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

Our courage is being held hostage by a new culture of aggression

Lisa Hanna | Monday, February 27, 2017    

From my life’s experiences I’ve learned courage has no limits. Courage can be perceived as stubborn or unreasonable. Courage can force you to stand alone on principle. Courage can create the perception you’re choosing battles unwisely that could adversely affect personal ambition. But courage has a responsibility to future generations to take a stand and act in a manner that’s in our children’s best long-term interest. Courage forces you to recognise that this coinc ... Read More

The case of Vybz Kartel’s music on the airwaves

Chukwuemeka Cameron | Monday, February 27, 2017    

We now have a state of affairs where Lisa Hanna’s life, a Member of Parliament, has been threatened by several purported fans of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel over statements she made in relation to his music being played on public radio. (For the purpose of this article I make a distinction between music recorded before his incarceration and music recorded after his incarceration.) Is the Government turning a blind eye to criminal conduct? By turning a blind eye, is it unde ... Read More

The mobile wallet: Financially included, but users must be security conscious

Andrea Martin-Swaby | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

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.

Today there are in excess of four billion mobile phone users across the world. The figure continues to increase daily and it is therefore likely that by 2020 over five billion people will be connected to mobile technology. This state of affairs has been encouraged and facilitated by the constant evolution in the capabilities of cellular phones in enhancing commercial engagement and social interaction. Simply put, the mobile phone is no longer a device that simply enables communication betwee ... 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



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