Teen depression

 The disturbing research results prove the old adage,  "Children learn what they live."  A recent study by the University of the West Indies reveals a staggering 71.9 per cent of Jamaican high school students are plagued with depression.  Often the aggressive behaviour seen in students is tied to depression. Psychiatrist Dr. Clayton Sewell sees a direct link between depressive symptoms and our authoritarian parenting style. Read article

The ‘other Manley’

Dr. Douglas Ralph Manley has died quietly at the age of 91, ending an era in Jamaican politics dominated by the Manley brand.   Political historian Troy Caine gives us a glimpse into the outstanding political career and personal life of the son of national hero Norman Washington Manley.   Though not as flamboyant as younger brother Michael, without flourish he made a significant contribution to Jamaica's development. Read article

The physics of Usain Bolt

Scientists are studying the secrets of Usain Bolt’s success. The findings of a detailed study of the Jamaican sprinters record breaking 100-metre dash at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin recently appeared in the European Journal of Physics. A mathematical model is used to explain why the world’s fastest man can attain such extraordinary speed despite being less aerodynamic than the average human. Read article

Rhetoric vs. Action

Jamaicans for Justice has incurred Government’s wrath for daring to expose the state’s violations of child rights to the world. The PR machinery has kicked into high gear and we are being inundated with platitudes, promises and action plans from various Government ministers. Rodje Malcolm calls it empty rhetoric that does little to advance the plight of our children. It reflects an obsession with image, not with reform. He separates the fluff from the facts. Read article

JLP’s about turn

The JLP has relented and is now willing to participate in the Government’s commission of enquiry into the Tivoli Gardens massacre. Opposition Leader Andrew Holness would have preferred a coroner's inquest that could result in criminal prosecution. Lloyd D'Aguilar believes Holness’ about turn is self-serving as all are aware that those responsible will not be brought to justice. He shares observations on the Opposition’s evolved position. Read article

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