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Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:28 AM

Rumour has it that Jamaicans are some of the happiest people in the world. Despite overwhelming crime statistics and a strong corruption perception that affect virtually every sector of the country, Jamaicans seem to always be laughing or making...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:14 AME.L. Johann Walker/Guest Columnist

I dare not imagine that service of the kind I experienced recently at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) of Jamaica is what obtains even on an occasional basis. What has even compounded this sort of situation, too, is that there seemed to be...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:13 AM

A March 15 New York Times article by Max Fisher and Emma Bubola ‘Coronavirus deepens inequality, inequality worsens its spread’ confirmed what I had already suspected: the coronavirus has a mutual reinforcing cycle with economic and social...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMWinston Barrett/Guest Columnist

I wish to express some of my observations, assessment and criticisms of life in Jamaica today, and to offer a few solutions that I fervently believe will help our country and government better to understand our predicament and show a pathway to...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:15 AM

By the time he had got to the all-important pages five, six and seven of his text last Tuesday, most of Dr Nigel Clarke’s colleagues were deep into their phones, private chats or postprandial snoozes. Their attention span had lasted through his...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Fear of COVID-19 is spreading faster than the virus itself. We must not allow fear to cause us to panic and lose focus on how to protect ourselves and others. The Government is doing its part to minimise our exposure to the virus, to contain the...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:10 AM

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, many questions are being asked about its origin, spread and consequences. Hopefully, the following information will be of value. The name ‘coronavirus’ is derived from the Latin word corona, which means ‘crown...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Trinidad and Tobago’s constitution, at Section 4(k), is the only one among the Commonwealth Caribbean countries in which “freedom of the press” is explicitly “recognised and declared” and posited as a fundamental right that has always “existed and...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:30 AM

The COVID-19 global health crisis, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has led to severe disruptions in the usual pattern of life around the world. These disruptions will no doubt depress economic activity and...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:30 AM

In times like these we need the Bible. That’s a definite throwback to my distant Seventh-Day Adventist youth. It’s comforting to recall the wisdom of the book of Proverbs Chapter 17, Verse 22, King James Version. “A merry heart doeth good like a...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:27 AM

We are all going to die! But you know that already. The present question is whether the Wuhan virus is going to help you along the way to meet your Lord and Maker. If you’re not aged or already infirm, chances are it won’t. So you can spend the...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:27 AM

It might look like hand sanitiser, but it’s not. Not even a full panel of judges is as serious as times are now. This is my first real pandemic but my grandmother recalls tales of cholera in the 1850s, which were recounted to her as a child. She...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:27 AM

Peter Phillips, the Opposition leader, and Nigel Clarke, minister of finance, can perhaps claim credit for the latter’s signature policy action in this year’s budget, a 1.5 percentage reduction in the rate at which the general consumption tax (GCT...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, out of two Caribbean countries came statements with more holes in them than Swiss cheese. The first, from Jamaicans.com, claims that “Jamaican Culture Is the Most Popular in the World”. The second is from a Trinidad technocrat-...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The 23-year prison sentence handed to American movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for sexual crimes is hardly being digested in the current coronavirus world crisis. However, even as the implications of the virus become clearer, it is worth pausing to...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Word that the first case of COVID-19 has been identified in Jamaica set off panic among residents. There are signs that despite the yeoman effort by the Ministry of Health to educate residents, many have not been listening or...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:58 PM

One of the saddest and most awful occurrences in human history occurred nearly two thousand years ago when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was brutally and mercilessly killed by those who professed to be the chosen people of God. Every well-thinking...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:30 PM

It is popularly assumed that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit make a Trinity; further, that the Trinity concept is difficult to explain but should be accepted by faith. But, does the supposed difficulty in explaining it really expose us to embracing...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:18 AM

It is the wont of politicians to attempt to milk partisan advantage out of any circumstance. They are usually worse when elections are imminent. We are encouraged, though, by the remarks, thus far, of Andrew Holness and Peter Phillips with respect...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:16 AMCecil Thoms, Guest Columnist

It is approaching nearly two weeks now since the disappearance of 22-year-old visually impaired University of the West Indies, UWI student Jasmine Dean. It is reported that Dean had been waiting on a bus at the University’s Irvine Hall gate from...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:06 AM

The advice given to us Jamaicans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is that we should wash our hands often with soap and water, and that we should blow our noses in tissue and then trash it. I am not satisfied with this...

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

Now that Jamaica has confirmed its first case of COVID-19, it would be prudent for the Government and the political Opposition to begin discussion on the constitutional contingencies for the postponement of the next general election, should that be...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Last month, at the funeral service for Elvena L’Amour Williams Riettie, the eulogy that was read was written by her. There are persons who plan their funeral programmes by selecting the hymns, the scripture readings, the musical selections, and...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Dear Jasmine: I’m sorry we didn’t protect you enough. We live in a country where a lot of basic needs for citizens are not considered, let alone that of those with special needs. I hope you can forgive us, but if you can’t, I understand. As a...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has now joined the more than 100 countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19, even as some of the first- world countries are facing severe challenges in controlling the spread of the virus and caring for infected persons. Although it is...

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