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In 2020, think big, but be realistic with your goals

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, January, 1 2020    

We have come to the end of yet another year in the 21st century. You, like many, may believe that the decade ends on December 31, 2019. There are those who believe that the proper ending is December 31, 2020 and that the third decade in the 21st century rightly starts on January 1, 2021, but we... Read More

Happy Birthday, Earth!

Melissa Martin | Wednesday, January, 1 2020    

The hanging globe we live on is another year older. “Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Mother Earth. Happy Birthday to you.” Sing along. Earth is our home. Read More

Music: Concerns Beyond Noise (Part 2)

Tuesday, December, 31 2019    

In my initial instalment on this topic, published on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, I explored music as an aural drug based on its emotional power. Now I explore its educational power. But here is yet another comment on music that hints at both aspects of its power. Read More

20/20 vision for 2020

Al Miller | Monday, December, 30 2019    

I can see clearly now the rain is goneI can see all obstacles in my wayGone are the dark clouds that had me blindIt's gonna be a bright (bright)Bright (bright) sunshiny day Read More

Trump's impeachment — contemptible and baseless

Ewin James | Monday, December, 30 2019    

The contemptible and baseless impeachment of US President Donald Trump has more to do with what he represents for America than with his character and conduct. As such, it is a great crime against the people. Read More

No more excuses! Let's find a way…

v GEORGE PALMER | Sunday, December, 29 2019    

Like everyone else in Jamaica I am very concerned about the carnage on the Jamaican roads. I think we are on the verge of the worst epidemic in our history. Is there a lack of global effort to arrest and defeat this epidemic?History records that in the Plague of... Read More

For the record: The writing is already on the wall

Garfield HIGGINS | Sunday, December, 29 2019    

Even the clever one is advised. — Kikuyu proverb, Kenya  Read More

Jamaica's best kept secret: Blacks owned slaves

DUDLEY C McLEAN II | Sunday, December, 29 2019    

December 27 was the beginning of the commemoration of the Christmas Uprising led by Samuel Sharpe in 1831. The story of enslavement and emancipation is about our African ancestors in the “New World” who, as historical beings, were uprooted and transported into strange lands,... Read More

A weak Caribbean will not serve its people in 2020

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, December, 29 2019    

As 2019 ends and the new year dawns, the world faces a troubling period of uncertainty. This precariousness will affect international and regional organisations as some powerful governments pursue a policy of de-linking from the established international system, encouraging fragmentation... Read More

Think again, if you believe that crime pays

Sunday, December, 29 2019    

Sometimes we just believe something is so. We do not even remember why we believe it, we just do. Read More

2020 requires more than beating around the bush

James Moss-Solomon | Sunday, December, 29 2019    

What a year 2019 has been; what a month December has been; and what a possibility 2020 can be. It requires retrospection, current actions, and future urgent change in order to fulfil the promises and potential. Read More

Bleed, my beloved country

Franklin Johnston | Friday, December, 27 2019    

Merry Christmas, Mom! Congratulations on your 105th. I love you, but can't be there; next year for sure. I hear you rooted for Miss World Toni-Ann Singh. Mom, you want to come home, but Jamaica has changed, and you must not confuse what private people achieve with what... Read More

Time doesn't stay in a bottle

Melissa Martin | Friday, December, 27 2019    

WE like to romanticise a message in a bottle as it ebbs and flows with ocean waves. When the bottle finds a person, the message is read. But the passage of time does not slow down or speed up. Read More

Jamaica, what a country!

George S Garwood | Wednesday, December, 25 2019    

Without a shadow of doubt, Jamaica is a very popular tourist destination and will continue to be so, despite all the sad, but real stories about crime and violence in the island. The tourists still come by cruise liners and aircraft. Montego Bay Airport, for instance, has hugely expanded,... Read More


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