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Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:12 AM

As his Government strains to get the economy as close as possible back to full operation, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been telling Jamaicans that they must be prepared for a “new normal”. “We have to learn to live with COVID-19,” Mr Holness...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:10 AM

I HAVE spent the last few months listening to the current president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid, commenting on the issues involving teachers, and since March 12, those issues surrounding education during this COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:10 AM

I noted The Gleaner’s editorial of Tuesday, May 19, ‘CARICOM on the WTO front line’, which dealt with the pending early departure of the incumbent director general (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil, and the...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:12 AM

THIS NEWSPAPER is unambiguous that Jamaica must have an effective regime to prevent its financial system being used for money laundering and for transferring funds to terrorists. For, weak anti-money-laundering arrangements are not merely somebody...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMAston A. Barnes/Guest Columnist

AS A personal friend and retired officer of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, I would like to share with the many paying tribute to Oliver Clarke. My association with Oliver Clarke spans a period of approximately 50 years. I...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:08 AM

THERE IS a recent WhatsApp meme depicting a caricature of Jesus Christ rising up into the clouds within a beam of bright light. It reads, ‘Ascension Day … The day Jesus went back to working from home!’ It got me thinking about the various...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMNicola Cousins/Guest Columnist

NEWS REPORTS from across the world have indicated a significant increase in domestic violence cases since the onset of the novel coronavirus. This increase is directly related to the lockdowns that countries have imposed to limit the spread of the...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:11 AMAJ Nicholson/Guest Columnist

FREEDOM OF the press is, in essence, an offspring of the fundamental right to freedom of expression which is enshrined in the constitutions of practicing democracies across the globe. The late Honourable Oliver Clarke’s life work cannot for a...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

LAST WEEK’S announcement of a programme to improve mental health literacy in Jamaica’s schools is, on the face of it, a welcome project that should be of value to students and teachers and, ultimately, the wider society. But the authorities must...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Tufton/Guest Columnist

IN JAMAICA, we have begun the slow march to a new normal dictated by the requirements of a COVID-19-managed world – one wherein the actions of everyone counts and for which our population must be prepared. We are not alone. Now months into the...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:10 AM

CHECK THE daily human interest stories in the press. Invariably, the tale is of a mother at her wits’ end and a child, or children, in distress. Illness, fire-burn, crime victim or hungry-poor are the causes of peril. Pressure is always borne by...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:05 AM

I AM trying to grasp what has happened to Jamaica though this crisis presents some real challenges. The economy is in tatters, not least because the dilapidated healthcare system necessitated a severe wind-down. While we have to hold the Government...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Professor Emeritus Frederick Hickling was truly a man in a class by himself. A revolutionary psychiatrist in supposedly independent Jamaica, Hickling could clearly see the mind-blowing legacies of slavery and colonialism. Our history created the...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:05 AM

Both sides of the House of Representatives and Senate are from labour parties. Never mind what it might look like from time to time, the two parties are built on the back of the labour movement, and each has a union with voting rights. In fact, the...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:08 AM

The assertion by Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of an inability to review the Government’s revised Budget until the auditor general has analysed its changes puts back on the agenda the promised independent...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:06 AM

The Hon Mike Henry, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and member of parliament for Central Clarendon, wrote an article entitled ‘PJ’s focus on scoring own goal instead of the real goal’, which was published in The...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AM

How well are the country’s utilities holding up in the current virus pandemic? In the last few days, Internet service has been widely disrupted, there have been unscheduled power cuts in some areas, and water, well, let’s say that many areas...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:07 AM

There are no reliable, safe, and effective antiviral drugs or COVID-19 vaccines that will be made available in the next two years. Therefore, it is important to build up one’s immune system using vitamin C and other antioxidants, even as we develop...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:05 AM

There is a story about a Trinidad politician who people accused of being a barefaced liar. So, he grew a beard. Then there was the one about a politician, a liar and a crooked man entering a bar. He sat down and ordered a drink. There was another...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:21 AM

IN THE middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, much has been made of the ‘right’ of Jamaicans stranded overseas or on the high seas to return to their country. The impression is being given that this right means that the Jamaican Government has the...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:20 AM

THERE WILL be relief all round that the more than 1,000 Jamaican crew members aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas vessel are finally being landed at home. But we, like others, are surprised at the glitches and delays, even...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The dramatic global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has created severe human, social and economic disruption across all continents and devastation of some healthcare systems. This is related not only to the rapid spread and highly...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Whenever there is a hot issue, pundits come out of the woodwork, so I am taking licence to join the ranks. However, I am coming from the position of a business owner and a manager who is at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing the...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The Government is being urged to implement an aggressive public education campaign to inform persons of their rights under the Data Protection Act. The call was made by Member of Parliament for South Eastern St Andrew Julian Robinson in his...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The First World War sped up the emancipation of women; the Second World War led to the creation of welfare states in all the industrialised countries. What great change will the coronavirus crisis bring us? This crisis has not yet killed tens of...

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