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Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," read the Facebook update. So said, so done. Within a couple of days, the #MeToo hashtag...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Everald Warmington's advice to voters in South East St Mary can be parsed to eternity to disprove accusation of clientelism or an intent to partisan patronage. We are not buying it. Nor are most Jamaicans.In the circumstance, Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Either the newspapers did the esteemed scholar and Anglican prelate, the Most Reverend Dr John Holder, a disservice in the reports on his presentation at the recently concluded Intimate Conviction conference at UWI or else my senior colleague could...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is perhaps true that Jamaicans are not given to critical thinking, so they readily imbibe the populist spiels of politicians and others who hold power. On that matter, we defer to Clement Lambert, a lecturer at the School of Education at the...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Economists live in self-constructed bubbles that exclude reality and treat statistics, surveys and numbers as divine.It's sad, because they only ever experience mathematics gone mad. In that regard, they're a lot like some doctors. I've always...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"... One orb to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."Five months ago, during Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, he was invited to open the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. (I'm not making that up.) The huge, darkened room...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of the most beautiful things about observing modern life in the tropics is the ease with which so many now share all the underlying parts for the world to see. By this I mean, lately, my gaze has been fixed on the abundance of our undergarments...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:38 AM

I walked into the surgeon’s changing room as I usually do on a Thursday morning, the day I schedule my patients for major surgery. The scrubs (operating room attire) that are available are customarily blue or green...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is a company of potential good but whose existence as a political football, and often a feeding trough, weakens its value to commuters and the national economy.The latest trading of accusations between the...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There is a motion on the Order Paper of the House of Representatives that calls for the gradual introduction of a system of zero budgeting, starting with the Budget for the next fiscal year, which is now being drafted.Zero budgeting would require...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A large number of people saw the viral video of an enraged mother, clad only in panties, mercilessly beating her pubescent daughter with the broad side of a machete while unleashing volleys of curse words and repeating, "Mi tyad ah unnu!" It was one...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is to be noted that His Grace, the Most Rev Dr John Walder Holder, was invited to Jamaica on behalf of wider civil society. He did not come at the invitation of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He was attending an international...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On National Heroes Day, when three of our national heroes were founders of the first three modern political parties, we have a house full of 'foreigners'. We fought for the right of universal adult suffrage, which we gained in 1944. Somehow in 1962...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Peter Tosh Museum opened on October 19, 2016 to an invited audience. On November 1, at the public opening, I was moved by the first group to visit - schoolchildren from the Horace Clarke High School in St Mary, Jamaica. What a beautiful thing...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last Monday, I got a call from FLOW. It was a nice lady offering reparation. She admitted that I had, in fact, requested a service package with long-distance calls! But somehow, my request didn't get into the system. That's how I ended up with an...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

With the political squall over Shane Alexis' candidacy for the South East St Mary by-election, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has promised to make a Cabinet submission that he hopes will lead to a constitutional change making non-Jamaicans ineligible...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

All eyes are turned towards the South East St Mary by-election. Because of the close parliamentary seat count delivered by the last general election, both parties desperately want a win there.How interesting, therefore, that the contest should...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In the evening after football, the boys used to gather by the big drain at the side of the road, sitting on the raised concrete edge and teasing the young women passing by. It started with what Trinidadians call 'sooting', essentially a loud and...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The United States says it will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018 in what could be interpreted as a move to push the body to make fundamental changes being demanded by Washington. The reason given was UNESCO's anti-Israeli bias.Indeed, this...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Please allow me to respond to your Letter of the Day published on October 9, 2017 under the title 'Intensify dialogue on scrapping buggery law'. The letter was written by the Bishop of Buckingham (England), along with Father Sean Major-Campbell....

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Politicians, those in Parliament especially, are too cavalier about the livelihood and well-being of the Jamaican people. Sadly, despite the plethora of challenges faced by the poor and vulnerable, there is nary a concern about the state of affairs...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The controversy over Shane Alexis' citizenship ahead of the South East St Mary by-election is bad optics for the People's National Party (PNP) that raises questions about the quality of their due-diligence and/or communication strategy with regard...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Columbus introduced sugar cane seeds to the New World, specifically to Hispaniola, on his second voyage in 1493. Following that, it spread throughout the region, and the manufacturing of sugar within the Western Hemisphere as an engine...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

All of the seven persons Jamaica now lauds as national heroes made serious challenges to the political system in their day and defied the colonial authorities of their time. The series of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People's National Party (PNP)...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Lionel Messi on Tuesday night went a far way to preserve his legacy. He is regarded by many as the greatest ever. His critics feel that his Achilles heel has been his penchant for not stepping up to deliver for Argentina on the big occasions. The...

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