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A brave new Jamaica: Let's not go back to normal

BY CAROLYN A E GRAHAM | Friday, June, 12 2020    

In the face of adversity, we humans have the capacity to reflect, to be candid about the errors of our ways, to do good, and promise to be even better when the adversity ends. Take funerals, for example, many of us leave a funeral reflecting on our mortality and making promises to become... Read More

United Way of Jamaica at 35

Lance Neita | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lid on most of those ceremonial rites linked to funerals, such as 'singings', nine nights, set-ups, and grave diggings. The grave digging is not as popular as the other ceremonies, but friends tell me it's missed. Read More

Can the Church remain silent?

Carlyle Peart | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

Like me, I am sure you have been following the news story unfolding in the USA, our neighbours to the north. The death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer is not being taken lightly and has only ripped open the racial wound which can never seem to heal. The racial... Read More

COVID-19 and the search for a vaccine

Ellen Campbell-Grizzle & Tieca Harris Kidd | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

On April 24, 2020 the Pan American Health Association (PAHO) urged countries to take innovative safety measures to strengthen routine vaccination programmes against vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Vaccines are effective means of illness prevention against... Read More

Demand change!

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 10 2020    

In the midst of the civil unrest that is engulfing America as a result of police brutality meted out to George Floyd, news came from the chairman of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams that yet another Jamaican had died in one of our penal... Read More

Leadership in the Digital Age

Kemal Brown | Wednesday, June, 10 2020    

There is a rather witty image circulating on the Internet asking a poignant question: Who led the digital transformation for your organisation? The response options are:1) CEO2) CIO3) COVID-19 Read More

Are we there yet?

Aretha P Willie | Tuesday, June, 9 2020    

I am truly excited to be an educator during this crisis. Whilst many complain and grapple with the changes, thankfully I am able to embrace, appreciate, and wallow in the dynamism of technology and the familiarity of the traditional. Read More

Shahine Robinson was difficult not to love

Everton Pryce | Tuesday, June, 9 2020    

By their very nature politicians are not the easiest people to love. Many of the species are self-deluded into thinking they are more moral, kind, and generous than the people they serve. So when one emerges from among the group for whom it is difficult not to love both as a person and a... Read More

What's really happening inside the PNP?

Christopher Burns | Monday, June, 8 2020    

Completely angered and disappointed by my unrelenting bombardment of logical criticisms against the People's National Party (PNP), a friend journeyed to Highgate, St Mary, to verify my political bona fides and political past as a Comrade, only to be told, “Yuh see dah yute deh, 'im... Read More

Twenty-first century global civil rights

Louis Moyston | Monday, June, 8 2020    

It was the great black scholar W E B Dubois who revealed that the 20th century would be characterised by the colour/race question. It is my thinking that the 21st century will witness another race challenge, that of the emergence of a global civil... Read More

The floorboards at 89 Old Hope Road are creaking louder than ever

garfield higgins | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

Only someone like a tortoise picks a tortoise. — Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria Read More

Democracy on trial

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

Adherence to democracy, including free and fair elections, has been on trial in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) region over the past three months in Guyana and Suriname. So far, Suriname is the only one that has come out of the trial with credibility and with regional and international... Read More

Tivoli: The making of a fractured community

GLENN TUCKER | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

It has been 10 years since this country's security forces entered Tivoli Gardens and causing death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. For all these years I have been asking of anyone who will listen: Why did the security forces invade Tivoli Gardens? The response I frequently get... Read More

Reset Jamaica: Real support for MSMEs

Imani Duncan-Price | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

WHILE leaders continue to wrestle with how best to phase the reopening of the economy and manage the health risk of the COVID-19 crisis, we must also use this opportunity to fundamentally reset Jamaica. Read More

The George Floyd dichotomy

Jason McKAY | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

When I left Calabar High School, I first studied accounting before I realised I was unsuited for that discipline. I switched to marketing, but still didn't 'feel it'. I then started to study various areas of law enforcement. Read More


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