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Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Edward Phillip George Seaga, of blessed memory, had the reputation of sticking firmly to a decision once he had arrived at it. He was considered unbending and inflexible by some, but by others, steady and firm. Well, here is the hour for Mr Holness...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

CHACKA-CHACKA SPELIN It no mek nuh sense fi lock down di country lickle-lickle. Look wa happen last week wen Govament gi notice seh St Catherine ha fi lock down fi one week! People start run weh like seh dem a Maroon eena slavery time. An eena...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

I write in support of the concerns raised by eminent jurist and constitutional lawyer Lloyd Barnett, QC, that the Public Health Act, the Quarantine Act, and the Disaster Risk Management Act do not give the prime minister the constitutional cover...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

That Jamaica has turned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial support in the face of the COVID-19-induced global economic meltdown is hardly surprising. Nearly 100 countries have already sought help from the IMF to shore up their...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Among the unsettling sights provoked by the current coronavirus pandemic is the near widespread wearing of protective masks and face shields. All over the world, scores of adults and children are donning masks when appearing in public, and here in...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:13 AM

The virus and the Government have made things so tough in Trinidad, in some ways unduly and unnecessarily so, that while other food suppliers like KFC and Gyros were allowed to operate as usual, vendors of the national staple, “Doubles” (curried...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:12 AM

It is the texture of relationships which makes human life valuable to others and pleasurable, even joyous, to oneself. The sly, Anansi virus upon us now, has the prospect either of further debasing our transactional, class-based behaviour towards...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:15 AM

WITH THE recent sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica – suggesting that the island is entering the phase of community transmission of the coronavirus that causes the disease – the Holness administration faces a major challenge. It...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:15 AM

Picture soaring sky-scrapers with glistening glass windows adorning cathedrals of steel that dominate the illuminated skyline. This image encapsulates the dreams of many developing countries which seek to achieve unparalleled development,...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:15 AM

ON MARCH 10, 2020, the Jamaican Government announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19, and the following day, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a global pandemic. On March 13, Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:00 AM

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness belatedly changed the narrative, but the Government’s original explanation of how it failed to rescue 43 of its citizens from a cruise ship at the edge of its territorial waters highlighted flaccid thinking, bad...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:18 AM

We are likely to remain within the throes of the COVID-induced health crisis for some time to come. In the absence of vaccines, the duration will be largely dependent on the prescriptions imposed by our Government and adherence by our citizenry....

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:18 AM

COVID-19 HAS turned the spotlight on cleaning, disinfecting and sanitisation by an industry of which little is known in Jamaica. The cleaning industry can be roughly divided into commercial janitorial and related services, residential cleaning, and...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Last Sunday was celebrated as the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus, the fundamental belief of the Christian faith. But how credible is this belief? The credibility of this belief is based upon eyewitnesses. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:27 AM

KEIR STARMER is right about the value of parliamentary oversight of governments in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. “The best decisions,” said the new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, “are those that are challenged and...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:25 AM

At midnight December 31, 2019, I woke up to face the start of the new decade. The year 2020 had arrived, as we said goodbye to ‘teens’. Except for a person, the country and the world now ceased to be ‘teens’; we had grown beyond our years,...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:23 AM

COVID-19 has brought me back to a subject, the future of work, which I wrote on in May and August 2019. With lockdowns across the world and social distancing, technology is playing a central role. We are participating in religious services and...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:15 AM

WHEN CARIBBEAN Community (CARICOM) leaders hold their virtual summit tomorrow, an important outcome would be to add regional heft to Gaston Browne’s call on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to make it easier for regional...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Nature isn’t benign. Homo sapiens have been vulnerable to microbial assaults over the last millennia. Viruses are learning new tricks, and we are caught in the food chain whether we like it or not, eating and being eaten. Disease-carrying organisms...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:13 AMLascelve ‘Muggy’ Graham/Guest Columnist

COVID-19 IS upon us! There are debates and theories surrounding its origin, from whence it came, whether it was man-made or not, and if man-made, by whom and for what purpose. Many believe it is an act of God and a sign from the Lord. While it...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Religion, while giving hope to many, is by no means harmless. As we experience the devastation being wrought by COVID-19, some of the flaws of religion are being exposed, and we are seeing, in real time, the damage than can be done. Religious folks...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AM

PETER PHILLIPS’ disclosure that he is being treated for stage-three colon cancer is in line with what, increasingly, is expected of leaders in modern democracies, though not always adhered to. An important question raised by this issue, however, is...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AM

I had heard about it for years and decided to research the claim for myself. What is the ‘it’? That Christianity had borrowed or stolen some of its major doctrines from ancient Egyptian literature and/or from the ‘mystery religions’, and that there...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Niduses are breeding places where germs (including viruses) lodge and multiply. They may be somewhat isolated from the rest of the ‘organism’, albeit temporarily. Until niduses are discovered and cleared of infections, they repeatedly cause...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“You can give me one a dem farm work card fi my boyfriend? If I get it, I will neva come beg you again ...” Betty is around 25. Her beautiful eyes pleaded recently. She had come to see me accompanied by her three youngest children and, predictably...

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