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Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:30 AM

All opinion polls in the latter part of 2019 and in the months before COVID-19 crashed into Jamaica with a loud bang showed the Opposition PNP lagging way behind the ruling JLP. When both leaders are compared in various areas, Andrew Holness stands...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:08 AMShandono Burton - Guest Columnist

A famous adage states that we cannot defeat death, but we can defeat death in life. For far too long, too many Jamaicans have been robbed of the ability to adequately enjoy a meaningful life. Simply traversing the streets of downtown Kingston, Half...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:07 AM

I had a long and challenging journey to acceptance and would love to see Jamaica embark on that journey. As a teenager growing up in Jamaica, I had similar sentiments to many reading this article. I believed it was wrong to be gay. I was...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Investors should stay invested and take advantage of the opportunities that have been presented by the COVID-19 crisis. There is opportunity in every crisis and this one (the COVID-19 pandemic) is no different. Now is therefore an opportune time to...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Two weeks ago, I wrote in a column that the 2020 general election was too early to call, which is in contradistinction to being ‘too close to call’. Indeed, reactions varied, mainly because some people are confusing a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:16 AM

On June 18, the high-level videoconference on Belt and Road international cooperation was held in Beijing under the theme ‘Belt and Road International Cooperation: Combating COVID-19 with Solidarity’. It was attended by the foreign ministers or...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:16 AM

It was summer of that year, August 1965, to be exact, as I entered Parade from the north-east end. I was on the way from school to catch a bus home. I was almost 15 and could quickly sense that something was wrong, and fear was taking over....

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:14 AM

India and Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean share many commonalities from their colonial past, emerging as sovereign nations, vibrant democracies, and the deeply embedded Indian culture. There are numerous layers which provide a heady mix and...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:32 AM

In many ways, Kingston embodies the spirit of Jamaica. It is the hub of commerce, a centre of creativity, and the nexus of public administration. It is also a fact that our nation’s capital is a microcosm of society as within this urban space exist...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:17 AM

It is said that in every crisis, there is opportunity. As such, one should never waste a good crisis. In as much as this is true of those engaged in honest enterprise, it is also true for those who are involved in enterprises which society, through...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Since the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic, health professionals, government officials, and health organisations worldwide have been imploring people to take precautionary measures to guard against the risks of the deadly virus. People with...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:17 AM

On Monday, June 15, 2020, on the anniversary of his death (in 1991), eminent scholars gathered virtually in a public seminar to celebrate the life and work of W. Arthur Lewis. Most know that Lewis was born in St Lucia on January 23, 1915, of...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Don’t you ever be fooled by the title of this column. I was actually trying to meld the immediate political desires of politicians with the rest of the society they are supposed to represent. At this time, they are all on the same page. The two-...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:16 AM

When we think of countries sharing common problems, we do not readily think of India and Jamaica. One is a populous multifarious behemoth, home to 1.3 billion people, while the other is a tiny island, the home of reggae and barely 2.7 million...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:16 AM

On June 9, the world paused in tribute to and protest of the killing of George Perry Floyd Jr Reminiscent of the first Moonwalk, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, and the 9/11 NYC terrorist attack, there is a sense that we...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:16 AM

June 21 is observed as International Day of Yoga (IDY) throughout the world every year in order to spread awareness about the positive effects of yoga on people’s health. To mark this day, the high commission invites yoga enthusiasts and...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Waking up to screams, thuds, angry shouting, and the sickening sound of someone crashing into a wall, a table, a door. This is the cruel reality of many children and young people across our Commonwealth. As economies, institutions, and social-...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

China held this year’s two sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC, China’s top legislature) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC, China’s top political advisory body) in May. The two sessions not only set...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) has long been limping around with the twin horrors of its leader, Dr Peter Phillips, showing up less popular in opinion polls than the party he leads and, if that was insufficient ignominy, the PNP consistently and...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:27 AM

The golden-domed Bangla Sahib Gurdwara (abode of the gurus) in India’s capital city of New Delhi, the place of worship of the Sikh community, is cooking 100,000 free meals daily for the needy who have lost their livelihoods because of the COVID-19...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Political debates are hardly ever the stuff that those 40 and younger are even remotely interested in following. But add some spice and fireworks to it, and a new Verzuz is immediately generated. Finance Minister Nigel Clarke is young, handsome,...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:24 AM

COVID-19 has been a global pandemic for several months now, with no end in sight, and the virus is wreaking havoc on economic and health systems. Small, open economies such as those in English-speaking Caribbean have been the hardest hit,...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:24 AM

As the Caribbean begins to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much consideration being given to legacies of the pandemic that will contribute to the socio-economic development of Caribbean people. Many of these legacies are expected to be...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) was successfully held via video link on May 18 and 19. It is of significant importance for this WHA to be held at such a critical moment as the human race battles the novel coronavirus. Fighting...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are characterised by their exposure to a variety of risks and limited capacity to deal with them when they occur. This is particularly true in the Eastern Caribbean, being especially prone to natural disasters...

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