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V-DAY: Vaginas Against Violence

The international V-DAY 2009 campaign is on in Jamaica. Between March 18 and April 3, V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 a team of talented and committed women and men will be donating their time and talent to the V-DAY Kingston offering spearheaded by organizer/director fabian thomas. V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 will include four events: A soft Launch that …

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Legislating poverty, global uncompetitiveness and unemployment

Minister of labour and social security Pearnel Charles referring to Jamaica’s minimum wage has pointed out that “the 17 and a half percent increase in 2008 saw a number of workers loosing their jobs”. The increase was from $2800 to the present $3700. It is a fact that many workers lost their jobs and many …

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An Introduction to the American Age

Imagine that you were alive in the summer of 1900, living in London, then the capital of the world. Europe ruled the Eastern Hemisphere. There was hardly a place that, if not ruled directly, was not indirectly controlled from a European capital. Europe was at peace and enjoying unprecedented prosperity. Indeed, European interdependence due to …

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Caribbean Unsung Heroes 2008

For Caribbean people, names like Marcus Garvey, Grantley Adams and Uriah Butler are synonymous with hero for their roles in raising national and regional consciousness while also playing major parts in raising living standards and the hopes of the region’s peoples. But there are others whose contributions, while not as history making are much more …

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Condoms in Schools

Dear Editor: I write in reference to the recent debate regarding the distribution of condoms in schools to combat adolescent sexual activity, pregnancies, and sexually-transmitted diseases.  It seems that those who oppose the measure base their misguided philosophy on the false notions that: (1) preaching the gospel of abstinence is effective; and (2) the distributing …

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Appetite for Hanging: Justice or Legalizing Murder?

I have the deepest sympathy for the victims of murder such as, members of the security forces, witnesses in trial proceedings, those murdered by others during robberies burglaries, sex offences, arson and acts deemed as terrorism. Therein lies the acts that carry a mandatory death penalty as is currently the law of the land. As …

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Employment Inequity – No Equality for Women

The Jamaica Employer’s Federation (JEF) is disputing the downgrade in the ranking of Jamaica by the World Economic Forum for gender equality. The current position of Jamaica is 44, down five places from last year, and down 20 places from 2006. Apparently, the JEF cited anecdotal, rather than empirical evidence to make the false claim that there …

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Jamaican Creole vs English – Not an Either/Or Debate

I am flattered by (Antonn Brown’s) comparison to Kadene, and I wish that I had her multilingual skills, cosmopolitan erudition, and analytical sharpness. Rest assured, however, that I am no sock puppet for Ms. Porter. Now let me address your riposte. Languages are the products of human agency; they do what we allow them to do, …

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