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Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:19 AM

We are living in uncertain times, described by the World Health Organization as “the defining global health crisis of our time”. Because of this disruptive viral disease, people everywhere have had to make adjustments to their lives as they pay...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The Government will give $9,000 per fortnight to individuals who lose their job due to COVID-19 for a period up to June, but some people are not pleased with the amount being offered. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Almost every airport in the world is now closed to passenger traffic, and all I can do in these weeks, and maybe months, of self-imposed imprisonment is revel in flights of fancy and indulge in what I call “Plane” English as distinct from “Plain...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:22 AM

AGAINST THE economic uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that one of Finance Minister Nigel Clarke’s more important pronouncements in his Budget speech last week received almost no notice. He has put aside money for...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:21 AM

LAST MONDAY at the daily Jamaica House press briefing on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica, it was revealed that since the outbreak Jamaica has conducted only 89 tests, with 21 positives. Government policy is to test only those who are...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:18 AMProfessor Anthony Clayton/Guest Columnist

The COVID-19 crisis is an exceptionally serious threat, but the underlying trend is even more serious. The number and diversity of disease outbreaks has increased significantly since 1980, and most of these new outbreaks were caused by zoonotic...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:16 AM

The Government’s restriction on the movement of elderly people, to slow the rate of infection by COVID-19 among Jamaica’s most vulnerable demographic, is logical, but demands more for the strategy to be really efficacious. The Government must now...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:16 AMJacqueline Samuels-Brown/Guest Columnist

I AM impressed by the measures that have been put in place by the executive arm of government and the judiciary, led by our proactive chief justice, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. However, your article in the Gleaner of March 23, 2020, in...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:15 AM

COVID-19 IS upon us, globally and here on the Rock. Worldwide, indications suggest that with the current rate of spread, the likely infection levels will be staggering, as too will be the effects on the global economy. Against such ominous...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:15 AM

LAST WEEK, on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica, a young lady was giving tips about homeschooling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. She encouraged both parents at home to be involved and use a digital platform. Obviously, this lady does not realise that...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:23 AM

At the start of the year, the Inter-American Development (IDB) projected that Caribbean economies, excluding Guyana with its oil boom, would grow, on average, by 1.5 per cent, or half a point slower than in 2019. But the IDB had a proviso: the...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

In an online search, I happened to find a Jamaica Information Service report informing that the Senate, on January 23, passed the Patents and Designs Bill. The passage of this important legislation seems to have attracted little attention. This...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:10 AM

One of the topical debates in the fight against the COVID-19 disease in Jamaica is the matter of state quarantine as opposed to home quarantine. There are many reasons for having home quarantine, and in an ordered and orderly society, it can work,...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:28 AM

FACED WITH a major global peril, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean missed an opportunity to strengthen their capacity to create a common front against this and other crises. They re-elected Luis Almagro as secretary general of the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Phipps/Guest Columnist

IF WE are to believe the scientists and the history books, eons ago, Mother Earth was as supple and radiant as baroque depictions of a virginal Mary. Terrestrial greens harmoniously fought in equal measure with crystal waters for supremacy. The...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:18 AM

WITH FLU, it usually takes about three days from infection to becoming ill. With COVID-19, it averages five or six days, but it can be up to two weeks, and some people who get the virus don’t develop any symptoms. About 80 per cent of those...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:15 AM

IT IS not clear whether Parliament’s Human Resources and Social Development Committee, which hasn’t had a sitting in recent months, has concluded its hearings on reforming the abortion law and, if it has, what it has recommended to legislators. Its...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Whenever I’m going through extremely difficult physical and/or emotional times, I focus on the ‘afterwards’. I put my thoughts on what happens after the pain and suffering. Given our current situation, I find myself thinking about life after COVID-...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:13 AMC. Justin Robinson/Guest Columnist

The COVID-19 global pandemic is going to trigger a major global recession. While Caribbean countries are not yet at the epicentre of the pandemic, as the global travel and tourism industry faces a sudden stop, their travel and tourism and...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:05 AM

As COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus, spreads across the world, many questions are being asked. One of the most commonly asked is: “How long can the virus survive outside the human body?” The new coronavirus typically spreads...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:05 AM

I USED to rail against Wilmot Perkins’ sneering disrespect for the political culture and what he saw as its regular excrescence of cruel, discriminatory, corrupt charade of governance. I now know that although many politicians have a sincere...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:36 AM

Carolyn Cooper CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING A ongle when politician a look vote dem know how fi chat fi wi Jamaican language. Eena dis ya virus attaclaps, di Prime Minister an all a di odder govament minister dem supposen fi a gi out warning eena two...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:32 AM

Life won’t quite be the same after this coronavirus pandemic. As the gloom of social isolation and quarantine descends, we need to think carefully about its impact on our domestic lives, employment, and so on. Another time, we can look at how it is...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:31 AM

Increasing numbers of ‘non-essential’ workers are either working from home, have reduced working hours, or are being laid off. Production will decline, foreign exchange earnings will fall, family incomes will shrink, food and other basket of goods...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:22 AMNigel Clarke - Guest Columnist

I am responding to The Gleaner’s article “Clarke chided for undercutting budget rules”, which appeared on Wednesday, March 18, and which provides excerpts from Dr Peter Phillips’ speech in his Budget Debate presentation. The one-sidedness of Dr...

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