or as a barometer as to...
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    PREPARE FOR A FASCINATING POLITICAL CHESS GAME

    Across the world there are political parties that cover the entire spectrum of political philosophy. This ranges from the ultra-right to those on the far left. The recent elections in the USA, the United Kingdom and France have resulted in left and left of centre parties all being on...
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    THE LABOUR MARKET & EDUCATION

    The story is true, but poignant & hurtful. A very bright, well mannered, articulate young man graduates from one of the traditional boys’ high school in Kingston which has existed for over 100 years. He is armed with 2 hands full of CSEC passes with very good grades and...
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    Equal pay for women in sports – A myth

    Over the last couple of years there has been a hue and cry about the lack of equality in pay and compensation for professional female athletes. This came to a head when the United States Women’s Soccer Team began a concerted series of activities to bring this to the...
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    Education funding – a new policy

    The Government of Jamaica (GOJ), commendably, has just decided to spend J$300 million to assist deregistered final year students at the University of the West Indies (UW), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and other universities to pay the outstanding monies due by them to the universities in order to...

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