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Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles’ broad outline of his alternative vision for staving off insolvency at The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a welcome development that adds weight to this newspaper’s call for a robust debate about the...
In this April, 2020 photo, long lines are seen in Pavilion Mall, Half-Way Tree, as people waited to collect their compassionate care grant paid out by the Government from a Western Union branch. A year on, Jamaica is grappling with increasing number of COV

I am sure that psychologists and sociologists like myself have legions of reasons for the undisciplined behaviour of many of us Jamaicans. One theory might be that the inequality woven into the fabric of Jamaican society forces people to cut...

In the second part, I continue with the argument which stressed the need to develop a culture of meritocracy. Some new secondary schools on the shift system have allowed outstanding students to attend classes on both shifts so that they can...

In February, I had wondered whether a member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) would be able to nominate a candidate for the post of secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Now it seems that...

At 65 years old, Jamaica ‘s Trade Act may indeed be in need of an overhaul, which, this newspaper reported last week, is being contemplated by the industry and commerce minister, Audley Shaw. So far, Mr Shaw has not indicated what he intends the...

Until the prime minister’s broadcast on Sunday evening announced major changes to the Disaster Risk Management Act, Jamaican nationals coming home did not have to be tested before boarding a flight. Soon, travellers to the island will have to be...

In Jamaica, microcredit institutions have emerged as an important source of financing for the underserved, including lower income-earning individuals and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs are the lifeblood of our economy...

That a “comprehensive review “ of the security of all government websites is under way to ensure compliance with “international standards and best practices” is a welcome development. However, the implication that this action may have been...

My elective surgery cases are usually done on Thursday mornings. Last Wednesday, I received a call from the private hospital in St Andrew where I had an operation booked for the following day. I was supposed to be performing a myomectomy, removal...

Nature gave us C18H10N2O4 (18 elements of carbon, 10 of hydrogen, two of nitrogen and four of oxygen) to protect us from the rays of the sun that can cause skin cancer. The early humans had a lot of this chemical but, with migration and the...
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