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There was a precipice, alright...

Garnet Weir | Wednesday, September, 23 2020    

Dr Peter Phillips has signalled his intention to resign as president of the People's National Party (PNP). It was expected that he would have honoured his word given on election day that he would go if his party lost the election. That resignation, when it occurs, will bring to an end... Read More

Enduring short-term pain for long-term gains in fighting COVID-19

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, September, 23 2020    

Let us be frank, Jamaica is now more threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic than it was in the early days of March into April. Since the Emancipendence holidays into the election the country has seen a worrying increase in the number of people being infected and dying from... Read More

Reopening of schools for face-to-face teaching too risky

Tuesday, September, 22 2020    

I am not aware of a single school administrator in the entire spectrum of the Jamaican education system who would not gleefully welcome a full-scale reopening of the school system for face-to-face instruction. But pandemic pedagogy has been teaching us many touch lessons about... Read More

The COVID-19 challenge rethink

Al Miller | Tuesday, September, 22 2020    

It is imperative that as an independent nation we take a hard and dispassionate look at the approach in tackling the COVID-19 problem. The prime minister has rightly said he has no intention of locking down the country. I am encouraged to hear that, as I am convinced... Read More

D K Duncan's legacy of service

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 21 2020    

It is when we lose political leaders that we see the collegiality among parliamentarians from all sides. Tribalist utterances are replaced by words of respect and, finally, we get to see the true mettle of the individual. And so it is with the passing of Dr D K Duncan, who was regarded... Read More

Has the time come for Caribbean republics?

Ronald Sanders | Monday, September, 21 2020    

IN 1994, shortly after Antigua and Barbuda and Cuba established diplomatic relations, Fidel Castro and Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Lester Bird had a memorable conversation in Havana. The conversation is worth recalling in the context of the third announcement by a Government,... Read More

Political cycles, departures, and 'libatty'

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

Earth is the queen of beds. — Ovambo proverb, Namibia Read More

Turn out for what?

Christopher Burns | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

There is no need for anyone to pussyfoot around the chain of causation of voter apathy and the correlation between that and recent low voter participation rates. No prime minister, however well-celebrated and youthful, can take comfort in the fact that the Government he or she leads... Read More

The manifestos and the moderates

JASON McKAY | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

Well the general election is behind us and the same problems we had before Nomination Day we have them still. However, we have an opportunity to see in the submitted manifestos what the parties' outlook is. Read More

The king is dead! Away with the king!

Bruce Golding | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

The late Patrick Manning with whom I developed a close friendship served as leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) for 23 years and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 13 of those years. In those 23 years he led the PNM into seven elections, winning three and losing three... Read More

I'm on an ID parade

Lance Neita | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

While we will be preoccupied with the new Cabinet and the guessing game around a new Opposition leader, the presence of the pandemic in our lives will still weigh on our hearts and minds, and this could be for at least the next 365 days. There is also the crime situation which we thought... Read More

Rethinking health care delivery in Jamaica in a post-COVID-19 world (Part 5)

By Paul Edwards and Ernest Madu | Sunday, September, 20 2020    

A holistic approach to health care delivery in Jamaica will require a comprehensive re-evaluation and transformation of our health systems, recognising that we are experiencing an epidemiologic transition with significant impacts on human capital and national... Read More

Do you remember passing Arlington Villa?

BY MARCIA THOMAS | Friday, September, 18 2020    

There are a number of interesting old buildings around Kingston that are rapidly disappearing. Did you notice an old Edwardian-type house on Lyndhurst Road? I passed it in 2018 and it piqued my interest. There was a “for sale” sign on the fence and the column bore the name... Read More

Jamaica's political dilemma

BY ARDENE REID-VIRTUE | Friday, September, 18 2020    

Let us pause to reflect. In the eyes of some citizens the 2020 political campaign was reduced to an ongoing sports day for adults when the 'green and orange houses' became mobilised on asphalt, television, and the airwaves to showcase 'talent'. The difficulty to... Read More

The people voted for hope!

Al Miller | Thursday, September, 17 2020    

We have come through another general election with a resounding victory and mandate from the people being given to both major parties. “Keep your train chugging on the track!” the people shouted to one. “Repair your train and come back!” the people said to the... Read More


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