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My interview with a CHIKV-laden mosquito

My interview with a CHIKV-laden mosquito

Mark Wignall (MW): I tried most desperately to avoid you, using Vape mats, coils of burning stuff, spray insecticides, and the electric fan at the foot of my bed on rapid. My point is this. How did you penetrate my defence, bite me, transmit your pain to me, and leave me so low, helpless and, at tim ... Read More

FERGUSON... gave a medical response to a political problem Panic, people and politics
GENERALLY speaking, we do not pay attention to history and, as a result, we keep making the same mis ... Read More

Plugging the
leaks in our
economy Plugging the leaks in our economy
JAMAICA holds many records for being the first in several categories, such as it is the first countr ... Read More

Business
opportunities
to alleviate
unemployment
and poverty Business opportunities to alleviate unemployment and poverty
RECENTLY, the upgrading of Jamaica's economic outlook from stable to positive by Standards & Poo ... Read More

Never let a good crisis go to waste, Madam PM

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... needs a unit dedicated to crisis management

Dear Mrs Simpson Miller: Our country often feels like a place that simply rolls from one crisis to the next -- a state in which it is impossible to be productive internally, or to convey to the external world, whose investments we need, that we are on top of our game and are worthy trustees of their time and resources. It seems, then, that the government needs a unit dedicated to crisis management. This only needs to be a tight, well-coordinated entity, made up of your best minds, which forms a ... Read More

John Holt...long live his music

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

John Holt

His voice has been associated with some of the sweetest songs to have been produced in Jamaica, and perhaps not enough has been said of the greatness of his songwriting skills. As a performer he stood head and shoulders above the great majority of Jamaican vocalist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He made his entry into the Jamaican music world via the (then) popular Vere Johns Opportunity talent contest in 1958 and went on to win this series multiple times, notching an astonishing 28 ... Read More

Never let a good crisis go to waste, Madam PM

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... needs a unit dedicated to crisis management

Farrakhan calls on cultural community to lead masses towards liberation Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan has called on members of Jamaica's cultural community to realise the role they have to play in leading the masses towards liberation. "The cultural community is the community that will save the world," said Farrakhan as he made his address at last Sunday's 19th staging of the Million Man March, held for the first time in Jamaica. "I will make a speech, but one song from Bob Marley an ... Read More

Congrats on your OD, NMW

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

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Heroism in many forms

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, October 20, 2014    

Malcolm Gladwell having his ‘Conversation’ at University of the West Indies, Mona.

Last week's prelude to National Heroes' Day gave us two inspiring events and some sad losses. The 'Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell' at UWI, Mona, and the address given by Ambassador Sue Cobb at the 10th anniversary of the Women's Leadership Initiative would have been so much more enjoyable if I had been able to share them with my friend and mentor Syringa Marshall-Burnett. After a brief illness Syringa left us a little over a week ago, the organisations she served bereft of our guiding star. ... Read More

The cost of chikungunya to Jamaica

Kent GAMMON | Monday, October 20, 2014    

BAUGH... dealt with a polio outbreak scare back in 1983 so effectively
hardly anyone remembers it. At right: FERGUSON...kept his job in the face of bungling the country’s
response to CHIKV

THE chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court cases, crippling productivity and, in some regretful instances, taking lives from complications associated with the virus. The minister of health, when the alarm bells were first rung by the Jamaica Labour Party's caretaker for Eastern St Thomas, said he was politicking and scaremongering on the part of the Opposition party. The minister of health insisted some weeks ago that only 34 cases wer ... Read More

Paulwell says Jamaica is still safe with PetroCaribe

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

PAULWELL... no need to panic

A few weeks ago when I had a telephone chat with energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, my call to him was triggered by many articles in reputable publications such as Bloomberg, all seemingly arriving at one inescapable conclusion. The economy of Venezuela, from which we get 50 per cent of our petroleum products at concessionary terms of payment, is on the brink of a collapse as social and political tensions shake the tenuous hold that Maduro has on viable leadership. In a recent Yahoo Finance ar ... Read More

Countdown to elections...Ebola

CADHLA NI FRITHILE | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Could it be that the
party that wins the
next general
election will be the
one who runs the
better grass-roots
campaign?

Politics is not about objective reality, but virtual reality... a magical movie of sorts, a never-ending and infinitely revisable docu-drama. Strangely, the faithful understand that the movie is not true; yet also maintain that it is the only truth that matters. -- Michael Kelly The last several days have been bad for the People's National Party (PNP). The findings of the recent Bill Johnson polls, which testified to the precipitous fall in popularity of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Ka ... Read More

Those mosquitoes, polls and the prime minister

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

(L-R) FERGUSON... insistence on acting perfunctorily eroded
much public trust in the Government's ability to manage. SIMPSON MILLER... her penchant to be her own
woman, while conceptually brilliant, has experienced
sudden death. KELLIER... his appointment as minister of agriculture
a retrograde step

SOMETIMES, one has to "tek kin teet kibba heart bun". And, although the chikungunya virus is no laughing matter, laughter could very well be the best medicine that the doctor ordered to treat the dreaded and dreadful virus. However, this article is not all about the wickedness of "she-dung-yah" -- as one senior citizen put it during a recent telephone conversation about the mosquito-borne virus. Instead, it challenges the prime minister to take seriously some of the findings of the latest Bill J ... Read More

Ebola is the West's gift to Africa

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

NAIROBI, Kenya — A security guard opens a gate carrying a poster with information on prevention and handling of suspected Ebola
cases leading into the Mbagathi district hospital on Friday. Some 4,493 people have died out of a total of 8,997 cases in the outbreak,
according to the WHO, which has warned that the infection rate could reach 10,000 a week by early December. (PHOTO: AFP)

AT last, at last, the West has roused itself from a slumber of forgetfulness, and, often, sheer indifference, to respond to West Africa's Ebola crisis. Their heads dug into banking and national budget spreadsheets, its leaders may have been prompted into action, finally, by the appearance of cases of the disease on their own shores. On the basis of one death from Ebola in the United States, the international New York Times, in an editorial, called for strict vigilance, only stopping short of th ... Read More



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