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Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Jamaica’s move for a coordinated Caribbean response to Britain’s discriminatory approach in deciding which countries’ citizens are properly vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United Kingdom (UK), continues to be endorsed by this newspaper....

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:06 AM

If former generations were bombarded with a mountain of opinions from all and sundry, and confused by the cacophony of naysayers, they too would perhaps be distrusting of ‘authority’, and resist or flatly refuse the vaccines that conquered smallpox...

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:06 AM

That is the essence of what has been happening at Nutrition Products Company (NPL), the government agency which is tasked to produce some of the food items which at least a half of our schoolchildren desperately need, if their lives are not to be...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Jamaica has been struggling with its waste-management system for many decades, and there are alarming signs that the garbage problem could develop into a major public-health issue. Mountains of garbage are piling up in cities, towns, and makeshift...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Like the rest of the country, I welcome the incoming Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore Antonette Wemyss Gorman. Like Rear Admirals Peter Brady and Hardley Lewin, she comes in from the Coast Guard arm of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and based on...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Sir Michael (Mick) Jagger has not yet drawn the interest of Trini rapper, Nicki Minaj, whose surname ‘Maraj-Petty’ says it all, but he has certainly attracted mine which goes beyond Jagger’s ‘Rolling Stones’ even though, according to Wikipedia,...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:08 AM

A favourite topic of the media is the rise of extremism. This usually refers to far right or religious extremism. Anti-immigration, overtones of racism, radical conservatism, and religious fundamentalism are often packaged together for supporters...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The implementation and maintenance of a strategy to counter the fiscal risks of natural disaster are as important to Jamaica’s economic security as the preservation of foreign exchange reserve adequacy and debt sustainability. The Ministry of...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:05 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party won the 2020 general election with only 408,376 votes of the 1,913,410 registered voters, which means they had the support of only 21 per cent of the electorate, a relatively small minority. I do not agree with the many...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:05 AM

Our democracy has, sadly, been characterised by the abysmal performance of far too many politicians – some of whom their only accolade seems to be long service. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to the apathy, disillusionment, and high levels of...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 6:56 AM

If Mark Golding is embracing good, though unsolicited, advice he won’t engage in undue hand-wringing over the latest opinion polls confirming his and his party’s loss of ground among Jamaican voters. There is no need for spin. That he couldn’t...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:07 AM

My thoughts go back to economics concept, applied to health and medical care when I studied health economics way back then at University of York, UK, 1987. Who Shall Live? Health, economics, and Social Choice by Victor R. Fuchs, First Edition 1974...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 6:20 AM

Jamaica’s decision to raise with its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners what the foreign affairs minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, casts as Britain’s non-transparent system for determining which COVID-19-vaccinated people are let into the...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:05 AM

Schools’ parent-teacher associations (PTAs) have a conflicting and often inconsistent reputation. Despite being the official vehicle for parents and teachers to drive concerns relating to the most critical stakeholder group in the school community...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:09 AM

Last week’s announcement by Pearnel Charles Jr, the environment and climate change minister, of Jamaica’s intention to join the carbon trading market, revives an idea first floated eight years ago. The plan is another opportunity, an inflection...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:09 AM

From August into September, I took the opportunity in my articles to look at the exports of goods and services from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states and the areas showing signs of growth or targeted for growth in diversification....

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 9:43 AM

Create a culture of innovation to ‘recover stronger’ from COVID-19 or maintain the status quo to remain a ‘suboptimal economic achiever’. This was the message to Caribbean countries and companies at an innovation webinar organised by Growth...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

The airwaves are clogged with jibber-jabber about vaccine mandates. After the great Michael Hylton, in his usual clear, concise style, assured the public that carefully drafted vaccine mandates (my calls have been for ‘sensible’ vaccine mandates)...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Every family member in my household, with the exception of my youngest child, who is nine years old and is ineligible, is fully vaccinated. My housekeeper, Andrea*, who lives in, is not. Sometimes when I tell people this, they respond with shock or...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Africa and Caribbean leaders touched on many of the relevant issues during their virtual summit earlier this month. But given the urgency of many of the global developments with which they have to contend, the leaders were not sufficiently specific...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:09 AM

Having abandoned his weekly three-day lock down regime while strong pockets of opposition to COVID-19 inoculations remain, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has to now offer a new and effective strategy to contain the virus, and break the back of...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Shall Floyd Green and all who want to see more accountability in governance in Jamaica work to ensure that September 15 marks a new beginning? On that day, a popular and respected minister of the Jamaican Government committed grave breach and then...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:07 AM

“So how Andrew fire Floyd but him no tell George Wright to resign?”asked the young lady caller from the diaspora last Wednesday. “Don’t lick down woman worse than keep lockdown day party?” You answer her for me, nuh. Floyd lost his job probably...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:05 AM

I am not a political animal, but I have very good friends on both sides of the political divide. I have a lot of admiration and respect for politicians, but I am also aware that there are things about politics that make me extremely uncomfortable....

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Anger and frustration have been mounting as Jamaicans perceive differential treatment of the ‘privileged few’ who apparently live by different rules and have access to resources and opportunities not afforded to most Jamaicans. This group...

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