• Starting some engines that have been asleep for years

    As 2020 rolls on my success rate is still low, but I am happy to report one success that could boost our expectations for a much improved year and timely responses. In my Postal District the frequency of opening of the Post Office was moved from 5 days per...
  • Problems With Easy Solutions — All That’s Needed Is The Will

    Happy 2020 to all, and let us resolve to be a part of the changes that are required by confronting them every day. If we can be relentless and show numbers, then those empowered to make changes will make them and progress will happen. Let me start with my...
  • Trapped! Oh Yeah!

     When Jimmy Cliff wrote and recorded the song Trapped in 1972, it was about a relationship with a woman, and the influence or spell she had on him that, despite his expostulation, he found it difficult to walk away. Today, I sense we are also trapped in a socially...
  • Patois – Figet it!

    As a product of the ghetto, I grew up in the midst of poverty and violence and among people who were either illiterate or semi-literate but spoke fluent Patois.  I took pride in learning English and I believe I can hold my own in any global forum where English...
  • BBC! The New Language Frontier

    Just over three centuries ago, there began to emerge in Britain, France and throughout Europe new ideas about the world and how it should be governed for the sake of human betterment. The ideas challenged existing traditional authority, and placed reliance on the art of reasoning as the surest...
  • Cry baby Xhaka and the system that outlaws human emotions

    Granit Xhaka of Arsenal FC fame has caused something of a storm in the football world. For those who have better things to do with their time and as such missed the events, what took place was as follows: Xhaka, who is also captain of Arsenal, has been having...
  • I have a sense of discomfort about our port operations

    I have a somewhat uneasy feeling as I retrace the historical steps of a particular industry that had significant roots in Jamaica. That industry incorporated shipping, transshipment, global trade, and logistics, notwithstanding the seeming modernity of the new buzzwords. “Shipping” was a word related to short trips and coastal...
  • Legislative Slothfulness

    The Laird Just about six or so weeks ago there was an item of news that set me off on a prolonged path of musing.  There was the now usual brouhaha between Government aided Secondary Schools which charge a fee to the parents of students however denominated or styled,...
  • What to do about doping in sport

    Doping in sport is once again in the spotlight, as last Tuesday word came that “Super Coach” Alberto Salazar has been found guilty after a 4-year investigation by the USADA, led by the indefatigable Travis Tygart. Readers may recall that Travis Tygart is the man who led the investigation...