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Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The Gleaner article ‘RIP CARICOM’ on March 28, 2021, referenced the article by Minister Camillo Gonsalves, titled ‘Every island for itself…’, which dramatically highlighted the vote that took place at the Organization of American States (OAS)...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Last week while at work, a female friend of mine called me in distress. The recent rash of incidents of violence against women, including sexual violence, was getting to her. She is a rape survivor and confessed that she began to read my last...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Unless the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano becomes so geologically catastrophic as to make the whole country uninhabitable, it is unlikely that Vincentians will abandon the island. In the event, they do not have quite the same options as the...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Testing for COVID-19 is essential. In a perfect system, testing would be widespread, and free. That way, we could hunt down the virus, get ahead of it and block its transmission; instead, we are mostly chasing behind and documenting the disease....

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:07 AM

“A want a man to dismankle mi, cau my boyfrien cyan hangle mi … .” That was the first stanza of the item sung by beautiful, innocent, five-year-olds in the ‘graduation’ class at the basic school on one of the lanes some years ago. I had expected...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:07 AM

With last week’s fire that destroyed the old railway building at Balaclava, St Elizabeth, Jamaica lost an irreplaceable piece of history, whose protection and preservation is being woefully neglected. At best, the effort is wholly inadequate. We...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:13 AM

The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is currently implementing its COVID-19 vaccination programme. The programme is being implemented amid growing shortage of the COVID vaccines on the international market as selfish developed countries move to purchase...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The Don McLean classic American Pie referred to the tragedy when three rock and roll performers died in a tragic plane crash. The song, however, is a fitting eulogy for the state of Jamaican dancehall music. There is no doubt about the outsized...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

I am case 40,000-and-something. Another statistic. This isn’t Eric Garner or George Floyd … but I can’t breathe either. It is 1 a.m.; I have no idea what day it is, but I know I have to wake up. There is no pain when I sleep. Sleep is peaceful and...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projection of a faster-than-expected recovery by the world economy from its COVID-19 slump should be good news for Jamaica, especially with the forecast for a strong resurgence by the United States, whose...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:08 AM

In 1975, I went to teach English at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. My sister, Donnette, came as a student. We had the great fortune to meet Shirley Richards McLean soon after we arrived. We had lost our mother just three...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:12 AM

A man ran into a bar in the Wild West town of Tombstone and asked the surly bartender for a glass of water. Instead of pouring the water, the bartender grabbed a shotgun that was hanging on the wall behind him, pointed it at the man, and cocked the...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:12 AM

Johnny Grave, the Englishman who is chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies (CWI), the organisation that oversees the sport in the Caribbean, has to decide whether his job is that of professional manager or a partisan in the politics of...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The eight main rights of consumers have been well documented in the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection: the right to satisfaction of basic needs; to safety; to be informed; to choose; to be heard, to redress; to consumer education;...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:15 AM

In its road map for the recovery and long-term development of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) economies in the post-COVID-19 world, Avinash Persaud’s commission points to the possibilities of the digital realm. “The (coronavirus) crisis has forced...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:14 AM

In my article of March 3, I enquired whether the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) would be seeking a new secretary general, as coming out of the 32nd Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in February, it was implied that the current...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:13 AM

Althea* was only five years old when she was violated by her stepfather. She was a child, but was old enough to know that something was awfully wrong, and to feel violated. The molestation was documented in her diary, but when her mother came...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:11 AM

It’s Easter time, spring time, time for regeneration. Pandemic and economic crisis time, too. And a subliminal psychosocial volcano which spews out violence, malevolence, and desperation every day - as if just to warn us of the greater danger below...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Many people feign belief in our Heavenly Father. Their lifestyle, behaviour, and mindset speak volumes about what they truly ‘worship’. Many forget that the spiritual path requires sacrifice and that we are all the children of our Heavenly Father....

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The Parliament is about to perform a three-card trick to give Jamaicans the illusion that something substantial has been done to deter violence against women in the face of public anger over Khanice Jackson’s murder. The plan is to expunge the 2015...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:17 AM

If indeed Khanice Jackson’s murder has been solved, the credit must largely go to her family and close friends. They appear to have been observant and communicative about their relationships, which allowed them to be ahead of the police in...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:11 AM

The urgency of now requires that ways be found to increase the number of boots on the ground, i.e., increasing the number of officers available for territorial policing duties in the short/medium term. The only way to achieve this is by increasing...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:09 AM

Whenever a new president of the United States takes the oath of office, he must have a prepared speech for the next mass shooting on hand. Depending on which party he represents, the moment will be used to emphasise the greater need for stricter...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Last Friday, I was lucky to get my first dose of the AstraZeneca anti-COVID vaccine. This was a major accomplishment, requiring nuff stamina. On February 23, a friend emailed a letter from the President of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:06 AM

In Trinidad last week, a government minister took off his mask and had an ‘airgasm’. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi claimed he decided to “step away from the suit and tie, sat back and supported charitable games with some very special people…” Two...

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