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Beyond the Colour of One’s Skin

The Honourable Robert (“Bob”) Nesta Marley, in one of his most insightful songs based on lyrics derived from a speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly in 1963 (Wikipedia), thundered the following words in a poignantly prophetic tone: “Until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another …

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Haitian AIDS experts help Vancouver tackle AIDS

In a provocative challenge to traditional assumptions, a high-powered team from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince will arrive in Canada next week. They will have detailed discussion with AIDS organisations in Vancouver, to help both cities tackle HIV-AIDS more effectively. “For years, foreign experts have descended on Haiti ,” says Jon Tinker of the Panos Institute of …

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The Nicodemus Effect, Antidote to Bradley’s

As Barack Obama leads in opinion polls across the country, suggesting a sure win if the election were called today, many Democrats are fearful of what is termed the Bradley effect stopping him in the tracks and handing the presidency to John McCain. Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California, was way ahead in …

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Bangladeshis Among the World’s Happiest

In 2004, Richard Layard, from the London School of Economics, led a research initiative that proved the people of Bangladesh are the happiest in the world. As this seemed an antithesis to the hardships inherent to the abject poverty often used to describe life in the South Asian country, director, Golam Rabbany, was propelled to …

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Jamaica’s Environmental NGOs Struggling in Harsh Economic Climate

Jamaica’s ability to respond to pressing environmental challenges including emerging climate change threats will be severely undermined unless ways can be found to keep local environment non-governmental organizations (NGOs) adequately funded. The organizations, many of which are usually short-staffed and under resourced, are finding it increasingly difficult to get funds to stay afloat. “Many NGOs …

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Your Take on Jamaican Creole A Farrago of Nonsense, Mr Franklin

I read the ‘article’ by Franklin Johnston which appeared on the 31st July in the Jamaica Observer with mounting horror and incredulity. How is it possible for such ignorant rantings to find space in [the] newspaper? The author is clearly a stranger to any notions of logic, and moreover makes wild claims about languages in …

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Marcus Garvey Coin: Spreading the Word About Jamaica

Jamaican $20 coins. Dear Sir, Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican, was the first of many people of color to advocate the rights of all people, especially people of African descent. He is honored by a coin issued by Jamaica, and, that coin, makes the perfect gift to all peoples worldwide as a token of Jamaica and …

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Survey Reveals Women with Post-menopausal Osteoporosis Fear Stoop and Shrinking in Height

Women with postmenopausal osteoporosis are concerned about developing a stoop (commonly known as curvature of the spine or hyperkyphosis) and shrinking in height but accept that it is just part of getting old, according to a new European survey. The survey also found that almost three quarters (73 per cent) of the women questioned would …

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New CEO headed to FirstCaribbean

John D. Orr  The six year-old FirstCaribbean International Bank has announced its first leadership change with CEO, Charles Pink stepping aside to be replaced by John D. Orr, a FirstCaribbean Board member and a senior CIBC executive. “It is with great sadness that I see Charles leave the company, although I understand his desire to …

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