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Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A total of 15 recording artistes from Lucea and other areas throughout Hanover have come together to use their craft and influence to call for peace in the parish, which has been plagued by murders over the last few months.The effort, which is being...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMContributor

DETROIT (TNS):This is a stretch. Literally.German automaker Volkswagen Group revealed a stretched version of the Tiguan crossover vehicle for sale in the United States as it overhauls its product line-up in the wake of its emissions scandal and low...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMBetty Ann Blaine, Contributor

As the debate rages following the story that children are being shunned by guidance counsellors because of their sexual orientation, those in the society who have fought long and hard to promote and protect the welfare of all of Jamaica's children...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 6:51 PMGordon Robinson, Contributor

The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) most recent attempt at obfuscation has me thinking (always dangerous). MOH wants three million Jamaicans to help combat the Zika virus (ZIKV) by postponing all pregnancies for one year for fear babies might...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) has reacted with alarm to the offer of help by Jamaica's gay lobby group to ease the plight of gay students in schools who are allegedly being shunned by guidance counsellors."The NPTAJ...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

The rush is usually in the opposite direction. There are several depopulated schools in the area. And only recently Trench Town Comprehensive and Charlie Smith Comprehensive, with which I have some acquaintance, were merged. Falling student numbers...

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2016 | 11:05 PMDr Orville Taylor, Contributor

It's another nasty four-letter word associated with females who have no concern for anything but sucking their fill of your blood. ZIKV, the Zika virus, is one of those generally mild microorganisms that knock you down for a few days and, more often...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMDevon Dick, Contributor

Recently, Reverend Ronald Thwaites, the honourable minister of education, preached at the funeral service for Monsignor Richard Albert, his fellow Roman Catholic. The sermon was passionate and called for compassion in dealing with each other because...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

We have an uncanny knack for missing the point in this country. We have erroneously reduced the issue relating to guidance counsellors supporting students around sexuality and related matters to be about supporting them to accept or reject their non...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDiana McCaulay, Contributor

Last week, a large volume of sand and soil was removed from the foundation excavations of a hotel in Negril, and the ensuing commentary has focused on whether the investor had the correct permits and licences. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET)...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

It is an absolute shame that for many students, the guidance counsellor is the last person they would go to for support or assistance when they need it most. This has been the case for as long as I can remember and, seemingly, not much has been done...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMDevon Dick, Contributor

Recently, Vivian Crawford, pro-chancellor of the University of Technology, told me that I must go and watch the play Guilt Trip. So off I went to the Little Little Theatre to watch another play by Basil Dawkins. Dawkins tackles the perennial issue...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMGwynne Dyer, Contributor

Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany's doors to a million refugees and migrants last year - three times as many as the rest of the European Union put together. Critics in Germany predicted a popular backlash and warned that even her own Christian...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

After decades of struggle, the world is celebrating political correctness' crushing defeat of humour.Everybody takes themselves so seriously; develops skin thinner than Dwayne Vaz's excuses (don't worry, cocked dice, I've not forgotten you); takes...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 7:46 AMDr Orville Taylor, Contributor

I like Chris Gayle. Hold on! Let me qualify, lest one think I am a media worker who is making advances towards him. What I mean is that he is a good athlete. Nonetheless, while I think he’s a good batsman, he is not a great, because every so...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

Chris Gayle is a prime example of what I call 'the Totalisator (Tote) Rule'.In his recent public interaction with Australian sports reporter, Melanie McLaughlin, Chris' behaviour was crass, misogynistic, entitled and stupid, which is an incredible...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made some powerful utterances for justice at last Monday's swearing-in ceremony for Justice Dennis Morrison as president of the Court of Appeal.Others spoke, including the governor general, the leader of the...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMEgerton Chang, Contributor

Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. So says Frontline (in a piece researched and written by Mario de Valdes y Cocom...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMTony Deyal, Contributor

Apart from some mundane meanderings in meaning, like the identity of Twirly and Twisty, the possibility of a pig dancing a jig for a fig, the wanderings of Goosey Goosey Gander and the gustatory delight of 'monkey liver soup', the West Indian Reader...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 10:30 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Chris Gayle’s appalling display of unprofessionalism and impropriety has provoked outlandish statements on opposite sides of the raging debate. In his machismo defence of Gayle, sportscaster and comedian Oral Tracey said on All Angles,...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMDevon Dick, Contributor

The Personality of the Year is someone who has displayed courage, achieved against the odds and scaled new heights. The person ought to be an example and motivator for others. In addition, the Personality of the Year has to do with the impact for...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJaevion Nelson, Contributor

Jamaica's National Development Plan - Vision 2030 - ambitiously sets out to make the economy prosperous and ensure that we are all empowered to achieve our fullest potential in the next 14 years. Already, the current economic reform programme is...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Tony Vendryes, Contributor

By the end of the festive season, most of us would have done our fair share of feasting, but the heavy consumption of food and drink can take its toll on our bodies. It would be healthy to consider doing some detoxification and cleansing at the very...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMPatria-Kaye Aarons, Contributor

This holiday, I did something I never have before. I took off with my family on New Year's Eve and headed for St Elizabeth, and together we did the Appleton Tour. It was delightful. In those two hours, I learnt so much Jamaican history and also so...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnnie Kitchin, Contributor

I was appalled and outraged at your scandal-mongering front-page story on Sunday, January 3, 2016, titled 'Schoolgirl stalkers: Male teachers flee the classroom to escape female student predators'.The whole point of the ludicrous article was...

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