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Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:30 AMEthon Lowe

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The dangers of counterfeit goods may not be immediately understood by persons who find it hard to resist a bargain, but we urge persons to heed the warning of Jamaica Customs about the potential risks faced by using such illegal products....

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The National Identification and Registration Act, which was recently passed in the Lower House of Parliament and later in the Upper House (i.e., the Senate) after a marathon sitting, has generated quite a bit of public...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Do you know anyone you would consider to be effeminate? Have you ever met anyone in school who would have been described as effeminate? Maybe you have met someone who has been described as butch, too. But what and how did you feel and think when you...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"Dorothy Parker tells me of the last time she encountered playwright Clare Boothe. The two ladies were trying to get out of a doorway at the same time. Clare drew back and cracked, 'Age before beauty, Miss Parker.' As Dotty swept out, she turned to...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This is an open letter to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Mark Golding.As you are aware, each day, people from districts across Jamaica, from St Thomas to Clarendon to Westmoreland, are being forced to take to the streets...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

People always understood Everald Warmington to be a crude, crass, loud-mouthed boor, but we never questioned his courage.We were wrong! We misunderstood all along. Never mind his flipping of the bird at critics in the gallery of Parliament, his...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Nowadays, talk of abortion falls under the heading of 'sexual and reproductive health', as if pregnancy is a disease to be cured, or a tumour to be excised. On the contrary, pregnancy is a sign that a woman's body is in working order - a sign of...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The discussion has been all the rage since this week. Theodore Whitmore's ears must be ringing.'Tappa' Whitmore was initially prevented from entering the Catherine Hall venue for the FLOW Super Cup last Saturday. Based on all accounts, the security...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:07 AM

If there is one issue on which there is always consensus across party lines, it is proposals for members of parliament (MPs) to be allocated more money through the inappropriately named Constituency Development Fund (CDF). It's hardly surprising,...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican had made Germany his home for the last 37 years and he had something to say about the controversy swirling over legislation on National Identification System (NIDS) as he called me earlier this week."She was travelling from Jamaica and...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Medical doctor Paul Wright, speaking recently, argued that our schoolboy footballers are being abused based on the hectic playing schedule. The evidence seems to support that there is abuse, namely, mistreating the footballers physically and...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Months ago, Hampton High School principal Heather Murray's attendance at the bail hearing of the Reverend Rupert Clarke, the pastor who was charged with having sex with a person under the age of 16, drew much outrage from many quarters. More...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In the midst of heated discussions in the public sphere about the proposed abolition of corporal punishment in Jamaican schools, the 12th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference took place under the theme 'A World Fit for Children: The UN 2030...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party's (PNP) members of the Senate will likely receive, and probably deserve, a fair amount of plaudits for the resistance they mounted against what they deemed undue haste by the government side in passing the law to...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In 1962, Princess Margaret, representing the Queen of England, opened the first Parliament of independent Jamaica wearing a white sleeveless dress. But in 2017, Jamaican women wearing similar sleeveless dresses cannot enter that same Parliament. Why...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Caribbean countries enjoyed several decades of strong growth following their transition to political independence in the 1960s, '70s and early '80s. Many countries achieved middle- or high-income status, with enviable social indicators and low...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I'm struggling with whether or not I am in agreement with this National Identification System (NIDS) Bill, especially since it comes at a cost of US$68m. That's just too much money, in my estimation, to spend on a glorified TRN.As I understand it,...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I attended two events to mark the 20th anniversary of leaving Jonathan Grant High School. The first event was a beach day out in St Catherine, while the second was a banquet in St Andrew.It was special to re-engage with so many of the...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Government, through its council for persons with disabilities, as has been reported and commented on by this newspaper, last week launched a campaign to sensitise Jamaicans about law aimed at eliminating discrimination and stigma against people...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Recently, I've been particularly harsh on the PNP.So, I waited for it. I knew it was coming since too many Jamaicans have no use for reason once they can wallow in tribalism. Sure enough, at the foot of my column for Sunday, November 5, this...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:55 AM

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is observed annually during the month of November. In 2017 it will be observed during the week of November 13-19, with this year's theme being 'Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics'...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Some will argue that the full truth of our lives is often so dismal that we conjure illusions into a version of reality which helps us to cope.In the realm of economics, for individuals as for the nation state, there is pain and disillusionment...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Just over a week ago, Floyd Morris was among the more than 3,000 members of the graduate class of 2017 at the University of the West Indies at Mona. But this wasn't Mr Morris' first or second degree. It was his third: a PhD in political science.A...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I heard a guest speaker at a university graduation proclaim, "Violence happens when people don't know what to do with their pain." I thought carefully about it and, for the most part, I agree. Of course, there are exceptions ... sometimes the 'pain...

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