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Published:Thursday | April 15, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The government’s refusal to enact a less restrictive abortion law is clear evidence that it has very little interest in the reproductive rights of women. The Government is dominated by men who think they know what is best for women, and the time...

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Last week’s disclosure of the findings of a survey showing that the bulk of trainees in early-childhood education do not want to teach mathematics has been heralded as a revelation of an imminent crisis. Rather, it is a reconfirmation of our...

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM

The Caribbean is beautiful, but it is fraught with danger. Here in the northern Caribbean, natural disasters are hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, bush fires and a rare cold spell. In the islands of the eastern and south Caribbean,...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:39 AMNed Brown/Guest Columnist

A Gleaner editorial this past week stated: “Thus far, Jamaica has received 139,400 doses of vaccine – the 75,000 bought through the African Union’s Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP); the gift of 50,000 doses from India; and 14,400 via the...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:38 AMReiya Lawrence/Guest Columnist

While much can be said about a grown man using his platform to cyberbully children, TransWave Jamaica believes it is important to stick to the science around trans people participating in professional sports. During the March 26, 2021 televised...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:38 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ declaration of solidarity with the people of St Vincent and his offer, if required, to deploy Jamaica’s Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), was not more than was expected in the face of the eruptions of the La...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The Gleaner article ‘RIP CARICOM’ on March 28, 2021, referenced the article by Minister Camillo Gonsalves, titled ‘Every island for itself…’, which dramatically highlighted the vote that took place at the Organization of American States (OAS)...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Last week while at work, a female friend of mine called me in distress. The recent rash of incidents of violence against women, including sexual violence, was getting to her. She is a rape survivor and confessed that she began to read my last...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Unless the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano becomes so geologically catastrophic as to make the whole country uninhabitable, it is unlikely that Vincentians will abandon the island. In the event, they do not have quite the same options as the...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Testing for COVID-19 is essential. In a perfect system, testing would be widespread, and free. That way, we could hunt down the virus, get ahead of it and block its transmission; instead, we are mostly chasing behind and documenting the disease....

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:07 AM

“A want a man to dismankle mi, cau my boyfrien cyan hangle mi … .” That was the first stanza of the item sung by beautiful, innocent, five-year-olds in the ‘graduation’ class at the basic school on one of the lanes some years ago. I had expected...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:07 AM

With last week’s fire that destroyed the old railway building at Balaclava, St Elizabeth, Jamaica lost an irreplaceable piece of history, whose protection and preservation is being woefully neglected. At best, the effort is wholly inadequate. We...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:13 AM

The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is currently implementing its COVID-19 vaccination programme. The programme is being implemented amid growing shortage of the COVID vaccines on the international market as selfish developed countries move to purchase...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The Don McLean classic American Pie referred to the tragedy when three rock and roll performers died in a tragic plane crash. The song, however, is a fitting eulogy for the state of Jamaican dancehall music. There is no doubt about the outsized...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

I am case 40,000-and-something. Another statistic. This isn’t Eric Garner or George Floyd … but I can’t breathe either. It is 1 a.m.; I have no idea what day it is, but I know I have to wake up. There is no pain when I sleep. Sleep is peaceful and...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projection of a faster-than-expected recovery by the world economy from its COVID-19 slump should be good news for Jamaica, especially with the forecast for a strong resurgence by the United States, whose...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:08 AM

In 1975, I went to teach English at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. My sister, Donnette, came as a student. We had the great fortune to meet Shirley Richards McLean soon after we arrived. We had lost our mother just three...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:12 AM

A man ran into a bar in the Wild West town of Tombstone and asked the surly bartender for a glass of water. Instead of pouring the water, the bartender grabbed a shotgun that was hanging on the wall behind him, pointed it at the man, and cocked the...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:12 AM

Johnny Grave, the Englishman who is chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies (CWI), the organisation that oversees the sport in the Caribbean, has to decide whether his job is that of professional manager or a partisan in the politics of...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The eight main rights of consumers have been well documented in the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection: the right to satisfaction of basic needs; to safety; to be informed; to choose; to be heard, to redress; to consumer education;...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:15 AM

In its road map for the recovery and long-term development of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) economies in the post-COVID-19 world, Avinash Persaud’s commission points to the possibilities of the digital realm. “The (coronavirus) crisis has forced...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:14 AM

In my article of March 3, I enquired whether the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) would be seeking a new secretary general, as coming out of the 32nd Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in February, it was implied that the current...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:13 AM

Althea* was only five years old when she was violated by her stepfather. She was a child, but was old enough to know that something was awfully wrong, and to feel violated. The molestation was documented in her diary, but when her mother came...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:11 AM

It’s Easter time, spring time, time for regeneration. Pandemic and economic crisis time, too. And a subliminal psychosocial volcano which spews out violence, malevolence, and desperation every day - as if just to warn us of the greater danger below...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Many people feign belief in our Heavenly Father. Their lifestyle, behaviour, and mindset speak volumes about what they truly ‘worship’. Many forget that the spiritual path requires sacrifice and that we are all the children of our Heavenly Father....

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