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

Anthropologists worldwide watching the COVID-19 pandemic have largely concluded that governments have relied on the wrong set of experts to advise them. Frankly, some of the suggestions given to governments have bordered on madness. I spoke to 14...

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

Proverbial wisdom confirms that when trouble tek man, pikni shirt fit him. Now, when coronavirus frighten man, female underwear fit him. Male cross-dressers already know the pleasures of sporting female garments. These days, men of all persuasions...

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

It is Easter Sunday, and those of us who read the Bible and believe most of it, unburdened by the need to accept its infallibility, recognise that this is supposed to be the greatest day in the lives of Christians, the day that Jesus the Saviour...

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

Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr’s analysis of the communities at greatest risk for the spread of COVID-19 essentially confirms what most Jamaicans know instinctively. That is, most of the hotspots are in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA), and the hottest...

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

The world has changed. The closing of borders and streets, the shuttering of businesses, and quarantining in our homes have many fearing what the future holds. We have watched how other countries are grappling with the rapidly increasing number of...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Beaches are closed this holiday weekend, which is one of the measures taken by the Government to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Let us declare at the outset that, based on examples from other countries, it is a wise decision to discourage mass...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMPeter C. Champagnie/Guest Columnist

The efforts to date by the Government to deal with the spread of the coronavirus among us have been commendable. However, it should always be mindful to guard against the perception of self-interest and the promotion of one class of persons over...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The government has decreed that hair dressing facilities are not essential services and, despite a bald-headed prime minister, or because of him, this “barbaric” condition has been imposed on us. I almost got caught defying the ban and trying to...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

While criminal defence attorneys are expected to insist on the innocence of their clients, they have an obligation to do so in a manner that doesn’t contribute to the erosion of trust in the judiciary, or undermine the rule of law, upon which the...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 1:59 PM
Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

It must be said that even with the Jamaican government’s reluctance to test widely, we are doing better than many wealthier and more developed countries. I have a friend in England who has been in and out of hospital with serious...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

In a court system still clogged with work-a-day cases, there is usually little focus on idea rulings, or significant declarations by judges that will likely enhance the rights of citizens. Last week was a case in point. In the midst of the...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

ON PRESENT projections, Jamaica’s children and young people are likely to lose between a quarter and a third of the minimum class time which constitutes a school year. This is an impending danger, not only to individual careers, but to all hopes of...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

ON MARCH 30, I saw a video clip which was being circulated, in which there was a well-known tele-evangelist saying in a loud, authoritative and strong voice, ‘In the name of Jesus, standing in the office of the prophet of God, I execute judgement...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:05 AM

AS I sit here contemplating the COVID-19 pandemic that has beset us here, there and everywhere, I can’t help but think of the many stories I have heard about good, bad and dumb people. We have countless numbers of good people – dedicated...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 11:01 AM

Verene A. Shepherd Jamaican History is replete with stories of heroic men and women who at one time or another placed themselves on the frontline of battles for freedom. Such was the case in the war for African liberty in 1760 in St. Mary, led by...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:15 AM

If we didn’t know better, we might have assumed that the health ministry’s belated guidance, issued Monday, on the use of face masks against COVID-19 was a product of Donald Trump. Not only is the endorsement half-hearted, but it risks subjecting...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:10 AM

I am pleased that The Gleaner’s editorial of Monday, March 30, 2020, titled ‘Where’s the region’s COVID-19 research?’ has shed light once again on the importance of research to the development of any country. The editorial rightly pointed out that...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:10 AMDave Rodney/Guest Columnist

Her arrival was bad news. Although I was only four or five years old, I remember her face very clearly. She was a dark, short lady with medium thick lips, dressed in a brown uniform and a neatly pleated cap planted atop her jet black hair. I never...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:09 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting some issues that I had not fully explored. One of these is the impact of population issues, such as demographic shifts, on foreign trade. COVID-19’s ravishing of Italy and Spain in Europe brought to the fore...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Three weeks ago, as the depth of the global economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic became increasingly clear, this newspaper urged the Jamaican Government to make a quick beeline to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a standby arrangement...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:27 AMNoel Davy/Guest Columnist

Hundreds of thousands will die from COVID-19, famine, and armed conflict. As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to devastate most countries with fear and death worldwide, the Fourth Seal, which is now opened as recorded in the Bible...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:26 AM

FOR WHAT purpose do we elect our Government? For some, the Government exists to carry out the bidding of the people. But it does seem as though there is an increasing sense that the Government is only truly successful in the performance of its...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:30 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic gallops across the planet, leaving a trail of sickness, death and social upheaval in its wake, a debate has raged among lay people as well as medical professionals regarding who should be wearing masks. There is no argument...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:18 AM

WHEN, A week ago, this newspaper reported that panicked nurses at the private Hargreaves Memorial Hospital refused to treat a patient with symptoms of COVID-19, we assumed it was an aberration. Jamaican healthcare professionals were just that –...

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