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The Church, homosexuality and civil union laws

Oneil Madden | Friday, October, 23 2020    

The debate has, once again, resurfaced concerning the matter of the Church and homosexuality, as Pope Francis has come out in support of civil union laws for people of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. In a documentary, the Pope, head of the... Read More

Rejection of an out-of-touch, redundant political party

Thursday, October, 22 2020    

On September 3, 2020 Jamaicans went to the polls in a general election contest for the 14th time since Independence. At the end of the exercise the results revealed a complete decimation of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) as the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) garnered... Read More

Government's anti-Church Act

Devon Dick | Thursday, October, 22 2020    

On October 14, 2020 it was reported in the media that Toots Hibbert, reggae pioneer and icon, was going to have a funeral service at Perry's Funeral Home. And there were reports and pictures that showed that a funeral service with the body of Toots was indeed held on Thursday, October... Read More

It's up to us to defend the black vote

Ben Jealous | Thursday, October, 22 2020    

Just weeks before election day in the US, with millions of people voting already, the black vote is being attacked from every angle. Read More

Trump: A president weighed in the balance and found wanting

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, October, 21 2020    

According to Old Testament history, around 538 BC, Belshazzar, king of Babylon and successor to the notorious and feared Nebuchadnezzar, held a party in his court for his princes, his wives, and his concubines. He ordered that the golden and silver vessels which his... Read More

Are HR practitioners paying

Chukwuemeka Cameron | Wednesday, October, 21 2020    

In a recent poll of some 400 individuals which was conducted during a live broadcast of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica's (PSOJ's) CovidCastJa Live that discussed the Data Protection Act, the majority of the viewers, impressively, were aware of its passage. Anecdotally,... Read More

The PNP: Making amends, and modernisation

A J Nicholson | Tuesday, October, 20 2020    

One could scarcely deny the deeply thought-provoking character of Kevin O'Brien Chang's transitional proposals that he maintains are required for modernising the People's National Party (PNP). The party has to awaken from its slumber and such targeted suggestions should not be... Read More

Golding needs to disassociate from Dayton Campbell's statement

BY Jalil S Dabdoub | Tuesday, October, 20 2020    

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Let's seek to understand our heritage

SIR PATRICK ALLEN GOVERNOR GENERAL | Monday, October, 19 2020    

The following are lightly edited versions of the Heroes' Day messages from our nation's leaders: Read More

Celebrating our resilience

ANDREW HOLNESS PRIME MINISTER | Monday, October, 19 2020    

The following are lightly edited versions of the Heroes' Day messages from our nation's leaders Read More

The heroes in our midst

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, October, 19 2020    

This Heroes' Day, let us hear it for family, teachers, neighbours, church family, and club family, who are always calling, gifting, counselling. Let's hear it for the front line workers during these COVID-19 times who are working double and triple shifts to keep us safe and healthy, even... Read More

Unsung heroes helping to keep this nation's body and soul together


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Sad signs of the COVID-19 times

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, October, 18 2020    

Those who are born on top of the anthill take a short time to grow tall. — Ashanti proverb, Ghana Read More

OAS: In danger of undermining the 'right to protect'

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, October, 18 2020    

A noteworthy event occurred on the afternoon of Saturday, October 10, that could have implications for nations across the globe. It merits attention. Read More

The system?

Dennis Jones | Sunday, October, 18 2020    

PART of the current plan developed by the preceding Administration under Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke to rebuild the economy is to reduce informality. Read More


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