Sun | Dec 17, 2017

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Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

According to Wikipedia, gender violence, also known as gender-based violence or GBV, is, collectively, violent acts that are motivated by the victim's gender, as a result of inequalities between genders, or that disproportionately affects a certain...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I have secretly always wanted to begin a newspaper column as follows:"As I was saying last time ... ." Starting at full gallop like that, utterly careless about whether the reader was following along, I would then launch off into fresh histrionics...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's rather worrying that whenever we talk about the young men working at the stop lights, it almost always is about "getting rid" of them through some kind of police intervention.Seldom do we interrogate the circumstances that might have led to...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Mi never like dat deh Emancipation Park monument at all, at all. Two stark-staring naked smaddy outa road! Dem emancipate? From wa? Clothes? Oonoo fi read Steeve Buckridge book, The Language of Dress: Resistance and Accommodation...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If you line up the corpses, head to toe, of the more than 1,500 people who have been murdered in Jamaica in 2017, they would stretch for nearly two miles. Heading south from Half-Way Tree, the bustling square in the heart of Kingston, they would...

Published:Saturday | December 16, 2017 | 12:40 AM

The Times they are a-changin’. It used to be true for Trinis that although the calypsonian, the Mighty Sparrow, sang calypso and not gospel, his credibility was such that “if Sparrow say so, is so”. But now the veracity crown is...

Published:Saturday | December 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Celebrating Jamaican citizenship is not something we often hear about. Indeed, when polled in the past, a significant number of young Jamaicans expressed high desirability to become citizens of other countries, with particular targets being First-...

Published:Saturday | December 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This external male organ serves two main functions, urination and sexual intercourse. It is, however, the latter that has generated much discussion by religious scholars and social scientists regarding its...

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:26 AM

This is not a matter primarily about the competence of Aubyn Hill, but it is not an unreasonable question whether Prime Minister Andrew Holness exercised the best judgement in appointing Mr Hill as the executive director of the Economic Growth...

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:22 AM

It’s that time of year again when my colleague Ian Boyne and I spar over the validity of Christians celebrating the birth of Christ. Sadly, Ian is not well, and I sincerely wish him a speedy and full recovery. He and I have unfinished...

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago, I had a conversation with a former national sportsman. He told me how he had fallen on really hard times. He called me out of the blue and was just pouring his heart out. I listened spellbound for an hour or more.We got along well...

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has delivered what was probably the emptiest of apologies for one of the most barbaric acts of state violence in Jamaica's post-slavery history - the 2010 terrorist acts committed by the country's security forces...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:09 AM

Emmanuel Macron's effort at re-energising the global climate movement in the face of Donald Trump's withdrawal of America from the Paris Agreement, will hopefully prove a fillip to a new initiative by Caribbean countries to mitigate their...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The man was hopping mad. His voice on the other end of the phone reflected that state. His son had been attending a school whose name he didn't want called because he, too, had been a student there in his high-school days. Loyalty.It was one of the...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

When the Honourable Usain Bolt was asked about the location for his statue he diplomatically declined to offer an opinion as to whether it should be in Trelawny, the parish of his birth.Commendations to Minister Olivia Grange and her team for the...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There is a story about three people trying to determine the original profession of the Creator. The first said He must have been a doctor because He created Adam and Eve from the earth. The second countered that He must have been an engineer,...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Below is a lightly edited contribution to St Andrew Scots Kirk on December 10.I came to you as a stranger and was warmly welcomed by the church. I hope that what I say will not move you to get rid of me for coming too often and overstaying the...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If Prime Minister Andrew Holness is able to muster the will, he would ban all year-end parties by government ministries and agencies, declare Jamaica to be in a state of anarchy, and recall Parliament from its Christmas holiday for an urgent debate...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Politicians never lie. Well, hardly ever. They're not into full disclosure, as a rule, but they know that if you lie, sooner or later you will be caught out, and then you are in deep trouble. So just change the subject, or answer a different...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Art has been in the headlines globally, regionally and locally in the last few weeks. On the global stage, Christie's mid-November auction featuring a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, 'Salvator Mundi', was very much in the news especially after...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If you dial the telephone number listed on the website of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC), as this newspaper has done, you will probably get a recording asking that you leave your name and return number and a promise "to...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I'm going to insist that every single one of my future children learns Mandarin. They are going to 'Ni Hao' and sweet and sour chicken with the best of them because my child will not be left behind. Arming my children with the world's most widely...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On November 2 last year, I wrote a column titled 'Deliver me from evil'. In it, I took issue with a segment of the most popular benediction in Christianity, the Lord's Prayer.I wrote that having examined the entreaty, as taken from the Anglican Book...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of my favourite recordings is Procol Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale.Matthew Fisher's haunting Hammond Organ dominates the song, so few pay attention to the lyrics. If they do, their heads spin. I've always understood this strange song's origin to...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 12:23 AM

Several years ago, I was told of an incident involving a man whose wife caught him with another woman. According to the story, the man took the other woman out on a date to the cinema. His wife got wind of what was happening, turned up at the venue...

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