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We hope, sincerely, that Chris Tufton's move provides an opening for a candid national conversation on mental illness in Jamaica, leading to a reduction of stigma and improved and adequate treatment for people with the problem. That could only...

There is a local hospital I know of that takes a very keen interest in the sex lives of its staff, especially its nurses. A nurse told me that when she was interviewed for the job, she was asked about her views on fornication. Last year, the nurses...

It is not at all difficult to be confined to the shores of Jamaica but live a life completely removed from the realities described in these pages.As I contemplate these and other things somewhere high in the rural hills, I am reclined beneath a...

Two Fridays ago, I had a minor accident downtown at the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre. I was there to record a television programme for the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC). Before we even started, my hand got caught in a heavy door. I...

What kind of country is Jamaica? Why do the people settle for mediocrity so easily? When will the people no longer be seen as political pawns? When will the people develop enlightened self-interest?Passing legislation for a fixed-date election now...

Every year, the lives of a number of Jamaican children are cut short either in violent circumstances or because of accidents. This week, 13-year-old St Thomas student, Brittanie Cole, was added to that damning list when she was swept away by...

Social media lit up recently after the frenzied discovery of Ochi International Airport and Air Ochi, possibly the largest of the Garden Parish since the arrival of Christopher Columbus in Discovery Bay in...

Thursday was a public holiday - Corpus Christi. When I was in elementary school, we called it 'Copper Christea' and nobody really sought to explain to us what it was about and how to pronounce it.Perhaps my teachers in the Anglican school I attended...

One of the legacies my generation has bequeathed to the next is a huge, almost crippling national debt. In 2014, Jamaica's total debt was in excess of J$2 trillion, or 135.5 per cent of GDP, making us the fourth-most-indebted country in the world...

In nearly every corner of the world in recent years, from the Arab Spring to Latin America and many places in-between, political turbulence has made clear that governments are unwise to shrug off their citizens' growing concerns about corruption. It...
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