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Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Knowing the equanimity with which Ronald Thwaites usually attends any matter, we assume that there was contrived outrage in his response to the first - even if a bit ungainly - step by the National Housing Trust (NHT) towards allocating huge...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:06 AM

The now-infamous video of a woman mercilessly beating her daughter with a machete has reignited the debate regarding corporal punishment. The footage shows the woman, attired in only a panty, repeatedly hitting the child with the side of the...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

During his recent speech at a Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon meeting, Omar Sweeney, managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), disclosed certain data concerning Mount Salem coming out of a wealth/poverty assessment performed...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The pitifully weak state of the once-famous Jamaican coffee industry is emblematic of the condition of the entire agricultural sector. There is hardly a segment of our trade where the farmers, the primary producers, can make a decent living and have...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I recently had the pleasure of watching this summer's blockbuster horror film IT, an homage to Stephen King's epic novel and a remake of the 1990 film that still haunts some of my dreams. It tells the tale of Pennywise, a murderous clown of demonic...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If there is one policy issue that has differentiated Andrew Holness from his predecessor Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) prime ministers, it is his posture towards regional integration, in particular Jamaica's membership in the Caribbean Community (...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A story published recently by The Gleaner, 'Not you, madam! I am answerable to the contractor general, prime minister tells political ombudsman', is a teachable moment. There are, at least, two lessons to be learned: one is about news-writing...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I'm watching this manufactured controversy about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme and hoping it doesn't impede an obviously good initiative. I mean, when I heard and read some of the anti-vaccination commentary, I began drafting...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I was one of the recipients of a disturbing video showing a woman beating a child with a cutlass. Her anger and the child's writhing...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In July, I decided I'd had enough of FLOW's off-the-air cable channels. So I did radical surgery and cut back cable, Internet and phone service. I was so pleased with myself when I got my September bill. It was cut in half. My joy didn't last. In...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The picture painted by Milton Wray of a state behemoth trampling Jamaica's pharmacies, the National Health Fund (NHF) insists, is the product of an overheated imagination.Mr Wray, however, may have ignited a worthy debate on how, and if, government...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:07 AM

Another schoolboy is dead. Another life wasted. This is all-too-familiar news with multiple incidents of school violence being reported from parish to parish, with regularity. The life of a 15-year-old student came to a violent end during an...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:04 AM

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life." This was how Jeremy Thorpe, politician and leader of Britain's Liberal Party, reacted after Prime Minister Harold Macmillan reshuffled his Cabinet in 1962.Former Prime...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:02 AM

Jamaicans like to pretend they were innocent well-behaved children as they justify the corporal punishment meted out to our children. And, if they were beaten or 'did get tie up inna ants' nest', they claim it made them...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago was the 40th anniversary of my mother's death from breast cancer. She was a brave woman, but she was also foolhardy.I say she was brave because, as a teenager, she wanted to be a nurse and midwife, which in those days meant she had to...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMPaul Jennings

The programme to vaccinate all 12-year girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) has run into not unexpected mass opposition, not the least because of the Government's failure to clearly communicate motive to the Jamaican populace.Fuel has been...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I have a big problem with my editor. He refuses to allow me to 'trace' off certain persons in my articles. And word has now come that, despite my pleas, I am not allowed to use expletives - even on this one occasion.I am now feeling like some of our...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Lisa Hanna's embarrassing stumble on her first outing as the shadow foreign minister is not fatal, but it highlights the accidents to which politicians are especially susceptible when they chase after shiny objects rather than embrace substance....

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I do not always watch the videos that are sent to me on WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. Many are social fluff, while others are simply too brutal. The 35-second video of a semi-nude mother of substantial size brutally beating her slender 12-year-...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There are a number of occasions throughout the year when we parents know our pockets are going to burn: birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and back-to-school intervals. We are now one month into the new school year, an apt time for me to lament on...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This is the season when we reflect on our seven national heroes - Nanny, Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey, Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley. In addition, we give consideration to who deserves to be a national hero...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Daryl Vaz, the MP for West Portland, left a meeting about the slump in coffee prices on Tuesday, saying that it wouldn't make sense to call growers in his constituency. "I have nothing to tell them," he said.What Mr Vaz most likely meant is that he...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:05 AM

Peter Phillips' choice of Lisa Hanna for the foreign affairs and foreign trade portfolio in his shadow Cabinet is, on the face of it, surprising. It is not a subject for which Ms Hanna has, at least publicly, shown any inclination, or for which she...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A woman 'hawks' and spits on the pavement. She slaps her chest a couple times as if to loosen the congestion in the area before 'hawking' and spitting again, this time sending a gob of mucus crashing into the ground, landing right beside her...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In case you missed it, let me catch you up quickly.Just over a week ago, Omar Sweeney, managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), announced that 85 per cent of young women in Mount Salem were involved in some form of...

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