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Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Please to cork your ears if you’re very susceptible to harm from low-level sacrilege, but it is a FACT that the Gospel of Mark begins with the voice of one crying in the wilderness. And since everywhere we look we see gospel ah fulfil, I wasn’t the...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Among everything else Fayval Williams has to do to shore up Jamaica’s already wobbly education system in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she must add as an urgent priority a massive effort to (re)acquaint teachers with the Caribbean...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:17 AM

For over a decade, Derrick ‘Black X’ Robinson, chairman of the Tacky Heritage Group, has trod barefoot from St Mary to Kingston, on a mission to ensure that the leader of an early, far-reaching revolt against slavery in the British Empire is...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The year 2020 has proven to be a roller-coaster year for communities worldwide. We are operating in uncharted territory characterised by an unclear resolution path in many instances, resulting in our everyday lives being fundamentally changed and...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Given the subject, ‘backlash’ is more than an appropriate term to describe the effect of the utterance of the head of the largest and oldest Christian denomination in the world. Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:15 AM

The story of Ainsley Rodhen offers a clear and compelling reason to celebrate in one of the most unsettling times in human history. This B.B. Coke High School graduate has successfully shaken the label of ‘ward of the state’ and is proudly wearing...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The globalisation agenda was jolted into a new reality in 2001. The most heinous of terrorist attacks in modern history against the United States on September 11, 2001 (9/11) sparked an unprecedented security threat on a global scale posed by...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:06 AM

It used to be “Have fun will travel” until the World Trade Centre, Homeland Security and COVID-19 replaced travel with travails. Given that many Caribbean countries imposed severe punishments for breaking the present regulations restricting free...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Until this year, 2005 was the most active hurricane season on record, during which 27 named storms formed, of which a record 15 became hurricanes. So far in this 2020 hurricane season – which is not yet over – 27 named storms have already formed,...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:06 AM

Population growth and increased urbanisation have driven up the demand for freshwater supplies, resulting in a burden on water resources. These resources are further stressed by climate change and global warming, resulting in climate variability....

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:06 AM

The outbreak of COVID-19 at the Government’s Golden Age Home in Kingston demands not only a healthcare response at that facility, but a full and ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus protocols at all old people’s care homes. At the same time, the...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMVishnu Bisram/Guest Columnist

T he Gleaner editorial of October 1 warned Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali “to tread with care the prosecution of election officials involved in attempted electoral fraud”. There are some lacunae in the editorial. The government is not prosecuting...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 3:31 PMTyrone Wilson and Stacy Kirk/Guest Columnists

ALBERT EINSTEIN said, “In the midst of crisis is opportunity;” no truer is this than the current COVID-19 global pandemic. It has accelerated the pace at which the world has gone digital, transforming the working environment, the way we carry out...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:24 PM

The young Nigerians who were protesting at Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday night were not the African touring company of ‘Les Misérables’. Lekki is one of the poshest suburbs of Lagos, full of gated communities, and most of the protesters were...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:19 PM

IT WOULD be almost reckless if Prime Minister Andrew Holness was kept in the dark that the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) was four years behind in its annual financial reports and that this has caused the auditor general to suspend a...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:15 AM

In the past week, there have been developments in other areas of the region’s foreign trade agenda which are of note. They are as follows: • CARICOM-USA – The USA has extended the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA) for 10 years to 2030...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Few will demur at the idea of Toots Hibbert joining the handful of celebrated figures, including the Jamaican language poet Louise Bennett-Coverley, and the reggae singer Dennis Brown, who are interred at Jamaica’s National Heroes Park, although...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:07 AM

We like to say “Things and times have changed.” In the case of virtual schooling, it’s the times that have changed things, and drastically, too. One of the biggest changes I’ve picked up is the shift in priorities, now that schools have essentially...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:12 AM

While representing Jamaica at the United Nations Security Council at the turn of the century, there was a buzz about an article in The New York Times which detailed what was characterised as excessive military spending by the Chinese government....

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The world is now grappling with a global pandemic, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2), and we must admit that we are now facing a crisis of biblical proportions; however, Paul Romer, a Stanford economist, in 2004 reminded...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:07 AM

We welcome the relative candour with which the authorities, including the army itself, have spoken about last week’s alleged attempt by two soldiers to use a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) bus to smuggle marijuana, leading to a chase and gunbattle...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:24 AM

She has a pretty face. No, make that beautiful, with a curvaceous sexy body to complement it. As for her smile, it can light up a room. Indeed, the occupants of any room she enters will find it an arduous task to ignore her. Women will envy her,...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:23 AM

Horace Chang, the national security minister, and his police chief, Major General Antony Anderson, have been having a public peeve at their loss, at least for now, of the use of states of public emergency in combating violent crime in Jamaica. They...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:23 AM

It’s National Heroes Day and several people are being acknowledged for their contribution to society, for their inspirational activities and for their heroism. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have many everyday heroes that go unnoticed and...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AM

If coronavirus were to disappear overnight and we were to discover gold and oil in abundance, the lack of a common national sensibility and our inattention to building social capital would stall us from achieving the 2030 vision for Jamaica....

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