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Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:06 AM

The versatile staple breadfruit, loved by so many Caribbean people, takes the spotlight this weekend as part of the Institute of Jamaica's Heritage Fest. The activities will certainly offer a cultural context for the origins of breadfruit and may...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans - the educated lot of us especially - like to pretend there isn't a serious skin colour issue but the lived experiences of so many tell a completely different story.Black Hypocrisy, which was released earlier this week by the Queen of...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A man runs into a bar and asks for a glass of water. Instead of pouring the water, the bartender pulls out a shotgun and yells at him. The man thanks the bartender, then walks out of the bar happily. Why did the bartender behave as 'dread' as he did...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When you live in a country that has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, it should not be surprising that the victims span all age ranges, including teenage girls. All of us have been rightly outraged at the snuffing out of young,...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One of my most revered and respected patients, 70-year-old Ms M, was carried to my office four weeks ago, extremely weak from vomiting and diarrhoea. I remember her pleading look of despair and her barely audible whisper (not wanting her friends to...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Never would most expect Spice, the minstrel known most notably for her bawdy motifs, to inspire meaningful conversation. I, too, fell with the majority, dismissing Grace Hamilton's sexual prowess as nothing more than a show of defiance - an attack...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It may not seem so at first glance, but Donald Trump's decision to tear up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty with Russia has implications for Jamaica. There are not only the dangers inherent in any new arms race between these two...

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2018 | 12:17 AM

If the Holness administration needed evidence of why it should proceed with caution in issuing permits for high-rise residences in the Kingston Metropolitan Region, it was flooded with it on Tuesday - literally. After a few hours of rain across the...

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday evening I was in the company of two young men, probably in their 20s, both bleachers, and a shopkeeper and her teenaged daughter.One of the young men was wearing a hood, ostensibly to shield the still incomplete lightening of his...

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Why not an islandwide state of public emergency (SOE) when there has been an impressive 20 per cent reduction in the number of killings in the parish and areas where SOEs have been declared? If the SOE would save more lives, then it would be cruel...

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago, I made a plea for the police to display more initiative in carrying out their functions, particularly in relation to the enforcement of rules on our roads. I am happy to report that I witnessed an officer doing just so this week at...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We appreciate Mr Andrew Holness' vision of a skyline of high-rises in Kingston as the measure of Jamaica's progress in the coming years. Macroeconomic stability, improved infrastructure and better security are important drivers to this end."Once we...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Among the responsibilities of a regulator is to set the broad terms for the relationship between businesses and consumers and, critically, to call to account firms that breach established codes. That sometimes requires throwing the book at...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Over the past couple weeks, Alando Terrelonge, the member of parliament (MP) for East Central St Catherine, shared on Twitter some of the socio-economic problems, including education, poverty, and family planning, faced by his constituents. The MP...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The last time I wrote about the treaty banning 'intermediate-range' nuclear missiles was 31 years ago, and I really thought I'd never have to visit that tedious subject again. More fool me.John Bolton, the ideologically rigid and bad-tempered man...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A man I know hit someone in anger who insulted him. It cost him his job. When asked why he allowed the situation to escalate to that level, with a cold calmness, he replied, "I'm a ghetto yute. All I have in this world is my pride. And if I don't...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was Friday afternoon, but the embassy's Visa Desk was the busiest it had been all week.As usual, thousands of pending visa applications required processing, but what was overwhelming the department was the rising number of applicants for asylum...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The concept of 'bad mind' continues to ruin Jamaican society in a way I think is lost on the majority of people. It is an interesting concept from the perspective of how it serves as motivation to some people while acting as a blight on the success...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his finance minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, have both called on Jamaicans to pursue economic independence as the central national objective. This is consistent with Norman Manley's 1968 charge to the next generation to...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 1:25 AM

During a recent ‘tracing’ from a Christian acquaintance of mine on Facebook, I was told that I was “a viper and a serpent” and that I “belong in Hell”. I replied that being one of those reptiles is awesome,...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a priority for business leaders worldwide, and small island states like Jamaica are no exception.Scholars and business leaders alike sometimes disagree on the role of business in society. However, the...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's appropriate that the health minister, Christopher Tufton, has instructed the regional health authorities to audit the management of morgues at hospitals within their jurisdictions in the wake of the findings of a collapse of systems at the...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, Parliament went through the ritual of extending a state of emergency in St James and a zone of special operations in Mt Salem. I voted in favour of the extensions, not because of any justification given by the prime minister, but out of...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nowadays, getting around most of Kingston and St Andrew is a serious and interesting undertaking. It used to be that going from Point A to Point B was a journey; now, it's an adventure.No longer can you tell anyone that you will be where you need to...

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

In his last column, published by The Washington Post last Wednesday, the disappeared and almost certainly murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lamented the near-total absence of Arab countries, except for Tunisia, in the 'free' ledger of this...

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