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As his Government strains to get the economy as close as possible back to full operation, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been telling Jamaicans that they must be prepared for a “new normal”. “We have to learn to live with COVID-19,” Mr Holness...
JTA President Owen Speid.

I HAVE spent the last few months listening to the current president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid, commenting on the issues involving teachers, and since March 12, those issues surrounding education during this COVID-19...
World Trade Organisation Director General Roberto Azevêdo will demit office in September.

I noted The Gleaner’s editorial of Tuesday, May 19, ‘CARICOM on the WTO front line’, which dealt with the pending early departure of the incumbent director general (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil, and the...

IN JAMAICA, we have begun the slow march to a new normal dictated by the requirements of a COVID-19-managed world – one wherein the actions of everyone counts and for which our population must be prepared. We are not alone. Now months into the...

FREEDOM OF the press is, in essence, an offspring of the fundamental right to freedom of expression which is enshrined in the constitutions of practicing democracies across the globe. The late Honourable Oliver Clarke’s life work cannot for a...

CHECK THE daily human interest stories in the press. Invariably, the tale is of a mother at her wits’ end and a child, or children, in distress. Illness, fire-burn, crime victim or hungry-poor are the causes of peril. Pressure is always borne by...

The assertion by Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of an inability to review the Government’s revised Budget until the auditor general has analysed its changes puts back on the agenda the promised independent...

I AM trying to grasp what has happened to Jamaica though this crisis presents some real challenges. The economy is in tatters, not least because the dilapidated healthcare system necessitated a severe wind-down. While we have to hold the Government...

Professor Emeritus Frederick Hickling was truly a man in a class by himself. A revolutionary psychiatrist in supposedly independent Jamaica, Hickling could clearly see the mind-blowing legacies of slavery and colonialism. Our history created the...

Both sides of the House of Representatives and Senate are from labour parties. Never mind what it might look like from time to time, the two parties are built on the back of the labour movement, and each has a union with voting rights. In fact, the...
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