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Coronavirus: Good for us

Ewin James | Tuesday, March, 17 2020    

Why the panic over the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-1p) when, in recent times, there have been far more deadly viruses? The H1N1 flu of 2009, called the swine flu, killed an estimated 200,000 people. So far, Corona has killed an estimated 6,000 and some 75,000 have... Read More

Jamaica puts up a fight in the COVID-19 battle

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March, 16 2020    

“This feels like wartime,” said my friend, as we discuss our stocks of various medicines and supplies. Yes, indeed, we are in a war against an invisible enemy. But we can be grateful that the Jamaican Government has taken timely steps to safeguard our... Read More

The psychological side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic

BY Sonya McKenzie | Monday, March, 16 2020    

As our news continues to be dominated by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19) and the number of diagnosed cases continues to increase, panic and anxiety related to the outbreak are on the rise also. As a physician and a mental health advocate I am seeing already the... Read More

Everything seems stacked against the PNP

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

If time afflicts you, you should persevere as it will eventually favour you. — Yoruba proverb Nigeria  Read More

CORONAVIRUS: Is our fear justified?

Al Miller | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

Fear is not real... It is a product of our imagination... Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. — Will Smith  Read More

The solution: One vision

Winston Barrett | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

I wish to express some of my observations, assessments, and criticisms of life in Jamaica today and to offer a few solutions that l fervently believe will help our country and Government better understand our predicament and show a pathway to sustainable living. Read More

Take heart and stay on the bus

Lance Neita | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

“Stop the world, I want to get it off” is a popular quote adapted from a stage musical with the same name. It is true that sometimes when we are at the end of our tether we feel like 'dropping out' or hopping off the bus. But the world is spinning so much faster nowadays that... Read More

Firearms, friendly fire and a false sense of security

Jason McKay | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

So, you have completed Mr Shane Dalling's obstacle course and the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has granted you a purchase permit. Before you pop the champagne, here is some food for thought; you have now introduced something into your home that has the ability to kill any member of... Read More

Women step into the arena: Where are the women politicians?

Imani Duncan-Price | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

This is the second in a three-part series based on excerpts from the presentation delivered at the Annual Rose Leon Memorial Lecture 2020 on March 2.  Read More

Wise financial measures necessary to ride out COVID-19

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, March, 15 2020    

Regardless of the number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases that occur in the Caribbean, the economies of each of them, particularly those dependent on tourism, will suffer in the immediate to medium term. Read More

Tek lesson and tek care!

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March, 13 2020    

When I was a child, we loved to tell duppy stories. Three-foot horse, rolling calf, and river mumma were the things that scared us. During my holidays in the country it was a great challenge to “brave up myself” and head out into the moonlit night, where shadows and... Read More

Beating the COVID-19 panic

Friday, March, 13 2020    

Since the announcement of the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 10, it appears that many Jamaicans have entered panic mode. Shoppers have joined incredibly long lines to empty supermarket and pharmacy shelves of hand sanitisers, disinfectants, gloves, masks, and... Read More

Reflections on Jasmine Dean and the coronavirus

Donna P Hope | Thursday, March, 12 2020    

My original version of today's column was explicitly written to focus solely on Jasmine Dean, our visually impaired student from The University of the West Indies (UWI), who has been missing since February 27, when she was last seen on her way home from the Mona Campus. Read More

Technology in the justice sector

Dennis Morrison | Thursday, March, 12 2020    

This following is an edited version of the address at the Justice Ministry's National Conference on Technology in the Justice Sector held at the AC Kingston Hotel from February 27-29, 2020:  Read More

Common sense in the coronavirus challenge

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, March, 11 2020    

The coronavirus continues its rampage throughout the world infecting anyone, rich and poor alike, who would be unfortunate enough to expose himself or herself to it. Of course, we do not know who has the virus as we move around and interact with others. In the absence of such knowledge, the... Read More


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