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Delicious, fascinating Jamaica

Nowadays friends tweet packs to tip us off when they get lucky at a gas station to find Chippies banana chips.

My sister and brother-in-law, who visited recently, told me they had to make a stop as they had booked some ‘drops’. You would think they were stopping at a pharmacy, right? Not at all – they had booked some coconut drops from the little shop at the Coconut Industry Board, because ... Read More


Our courage is being held hostage by a new culture of aggression
From my life’s experiences I’ve learned courage has no limits. Courage can be perceived ... Read More

The case of Vybz Kartel’s music on the airwaves
We now have a state of affairs where Lisa Hanna’s life, a Member of Parliament, has been thr ... Read More

The mobile phone is no longer a device that simply enables communication between individuals; it has become a computer, capable of being the host of money in electronic form, and can be used to conduct financial transactions. The mobile wallet: Financially included, but users must be security conscious
Today there are in excess of four billion mobile phone users across the world. The figure continues ... Read More

Exposure to fumes at the CRH: A matter of safety

Adella Campbell, PhD | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

The Cornwal Regional Hospital in St James.(Photo: Philp Lemonte)

Nurses are front-line workers and are often at risk of occupational hazards. The health care environment is considered the most hazardous. Sadly, it is an environment that has been neglected by successive governments and institutions generally. A 2014 study showed that nurses experienced common occupational hazards such as ergonomic or job-related injuries; exposure to blood-borne infections, such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C; on-the-job violence; work ov ... Read More

After failed experiments, it’s morning again in Jamaica

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston Churchill A year ago political defeat laid its cold, withered hands upon the People’s National Party (PNP). Today, they are clasped like the jaws of a fully fastened vice grip. Three hundred and sixty-six days after February 25, 2016, Norman Manley’s Party is suffering with advanced political bruxism, and dangerous bouts of irritable bowel and Jamaica House withdrawal syndromes. The 79-yea ... Read More

The fate of immigrants in a praetorian America

Basil Wilson | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

TRUMP ... began the scapegoating of Mexicans (Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump has turned the tiger loose. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has embarked on escapades of deportation sweeps. In the Queen’s area, New York City, there were reports of ICE agents swooping down on Home Depot in search of undocumented workers. It is anticipated that new executive orders will be issued by the Trump Administration, and that will begin a new reign of terror on immigrants. The ‘militarianisation’ of American life began ... Read More

Rekindling the Caribbean Renaissance...70 years on

Sir Hilary Beckles | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Black History Month provides a platform to discuss the need for an urgent Caribbean dialogue on the development challenges facing our people.

I offer support for the objectives of Black History Month by placing on its agenda the need for an urgent Caribbean dialogue on the development challenges facing our people. Where we have reached in our historic flight to freedom as a community needs to be assessed, and the depth of our dedication to promoting popular democracy should to be reviewed at this time. We are gingerly entering the second, potentially seismic, phase of regional nation-building. This, in 2017, cries out for reflection. ... Read More

Those exciting budget debates of the 1970s

Lance Neita | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Edward Seaga

The formal budget debate that follows the official opening of Parliament each year is used not only to present numbers, but as an indicator of the policies, plans and tactics that either side will be pursuing to fulfil their mandates to govern or oppose. It can also be quite a spectacle, as the formal opening provides a splash of colour and ceremony, and a touch of populism as the Members of Parliament (MPs) march along Duke Street acknowledging the organised cheers and sometimes raucous greeti ... Read More

Nutrition and productivity

Franklin Johnston | Friday, February 24, 2017    

Proper and balanced diets aid productivity.

Growth is now our mandate and mantra, but in a war of attrition a nation moves forward on its belly. Eating properly is the foundation of smarts, stamina and labour productivity — fundamental to national progress. Growth needs a healthy workforce and nourished kids are the foundation as “undernutrition limits national intellectual potential. It has major effects during the period from conception through the second birthday. Irreversible damage to the physical, mental and social de ... Read More

What will be the children’s legacy?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, February 24, 2017    

Little ones dressed in old-time Jamaica fashion on the recent Jamaica Day. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

I would add further that it was the day of the little ones who made the cutest photos, dressed in bandana plaid, complete with head tie and everything possible to imitate Miss Lou. I like the scenes, too, in which boys were dressed up to represent policemen, firemen, soldiers, and all that macho stuff. It was a great day for the little guys. They love to imitate ‘big people things’ and had a lot of fun doing it. With the theme for this year’s Jamaica Day celebration being &lsq ... Read More

50 years after the first transition

Michael Burke | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Jamaican Premier Norman Manley (left) points out the place for Opposition Leader Sir Alexander Bustamante to sign, as delegates signed the conference report at the conclusion of the Jamaica Independence Conference at Lancaster House, London, on February 9, 1962.

February 21, 2017 marked 50 years since the general election of 1967. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won that general election, and a day later Donald Sangster was sworn in as Jamaica’s second prime minister in political independence. At that time, Norman Manley was still president of the People’s National Party (PNP). The masses of Jamaicans, especially JLP supporters, found it unbelievable that Alexander Bustamante had stepped down from power. Many continued to live as if nothing ... Read More

Christians don’t have to apologise for what we believe, Dingwall

by Maurice “Grafix- King” Brow | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Christians have a iron-clad hope in the bright future the living God promises through the Scriptures.Terrance Emerson

This is in reply to Michael A Dingwall’s letter to the editor entitled ‘Christians praying for a world that can never be’. Dingwall, are you for real? You’re an admitted atheist and you’re opening up your case by seeking to give God-believing people advice? You’re even ‘playing pastor’ by giving us advice from the Scriptures we hold so dear. So, which is it? Are you an atheist or Bible-thumper? I’ll label you ‘Confused Mike’. ... Read More

It’s better to be a little paranoid than dead

BY AK ROBINSON | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Reneto Adams: Anti-hero
or superhero — the
nemesis of the gunman

Nothing can spoil a good afternoon with the family, or a good domino game for that matter, like being suddenly pounced upon and being robbed. I once had a co-worker who, after returning home from grocery shopping with his wife, was pounced upon by two armed men who robbed them both and shot him. Luckily he survived. The men escaped in a car that was parked just outside their gate. You don’t have to be Jason Bourne, 007 or Reneto Adams to be situationally aware. Situational awar ... Read More



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