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The beginning of the end of 2020

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, December, 7 2020    

SO here we are suddenly in December — after nearly nine months of practically living online, looking forward to a 'drive-out' like a child in a car-less family. Most of us cannot wait for the month to end and to see the back of 2020. But, for some of us, this unbelievable year has... Read More

Need to revisit Senate appointments

Bruce Golding | Monday, December, 7 2020    

The Senate, like its precursor, the Legislative Council, was intended to be a “chamber of review” — a second tier of parliamentary authority to give the final stamp of approval on the legislative decisions of the people's representatives in the Lower... Read More

Crawford shows us who he is... believe him!

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

Do not allow the belly to make you useless. — Maasai proverb, Tanzania/Kenya  Read More

Stormy weather ...and reflections after the storm

Lance Neita | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

Give thanks that we have escaped major hurricanes this year, but what a weather! The hurricane season officially closed on November 30, but there are still small areas of disturbances hovering around. May we remain out of reach. Read More

Guyana, Suriname can underpin Caricom's prosperity

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

The presidents of Guyana and Suriname have announced two major joint venture projects the implementation of which will deepen the beneficial relations between the two countries and could have a positive effect for the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) of which they are... Read More

COVID-19 vaccines — light at the end of the tunnel?

Sunday, December, 6 2020    

Over the past few months, the world has witnessed a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after a period of quiescence in the summer months. Read More

Convictions, acquittals and the death penalty

Jason McKay | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

Back in the early nineties when I was getting my introduction to the Jamaican legal system, I heard a prosecutor named Martin Gayle — who is now a senior high court judge — addressing a jury in a murder case with reference to a man who had been released... Read More

An impairment need not be a disability

Barbara Carby | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

In 2008, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force. The convention, to which Jamaica is a signatory, has among its guiding principles full and effective participation in society and equality of access for persons with... Read More

Wife school

Tony Robinson | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

Honest company, I thank you all,That have beheld me give away myself,To this most patient,Sweet and virtuous wife.— Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, III, 2 Read More

Towards a gender-equal world: A mission for all

Friday, December, 4 2020    

In early 2020 Awa had just turned 15 years old when she heard that her marriage was being arranged. Escaping it seemed difficult, but Awa found the courage to defy her father's decision. Her small village in Mali had a committee for the prevention of early marriage and she took her case... Read More

Safety Before Profits: It Can't Always Be About Money!

Michael Diamond | Friday, December, 4 2020    

The festive season is upon us and we have some tough decisions to make. Life or Debt? These are the only options before Jamaicans. Nonetheless, the Government continues to bow to big businesses over the safety and welfare of our people. Curfews are being curtailed to... Read More

The struggles of party vs self

Natalie Campbell-Rodriques | Thursday, December, 3 2020    

COVID-19 and the Christmas holidays have been on many of our minds over the last few weeks, but what seems to be most discussed is the happenings in the Opposition People's National Party (PNP). While the drama and thrust interest me, what is most on my mind is what is fueling certain... Read More

Remembering 'Father G'

BY Shona Webster Heron | Thursday, December, 3 2020    

When my mom called to say Father G had gone, my heart sank. Read More

Justice delayed, denied for domestic violence victims

Thursday, December, 3 2020    

We're lucky Christine Donaldson is still alive. A police officer refused to take a statement from a visibly bruised Donaldson — a victim of intimate partner violence — and sent her back home. That incident could have turned out differently. We know of cases... Read More

In times like these we really need each other

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December, 2 2020    

In about a month we would have ended the last year of the second decade of the 21st century. Even the most brilliant mind could not have perceived that it would be ending like this with a pandemic threatening life as we have come to know it, and upending the livelihood... Read More


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