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Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 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...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The issues may seem incongruous, yet the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the case against Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Bernard Lodge city. It is summed up in two phrases: global supply chains and food security. COVID-19, the latest of the corona...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM

As the Government responds to the rapidly spreading coronavirus, it has sensibly ordered the closure of schools, which means thousands of children are expected to continue their education at home. The concepts of distance teaching, remote learning...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Businesses across the world are beginning to grapple with the consequences of a global pandemic. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has rapidly changed consumer behaviour and business forecasts. Operations across several sectors will likely face...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“A hospital is no place to be sick”. This is an oxymoron or figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect, for example “cruel kindness,” “living death”, “police intelligence”, “jumbo shrimp” or something supposedly...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:15 AMJoan Barrett/Guest Columnist

Dear Prime Minister: Greetings. May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine on you and give you peace, wisdom and strength. “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” – Book of Esther. All...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Last Wednesday, China reported a full day with no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began last December. This gives tremendous hope, showing that there are things Jamaica can do to beat the COVID-19...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:14 AM

It’s everyone’s wish that good sense and constitutional order prevail, and that Guyana quickly resolves who won the election of a fortnight ago, without descending into the instability and violence that threaten the country. For, that would not...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Last week, I made the point that preventing the ‘coronasation’ of Jamaica requires a firm hand, the will to enforce and endure the bitter medicine to come, and political solidarity. Alas, despite the efforts of our Government to contain the spread...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:18 AM

No sensible Jamaican, regardless of the circumstance, can be callous about an investor’s decision to abandon a project that would create jobs and contribute to economic growth, as Mexico’s Palace Resorts is about to do with their planned big hotel...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:17 AM

A few days ago, there was a report that some taxi drivers refused taking nurses (as their clients) to work, for fear of exposure to these nurses as carriers of COVID-19. This is short-sighted because these nurses might be needed to attend to them...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Arguing for the redistribution of wealth is resurfacing in political discourse. Social justice advocates assert that redistribution is necessary to correct inequalities. But contrary to the musings of socialists, the free market is the most...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:26 AM

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a communicable illness declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has highlighted the interconnectivity of the world through globalisation. Its impact on national and global economies...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:26 AMNathaniel Madden/Guest Columnist

The decision taken by some denominations to suspend their Sabbath or Sunday service this past weekend, in light of the propagation of the coronavirus, has been the subject of much debate and criticism in the local Christian fraternity. The...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:17 AM

While acknowledging that Jamaica’s economy, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, is “heading for challenging times”, Nigel Clarke, the finance minister, is confident that the island is in a better position than it has been for decades “to respond...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:29 AM

Even as they continue to communicate the risk of the COVID-19 virus to the general population, it is urgent that Jamaica’s health authorities begin to target specific messages to, and plan special interventions for, the most vulnerable cohort – the...

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...

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