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What do we do for Africa?

Images of starving in Africa are plenty.

Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Once we were in tune with roots; black Americans had no glossy picture books about fictional emp ... Read More

National Heroes Park (File Photo) The ups and downs of Race Course history
It seems a force is determined to deprive residents of Allman Town and other long-established commun ... Read More

The entrance to Jamaica College on Old Hope Road. It all comes out in the wash
The Welshman William Haydn Middleton, who was headmaster of Jamaica College (JC) from 1965 to 1970, ... Read More

No attempt at dissecting Jamaica’s political and economic fortunes during this 1972-1980 period can ever be made without providing a full account of the role played by the United States of America. Responsible accounting of our history
There is an African proverb that states, “Unless the lion is able to read and to write, the on ... Read More

Danger in the rise of nationalism

Clyde McKenzie | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

LE PEN... could become the president of France in the soon-to-be-held elections (Photo: AFP)

In my Observer article appearing on Christmas Day last year I sought to explain the causes of the current backlash against the forces of globalisation and some of its possible consequences. I pointed out that nationalism is an emergent global political phenomenon and identified its strains in seemingly disparate developments including the rise of ISIS and the electoral triumph of Donald Trump. I stated that some of the institutions and structures designed to constrain the more deleterious asp ... Read More

Great economic benefit in closing employment gender gap

António Guterres | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realise their full potential. Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination aga ... Read More

Labour market: The key to women’s equality in Latin America

Alicia Bárcena | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Maureen Hayden-Cater, managing director JN Bank, embraces Corporate Area sixth-formers Sarah Tucker (left) Ardenne High School; Tasheka Cooke (second right) Papine High School; and Lesha Blair of St Andrew High, after sharing a word of advice with the young ladies during a visit to the JN Bank’s main branch yesterday in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. Hayden-Cater, who was the first woman in the island to head a Jamaican commercial bank, encouraged the young ladies to be confident, bold and committed to their goals in life in order to achieve success at the highest level. In observance of International Women’s Day today, women senior managers across the Jamaica National Group are mentoring young ladies from several schools across the Corporate Area.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the last four decades and without interruption, states have met to debate and commit politically to eradicating gender discrimination and inequality and moving toward guaranteeing the full exercise of women’s autonomy and human rights. Since the first Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Havana in 1977, the region has lived through years of political, economic, social and cultur ... Read More

Lent reaffirming the intrinsic value of life

Raulston Nembhard | Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent. For many people it was just another workday. Being a national holiday it was just simply that for many people: a day of rest and relaxation, of catching up with friends or on things that have been neglected for sometime. For those with a more religious persuasion, it was a time for meditation and worship, for reflection upon their relationship with God and for assessing their own personal lives within the context of pe ... Read More

Great need to ensure senior citizens are protected

BY WAYNE CAMPBELL | Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

“ Too many of the elderly do not have the family or the communal attachments necessary to feel valued; too many are widowed or otherwise alone; too many live in surroundings where they are essentially without the companionship necessary to stimulate a mind in danger of deteriorating” — Sherwin B Nuland It is a topic we rarely speak about in this ‘conservative’ society. The Jamaican society, for the most part, still has not accepted the practise of placing the elder ... Read More

Sister Mary Paschal — what a life!

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Sister Mary Paschal Figueroa addressing the congregation at the celebration of her 80th Anniversary Mass as a Sister of Mercy last August..

In this week celebrating International Women’s Day, we visit the legendary Sister Mary Paschal Figueroa, a Religious Sister of Mercy whose life started at the end of World War I in 1918. When we arrive at the Claver Home for retired nuns at Mount Mercy, in the cool hills of Widcombe, St Andrew, she pushes her wheeled walker to meet me and says with a twinkle, “Do you like my BMW?” Yes, the 98-year-old Sister Paschal’s wit and memory are quite intact, as she recounts he ... Read More

The many faces of Peter Phillips

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Peter Phillips.

Naked Truth needs no shift. — William Penn Last week during an unprecedented full day of interviews with the media, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made several lucid observations, that in all likelihood would have been lost on those who prefer to keep their heads buried in political quicksand. One in particular would have annoyed some folks. “Let‘s be clear, he is not new, not new. He is part of the old guard. He is not new,” said Holness in response to a question from ... Read More

Jamaica’s tourism in good hands

Lance Neita | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Port Antonio harbour, as seen from the Bonnie View Hotel, is breathtaking.(Photo: everard Owen)

The late John Pringle, Jamaica’s first director of tourism, remains a legend in the international tourism industry 10 years after his death. This was a man who had no time for second rate stuff, and that’s probably the secret of his success. His vision and foresight helped to transform Jamaica’s tourism from a marginal enterprise to an industry which now commands pride of place in the Caribbean and remains one of the country’s major economic mainstays. Pringle was a Jama ... Read More

Facing the truth — Part 2

Rev Al Miller | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

GOLDING... set a bold example of leadership succession

In part 1 of this article, I introduced the second pillar on which strong societies are built — truth. It’s foundation for national stability and the ultimate prosperity we all seek. It is important that we do not fall into the trap of narrowly defining prosperity as money, or else we may miss its transforming and fulfilling power. The Key to Real Prosperity Real prosperity includes health, both physical and mental; emotional stability, relationship quality, economic and financial ... Read More

When Tosh sang Jah is my keepa

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, March 03, 2017    

Peter Tosh in performance.

THE MID-WEEK observation of the Christian ritual of Lent provided another day off from school and work, with none of the confusion of Christmas. The time-off spirit was not as overwhelming as others. We have returned quickly to “earning the daily bread” and making plans for Easter already. A week or so ago, round this time, the spotlight was turned on the icons of the local music industry… who they were and what contribution they claim to have made. Not too many have been he ... Read More



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