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

MANY PEOPLE have convinced themselves that the only thing the Government is good at is public relations. Some have implied, in their utterances, that the lot of us who are impressed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his team have allowed...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:17 AM

LAST MONDAY afternoon at 4:30 p.m., I was disappointed by a notice from Parliament that the sitting of the House of Representatives scheduled for the next day was cancelled. Disappointed because parliamentary duties are what I am sworn and paid to...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:17 AM

THE FACT that so many people are becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus suggests that we have been missing something essential. We know that we need proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when treating or otherwise coming into close...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:31 AM

There’s a way in football that a man can foul another player, even kick him to the ground, and then if the play of the ball isn’t to his advantage, turn around and offer the prostrate victim a hand up. Depending upon temperament, the victimised...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:27 AM

Of course, the poster boy is a Covidiot! Not because he exercised his free speech to vilify the prime minister and police, but because he was on the street during the hours of the curfew, adding to the health crisis and encouraging others to do so...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:27 AM

Snobbish speakers of English don’t seem to mind catching the coronavirus from ill-informed speakers of Jamaican. Last month, I wrote a column in our Jamaican language with this headline, “Holness Fi Gi Virus Warning Inna Two Language”. As was to...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:26 AMFitz Jackson - Guest Columnist

The arrival of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, on our shores on March 4, 2020, by a person with a travel history from the United Kingdom has caused a seismic shift of national attention. Prior to the announcement of the first...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:23 AM

We still hope that the Government will appreciate the wisdom of not planting Jamaica’s most fertile lands with concrete and steel and that the economic dislocation from the COVID-19 pandemic will be the epiphany, leading to the embrace of this...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Ever since the announcement of our first coronavirus case on March 10, 2020 in Jamaica, the issue of quarantine and all the attendant factors with it have become the subject of daily discussions in a very serious way. Some of us, myself included,...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Elvis Presley sang “Home is where the heart is” and, sentimentally speaking, it makes sense, but being confined to barracks for the past few days, even though voluntary, I wish that I had a detachable heart that I could leave at home while I go out...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Good news can get lost in a time of crisis. But in these crisis-stricken times, good news is exactly what the people need to buoy their spirits amid the head-spinning statistics of sickness and death caused by the coronavirus. Jamaica’s history is...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:26 AM

The weeks-old islandwide closure of bars and other places of nocturnal entertainment, followed by this week’s nightly 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. islandwide curfew, has confined most of us to our homes. Where spouses tend to quarrel, and children tend to...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:23 AM

PETER BUNTING’S initiative to support elderly people in his Central Manchester constituency who are confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 crisis is an idea worthy of being scaled up nationally, although not necessarily in the form...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:17 AMKevonn Grant/Guest Columnist

A letter was published in The Gleaner on April 2, 2020, titled ‘Wrong move, PNP’. As a concerned citizen myself, I felt moved to respond to some of the conclusions made by the well-intentioned author with respect to what transpired regarding...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Why was horse racing allowed at Caymanas Park after Prime Minister Andrew Holness, by order, declared the whole of Jamaica a disaster area on March 13, 2020? The regulation of the Disaster Risk Management (Enforcement Measures) (No. 2) Order 2020...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:11 AMClive Landis/Guest Columnist

In answering the question on vaccine development posed by the editorial, it is important to understand that today’s recombinant vaccine technology requires constant investment by the State to build capacity in molecular technology, genetics and...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:10 AM

On Monday, as I listened to the prime minister lamenting on the irresponsible behaviour of some of our citizens, I could only shake my head. Disseminating fake news, spreading apprehension and panic, disregarding social-distancing requirements and...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:07 AM

THE GOVERNMENT’S imposition of a night-time curfew, among measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, would probably have been informed by an analysis of after-dark traffic patterns and adherence to the administration’s shelter-in-place guidance of a...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:22 AM

Up to last Friday, when there were 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, the health authorities had tested 250 persons for the new coronavirus. That’s the equivalent of 0.008 per cent of the island’s estimated population of 2.9 million....

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:22 AM

In my article on January 8, I outlined the Caribbean’s foreign trade policy agenda for 2020, but I certainly did not see COVID-19 on the horizon. With drastic global action to contain and mitigate the impact of this coronavirus, the foreign trade...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Currently, COVID-19 is engulfing many parts of the world, endangering the life and health of people in all countries and hitting the world economy pretty hard. The international community expects all parties to work together to combat the pandemic...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Among the most difficult tests of a leader’s commitment to the deeper principles of democracy is his willingness to adhere to constitutional order rather than opt for expedience, or the easy way out, even in times of crises. That is why this...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AMSamantha Radway Morrison/Guest Columnist

A few weeks ago, in a maiden keynote presentation titled ‘21st Century Demands: Implications for Education and Educational Leadership’, I focused on what are some 21st-century demands, 21st-century skills, and the paradigm shift needed in education...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AM

The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social, and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated, and on a global scale and...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:19 AMLaurene Ward/Guest Columnist

WHEN I was two years old, Back to the future was the movie of the century. There were flying cars, supercomputers and multiple futuristic apparatus that seem mind-boggling and yet entertaining. The Jetsons cartoon was my all-time favourite, as I...

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