Miss Lou was not only “a hero of deeds but of words”

Miss Lou was not only “a hero of deeds but of words”

By Lincoln DePradine. The late Dr Louise Bennett-Coverley, the internationally renowned Jamaican folklorist and poet, who also held Canadian citizenship, ought to be regarded as more than an icon, according to Jamaican-born poet and novelist Olive Senior. She made the argument at an event last Tuesday at Founders College, York University. The panel discussion, titled […]

Jamaica sees increase Russia tourists

Jamaica sees increase Russia tourists

KINGSTON – The Ministry of Tourism is reporting an increase in arrivals from Russia. According to Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright, just under 3 000 Russian tourists visited the island between January and the end of June compared to roughly 630 for the same period in 2018. “Much of this is attributable to new, […]

“Happy people don’t kill themselves”

“Happy people don’t kill themselves”

Two hundred and forty Jamaicans attempted suicide in 2018, but experts are of the view that this number could be higher, as this is an area that is heavily under-reported. According to the Economic and Social Survey, these 240 patients were seen in the accident and emergency units of public hospitals across the island. Listed […]

Fresh warning about brain drain

Fresh warning about brain drain

Kingston, Jamaica – A visiting politician is making a case for skilled Caribbean nationals to stay within the region rather than going to North America and elsewhere to earn a living. Addressing students, administrators and others at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill last Friday, Deputy Speaker of the Bahamas House of […]

Hundreds bid last farewell to Dr. Audley James

Hundreds bid last farewell to Dr. Audley James

Last Sunday, hundreds came out to say their last farewell to the late Dr. Audley James. In tributes that came from a number of his fellow pastors and moving testaments from his three children, the well-known pastor’s highly accomplished life was shared by all. Civic and community representatives, fellow clergy, city councilors, provincial politicians, and […]

Jamaica Stock Exchange is running hot and Canada wants in

Jamaica Stock Exchange is running hot and Canada wants in

By Stephen Weir   Call it JamStock, an evening love-in for Jamaicans Canadians with money to invest.  Last week the Jamaica Canadian Association’s meeting hall was jammed to the walls with Torontonians eager to learn how to get in bed with the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JES). The JES has been around for fifty years, but […]

Boldon pleads sprinter Briana Williams’ innocence

Boldon pleads sprinter Briana Williams’ innocence

Former TT sprinter Ato Boldon said he is ready for a hearing, expressing confidence that contaminated tablets led his Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams to test positive for diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Boldon, who has coached Williams for a number of years, said, “The comments made by her attorney are what we are going with right now. […]

Jamaica hotel staff tired of sexual harassment by guests

Jamaica hotel staff tired of sexual harassment by guests

Staff members at some of Jamaica’s top hotels are reportedly being sexually harassed by guests, while their managers turn a blind eye or threaten them with dismissal if they speak out. It is such behavioural concerns and victimisation within the tourism sector that Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the Government hopes to tackle with the […]

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