An intimate walk with the Heaney clan

Gleaner on January 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Writing book reviews can sometimes be intimidating. You read a book that grabs you, but then it is by someone you revere and who is still alive, someone who could pick up the phone and reprimand you for whatever reason. So you sweat more when…

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The unintended path to living my best life

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I always wanted to be a doctor. Not for the title or the prestige attached to it, but because I wanted to help people. As a child, I had very little ambition apart from doing what I could to assist others in distress, and medicine seemed the best…

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Celebrating the largest democracy in the world

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“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially,” said Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India, in his Tryst with Destiny speech on…

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Jamaica among ‘1000 places to see before you die’

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In an updated edition of the best-seller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by New York Times best-selling author Patricia Schultz, the hefty deluxe edition lists a number of inclusions in Jamaica. The sole photo around the Jamaica listing…

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Love and fear drive migrants in ‘American Dirt’

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In her beautiful, suspenseful and timely new novel “American Dirt,’’ Jeanine Cummins succeeds in taking migration – one of the central issues of our time – and bringing it down to human size. The story of one Mexican mother and her young son…

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Poems

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Kingston, Jamaica Downtown Fleet Street a Mural Mecca Projecting images of inner city life like flash cards On otherwise derelict walls. Artists and volunteers of all stripes Incarnating the spirit…

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This week’s shutterbugs

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How we answered anarchy

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Last week I wrote of decisions that led to our murder crisis of 2019. This week I think it is prudent to look at how we, as a nation, responded to threats and changes that occurred in our crime environment in our recent history and how effective those responses were .

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Pitkin shot it, Holness hit it, Mottley missed it!

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What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. — Jim Beggs 

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Only Caricom countries can divide Caricom

Observer on January 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the foreign ministers of seven Caribbean countries gave rise to many questions. But the US seeking to “divide Caricom” should not be one of them. External forces can try as they wish to divide the members of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom), but only those Caribbean nations can cause the division. So, there should be no blame attributed to the US Government for dividing Caricom by the invitation to some…

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