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Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Students are bleaching their skin and educators are punishing them for it, though they have no authority to tell children what they can and cannot do with their bodies. This week, a letter (allegedly) from the principal of Irwin High School in St...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:25 AM

I grew up with engines – not just the massive and noisy Mack trucks owned by our neighbour, Mr Esack, but the green, steam-belching ones owned by the sugar estate that were up and down the narrow gauge railway line just about a hundred yards or so...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMJoseph Willis/Contributor

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has been parading the figure of the country’s fifth prime minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga, and has been allowed to continue their public showing by many, out of sheer respect. It was reasonably foreseeable,...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:39 AM

Leadership sometimes demands bold assertiveness – just doing what’s right. Which should be the case with repealing Jamaica’s Obeah Act. Instead, there is vacillation and wind-testing by the Government, probably fearing that crossing people who...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:17 AM

An individual has the right to protect their person and property. Everyone strives to achieve peace of mind. In light of this, most right-thinking people take their personal safety seriously. Today, CCTV surveillance is increasingly being utilised...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Those of us with sensitive consciences cannot bring ourselves to support either of the two major political parties on offer. Support for both has been in steady decline over the last few decades. Neither has made any serious effort to disassociate...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

A little over 50 years ago, in March 1966, Mexico and Jamaica established diplomatic relations. A few years earlier, in 1962, Jamaica gained its Independence from Great Britain after centuries of colonialism. Within those years, Mexico consolidated...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:18 AM

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the mental health of people who live in war zones is of relevance to Jamaica and, hopefully, will command the attention of the island’s medical authorities, including the health and wellness...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

A little over a week ago, while hosting Cliff Hughes Online on Nationwide radio, none other than Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles Sr, called in to make a comment on his fears over the proposed repeal of the Obeah Act. According to Mr Charles...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Last week, Dr Fritz Pinnock, head of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), made damning allegations against a fellow government agency at a parliamentary committee meeting. Pinnock accused a respected investigative government agency of ‘...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Whenever multiple persons report on an incident, the accounts are inevitably going to differ, depending on who is giving the account and their interests in the matter. Invariably, there are three sides to every issue: my side, your side and the...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:43 AM

Nigel Clarke is right about the ‘untidy’ situation in which the finance ministry and the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) have the responsibility for auditing each other’s accounts, and his wish, to find a way around the conundrum. As he attends...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:07 AM

“Now what I want is facts, teach these boys and girls nothing but facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else and root out everything else.” The above quotation from the book Hard Times by Charles Dickens would, I am sure, have...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:07 AM

On May 28, 2019, two great Jamaican men shifted off their mortal coils and went off to meet their Maker. I cannot be the only Jamaican to have thought, even if in secret, that their deaths seemed oddly – maybe even supernaturally – connected....

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:06 AM

World Bank: The Caribbean Diaspora is a sizeable, well-educated and affluent demographic…supported by right incentives and policies, diaspora members could play an even larger role in contributing to the region’s development. As Jamaica’s 8th...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:26 AM

It is shocking if, as they implied, the foreign affairs and national security ministers were in the dark about the details around the 2017 detention and jailing of five Jamaican fishermen in the United States (US), who are now suing the US Coast Guard that was...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:20 AMShawna Kay Williams-Pinnock/Contributor

My friend and I had quite an interesting conversation the other day. We chatted about his experience as a third engineer aboard the vessel of an international shipping company. He complained that although many Jamaicans are suitably qualified to...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:19 AM

I’m actually a big believer in Jamaica Moves. More than eight out of every ten persons living on the island do little to no physical activity, according to the last published Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. With that in mind, the prevalence...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Did anybody notice that Sunday was Father’s Day? At Casa Tout, the day passed uneventfully. Unlike Mother’s Day! The only reasons I can fathom for the difference are: mothers are more sensitive; accept anything from their children as the best; and...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 6:07 AM

During the current uproar over abortion, I have noticed that there is little talk about how to prevent it. While in medical school, if I were asked in an examination to discuss the management of a disorder, my answer would be incomplete if I did...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

This newspaper has been commenting favourably on the positive developments in the Jamaican economy over the last six years. Some of the more noteworthy achievements include: unemployment falling to a 40-year low; inflation being below the four-six...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AM

In 1980, America passed the Bayh-Dole Act. This law permits institutions receiving federal funding for research to have ownership over their inventions. The law is advantageous in reducing hurdles for commercially minded researchers to market their...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Parliament will meet this Wednesday in solemn session to pay tribute to Mr Seaga, the longest-serving member in our history. I admired him for his commitment to one of the most difficult, demanding, disrespected and least dispensable professions –...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Fatherhood is serious business. It’s ridiculous that society leaves this all-important ‘job’ up to the passive acquisition of knowledge, diffused by unknown and usually extremely unreliable sources. There are no organised courses in fatherhood; all...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:36 AM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) recently announced that, arising from the just-concluded house-to-house phase of ‘Dead elector removal exercise’, 106,000 dead electors were identified. Verification will now follow, with the dead electors...

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