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Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:24 AM

AS THE world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, discussions about a vaccine against the virus, or other forms of antiviral treatment, centre primarily on the laboratories of North America and Europe, especially the United States. Except, perhaps,...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

WITH A number of communities under lockdown due to the efforts of the Government to limit community transmission of the COVID-19, a number of social issues have arisen. The most pressing right now seems to be the inability of some citizens to...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

THE ENIGMATIC ferocity of COVID-19 is truly shocking. Those affected have not been able to pinpoint when and where they were infected. COVID-19 lands on surfaces and makes them contagious for a variable period of time. It is transmissible by...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

“How mi mus know if mi have di sinting deh”? “What sinting?” I asked. “Di Corolla sinting.” Esmie lives in a big yard downtown in a room shared with her baby-father, her elderly mother who uses Pampers and two or three children, depending on the...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:10 AM

As COVID-19 brings the world to its knees, we are constantly updated on the number of cases, and deaths resulting from the disease, worldwide. At the time of writing this article, the number of confirmed cases globally was 680,583, with 31,914...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:30 AM

There are so many lessons children need to learn that don’t require a smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or even pen and paper. By example, their parents and extended family can teach kindness, patience, discipline, gratitude and many other...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:30 AM

In one way, the Government’s mobilisation in the face of the coronavirus has been proactive and impressive. In terms of public education about this virus, it surely gets an A-plus. However, as best as I can understand, there are serious questions...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:27 AM

‘Mind Jah lick you wid diseases!” Most Jamaicans who remember the dancehall duo Michigan and Smiley will latch on to their song of 1981, Diseases. In that recording, they listed a range of illnesses and suggested their correlation with certain...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Apart from lessening the health risks from COVID-19, the attention of Jamaican policymakers, like those elsewhere in the world, is primarily on limiting the economic fallout from the pandemic and how to get a V-shaped recovery when the turnaround...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:25 AM

On March 1, I wrote an article warning of a coming revolution, incited by someone as humble as a fruit vendor, that would be in our lifetime. Had I known that events that could lead to such a major societal disruption were already under way, I...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:19 AM

We are living in uncertain times, described by the World Health Organization as “the defining global health crisis of our time”. Because of this disruptive viral disease, people everywhere have had to make adjustments to their lives as they pay...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The Government will give $9,000 per fortnight to individuals who lose their job due to COVID-19 for a period up to June, but some people are not pleased with the amount being offered. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Almost every airport in the world is now closed to passenger traffic, and all I can do in these weeks, and maybe months, of self-imposed imprisonment is revel in flights of fancy and indulge in what I call “Plane” English as distinct from “Plain...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:22 AM

AGAINST THE economic uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that one of Finance Minister Nigel Clarke’s more important pronouncements in his Budget speech last week received almost no notice. He has put aside money for...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:21 AM

LAST MONDAY at the daily Jamaica House press briefing on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica, it was revealed that since the outbreak Jamaica has conducted only 89 tests, with 21 positives. Government policy is to test only those who are...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:18 AMProfessor Anthony Clayton/Guest Columnist

The COVID-19 crisis is an exceptionally serious threat, but the underlying trend is even more serious. The number and diversity of disease outbreaks has increased significantly since 1980, and most of these new outbreaks were caused by zoonotic...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:16 AM

The Government’s restriction on the movement of elderly people, to slow the rate of infection by COVID-19 among Jamaica’s most vulnerable demographic, is logical, but demands more for the strategy to be really efficacious. The Government must now...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:16 AMJacqueline Samuels-Brown/Guest Columnist

I AM impressed by the measures that have been put in place by the executive arm of government and the judiciary, led by our proactive chief justice, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. However, your article in the Gleaner of March 23, 2020, in...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:15 AM

COVID-19 IS upon us, globally and here on the Rock. Worldwide, indications suggest that with the current rate of spread, the likely infection levels will be staggering, as too will be the effects on the global economy. Against such ominous...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:15 AM

LAST WEEK, on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica, a young lady was giving tips about homeschooling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. She encouraged both parents at home to be involved and use a digital platform. Obviously, this lady does not realise that...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:23 AM

At the start of the year, the Inter-American Development (IDB) projected that Caribbean economies, excluding Guyana with its oil boom, would grow, on average, by 1.5 per cent, or half a point slower than in 2019. But the IDB had a proviso: the...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

In an online search, I happened to find a Jamaica Information Service report informing that the Senate, on January 23, passed the Patents and Designs Bill. The passage of this important legislation seems to have attracted little attention. This...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:10 AM

One of the topical debates in the fight against the COVID-19 disease in Jamaica is the matter of state quarantine as opposed to home quarantine. There are many reasons for having home quarantine, and in an ordered and orderly society, it can work,...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:28 AM

FACED WITH a major global peril, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean missed an opportunity to strengthen their capacity to create a common front against this and other crises. They re-elected Luis Almagro as secretary general of the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Phipps/Guest Columnist

IF WE are to believe the scientists and the history books, eons ago, Mother Earth was as supple and radiant as baroque depictions of a virginal Mary. Terrestrial greens harmoniously fought in equal measure with crystal waters for supremacy. The...

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