Tue | May 26, 2020

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Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) was successfully held via video link on May 18 and 19. It is of significant importance for this WHA to be held at such a critical moment as the human race battles the novel coronavirus. Fighting...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are characterised by their exposure to a variety of risks and limited capacity to deal with them when they occur. This is particularly true in the Eastern Caribbean, being especially prone to natural disasters...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Bad news has never been palatable. News of tragedy and horror is scarily assimilated because not to do so is to live in a delusionary place of fantasy. COVID-19 has badly brutalised the global economy, and many countries went into lockdown mode in...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:18 AM

In an article based on a discussion with one of Jamaica’s most noted entertainment journalists, the question was asked about the extent of losses in entertainment over the last two months due to COVID-19. I answered, “$2.5 billion”. That figure...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:17 AM

In May, 175 years ago, Jamaica changed forever. The ship Blundell Hunter completed its voyage from Kolkata, India. On board were 227 adults and 33 children. All of them came from what was then British India. It is perhaps fitting that this 175th...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:17 AM

This bar I know in the Kingston 8 area is, in the best of times, so cramped that if a man should walk in there and inside his shoes, he has athlete’s foot, within an hour, every man would be infected with ‘tinking toe’. That is, of course, a joke...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:18 AM

The crisis of COVID-19 facing Jamaica and its tourism industry must be used as an opportunity to revolutionise the industry and re-engineer the sector to accommodate the new world we will exist in after COVID-19. There is no doubt that this crisis...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Colm Delves had the two most important qualities of a successful CEO – ability and affability. Joining Digicel in 2003 from Hibernia Foods and initially working on a mobile licence in Lebanon, he was soon appointed CFO, quickly making his mark....

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Last Thursday morning, I went to visit my youngest grandchild, three-year-old Morgan. As she emerged from her bedroom with her tablet in hand and a scream on her lips then saw me and barged towards me, I knew that a full embrace was not going to...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:17 AM

May 9 marked a very special day for all Russians as the day of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic war. At 00:16 hours on that day in 1945 Act of Military Surrender was signed by the German military leaders in Berlin. The...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:12 AM

I cannot quite remember the exact day he called me, but I know that it was sometime in the early 1990s. Six weeks before that, he was selected as constituency caretaker for a rough garrison seat that was going through some changes, slowly but...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The global COVID-19 spread has gone from bad to worse, with over 3.2 million confirmed cases and close to 250,000 deaths, not only has this pandemic claimed innumerable lives, it has also destabilised economies by freezing trade and other economic...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The national priority at this time must be the protection of the Jamaican people against the onset of COVID-19. This has to be done by striking the balance between implementing protective public-health measures and providing a supporting economic...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:26 AM

A few weeks ago while I was hosting a Friday slot of Cliff Hughes Online, a caller engaged me in a brief discussion about a matter that was never at the forefront on my mind. According to him, the inclusion of another major player in the national...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:13 AM

The lessons of COVID-19 are yet to crystallise, but the evidence so far has yielded some early insights of developments that are likely to shape the national and global agenda for the immediate future. The speed and scale of the spread of the...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Four companies involved in one of America’s “largest price-fixing cases” are now behind the anti-malaria drug touted by Donald ‘The Great Impeached’ Trump as a snake-oil, cure-all treatment for COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. Several...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:15 AM

On Tuesday, April 14, the International Monetary Fund downgraded Jamaica’s growth prospects to -5.6 per cent. This is a severe contraction warranting substantial Government intervention. However, at times, the Government waits too late to respond...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Many of us may feel right at this minute that in the same way the 19th-century American poet Edgar Allan Poe painted it in his tortured poem, The Conqueror Worm, we are sitting in a theatre, watching a play of hopes and fears “While the orchestra...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

A few days ago as the lady and I drove out, headed to the hardware store to purchase one piece of lumber, she was wearing a face mask, and I had mine on the seat behind me. “So, what’s the point of you wearing the mask in the car and me without...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AM

In this article, I share my two final case studies, which examine changing our cultural attitudes to enhance productivity. Case study #5 – The role of punctuality An entrepreneur named Michael Fairbanks, who specialises in developing...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMColin Steer - Guest Columnist

Public reaction to the initial threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was predictably mixed. While international news of the contagion across continents helped people to appreciate that this was not restricted to a particular region, not many people...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:26 AM

“The United States has launched a stunning attack on Cuba’s medical-aid missions, with the Trump administration pressing countries to reject them during the coronavirus pandemic,” Steve Sweeny reported in the Morning Star, March 26, 2020. Given...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Chupski dons her mask once she ventures out in public. To the bank, the supermarket, the ­pharmacy, the ATM. So far I have never even tried on the one I have. Maybe I should have worn it last Thursday mid-­morning as I stood at the entrance to the...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Government, having said bye, bye to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), declared quite boldly that it was ready to take charge and defend, on its own, the country’s economic independence. For the Government to swallow its pride and say, “Please...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:24 AM

As Jamaica signs off on Budget 2020-2021, we are still uncertain whether we will be able to withstand the economic onslaught that will accompany the crisis in the years to come. It is clear that this pandemic is like none other that we have seen...

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