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Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Seven out of every 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaican has considered leaving the country. The statistic, taken from the study The Developmental Cost of Homophobia: The Case of Jamaica, is not at all surprising given the...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We see it as something of an embarrassment to be discussing hunger in Jamaica and the Caribbean in 2018.But this is the reality, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is to be applauded for focusing on hunger and the plight of the poor...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Restoring dignity to the nation will be a priority of the Reverend Karen Kirlew, the first female president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU). She is concerned about the heightened rate of crime and violence, the ways in which we talk with each...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One thing you know when you hear the name 'Dave' is that you are dealing with pure and total comedy. In fact, the first time I saw Dave was in 1993. I was flabbergasted. Everybody I knew was talking about Dave and they all so wanted to see Dave that...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), the governing body for athletics in Jamaica, owes the country a credible explanation of why it didn't do everything to ensure the presence of Omar McLeod, the reigning Olympic 110 metres...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

All's not necessarily well because it ends well. Sometimes there is still work to be done to put things right. So, the fact that Prime Minister Andrew Holness facilitated Bryan Sykes' swearing-in yesterday as Jamaica's chief justice doesn't mean...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A coup is under way. But not a coup against the State, but a coup by the State - to take over schools owned and operated by churches and trusts in partnership with the Government.The involvement of the Jamaican State in education, whether under...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Every day, social media users cook up a new word or new use for an existing word. One such is 'triggered', often used on social media to describe someone who gets irrationally hurt or angry about a post on social media. Often such descriptions are...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dave Cameron, the president of Cricket West Indies, has the too-well-deserved reputation for engaging in intellectual malfeasance, of chatting nonsense at the most inopportune time, and of having the dexterity to place his foot in his own mouth. And...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Most political promises made while campaigning are tailor-made for the foolishly gullible. When Bobby Pickersgill as transport and works minister made the promise in the 2002 election campaign that 'Jamaica will be pothole free by 2003', the...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Managing crime is not solely concerned with prevention, although prevention is the best cure. While crime will never be totally prevented or eliminated, we must have the capacity to investigate the crimes, identify the culpable parties and...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Bryan Sykes, Jamaica's acting chief justice, faces a conundrum.Last weekend, in a speech at a court-management seminar, he laid out some sensible ideas to improve efficiency in the island's justice system, including the use of technology and a more...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's interesting that the new blockbuster movie everyone is talking about - Black Panther - is set in a technologically advanced African nation. Portrayed as a high-tech utopia, a country with the most sophisticated technology in the world, Wakanda...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Many Jamaicans are turned off from supporting the reparation movement by the contrived self-serving message that slavery, as we know it in the Caribbean, would not have been possible without the participation of black Africans with the enslavers...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, we were told by Jamaica House, intended to engage fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on the recommendations of the Golding Report on Jamaica's future in the Community at their two-day half-yearly summit,...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Apocrypha, our favourite fantasyland beyond the clouds where all politicians are friends and Oma D'unn, a PhD in logic, but, like a moon, bright only in the dark, solved political dilemmas by parable, a furore arose over the appointment of an...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's been difficult to find real moments of joy. Ever since Rovi died, no one who loved him has been the same.In search of escape and even temporary distraction, Kwasi, my boyfriend, and I decided last Sunday to check out a concert at Victoria Pier...

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:05 AM

More than a decade ago I wrote a poem titled “High Colour Browning”. In it I describe a snobbish light-skinned uptown woman who travelled to the United States of America and experienced a rude awakening...

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, there were two excellent events extolling the achievements of primary and high-school students in attaining skills, innovation and business practice.It was exciting to feel and see the enthusiasm of young people to think up business ideas...

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

American television sportscaster Dale Hansen deviated from his sports broadcast to speak to the frequency of high-school shootings in America. He was lamenting that the recent school shooting in Florida was the 18th high-school shooting this year...

Published:Monday | February 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

That this newspaper doesn't much like the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is well known. Like its global overlord, FIFA, it is, or, at least was, far too opaque. Further, it spent too much energy chasing international dreams rather than...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Blaming fault-finding in others is hardly the best approach to fixing flaws within ourselves. It's usually the excuse for not confronting our own shortcomings and indiscretions.Unintentionally, perhaps, that is precisely the impression that has been...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was chilling: A youth in turmoil. A voice note by a teenage student who attends one of the most prominent high schools in this country. He is contemplating an attack like the one that occurred Valentine's Day at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The discussions around the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) have dragged on for nearly two decades, and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life continues to ask: Why has it taken so long to pass legislation that all the stakeholders agree is...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below are proposed amendments to the data protection legislation before a parliamentary committee.It is highly likely that data subjects who are the subject of investigative journalism will try to use this law as an end run around defamation law,...

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