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The deadly pandemic that young people can stop

Jarbas Barbosa | Monday, June, 1 2020    

Imagine a global epidemic that kills over 20 times as many people as COVID-19 has to date — every single year. Imagine its cause is not a virus but a consumer product sold legally around the world. Imagine the product's makers invest heavily to recruit new, mostly... Read More

Business unusual for BPOs in the COVID-19 aftermath

Gloria Henry | Monday, June, 1 2020    

While the world collectively prepares to reopen its doors and ports, business unusual is the new normal. Read More

Of expensive ignorance, claptrap and superstitions

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

You should keep your eye on your destination and not where you stumbled. — Yoruba proverb, Nigeria  Read More

Quality education and COVID-19

Greg-Louis Austin | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

Quality assurance in education can be a complex set of activities, including quality of applicants, quality of students, quality of academic delivery, quality of support systems, and quality of graduates. If simply examined from a system perspective we must consider the impact of our... Read More

Drastic change, faith and a future you believe in

Jason McKAY | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

In 1944 in a village in France called Oradour, 652 civilians were murdered by a German military unit in retaliation for the killing of a German soldier by the French resistance. Read More

COVID-19: Do we really know all the facts?

BY DR ERNEST MADU & DR PAUL EDWARDS | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

WE continue to experience the effects of the novel coronaravirus SARS-CoV-2 and the resultant disease COVID-19. Read More

Resurrecting the assassination attempt on Bob Marley

Basil Wilson | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

Netflix has brought to life the assassination attempt of Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley that occurred on December 3, 1976 — 44 years ago. Read More

Building a global community of health for all

Tian Qi | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) was successfully held via video link from May 18 to 19. It is of significance that this WHA was held at such a critical moment as the human race battles the novel coronavirus. Read More

Reopening the tourism gateway

Howard Gregory | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted the entire global community in terms of the illness and death it has brought to nations and its devastating impact on national and the global economies. To that extent, the engagement of strategies for controlling the spread of the virus, the... Read More

For a different and better world

António Guterres | Friday, May, 29 2020    

The following is a lightly edited version of the opening remarks at press conference on the UN high-level event on financing for development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, yesterday:  Read More

Will 'speed' COVID-19 vaccine be safe?

Glenn Tucker | Friday, May, 29 2020    

COVID-19 is taking a serious toll on our lives. When the problem was a hurricane we could rely on remittances. But the sources of the remittances are also suffering, maybe more than we are. And the prime minister can't go begging because the suffering is truly global. Read More

Thinking man, indeed

Arnold Nicholson | Thursday, May, 28 2020    

Freedom of the press is, in essence, an offspring of the fundamental right to freedom of expression which is enshrined in the constitutions of practising democracies across the globe. The late Oliver Clarke's life work cannot for a moment be separated from the unending struggle on behalf... Read More

Celebrate survival, overcome COVID-19 stigma

Christopher Tufton | Wednesday, May, 27 2020    

FOR some Jamaicans, the triumph of recovery from COVID-19 is in jeopardy of being overshadowed by anxiety associated with community reintegration, given the stigma associated with the virus. Read More

In America, wearing of masks an index of a divided country

Wednesday, May, 27 2020    

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic it has been universally acknowledged that the wearing of masks is one of the best ways of containing and preventing the infectious spread of the virus. Generally, around the world, people have recognised the validity of wearing masks and so there... Read More

Ungratefulness among some Jamaicans

Wednesday, May, 27 2020    

I have always been fond of the authentic Jamaican spirit — the one that causes me to miss home whenever I visit international spaces. When we zoom out of the focus on socio-economic atrocities that forcibly overcast the true Jamaican aura, we will surely remember the love, warmth,... Read More


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