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Exhilarating US inauguration day

As we watched the swearing-in of US President Joseph Biden and history-making Vice-President Kamala Harris, we held our breath. After the attack on the country's Capitol just two weeks before, there was talk of holding the event indoors, but President Joe Biden declared, “I am not... Read More

Constitutional change needed now!
Let this be an open letter to all Jamaicans, but especially Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Leader of the Opposition Mark Golding, all parliamentarians, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson, Attorney General Marlene...... Read More

Capitol Hill police: Heroes or cowards?
The events of January 6, 2021 will be etched in our memories forever, as seeing a violent mob storm, with little or no real resistance from those expected to protect it, what one would believe would have been amongst the safest buildings in the world is certainly not an...... Read More

'When yuh salt, yuh salt,' but... — Part 2
The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day. — Igbo proverb, Nigeria... Read More

Democracy challenged, democracy prevailed

Paul Golding | Sunday, January, 24 2021    

US National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman nearly upstaged the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States of America. Her delivery was poised and confident, and the content was superb and captured the essence of one perspective of the social situation in the... Read More

Caribbean-US relations: Chance to merge might with right

Sunday, January, 24 2021    

Events in Washington, DC, USA, on January 20, 2021 were a welcome relief and release for the world. Once Joseph R Biden took the oath of office as president of the United States, and the noon hour struck, while Donald Trump arrived, as a private citizen, at his estate... Read More

Illogical expectations, unrecognised achievements

Jason McKay | Sunday, January, 24 2021    

I had promised that I would do an article that addresses the homicide rate. However, I will not compare it to last year as I think that is a bit banal. Read More

Nutraceuticals… here they come!

Prof Errol Morrison and Dr Andrew Wheatley | Sunday, January, 24 2021    

The politician atop his soapbox declared…”Sugar is ailing, banana is peeling, tourism is fickle and bauxite is recuperating. What we need is a treatment for them all, and I have the panacea! What we need is a new industry that is anchored in the grass roots' culture and can... Read More

What are 'holes in the heart' and how dangerous are they?

Ernest Madu and Paul Edwards | Sunday, January, 24 2021    

“HOLES in the heart” are simple, congenital heart defects and are increasingly being diagnosed since the advent of better, non-invasive cardiac imaging techniques, especially the cardiac ultrasound or echocardiography. Read More

'Treat the youthsright'

Friday, January, 22 2021    

Treat the youths rightInstead of putting up a fightTreat the youths rightOr you'll be playin' with dynamite...— Jimmy Cliff Read More

The right to privacy, recordings in the COVID-19 era

Samantha Moore and Y M Fitz-Henley | Friday, January, 22 2021    

For better or worse, a once-in-a-century pandemic changed our world. Read More

The path to COVID-19 vaccination

Ryan Strachan | Thursday, January, 21 2021    

The impact of COVID-19 on the world and its inhabitants will be told for years to come. As at Monday, January 18, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 23,556,676 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States of America, with 392,641... Read More

A third USA revolution for the wrong reason

Frank Phipps | Thursday, January, 21 2021    

The United States of America has never really settled down as a nation of people, united, proud, and free. Independence did not create a country with human rights for all, neither did it allow for a safe and secure transition from not-so-long-ago colonial rule to a... Read More

US's return to Paris Agreement a step in right direction

Pearnel Charles Jr | Thursday, January, 21 2021    

The Paris Agreement occupies a seminal place in history as the single-largest show of global political solidarity for climate action, with 111 countries ratifying its terms within a year. Notably, the premise of solidarity and the notion of the common heritage of... Read More

Gordon 'Butch' Stewart: A patriot, entrepreneur par excellence

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

As I promised in my last piece, I now look at the life and legacy of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Jamaican patriot and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Read More


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