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COVID-19 — crisis, conduct and opportunities

Christopher Burns | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

There is no denying it, this 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a pandemic that is rapidly resetting centuries-old, sociocultural norms, political traditions, religious customs, and time-tested economic arrangements. It is very apparent that we are in a global crisis the likes of... Read More

COVID-19 and its impact on care of non-virus patients

BY DR ERNEST MADU and DR PAUL EDWARDS | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

Several months into the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been impacted in predictable and unpredictable ways.  Read More

COVID-19, hate and history

Jason McKay | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

The need to blame racial or religious minorities for a crisis, irrespective of there being no rationale, is a much used and destructive human trait. It has been a harmful practice throughout history, and was at its pinnacle during the Nazi period of governance of Germany from 1933 to... Read More

Grave danger in imposing or intensifying export and other trade restrictions

Sunday, April, 26 2020    

A World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund joint statement on trade and the COVID-19 response.  Read More

Exoneration for Marcus Garvey?

Stephen VASCIANNIE | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

The following is a lightly edited extract from a forthcoming book by Professor Stephen Vasciannie entitled Essays on Caribbean Law and Policy to be published by the University of Technology, Jamaica Press.  Read More

COVID-19 crisis blares the need for a realistic census

BY Earle Lewis | Friday, April, 24 2020    

It is with a feeling of déjà vu that I write to reflect on the likely challenges with the Government's distribution of relief and stimulus benefits/support among the population and economy amid the ongoing challenges that have been brought on by the 2019 novel coronavirus disease... Read More

Best start out of the block, then...

Ricardo Carter | Friday, April, 24 2020    

The US Government, World Health Organization (WHO), and Miami Herald, among others, all agree that Jamaica was among the countries in the hemisphere most prepared for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), or was... Read More

Government must remember the people in the middle

Friday, April, 24 2020    

The world has been plunged into a tailspin with the unexpected arrival of the COVID-19 virus which has spiralled into a nightmare for many countries. Jamaica is one such country that is affected in a big way by the virtual shutdown of the economy. We are at a point at which First World... Read More

Heavy is the head that wears the crown

Donna P Hope | Thursday, April, 23 2020    

Leadership of any kind of entity is always a delicate balancing act. As the story of The Sword of Damocles reminds us, even while wielding great authority and surrounded by wealth and magnificence, individuals in positions of power face imminent peril from a variety of... Read More

Exploring lessons from COVID-19 — Part 2

Canute Thompson | Thursday, April, 23 2020    

In Part 1 of my reflections on the COVID-19 crisis, published on March 24, 2020, I examined the psycho-spiritual issues and argued that the crisis presents an opportunity for us to look at the things we value as well as reaffirm the indispensability of neighbourliness... Read More

What really is 'return to normal'?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, April, 22 2020    

There has never been a time in living memory that we have witnessed such a sudden and total shutdown of almost every country in the world at the same time. Aside from the usual prophetic doomsayers, if anyone around October or November 2019 had said that the world would experience, in... Read More

Some decisions not based on emotions

Glenn Tucker | Wednesday, April, 22 2020    

The degree of one's emotions vary inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician and historian. Read More

Home-based businesses — a new growth sector for the J'can economy

BY Denver Brown | Wednesday, April, 22 2020    

Let us not miss this! With every adversity comes an opportunity. The COVID-19 virus has caused a scaling down of most businesses around the world, forcing some to have their employees work from home. Businesses in Jamaica are no different. This move could be a very... Read More

Improving decision-making during COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, April, 21 2020    

When dealing with complex issues such as presented by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis it is unavoidable, even desirable, that highly qualified, technically competent, very experienced, and completely patriotic people have disagreements. On the question of constitutionality of actions... Read More

Will COVID-19 be our catalyst for reform?

BY Lascelve Graham | Tuesday, April, 21 2020    

COVID-19 is upon us! There are debates and theories surrounding from whence it came, whether its origin was man-made and, if man-made, by whom and for what purpose. Many believe it is an act of God and a sign from the Lord. While it would be most instructive and satisfying to solve the... Read More


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