What really lies ahead for us?

Word is making the rounds that the grounds of the National Chest Hospital, in upper St Andrew, may be the location of the Ebola quarantine unit.

UNCLEAN! Unclean! was the biblical call against lepers. Citizens of this divided land, take heed. What if the dreaded Ebola should come this way? And should any of us happen to become afflicted, how much could we count on neighbours to still accept us into the community, or would we have to "tek weh ... Read More

Members of the Prime Ministerial sub-committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in discussions during its eighth meeting, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade, in Kingstown, St. Vincent on Sunday (March 9). The meeting was held prior to the official opening of the 25th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, today (March 10). Caricom's 'one economy' a poisoned chalice for Jamaica?
LAST week, Andrew Holness' New York headline was 'Jamaica can be a superpower'. Amen and amen, Sir, ... Read More

The Kingston College
campus on North Street. I support the men-only KC Old Boys' dinner format
It would be most foolish for a Kingston College (KC) old boy to show up Saturday evening at the Gran ... Read More

Through the eyes of the beholder Through the eyes of the beholder
TODAY (October 30) is the 34th anniversary of the general election of 1980. The Jamaica Labour Party ... Read More

A doctor meets CHIKV

Colette MYRIE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014    


MY recent severe illness with CHIKV has reinforced the old adage that "experience teaches wisdom". To say it was a life-transforming and humbling experience feels inadequate and is to date the single most traumatic health experience I've had. I've been a practising physician for over 23 years and this is the first time I can really understand the severe and debilitating pains my patients with sickle cell disease and other chronic painful conditions endure on a regular basis. I also experienced t ... Read More

The Asianisation to Jamaica

BY JEFFERY WRIGHT | Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
while on a recent trip to China.

RECENTLY, while travelling and shopping in some of Jamaica's major towns, it became shockingly clear that the cream of the nation's retail and wholesale business sector are owned by Asians. Many of whom speak or understand only few words of English. Yet, never more than twice did any opportunity present itself for me to hand over the usual fistfuls of the nation's beaten-down dollar to a business operated by anyone having same African features such as myself, even though, 90 per cent of the nati ... Read More

Foreshadowing the end of the US Cuban embargo

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

OBAMA... in his final term
and therefore faces no
political exposure

"WE know that we are fighting against something that we don't totally understand. We know what can happen. We know we're going to a hostile environment. But it is our duty. That's how we've been educated," said Dr Leonardo Fernandez, 63, a Cuban physician on his way to West Africa to help treat patients suffering from Ebola. Cuba's role in the fight against the worst outbreak of the virus, which began in Guéckédou, Southern Guinea, last December, has drawn rare praise from the Uni ... Read More

'Intellectual property' is why we can't have nice things

BY THOMAS L KNAPP | Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

I came late to the news of Twitpic's impending —and thankfully partial — closure and even later to an explanation for it. My initial assumption was that the service had failed to turn a profit and become financially insolvent. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is, in the worst way, all about "intellectual property". And it significantly and negatively impacts the social media which more and more of us rely on as our "window on the world". What is — or rather, what was &mda ... Read More

Testing times... can we pass?

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, October 27, 2014    

Dr Shane Alexis

LAST week's events in peaceful, picturesque Canada have stunned us. One friend wrote, "We have lost our innocence." Imagine, on Monday, in Montreal, a radicalised man crashes his car into two soldiers, killing one. Then, on Wednesday, a gunman kills a soldier guarding a memorial in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, and charges into the Parliament building, firing away. Fortunately, the sergeant-at-arms was armed with more than the golden mace he usually carries, and was able to cut down the gunma ... Read More

Where are the PM, Bunting and Dr Williams?

BY EDNA GREEN | Monday, October 27, 2014    

Where are the
PM, Bunting and
Dr Williams?

As is commonly said in Jamaica “story come to bump”. The murders and shootings continue unabated with no apparent solution in sight. The fear of crime has gripped the Jamaican society in such a manner that not even our precious sociologists at Mona can find the answers. It is beyond any logical comprehension. Yet, despite the recent upsurge of these heinous crimes, need I mention Bog Walk (twice), Rockfort, Canterbury, and downtown Kingston, there is absolutely nothing coming from ... Read More

PNP Administration was right to send back Abu Bakr

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

ought to accept
that he has been
hoisted on his
own petard

The Trinidadian 'religious extremist' Abu Bakr recently found himself on the horns of a dilemma as the Jamaica Government denied him the right to stay in Jamaica to attend Farrakhan's celebration of his Million Man March. As it is with those who would wish to use 'gunpoint theology' to force us all into living an endorsement of their religious myth and resulting cultural stringencies, the freedoms inherent in a democracy, freedoms which they would automatically take away from others, must never ... Read More

Cricket, tearful cricket

Yakum Fitz-Henley | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

To me, there is nothing more
strikingly stunning than the
song of willow on leather as a
well-timed cut-shot whistles
past the flailing arms of some
unfortunate point fielder.

WHEN I was younger, though a little bit older than I'd care to admit, all it took for tears to flow from my eyes was a loss by the West Indies cricket team, or even a nick from the willowy blade of BC Lara going to the non-maroon enemies behind the stumps. To me, there is nothing more strikingly stunning than the song of willow on leather as a well-timed cut-shot whistles past the flailing arms of some unfortunate point fielder. But, I am not a child anymore. The cricket I grew up reading about ... Read More

Fear cannot lead

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

BUNTING... could not risk a terrorist incident with Abu Bakr in Jamaica

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. — George Washington AS critical-thinking citizens we have not only a responsibility but a duty to be extremely suspicious of the crucible of governmental power, especially in a country like Jamaica which is riddled with a corrupt politics, which has negatively infected and affected every facet of life and even death. Politics in this country is concerned and preoccupied w ... Read More

Antiviral activities of plants

BY DR HENRY LOWE | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

In laboratory studies, garlic was found to possess a wide variety
of antiviral properties. (PHOTO: DONOVAN GOVAN/WIKIMEDIA

As a result of many people turning to medicinal plants, such as guinea hen weed, bissy and papaya leaves, for assistance with the management of their Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) symptoms, against which conventional medicines seem to have little answers, many individuals are curious to know the scientific potential of medicinal plants in dealing with viral diseases. It is for this reason that, based on a variety of requests, I have provided this article, based on scientific evidence, which is for ... Read More



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