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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

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


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