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None but ourselves...

GARVEY... none but ourselves can free the mind
The role of Edna Manley in sculpting people of
African descent is not to be underestimated
MANLEY... no story begins at a single point

It was Marcus Garvey who said we must emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because while others can free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. It was Bob Marley who put those words to lyrics as you might know. But it should be known that, after all of the persuasion that might take ... Read More

Independence Independence: The finely woven silk of sentiment
THIS story starts, as many do, with a beautiful woman, and with man seeking power, affluence and rec ... Read More

As it relates to the Reggae Boyz, it is prayer and hard work that made their World Cup mission
successful. Prayer still works, Wignall, ask the Reggae Boyz
THANKS to all for your responses to the article, 'God speaks through the drought', regardless of the ... Read More

With the increase in the use of smartphones there has been an increase in the use of data services to communicate and a decline in voice. Is Viber the problem or the victim?
ARE Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) providers, like Viber, the real issue or are they completely ... Read More

Time to explore alternative funding for tertiary education

By Lerone Laing | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Ronald Thwaites

I am overly concerned by the revelation of the Minister of Education with respect to the state of the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) and its capacity to support the applicants. I must say that those who applied to the SLB are qualified students who have more than likely got acceptance into universities and the only obstacle preventing them from advancing their education status is funding. The minister of finance stated following his budget presentation that: "$2 billion by the Government in additio ... Read More

The results are in! What next?

BY DONNA POWELL WILSON | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

Let me extend heartiest congratulations to all the students who have received their 2014 CSEC and CAPE results. As expected, some students will be extremely elated with their performance, while others will be disappointed with the outcome. Irrespective of how these results are viewed, let us continue to encourage all our students to strive for excellence. One common question every student will now have is where do I go from here? I urge you all to continue with your education. A post-secondary ... Read More

All our industries must operate at world-class levels

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

PHILLIPS... We need to ensure that institutions of
government operate at world-class standards

Our athletes are world class. They win in fine style, making them star attractions at premier international sporting events. Usain Bolt has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Life Magazine, among numerous other publications, and his Facebook page has more than 15 million likes. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce holds her own, despite the clear gender bias in how athletes are treated. She has nearly half a million Facebook likes, has appeared on the cover of Buzz Magazine, and she is the first ... Read More

Garveyism more relevant today than ever

Valerie DIXON | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Marcus Garvey

THE black race needs Garveyism now more than maybe ever before. It appears that, for the most part, the majority of Africans are not conscious of their own dignity and the dignity of their fellow black brothers and sisters. We have failed the younger generation in this regard, in that we have not imbued them with any sense of pride about what it means to be a member of our noble race. If the current generation of black leaders and parents were properly steeped in Garveyism, then every person, ... Read More

We all deserve better, Jamaica!

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Even as we welcome amendments to our laws, we
are aware that there are so many laws to protect
our citizens that are not being enforced.

TODAY, the day after we celebrate the birthday of our first National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, we are still asking why the teachings of this great man are not part of our school curriculum. Garvey produced numerous books. Academics and authors like Professor Rupert Lewis, Professor Robert Hill, Ken Jones, and Geoffrey Philp have explored his work and philosophy. And there is a wealth of information that can be shared with children at every stage of their lives. How I would love to hear our s ... Read More

Politicians hiding the truth about the job market

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

A section of the crowd of applicants who turned up for a hiring exercise in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.

CYNTHIA didn't do too well in school so she was an ideal candidate for a poorly paid job in the back office of a bookshop. Almost two weeks on the job, she has been absent for three days and is about to be told to go home and never return. Foolish young woman who, at 17 years old, has already prepared herself for stepping down in life. A few months before she was relating to me the horrors of older men making her offers of cash in exchange for sex and also telling me that she didn't want to wor ... Read More

Emancipendence: The unfinished chapter

HOWARD GREGORY | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

At the very moment when we are celebrating the historic moments in the life of the nation, there are vulgar manifestations of our
captivity to the forces of oppression and division by institutions of the State.

I believe it is a truism to say that we all recognise that the process towards the realisation of the objectives of the struggle for Emancipation and Independence is an ongoing one which demands the commitment of all our citizens. What I find most disturbing is that at the very moment when we are celebrating these historic moments in the life of the nation there should be vulgar manifestations of our captivity to the forces of oppression and division by institutions of the State. It has been t ... Read More

T&T 2.0

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

PERSAD-BISSESSAR... We've had our fair share of leaders who continued to rule and refused to give way, even though it
was obvious that the time for change had come

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain I have made no secret of my tremendous admiration for the strength, stick-to-itiveness and political foresight of the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Since she started her sojourn as prime minister in May of 2 ... Read More

Flourishing Jamaican literature

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

BENNETT-COVERLEY… her poems open new ways of viewing our Jamaican heritage.
MORRIS… Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate since Independence

At the recent 37th Annual Convention of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO), Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States of America Stephen Vasciannie offered the following comments on developments in Jamaican literature in his keynote address: ... As part of our 52nd Independence activities, the Jamaican Embassy will be hosting the distinguished poet, Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris OM, for a literary evening on Monday, August 4, 2014. Professor Morris wa ... Read More

Here comes the... weed

DIANE ABBOTT | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

These days there are weddings where
marijuana is as a much part of the wedding
refreshments as the cake.

Jamaica has always specialised in providing the perfect venue for dream weddings. It could be amongst the beautiful gardens of Devon House in Kingston or on the beach at a fabulous property on the north coast. But, with the relaxation of attitudes to marijuana worldwide, could it be possible to add an extra special touch to your wedding and give it a marijuana theme? This may be a startling thought for those who associate marijuana with informality and the under-class. But Colorado in the Unit ... Read More



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