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Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:22 AM

TWO YEARS ago, Richard Byles’ highlighting of the need for upskilling, to ensure better-paying jobs in call centres, upset a lot of people in the industry. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector’s bosses should, though not necessarily...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:17 AMArdene Reid-Virtue/Guest Columnist

THE COVID-19 experience certainly serves to emphasise the need for educators to be flexible, dynamic, innovative, and have personalities that captivate students’ interests. In the context of designing plans to ensure the education system does not...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:07 AM

AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN and Pacific (ACP) Day is customarily commemorated on June 6, which is the date on which the Georgetown Agreement establishing the group was signed in 1975. This year, the 45th anniversary, the day will be official observed on...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:13 AM

“Scrap it” is the demand … and then what? Lately, many persons have been advocating for this year’s CXC exams to be cancelled. What many have not said is what should happen after that. Is the idea that we lump this year’s fifth form with next...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:13 AM

LAST WEEK felt different in race relations in America. It felt like a tipping point. We have been living in a state of chaos and overt racism ever since Donald Trump descended the gold escalator at Trump Towers in Manhattan in June 2015. As he...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:11 AM

LAST SEPTEMBER, with the wounds in the People’s National Party (PNP) still raw and in the early stages of haemostasis after Peter Bunting’s challenge for the presidency of the party, we warned that the sores wouldn’t be easily healed. Much would...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:17 AM

A few weeks ago, a woman visited my office for assistance in dealing with a chaotic menstrual cycle. It was her first consultation with me, and during such a visit it is appropriate to enquire about a person’s family history. At that point in the...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The effort being led by Minister J.C. Hutchinson of the Ministry of Agriculture to consolidate and purchase farm produce, have it transported to urban locations and sold at reasonable prices, is a commendable response to the collapse of the hotel...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:13 AM

SEVERAL MONTHS ago, I saw a group of workers, mostly young to middle-age men, whose jobs involve intense labour on construction projects. In spite of their hardiness, I found that several of them had no idea that they were hypertensive and two...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:05 AM

LAST WEEK’S United Nations (UN)-backed “high-level event”, aimed at mobilising global financial support and debt relief for developing countries, was an important initiative, which this newspaper hopes will lead to concrete action. For, as Antonio...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:35 AM

I know Peter Phillips to be an exceptionally decent man with expansive ideas about and for Jamaica. So when he assumed financial direction of the nation in 2012, despite the extraordinarily difficult circumstances, I expected great things. He...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:33 AM

Two Saturdays ago, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer displayed the megawattage brilliance of dancehall culture. Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe logged on to witness the stellar clash on the Verzuz stage created by the African...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:31 AM

It is unsurprising that the Government of Jamaica returned to the Parliament with a recast Budget for 2020-2021 fiscal year. The developments since March 10, 2020, when Jamaica recorded its first case of the highly contagious COVID-19, are...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:29 AM

All lives matter, and that includes the police officer who killed George Floyd, kneeling into his neck as he cried, “I can’t breathe,” while the cop, still putting his full weight on him, seemed to be taunting him to get up. Floyd’s brother,...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:12 AM

In the face of the recession caused by COVID-19, sensible people would hardly demur to the need for the Government to relax its fiscal targets, including the 2026 timeline for lowering the national debt to 60 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:00 AM

It is easy to romanticise about the good old days of Air Jamaica as a letter writer did recently while calling for a rebirth of the “little piece of Jamaica that flies”. Indeed, this little airline brokered a pride in its citizenry that is hard to...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:17 AM

THIS YEAR marks 15 years since Jamaica acceded in 2005 to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the only global health treaty. Since its formation on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2002, the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:17 AM

It is said that just before the COVID-19 lockdown, there was a United Nations cocktail party in Port-of-Spain. The Mexican ambassador walked over to a group of guests and asked, “Pardon me, gentlemen, but what is your opinion of the meat shortage...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:24 AM

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness has a pithy little phrase that sums up the dilemma. “… We don’t want to survive the pandemic,” he said, “and die in the recession.” The possibility for the latter, metaphorically, is palpable. Since the advent of the...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Well-thinking people across the world are stunned and outraged by the killing of an unarmed black man – George Floyd – in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on Monday by a white policeman during the course of an arrest. The 46-year-old Floyd was...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Some days the number of people being tested positive for COVID-19 are encouraging, between zero and three; other days, disheartening, between seven and nine. With churches and bars opening, likely avoiding the spirits in the dark, and tourism being...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AM

THIS NEWSPAPER isn't enamoured of Dave Cameron. In fact, we felt that he had long overstayed his time when, 14 months ago, he lost the presidency of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to Ricky Skerritt, after six years in the post. Mr Cameron was too...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The current coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly exacted an unmeasurable toll on the medical health and the economies of nations globally. However, what I would like to focus on is the social impact that it has had on citizens the world over. At a...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The social and economic upheavals brought on by the COVID-19 has also created a whole list of legal problems in many spheres of economic activity, but the impact has been acutely felt in employment relationships. Employers whose businesses have...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:19 AM

What measures would you like to see to ensure the safe reopening of the tourism sector? Our social media followers yesterday weighed in on the matter. Keep the borders closed and let’s get that staycation campaign going again. – @Sherieta 1....

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