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Reaction to deception

Sunday, October, 11 2020    

And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends,Stol'n out of holy writ;And seem a saint,When most I play the devil.— Shakespeare Read More

End the death penalty

Maria Carla Gullotta | Friday, October, 9 2020    

Tomorrow, October 10, is recognised as World Day Against the Death Penalty. It is useful, indeed, needed reminder of the ending of the death penalty. Some 142 countries, representing 74 per cent of the UN member states, have already stopped using the death penalty, either by removing it... Read More

'Dead tired'

BY Briana Thomas-Edwards | Friday, October, 9 2020    

It's 4:00 am and you are awakened by your mother, who is supposed to be sleeping in the adjoining bedroom. She is crying out in agony. You rush to her aid. Obviously distressed, she struggles to tell you that she is finding it difficult to breathe. As she takes big gasps of air between... Read More

Repurposed for greater things

Janet Dyer | Thursday, October, 8 2020    

The Human Employment and Resource Training/National Service Training Agency (HEART/NSTA) Trust is bound under statute to operate as “a total training institution for Jamaica that will track the life cycle of all Jamaicans and support their training needs at all stages”. This... Read More

Modernising the PNP: Version.2020

Kevin Obrien Chang | Thursday, October, 8 2020    

To many, the 1976 election was socialism defeating capitalism, and a new Jamaica dawning. Minister of National Mobilisation Donald Keith “DK” Duncan vowed to “delegitimise old values, change socio-economic mindsets, and inculcate compatible perspectives”... Read More

Has America entered the Dark Ages of politics?

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, October, 7 2020    

There comes a time in the political life of every country when what it needs most is a decent person at the helm of Government. Not the brightest or most scholarly person, not the most charismatic or eloquent, not one with the 'winningest' record in electoral contests or one who will... Read More

Probity in governance and Parliament's integrity

Newton G A Dixon | Wednesday, October, 7 2020    

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) affirms the understanding that good governance is both a gift from and the will of God and that it is the duty of those who are called to govern to do so with utmost care and discernment. We also affirm the value of time-honoured traditions and... Read More

Universal social protection floors are our joint responsibility

Michelle Bachelet | Tuesday, October, 6 2020    

Governments have responded to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the social and economic disruption it has wrought with a range of ad hoc schemes, including paid furloughs, cash transfers, and family support. While commendable, these responses share two major... Read More

'Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future'

Wayne Campbell | Tuesday, October, 6 2020    

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. — Henry Adams  Read More

It is our CXC: Let us work out a solution

David Comissiong | Tuesday, October, 6 2020    

IN the interest of those fifth and sixth form students across our region who have been negatively impacted by the controversy surrounding the declared results of this year's Caribbean Examinations Council's (CXC) sitting, it is critically important that a remedial process be quickly... Read More

Happy IEEE Day!

Sharlene Brown | Tuesday, October, 6 2020    

October 6, 2020 is designated IEEE Day. This day commemorates the first time in history when engineers and scientists worldwide gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. Each year IEEE Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday in October. Read More

COVID-19 is no respecter of persons

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, October, 5 2020    

Once more COVID-19 has reminded us that it is no respecter of persons. The most powerful man in the world, US President Donald Trump, has been hospitalised with the disease and there are conflicting stories about his condition and the date on which he was tested. Let us keep President... Read More

Gandhi and inter-religious harmony

Anthony Raj | Monday, October, 5 2020    

The novum of our times seems to be the increasing meeting of world religious traditions. A fresh conviction is emerging that, in our contemporary cross-cultural human situation, no religion is sufficient even to face, let alone solve, any of our human predicaments... Read More

Can't drag your feet on crime fight, PM

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, October, 4 2020    

Around a flowering tree there are some weeds. — Malinké proverb, Guinea Read More

The grinch that will steal Christmas

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, October, 4 2020    

Christmas will not be the same this year. But nothing has been the same this year. The only constant about Christmas 2020 will be the message versed in the song of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace and goodwill to all men.” Read More


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