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Reliving Ja's dominance

Patrick Robinson | Tuesday, June, 23 2020    

There is much from our past that can lift our spirits and refresh our souls in these difficult times. I recently re-read Herb McKenley Olympic Star by Errol Townsend, Jimmy Carnegie, and Herb McKenley, published by the Institute of... Read More

Education SOS in COVID-19 times

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June, 22 2020    

September is roaring up the path. How ready will we be to satisfy the back-to-school demands that it will bring? In his address to the House last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness reminded us that the new school year will come with many challenges. Many private schools are in debt and... Read More

At no one's pleasure

Monday, June, 22 2020    

Noel Chambers died after spending 40 years in prison without ever standing trial. He was deemed “unfit to plead”; meaning the court found that he was not mentally fit to stand trial. He was detained “at the governor general's pleasure” until he died in his cell. Read More

Access to green spaces is a human right

BY SHANI ROPER | Monday, June, 22 2020    

I write in response to news reports that minister without portfolio in the Office the Prime Minister, with responsibility for the development and the environment, Daryl Vaz has sought to lease some seven acres of land in the buffer zone of the World Heritage Site of the Blue and John... Read More

Reset Jamaica: Growth with dignity and sustainability

Imani Duncan-Price | Monday, June, 22 2020    

AS Jamaica recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases last week with the opening of our borders, it may be easy to go back into panic mode. Is it the beginning of the second wave? Read More

A study in arrested development and misleadership

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

Speech is like going downhill; action is like going uphill. — Shona proverb, Zimbabwe  Read More

Walter Rodney and Black Lives Matter

RUPERT LEWIS | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

Walter Rodney was born on March 23, 1942 and was murdered on June 13, 1980 at age 38, leaving behind Pat, his wife, and three children, Shaka, Kanini and Asha. His funeral in Georgetown, Guyana, was attended by thousands of people. I was in attendance representing the... Read More

C'bean among countries unfairly targeted by US senators over Cuba

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

Three US senators — who have done little to advance the interests of the Caribbean and with whom requests for meetings by many Caribbean ambassadors are usually shunted to their staff — are now proposing US Government punishment for Caribbean countries that request assistance... Read More

Ardenne gave the wrong answer; should have lost

MAURICE WEIR | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

Is there a difference between “the” and “a”? It appears that the judges of the TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz (SCQ) competition are unable to make this distinction. Read More

The CCJ's advisory opinion on labour

Stephen Vasciannie | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

ON March 20, 2020 the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered an advisory opinion in response to two questions on the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas posed to the court by Caricom. The court was led in its decision by President Adrian Saunders, and all five judges supported the single... Read More

What if Adams had not been destroyed?

Jason McKay | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

MICHAEL Manley, Winston Churchill, Barack Obama and Andrew Holness all have one thing in common apart from having been leaders of countries at given periods in history. They all had the overwhelming trust of their countries at some point in time. Read More

From Montgomery to Minnesota

Donald Tapia | Sunday, June, 21 2020    

Fifty-five years ago, Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr arrived at Jamaica's Palisadoes Airport, renamed Normal Manley International Airport, to deliver an address at the 1965 valedictory service for University of West Indies (UWI) graduands. To a... Read More

Oh, for prison reform

Glenn Tucker | Friday, June, 19 2020    

It is interesting how simple folk, in ordinary situations can spark flames that burn their way into history. Rosa Parks, a coloured dressmaker, defied the clear understanding that coloured people were to sit at the back of the bus. She refused to give a white man her seat and the... Read More

The changing face of remittances The changing face of remittances

Rupert Shaw | Friday, June, 19 2020    

As we adjust to a new normal, in limbo between full lockdowns and a post-pandemic future, we find ourselves living our lives increasingly online — everything from food ordering and delivery to sourcing news, dating, through to sourcing financial products and services. On this... Read More

Livin' la vida corona!

BY NICOLE NATION | Thursday, June, 18 2020    

The novel coronavirus has spread like wildfire; its timeline unfolding rapidly and its trajectory unknown. Unfortunately, there is not only one crisis afoot, but many. With COVID-19 casualties mounting amidst an unprecedented economic downturn, coupled with major social disarray as the... Read More


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