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    Reclaiming Kingston, reclaiming self

    How is Kingston to be renewed and revitalized? Most times, responses to this perennial question focus on block and steel renovations and highlight the role the State and large corporations must play in initiating the revitalization process. Over the years, grand announcements have been made and plans unveiled, but...
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    Chronic inflammation — Cause of most non infectious diseases

    What is chronic inflammation ? Inflammation is a normal process used by the body in healing. When it is not switched off, the chemicals used in the healing process, become toxic, and cause illness. Viruses are well known to trigger this process, as are the foods we eat, and...
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    A Woman’s Right to Choose

    As at present day; 2018, abortion is still illegal in Jamaica, the Act governing this is the Offences Against the Person Act of 1864; an act based the English Act of 1861; wherein, a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy was punishable by a life sentence; with or without...
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    Walking Kingston

    In “Walk-Foot People Matter,” I called attention to the systematic mistreatment of citizen-pedestrians.  Focusing on citizenship allowed me to emphasize that this is about the core democratic principle of fair treatment.   Today, I suggest that, besides the significant economies and health benefits of walking, one of its important, but...
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    Walk-Foot People Matter (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of Walk-Foot People Matter, I highlighted the hazardous conditions under which pedestrians are forced to operate, conditions created by the indifference as well as deliberate actions of governments: that is, of the state, its agencies and personnel. Too often, however, we displace onto politicians, government and...
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    Walk-foot people matter (Part 1)

    One might say that nowadays most Jamaicans take the following propositions as axiomatic truths: Not all motorists are “people of quality” (you know that oft-quoted line from the late Rex Nettleford about a buttu in a Benz is still a buttu). Notwithstanding this first proposition: All people of quality...
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    Anatomy of a checkpoint

     A regular day drive along the Spanish Town bypass will eventually lead you to one of the symbols of the latest crime-fighting measures being pursued by the Jamaican Government: checkpoints.   Checkpoints, whether political or military, revolve around increasing security within a specific section of a town, city or...
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    The bigger picture in the CRH debacle

    With the recent scandal at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the nation is up in arms. People are foaming at the mouth, rightly so, wondering why individuals —doctors and patients — were forced to occupy a hospital which was in such a bad condition. People are incredulous and rightfully...
  • Apathy is slowly killing us

    With the killing of the key witness in the Mario Deane murder trial, it is now safe to assume that the trial is as dead as the unfortunate Mr Deane. The JCF rank and file and the high command must be distraught at these tragic events. This man was,...

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