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Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, some great news emerged out of Scotland this year. In November, it was announced that the country would be the first to make period products free for all. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland)...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:06 AM

She told me to call her ‘Baby G’. She came needing help for one of the children who “don’t have a good head” and told me her story. Long before, young, kinda pretty, unemployed and ‘out of doors’ (she didn’t like the way her mother’s new boyfriend...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:06 AM

There is a disgusting and ever-growing, macabre fascination with images of gruesome deaths from killings and crashes of all kinds. I recall many years ago when a rather lovely and hard-working young lady used to sell the Gleaner and Star in Half-...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 4:19 PM

The timing of America’s public designation of retired senior police officer Reneto Adams, and five members of his long-disbanded Crime Management Unit (CMU), is a bit curious. And it would have carried far more weight if it had been done under a...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Institution building is important for entrenching macroeconomic stability, as well as supporting policy predictability and transparency. Keeping these objectives in mind, and consistent with the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force recommendations...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:10 AM

On the very last day of our language arts classes for this term, my seven-year-old student gave a report on Martin Luther King Jr. He chirpily said Dr King was eloquent. When I asked him what the word meant, he couldn’t answer. And all I said was...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:10 AM

In a recent homily, Archbishop Emeritus Donald Reece wrote to his congregation, “Roadways in a country are crucial for any development of peoples and their cities and rural communities. Because of recent storms, many roads are now made impassable...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:09 AM

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is spot on in the zero-tolerance approach to corruption and human rights abuses. Nothing guarantees peace and human well-being more than the equal and fair treatment of others by others and the...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:09 AM

In our neck of the woods, last week’s antitrust lawsuits in America to break up Facebook have, understandably, grabbed people’s attention. Little noted, however, was a development in Australia affecting Facebook, Google, and other social media...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:10 AM

An advisory from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica earlier this week predicted a cold front entering the Caribbean region, bringing with it wind, showers, and cold weather. The winds came with vigour, temperatures dropped, but no showers to...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:07 AM

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on me, my family, and my friends. Our lives have moved from being very busy, rushing to classes, hugging each other in the hallways, to being home most of the week, conducting all learning sessions virtually...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:05 AM

There is a character in German literature and folklore called the ‘Sandman’ who puts people to sleep and encourages and inspires beautiful dreams by sprinkling magical sand onto their eyes. The sand in Siparia, Trinidad, the southern town to which...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:18 AM

As the end of the year approaches, it is customary to tot up certain statistics and compare them with last year to assess our progress. This year (2020) should show big differences. With work-from-home and remote-schooling due to the COVID-19...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:09 AM

We found the last kilometre to Long Mountain almost majestic in Kingston’s growing urban sprawl. This wooded stretch brought solitude and sanity in our semi-lockdown. Runners and walkers enjoyed its stillness and embraced its challenge as we sought...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Keith Duncan, recently re-elected as president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), says that he is looking to build on the gains of his first year, with the focus being on helping to chart a recovery of an inclusive economy...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:06 AM

As 2020 draws to a close and we look forward to the start of a new year, my desire for a Jamaica, free from violence of all sorts against women and girls, is also renewed. Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV), which began on...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:14 AM

COVID-19 has robbed people around the world of loved ones, livelihoods and so many of the usual certainties and comforts of everyday life. It is also threatening to steal from millions of girls their right to an education. These are girls who could...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Jamaica is part of this planet, existing in an era of unprecedented environmental concerns. Climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and loss of biodiversity threaten our planet and life as we know it. In our perennial campaigns to expose...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 8:13 AM

IN RESPONSE to the recent viral video of prisoners at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre imbibing expensive liquor and partying in their cells, Prime Minister Andrew Holness promised a crackdown on the partygoers, who, he said, despite...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Current COVID-19 realities have forced people to look for new ways to stay connected and alleviate boredom, with most aspects of life confined to home. More ‘nights-in’ and higher stress levels could increase the chances of overindulging in a...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:18 AM

In the aftermath of the September election, we agreed that his big parliamentary majority placed Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a position to, as Bruce Golding, his predecessor as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), put it, pursue “legacy-...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), formerly the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and the European Union (EU) on Thursday, December 3 concluded negotiations for the post-Cotonou agreement. The...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the marginal increases in cost to most customers for electricity has brought the issue of electricity cost back to the forefront. It has been estimated by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) that on a consistent...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:10 AM

I will begin by voicing your unspoken rebuttal: child marriage is not a sickness that significantly afflicts the Caribbean. And while I will concede that in its purest form, child marriage – a formal union involving a boy or girl under the age of...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:05 AM

As was noted in these columns on Saturday, the world may be beginning to see a light out of the bleakness of the COVID-19 pandemic – from its more than a million and a half deaths, the shutdowns and recession, and the widespread isolation and...

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