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Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures

Antonio Guterres | Friday, April, 3 2020    

Only by coming together will the world be able to face down the COVID-19 pandemic and its shattering consequences. Read More

Covid-19 conversations: The things we are not talking about

BY Carolyn Graham | Friday, April, 3 2020    

Whether we believe it was the beginning of a new decade or not — as was the debate — the year 2020 has certainly given us more than enough to attend to in a short period of time. COVID-19, the most democratic of world events we have seen in a while, is upon... Read More

Corona has sent us to school

BY Ava-Marie Reid and Lucien Reid | Friday, April, 3 2020    

The year 2020 has only just begun and yet what a year it has been. As if the death of young basketball legend Kobe Bryant were not enough to shake us up, we had the biggest-ever recorded earthquake in Jamaica. We were shaken, physically and... Read More

Quarantine Act seriously outdated

Peter Champagnie | Thursday, April, 2 2020    

Ever since the announcement of our first 2019 novel coronavirus case on March 10, 2020 in Jamaica, the issue of quarantine and all the attendant factors with it have become the subject of daily discussions in a very serious way. Some of us, myself included, have sought to make the best... Read More

Cooking up a storm

Donna P Hope | Thursday, April, 2 2020    

So yuh betta can cook, tink yuh deh yah fi yuh pretty looks,Yuh waan live a restaurant and come done man bank book.— Mr Lexx  Read More

Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic — Part 2

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Apart from the value of family, we are seeing in no uncertain terms that no person is sufficient to himself or herself, and that each person's welfare is indeed my own. We say these things glibly or when we are in a philosophical state of mind, but never before in recent history has it... Read More

COVID-19: Test for the International Year of Nurse and Midwife

Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

The year is designated the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in recognition of the vital roles nurses and midwives play in making health care accessible to individuals globally. It is estimated that globally there are 22 million nurses and two million... Read More

Special security measures: ZOSOs vs state of emergency — a review

Christopher Bryan | Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

I am not a lawyer; however, I have always tried to understand the objectives and similarities of two government's Special Security Enhancement Measures, the Zone of Special Operations (Act 2017) and to some extent, the State of Public Emergency (Act 1938). What are the essential... Read More

COVID-19 and the constitution

LLoyd Barnett | Tuesday, March, 31 2020    

Please permit me to respond to B St Michael Hylton, QC's letter expressing disagreement with the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights (IJCHR) statement which I co-authored. Read More

The challenges of this common enemy

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March, 30 2020    

Up to press time for this column, we had 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island, and, mercifully, still one death. Our calm, knowledgeable Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie continues to share detailed information on the various cases and their... Read More

Take heed, Madam Attorney General

Dudley C McLean II | Monday, March, 30 2020    

The Government of Jamaica, especially its timely response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is worthy of commendation. One of the Government's strategy in containing the spread is that of gentle persuasion without the implementation of draconian measures. However, it is very important that all... Read More

Flu, COVID-19 and other communicable diseases love crowds

Glenn Tucker | Monday, March, 30 2020    

In several news briefs recently New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to Americans to isolate themselves during this period of the virulent COVID-19 outbreak. In Florida, when people were ordered to stay home, they headed for the beaches in droves. Here at home, there... Read More

COVID-19 — We will never be the same

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March, 29 2020    

A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back. — Hausa proverb, Nigeria Like previous pandemics, the global outbreak of this novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shall come to an end. Read More

Protecting our children as they learn online

CHUKWUEMEKA CAMERON | Sunday, March, 29 2020    

Children and schools now more than ever, in the context of remote learning, are more susceptible to social engineering and schools phishing attacks or, to put it another way, more prone to be victims of child predators. There is also the added risk in that social media... Read More

Women step into the arena: on the ground COVID-19 fighters

Imani Duncan-Price | Sunday, March, 29 2020    

Calls for social distancing and frequently washing hands have become the COVID-19 battle cry here in Jamaica and globally. Full or partial lockdown is in place, with schools and non-essential businesses closed. These are critical actions to stem the spread of coronavirus and are to be... Read More


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