Fri | Apr 3, 2020

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Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:26 AM

The weeks-old islandwide closure of bars and other places of nocturnal entertainment, followed by this week’s nightly 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. islandwide curfew, has confined most of us to our homes. Where spouses tend to quarrel, and children tend to...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:23 AM

PETER BUNTING’S initiative to support elderly people in his Central Manchester constituency who are confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 crisis is an idea worthy of being scaled up nationally, although not necessarily in the form...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:17 AMKevonn Grant/Guest Columnist

A letter was published in The Gleaner on April 2, 2020, titled ‘Wrong move, PNP’. As a concerned citizen myself, I felt moved to respond to some of the conclusions made by the well-intentioned author with respect to what transpired regarding...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Why was horse racing allowed at Caymanas Park after Prime Minister Andrew Holness, by order, declared the whole of Jamaica a disaster area on March 13, 2020? The regulation of the Disaster Risk Management (Enforcement Measures) (No. 2) Order 2020...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:11 AMClive Landis/Guest Columnist

In answering the question on vaccine development posed by the editorial, it is important to understand that today’s recombinant vaccine technology requires constant investment by the State to build capacity in molecular technology, genetics and...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:10 AM

On Monday, as I listened to the prime minister lamenting on the irresponsible behaviour of some of our citizens, I could only shake my head. Disseminating fake news, spreading apprehension and panic, disregarding social-distancing requirements and...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:07 AM

THE GOVERNMENT’S imposition of a night-time curfew, among measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, would probably have been informed by an analysis of after-dark traffic patterns and adherence to the administration’s shelter-in-place guidance of a...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:22 AM

Up to last Friday, when there were 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, the health authorities had tested 250 persons for the new coronavirus. That’s the equivalent of 0.008 per cent of the island’s estimated population of 2.9 million....

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:22 AM

In my article on January 8, I outlined the Caribbean’s foreign trade policy agenda for 2020, but I certainly did not see COVID-19 on the horizon. With drastic global action to contain and mitigate the impact of this coronavirus, the foreign trade...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Currently, COVID-19 is engulfing many parts of the world, endangering the life and health of people in all countries and hitting the world economy pretty hard. The international community expects all parties to work together to combat the pandemic...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Among the most difficult tests of a leader’s commitment to the deeper principles of democracy is his willingness to adhere to constitutional order rather than opt for expedience, or the easy way out, even in times of crises. That is why this...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AMSamantha Radway Morrison/Guest Columnist

A few weeks ago, in a maiden keynote presentation titled ‘21st Century Demands: Implications for Education and Educational Leadership’, I focused on what are some 21st-century demands, 21st-century skills, and the paradigm shift needed in education...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:20 AM

The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social, and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated, and on a global scale and...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:19 AMLaurene Ward/Guest Columnist

WHEN I was two years old, Back to the future was the movie of the century. There were flying cars, supercomputers and multiple futuristic apparatus that seem mind-boggling and yet entertaining. The Jetsons cartoon was my all-time favourite, as I...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:24 AM

AS THE world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, discussions about a vaccine against the virus, or other forms of antiviral treatment, centre primarily on the laboratories of North America and Europe, especially the United States. Except, perhaps,...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

WITH A number of communities under lockdown due to the efforts of the Government to limit community transmission of the COVID-19, a number of social issues have arisen. The most pressing right now seems to be the inability of some citizens to...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

THE ENIGMATIC ferocity of COVID-19 is truly shocking. Those affected have not been able to pinpoint when and where they were infected. COVID-19 lands on surfaces and makes them contagious for a variable period of time. It is transmissible by...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:20 AM

“How mi mus know if mi have di sinting deh”? “What sinting?” I asked. “Di Corolla sinting.” Esmie lives in a big yard downtown in a room shared with her baby-father, her elderly mother who uses Pampers and two or three children, depending on the...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:10 AM

As COVID-19 brings the world to its knees, we are constantly updated on the number of cases, and deaths resulting from the disease, worldwide. At the time of writing this article, the number of confirmed cases globally was 680,583, with 31,914...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:30 AM

There are so many lessons children need to learn that don’t require a smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or even pen and paper. By example, their parents and extended family can teach kindness, patience, discipline, gratitude and many other...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:30 AM

In one way, the Government’s mobilisation in the face of the coronavirus has been proactive and impressive. In terms of public education about this virus, it surely gets an A-plus. However, as best as I can understand, there are serious questions...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:27 AM

‘Mind Jah lick you wid diseases!” Most Jamaicans who remember the dancehall duo Michigan and Smiley will latch on to their song of 1981, Diseases. In that recording, they listed a range of illnesses and suggested their correlation with certain...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Apart from lessening the health risks from COVID-19, the attention of Jamaican policymakers, like those elsewhere in the world, is primarily on limiting the economic fallout from the pandemic and how to get a V-shaped recovery when the turnaround...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:25 AM

On March 1, I wrote an article warning of a coming revolution, incited by someone as humble as a fruit vendor, that would be in our lifetime. Had I known that events that could lead to such a major societal disruption were already under way, I...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:19 AM

We are living in uncertain times, described by the World Health Organization as “the defining global health crisis of our time”. Because of this disruptive viral disease, people everywhere have had to make adjustments to their lives as they pay...

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