Year: 2008

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Towards A Granville Renaissance

Granville is a highly textured community, a matriarchal society with a vibrant and rich African cultural tradition nestled between two estates in the north coast parish of St James. Peopled by peasant farmers, small traders, artisan and skilled workmen who cohabited in later years with migrant sugarcane workers from the Barracks of Barnett Limited on …

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Caribbean Unsung Heroes 2008

For Caribbean people, names like Marcus Garvey, Grantley Adams and Uriah Butler are synonymous with hero for their roles in raising national and regional consciousness while also playing major parts in raising living standards and the hopes of the region’s peoples. But there are others whose contributions, while not as history making are much more …

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Condoms in Schools

Dear Editor: I write in reference to the recent debate regarding the distribution of condoms in schools to combat adolescent sexual activity, pregnancies, and sexually-transmitted diseases.  It seems that those who oppose the measure base their misguided philosophy on the false notions that: (1) preaching the gospel of abstinence is effective; and (2) the distributing …

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Future Caribbean Business Leaders to Meet in the Bahamas

As 2009 opens, experienced business professionals will meet future business leaders in The Bahamas for four days of dialogue and professional development.  From January 4 to 7, the Caribbean Business Clubs of Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will host the 7th Annual Caribbean MBA Conference in Nassau. The …

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Jonkunnu Rekindles Hopes for Peace, Security and Prosperity

Masks are signature pieces designed by renowned artistes Errol Allen and masquerading is a big part of the Jamaican tradition of Johnkunnu. The first outing of  the revived  the Granville Jonkunnu  Band, sponsored by the Jamaica National Foundation  was  initiated by the Granville Peace, Justice and Resource Development Foundation, a community based non-governmental organization, was  …

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Jamaica One of Six Caribbean Territories in the Top 40 Climate Hot Spots

At least six Caribbean islands – Haiti, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Jamaica, Martinique and Saint Lucia are ranked in the top 40 countries experiencing extreme weather impacts by the 2009 Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index. In a press conference at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Germanwatch explained that its 2009 Global Risk …

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Christmastime in Old Jamaica: The Teenage Years

As Jamaica modernized, little things started to slip away. Sometime in the early 70s, importation of firecrackers from China was banned after it was discovered that the powder was being extracted from the firecracker by unscrupulous persons to make ammunition for guns. So the festivities during the season were decidedly quieter, and as shopping for …

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Jamaica: A Paradox in Beauty

Situated on the highest hilltop overlooking an overgrown plantation and structures is an unforgettable view. Bethann Carbone’s photos of the Goddess Retreat in Jamaica November 2008 conceives as a door or gateway to a hidden dimension. Despite Jamaica’s virulent violence and ever-present poverty, the contrasts surge in Tsunami proportions when viewing Jamica’s beauty. Indeed, Jamaica …

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