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P.J. Patterson, a former prime minister of Jamaica, has this newspaper’s support in his call for greater collaboration between Africa and the Caribbean in global affairs. But as Mr Patterson knows, while the interests and countries and regions may...

On behalf of the academic and non-governmental organisations (The Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Diabetes Association of Jamaica), members of the National Mirror Committee (NMC), we are very concerned about recent developments in relation to Final...

Two Fridays ago, while getting ready to go to work, I came across an interesting meme on Instagram. It read: “Let me tell you how real depression is: There are people alive only because their children are.” I found it interesting because I knew...

Jamaica faces difficult choices over the next two years to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic on a stronger and more resilient footing, within the context of the evolving climate crisis. Fortunately, emerging geopolitical trends are presenting...

The latest shock and outrage in Jamaica surrounds the video of a boy, who when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, replied that he wants to be a gunman and shoot police. “This is learnt behaviour”; “Where are the parents?”: “The cameraman...

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...

No one should have to explain to Dwight Sibblies, the North Clarendon member of parliament (MP), that there was always going to be the potential for conflicts of interest between his membership of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and...

It took the Jamaican State more than 100 years to learn that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) cannot effectively police itself. For decades the JCF had a Professional Standards Branch, headed by an assistant commissioner, with a department...
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