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In times like these we really need each other

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December, 2 2020    

In about a month we would have ended the last year of the second decade of the 21st century. Even the most brilliant mind could not have perceived that it would be ending like this with a pandemic threatening life as we have come to know it, and upending the livelihood... Read More

All is fair in love, war, and politics

Henley W Morgan | Wednesday, December, 2 2020    

All major religions carry the message of love, compassion, and forgiveness. Jesus Christ, in Matthew 22: 37 - 40, King James Version, proclaimed the following: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. Read More

Guyana can help reimagine CXC for the 21st century

Tuesday, December, 1 2020    

In 1972, participating governments of the region established Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Its mandate was to provide the Caribbean with “syllabuses of the highest quality; valid and reliable examinations and certificates of international repute for students of all ages,... Read More

The sins of Donald Trump — Part 1

Al Miller | Tuesday, December, 1 2020    

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. — from A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens Read More

The Jamaican court system under COVID-19

Takeese Gilpin Allen and Adella Campbell | Monday, November, 30 2020    

COVID-19 has been disrupting every sphere of human life across the globe. This is due to its contagious nature and the risk it poses to humans generally. Public health concerns have been raised in all industries resulting in a lockdown in most sectors. The court system has not been... Read More

Where do we turn for healing?

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, November, 30 2020    

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Like most Jamaicans, they may have gone to church, then returned home to prepare lunch, then sat with family to eat and relax. This may have been the scene when gunmen invaded the home of 81-year-old Iciline McFarlane and killed her... Read More

Silence, shifting, sex, and strife

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

When the mother goat breaks into the yam store her kid watches her. — Igbo proverb, Nigeria Read More

A glimpse of the past... a peek into the future

Sharon Hay Webster | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

This year marks 40 years since I first cast my vote in 1980, at the age 19, at a polling station near the end of my road which was still utilised on September 3, 2020. Read More

Haitian people sadly and badly in need of a champion

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

Human rights and constitutional violations in Haiti have been ignored for too long by the Organization of American States (OAS). The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has also avoided dealing with incendiary political issues in Haiti. Meanwhile, more suffering is being piled on the poor... Read More

Making of a myth

Jason McKay | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

I recently watched a documentary on television about a man named Sean Ellis who was convicted in 1993 for the murder of a Boston police detective named John Mulligan. Read More

The free world must stand up to China's assault on the environment

Keith Krach | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

The People's Republic of China (PRC) is one of the world's worst and largest polluters, despite its claims to the contrary. Beijing's bottomless demand for energy resources race on regardless of environmental impacts or the suffering inflicted on its own people. The entire world suffers... Read More

The PNP and the Philistines at the gate

Paul Buchanan | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

Oh , how I wish to write of things to come, our exceptionalism, the greatness that awaits but dare I not look back on the Philistines at the gate. Read More

Building climate resilience in Jamaica

Pearnel Charles JR | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

In the two months since I have entered office as minister of the new and dynamic Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change (MHURECC), 13 storms have been named during this Atlantic Hurricane Season, equalling the average number of named storms per season over the... Read More

What is an electrocardiogram and why do you need one?

Ernest Madu and Paul Edwards | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

AN electrocardiogram (often referred to as ECG or EKG) is the most-ordered heart test. Read More

US 2020 election not so controversial, says data

Kevin Obrien Chang | Sunday, November, 29 2020    

It was billed as 'All About Trump', but in recent historical context the US 2020 presidential election was a pretty normal battle of Democratic and Republican voter bases. The combined vote percentage of the two main parties was about 98.3 per cent, similar to 98.3 per cent in 2012, 98.6... Read More


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