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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...

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

"You see my daughter, Karen, who I went to the luncheon for? She might be a senior vice-president at JPMorgan Chase now, but don't think it did always look like she was going to turn out the right and proper way."At one time, it look like she was...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The beautiful game of dominoes is truly a metaphor for life.In dominoes and life, the best memory and clearest thought process wins. Often, the requirement isn't to read the game as it is but to draw inferences from what it's not. One Saturday, Gene...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

These past few weeks in the magical land of Trumpistan, we saw new limits set for the borders of political and cultural correctness as the president cracked his whip at NFL players, sending them into a moral panic and causing unprecedented numbers...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Houston, Texas, the fourth most populous city in the United States after New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has been inundated with the waters of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey is the wettest storm on record to have hit the continental United States.Back...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Fitz Jackson has, potentially, the easiest job in Peter Phillips' shadow Cabinet, although he has been assigned to cover the most problematic of portfolios for Jamaican governments - national security. That it is easy assumes Mr Jackson to be...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:23 AM

Move over, dildos, vibrators and inflatable dolls, and make way for the ultimate sex toys: sex robots. These lifelike dolls with artificial intelligence (AI) are gaining in popularity. They are manufactured in a variety of body shapes and skin...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There are plenty of issues to be resolved over Peter Phillips' shadow Cabinet, but there are also a few notable portfolio allocations that raise interesting questions about how a People's National Party (PNP) administration would pursue the...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday in Parliament, it was time for Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw to answer my questions on the pace, direction and objectives of public-sector reform.The questions were asked to provoke discourse on a matter about which...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A very ill 77-year-old man was taken to one of our no-user-fee hospitals in a collapsed state. He ended up sitting in a chair for more than 36 hours with an IV stuck in his arm. When it became too much for him to be...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's two main political parties are getting ready for a series of by-elections.It is therefore a good time to remind the nation of the importance of campaign-finance reform in Jamaica. This country simply cannot tolerate the use of money to...

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