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Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 7:16 AM

National Heritage Week was bookended by National Heroes Day last Monday, which was followed by World Food Day. But ‘Heritage’ is too much bandana and Miss Lou, blue draws and Bob, Anancy and the other seven Heroes.In National Heritage Week, Prime...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In this country, I can speak my mind, criticise the Government, take on the Opposition, strip religion, and excoriate bigots. But bet you if I say that anal sex is disgusting and nasty, some homophile tribalist will continue the straight-up lie that...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A political party out of power will have its best days in sniping at little matters, magnifying them in the public domain, and in exposing genuine wrongs by the ruling administration. In reality, the worst that could happen to a party like the PNP...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some years ago, I went to a pharmacy. An elderly woman was before me, so I stood a few feet behind her for privacy. A cheerful pharmacist came back to her and quoted a price. The woman responded and the pharmacist left and returned, quoting a lower...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There's trouble brewing in the East.JLP seems to have targeted some 'safe' PNP constituencies for political overthrow and is employing shrewd strategies to that end. In the past, 'safe' constituencies were usually surrendered by the other party with...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago, I tried to explain why I considered the three states of emergency (SOEs) declared recently to be contrary to the constitutional provisions permitting SOEs to be promulgated.I still maintain that the very first SOE was an admission of...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I was born in Jamaica in late 1950 at a time when illiteracy and ignorance were not greatly considered by the colonial authorities as major faults to be repaired. A person who had a stroke and unfortunately ended up with, say, a side of the face...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is something visceral about sex offenders and, in particular, males who commit sex crimes. Yes, we know that women who allow little boys to put on learner's signs and have sex with them are also paedophiles, according to statute and...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is Part Two of a two-part series. Last week's article was mistakenly published with Mark Wignall's logo.Jamaica produces no capital goods, much of the raw materials needed for manufacturing are imported, and almost every agricultural product we...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow, when the National Awards are presented at King's House, the star of the show will be Harry Belafonte, a creative artist that has burnished the Jamaican brand for generations. This recognition in his adopted home-state is well deserved and...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

By now, many Jamaicans will have heard the audio clip of JLP State Minister Everald Warmington trying to up the ante on his being an antisocial caveman and not being a great admirer of women. As happened mid-last week, a young-sounding female...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I want to say something about several things this week rather than sticking to the one-issue routine.First off is government robbery in the chaka-chaka public transport sector. On Monday last week, the Transport Authority started collecting...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is the first in a two-part series.As a columnist, I will never have a large following as far as readers go. I am out of step with how the media think, and for that matter, how most Jamaicans think. I say this in light of the positive coverage...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It has most likely happened to us at some point. During conversation with (usually) an older person, you're exchanging information, answering and asking questions, and you explain that you're so and so's daughter and that you do X for a living. Two...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMOlive Nelson

'Government to get unclaimed $15 billion next year' stated a leading Gleaner story on September 26, 2018 but what registered in my head was that the Government was getting ready to go after people's money again.The Gleaner report further stated that...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The apocalypse won't be coming as a result of nuclear warfare, famine, poverty, pestilence, or genocide.Its harbinger will be climate change.Climate change is something most know peripherally ("Bwoy, it a get hotter every summer") but shrug off as a...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' last lick before flying off to the 73rd annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was announcing another state of emergency - this time across three Corporate Area police divisions. He literally left the...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Bianca is a pretty 22-year-old young woman who is as cynical about life as a slug is about table salt deliberately sprinkled on it."Free sex is rape," she said to me weeks ago, and I asked her to give me a fuller explanation. "My mother have five of...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMFairbairn Liverpool

The Independent West Indian Commission in its 1992 report, Time for Action, called on the region to be active in promoting a more appropriate system of international security. It advocated that such a system would no longer hold the region hostage...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There seems to be general consensus in policymaking circles that the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-inspired inflation targeting technique is the most suitable nominal anchor for the Jamaican economy at this time.A nominal anchor is generally...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, now, Jamaica is said to have declared a third state of emergency (SOE).Like the first two, it has been widely welcomed as a much-needed crime-fighting tool to address the mayhem being visited upon citizens by inordinately high crime, and...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On the face of it, I like the idea of my Supreme Court justices being appointed by a process of being dragged through the legislature. Two sets of elected politicians, the Government and Opposition, have a select group of wise men and women asking...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As much as I champion the need for real Jamaican press freedom, media often leave me shaking my head.In my opinion, a pivotal event for Jamaica's future hopes took place at the National Arena on Saturday, September 15, but not one media house...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Come January next year, all those who once imported plastic items such as drinking straws, 'scandal' bags less than 2ft square, and styrofoam meal containers will have to sneak these in through Customs and run the risk of huge fines of millions of...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An animated Dr Peter Phillips delivered some important messages to Comrades and country at his party's 80th anniversary conference last Sunday. But who's listening? Peter is no Michael for charisma and oratorical potency, but those of us old enough...

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