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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

Does the diaspora add value to brand Jamaica?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, March 03, 2017    

Jamaican immigrants arrive in England on the Empire Windrush in June 1948. (Photo: Daily Herald Archive)

Our diaspora is wonderful. I lived in their countries, met many at the education ministry. One wanted an official vehicle to take friends and gift books to a rural school. The entitlement was palpable but their passion was infectious, so my mechanic took them in my personal car. They work, support schools, send cash to their families — good folk. Yet our diaspora was no forced dispersal as Jews or Palestinians — both exiled. Ours made personal decisions to migrate as cabinets failed ... Read More

PNP strategies in the 1972 campaign

Michael Burke | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Michael Manley

The People’s National Party (PNP) led by Michael Manley won the general election of February 29, 1972. Michael Manley was sworn in as prime minister on March 2, 1972, 45 years ago today. It was the end of a political campaign that really started in 1969 when Michael Manley was selected PNP president and appointed leader of the Opposition. Despite the booming economy of the 1950s and 1960s, many Jamaicans lived in hovels, went about barefooted, and in the rural areas little children carrie ... Read More

Success in the crime fight not attained by magic

Wayne Campbell | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

This sign in August Town, St Andrew, is part of an effort in that area to keep crime and violence at bay. (Lionel Rookwood)

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein The extent to which Jamaica’s development has been hampered over the years by high levels of crime and violence is debatable. However, what is indisputable is that 1,350 Jamaicans were murdered in 2016, this according to police statistics. Despite the downward trend of other crimes, such as rape, aggravated assault and robbery, the murder rate for the island has been rather troubling, to say ... Read More

Towards a solution...

By Noel Mitchell | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Holness ... became Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister at age 38

Every time I visit my beloved country Jamaica I’m more convinced that it has become a failed State. It is very painful for me to say this. I may be wrong, but nothing seems to be working right in the country. There has been a complete breakdown in law and order. Both political parties take turns in mismanaging the country and its economy by mostly selling out the country’s assets to foreign interests for a song and a dance, while wasting the country’s meagre resources. The la ... Read More

Some (engineering) thoughts on Cornwall Regional Hospital

BY HOWARD CHIN | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

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

Based on anecdotal information in the media, it is apparent that Cornwall Regional Hospital’s air-conditioning system was wrecked by politically expedient cost-cutting. I consider that it might still be working to specification if engineers operated and maintained the system. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc (ASHRAE) publishes rules to which most air-conditioning systems have been designed, and is now going to be the standard referenced by ... Read More

We need to speak out against child abuse

by ADDADGA CRUICKSHANK | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child. Child abuse can occur in a child’s home or in the organisations, schools or communities the child interacts. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, psychological/emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. Child abuse is occurring in Jamaica right under the noses of the relevant authorities, yet nothing of any substance is being done to prevent these acts. Almost everywhere you go in and arou ... Read More

Dancehall not the source of the problem, Lisa Hanna

BY O’Neil D Phipps | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna making a presentation at Gordon House.

Recently, Opposition spokesperson on youth and culture Lisa Hanna received harsh criticisms for suggestive comments she made in regards to the dissemination of music on the airwaves from artistes who are incarcerated. She questioned whether corruption exists in the prison system that allows for the songs to be made as well as popular personalities who have an imprint on the value system of Jamaican children. Her comments arose amidst a nationwide discussion on whether dancehall music and contemp ... Read More

Amend criminal laws to allow compensation for victims

Stephen Edwards | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

In a country where many people “nuh fraid fi go prison”, a quick and severe blow to the wallets of the perpetrators by the justice system will act as an additional deterrent to committing crimes.

The conversations about crime have largely been dominated by the horrendous acts of the criminals and possible crime-fighting strategies. I understand why this is the case, as I too for many years have shared the same anxiety as my fellow Jamaicans about the safety of my own family and friends. While these are important discussions to have, as they play an important role in finding solutions, there is something else that is occupying my thoughts. My mind is preoccupied with thoughts of the victi ... Read More

Belling the silent topic of sexual abuse towards girls In Jamaica

Ava Brown | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

The history of sexual child abuse in Jamaica is one that has continued to escalate over the years. While this situation exists in other countries, it has been embedded as part of a cultural condition in Jamaica, and to overcome the tragedies it will require awareness, education and actions from everyone in the community. There are ways to address this topic head-on for the safety of the children and it requires taking it out of the closet of silence. This subject is a harsh, cold reality of lif ... Read More

Delicious, fascinating Jamaica

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, February 27, 2017    

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 the day before when they checked, it was sold out. That evening, they were triumphant with their stash of drops; those clusters of coconut covered with gingery sugar were sweet nostalgia. Then our ne ... Read More



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