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Weighing the agricultural imperative during COVID-19

Perhaps the greatest challenge that Jamaica and the world face during the novel coronavirus pandemic is that of food security. You notice I did not say in the “post-COVID-19 economy” because one cannot be too sure what that really means anymore and when we... Read More

Thriving in COVID-19: One entrepreneur's perspective
Adversity introduces a person to themself. I believe this to be true.... Read More

Trial by our peers a fundamental right
Trial by our peers is the fundamental right of every Jamaican citizen. Although not embodied in any written document, it is a right enjoyed, and fought for, by our founding fathers. The right of every Jamaican to sit on a jury and/or to vote in elections was attained only 76 years ago,...... Read More

PNP was socialist from the start
All established political parties suffer serious defeats at times, which naturally call for serious introspection and objective analysis. Historical perspective is a vital part of this process, but it has to begin with accurate history.... Read More

Spotlight on our bedrock — Jamaica's seniors

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 28 2020    

Jamaica's National Council for Senior Citizens, with offices in every parish of Jamaica, continues to work at full steam despite the challenges of COVID-19. Under the leadership of Executive Director Cassandra Morrison, it has launched a series of events to celebrate Senior Citizens... Read More

Caribbean wouldn't tolerate external interference on republics

Ronald Sanders | Monday, September, 28 2020    

Of all the fanciful reasons imputed to the decision of the Government to make Barbados a republic, shedding its monarchical status with Queen Elizabeth II as head of State, the most surprising has come from the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House... Read More

Haste does make waste, but no excuse for inaction

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way. — Wolof proverb, Senegal Read More

The election via social media

Paul Golding | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

The September 3 General Election ended with a landslide victory for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and left the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) bewildered and excoriated. The official campaign period was short with nomination day on August 18, leaving only 16 days for... Read More

Implementing the SDGs and Vision 2030

WAYNE HENRY | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

The following is a lightly edited version of the keynote speech presented on September 23, 2020 at the UN General Assembly Conference 2020: Read More

The urgency of transforming Caribbean tourism

Therese Turner-Jones | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

World Tourism Day being observed today under the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” comes at a sobering time for the Caribbean. Travel is unlikely to return to normality for another year, or even well into 2022. We need to make this a transformational moment to emerge from... Read More

Motive for their mayhem

Sunday, September, 27 2020    

I was watching a demonstration recently in Louisiana, United States of America (USA). It involved the Black Lives Matter movement, some black militia and, of course, some white supremacist groups. Two out of the three abovementioned where armed like seal teams. Read More

General election lessons are many — moving forward for the real work to begin

Tess-Maria Leon | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

Now that the long-anticipated general election is over, there's much to learn from the wins, gains and losses. Like a mirror, the reflection is now cast on the many new and returning faces to Gordon House where high expectations from the electorate form the next cycle... Read More

Opportunistic men

Tony Robinson | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

There is a tideIn the affairs of men,Which taken at the flood,Leads on to fortune.— Shakespeare Read More

Rethinking health care delivery in Jamaica (part 6)

Paul Edwards and Ernest Madu | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

SO far, we have been outlining the issues and problems facing health care in Jamaica while proffering general, paradigmatic solutions. This week, we plan to start discussing specific opportunities and strategies for transformation in the health care sector, with a focus on centres of... Read More

Latest human rights report on Venezuela disingenuous, politically motivated

Alvaro Sanchez Cordero | Friday, September, 25 2020    

In response to articles by Reuters and The Associated Press (AP) – reprinted in Barbadian newspapers -- about the 'Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela' by the United Nations Human Rights Council, I find imperative to... Read More


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