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Spotlight on our bedrock — Jamaica's seniors

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 28 2020    

Jamaica's National Council for Senior Citizens, with offices in every parish of Jamaica, continues to work at full steam despite the challenges of COVID-19. Under the leadership of Executive Director Cassandra Morrison, it has launched a series of events to celebrate Senior Citizens... Read More

Caribbean wouldn't tolerate external interference on republics

Ronald Sanders | Monday, September, 28 2020    

Of all the fanciful reasons imputed to the decision of the Government to make Barbados a republic, shedding its monarchical status with Queen Elizabeth II as head of State, the most surprising has come from the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House... Read More

Haste does make waste, but no excuse for inaction

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way. — Wolof proverb, Senegal Read More

The election via social media

Paul Golding | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

The September 3 General Election ended with a landslide victory for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and left the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) bewildered and excoriated. The official campaign period was short with nomination day on August 18, leaving only 16 days for... Read More

Implementing the SDGs and Vision 2030

WAYNE HENRY | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

The following is a lightly edited version of the keynote speech presented on September 23, 2020 at the UN General Assembly Conference 2020: Read More

The urgency of transforming Caribbean tourism

Therese Turner-Jones | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

World Tourism Day being observed today under the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” comes at a sobering time for the Caribbean. Travel is unlikely to return to normality for another year, or even well into 2022. We need to make this a transformational moment to emerge from... Read More

Motive for their mayhem

Sunday, September, 27 2020    

I was watching a demonstration recently in Louisiana, United States of America (USA). It involved the Black Lives Matter movement, some black militia and, of course, some white supremacist groups. Two out of the three abovementioned where armed like seal teams. Read More

General election lessons are many — moving forward for the real work to begin

Tess-Maria Leon | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

Now that the long-anticipated general election is over, there's much to learn from the wins, gains and losses. Like a mirror, the reflection is now cast on the many new and returning faces to Gordon House where high expectations from the electorate form the next cycle... Read More

Opportunistic men

Tony Robinson | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

There is a tideIn the affairs of men,Which taken at the flood,Leads on to fortune.— Shakespeare Read More

Rethinking health care delivery in Jamaica (part 6)

Paul Edwards and Ernest Madu | Sunday, September, 27 2020    

SO far, we have been outlining the issues and problems facing health care in Jamaica while proffering general, paradigmatic solutions. This week, we plan to start discussing specific opportunities and strategies for transformation in the health care sector, with a focus on centres of... Read More

Latest human rights report on Venezuela disingenuous, politically motivated

Alvaro Sanchez Cordero | Friday, September, 25 2020    

In response to articles by Reuters and The Associated Press (AP) – reprinted in Barbadian newspapers -- about the 'Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela' by the United Nations Human Rights Council, I find imperative to... Read More

Unfinished business of slavery

Frank Phipps | Friday, September, 25 2020    

The United States of America was a colony of Britain from 1607 to 1783. Historians can say whether chattel slavery practised in North American and the Caribbean during British colonial rule was carried out anywhere else in the history of mankind in the same cruel and... Read More

'Time come' for PNP renewal

Ibrahim Konteh | Thursday, September, 24 2020    

The People's National Party (PNP) had several Daniels reading and interpreting the writing on the wall, but, like Belshazzar, the party's executive ignored them, and so here we are with a divided and stagnant party crying out for some resuscitation. Read More

Hashtag 'By 23'

Michael Lawrence | Thursday, September, 24 2020    

On September 18, 2020 Jamaican Twitter went into a frenzy as it tackled comments made by political commentator Kevin O'Brien Chang. This led to several youth and youth affiliates tweeting about their achievements with the hashtag by 23... Read More

Pressured by tablets

by Aretha P Willie | Thursday, September, 24 2020    

It is a recurring dream of mine that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information would be totally honest with the stakeholders, especially in the manner in which they communicate. It needs to be done in the simplest and most effective ways. The stakeholders need to... Read More


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