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As shocking as it sounds, a six-year-old boy swearing that his ambition is to become a gunman may not be as rare as we may want to believe. Society ought to wake up and realise that there are too many vulnerable children in this country who live in...

It is estimated that every cigarette reduces the life of the smoker by 11 minutes; a pack of 20 reduces life by about three hours and 40 minutes, and a carton of 200 cigarettes reduces life by one and a half days. Many smokers will smoke 50,000-500...

When a lawyer criticised one of my recent columns (Come lie with me), I wanted to ask him “What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 20?” The answer is, “My Lord.” Or I could have said, “A lawsuit is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out...

It may indeed be true, as the officers of the People’s National Party (PNP) allege, that there is more that unites than divides them, thereby providing a basis for the party to rebuild itself into “a formidable and unstoppable” political force. The...

The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held its 52nd session virtually on June 1-2. It was chaired by Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith. COTED...

‘Riggle me dis, riggle me dat, guess me dis riggle and parraps nat. Which politician can pull a ‘memorial service’ out of a funeral hat? On June 3, the Honourable Robert Nesta Morgan, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and...

George Wright’s resignation last week from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and how his decision was characterised by the party’s general secretary, Horace Chang, raise profound questions of leadership by the JLP. Unprompted, Dr Chang conceded to the...

We are supposed to be using the Earth’s natural resources in such a way that they are regenerative for use by future generations. Instead, we have taken the Earth to a dangerous tipping point of possibly no return if we do not significantly change...

I saw a photograph of the memorial service for Ambassador Anthony Johnson that was being shared on social media. It was taken from somewhere in the right-rear section of the room. There are at least three rows of benches, but the entire rows are...

Jamaica’s Parliament, at least the majority therein, should keep in mind what happened in 2017 when they snubbed their noses at suggestions for a deliberative approach, including its review by a joint select committee of the House and Senate, of...
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