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Catalonia lined up for Jamaica’s next friendly Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore’s Jamaica, fresh from their troubled tour of Saudi Arabia, remain in the top 50 of the latest FIFA world rankings, with the Reggae Boyz potentially tackling the Catalonia national side in March. Theodore Whitmore The whistlestop tour in Asia was arranged to get the Boyz gelling as a team, and also to boost their world ranking against Saudi Arabia. Neither of these occurred and means Whitmore goes back to the drawing board. Yet the obstacles that beset the Jamaica contingent - including COVID-19 positive tests, delayed and cancelled flights for players arriving as well as the threat of a strike over money -meant that Whitmore’s plans were constantly shelved. The Boyz, who ...
Jamaican Marlon Samuels draws stumps
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Jamaican Marlon Samuels draws stumps

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd BNeil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Marlon Samuels, the Jamaican all-rounder who was last seen on the pitch by fans in December 2018, has announced his retirement from professional cricket.However, the controversial 39-year-old took to Instagram last week to leave some parting shots. He hit out at former Australia spinner Shane Warne and England's Ben Stokes, following his long-standing feud with the pair, as well as slamming unnamed West Indies players. Kingston-born Samuels, who won two ICCC World Twenty20 finals in 2012 and 2016 respectively, was a stylish middle order batsman who bowled right arm off-breaks but who constantly ruffled feathers during his career. Failure to live up to his initial potential as a natural stroke pl...
Breadfruit Bounces Back
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Breadfruit Bounces Back

Back in the 1950’s there were more breadfruit trees in Jamaica than people. With the population hovering around 1.5 million in the 1950’s, there were about 2.3 million breadfruit trees on the Island. However, the shift to a more urban lifestyle over the decades, meant that women who worked outside of the home became too busy to invest the time to prepare the fruit, by roasting or baking. Besides, taste buds were getting used to imported rice and by-products of wheat and corn, which were easier to prepare. Roasted Breadfruit Is Readily Available At Many Markets And Grocery Outlets Breadfruit’s popularity took a dive, and by 1986, there were fewer than 50,000 breadfruit trees in production. Breadfruit, that dimpled green orb, is a native of Papua New Guinea and ...
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What Time Is It?

The Times They are a’changin. Wrist watches made pocket watches obsolete in the 19th Century, now many are wondering whether smartphones could sound the death knell for the piece of art that people usually wear on their wrists. One thing for sure, the watch is no longer the indispensable time keeper we used to rely on. These days, time is displayed on the phone, on the car’s dashboard on the television set, on lap tops and computers. Meanwhile, watch technology has made huge leaps for a watch does not merely tell time, it is able to read one’s blood pressure, oxygen level, heart beat and define the quality of sleep. Besides, watches also have calendars, calculators and compasses and will notify the wearer of incoming phone calls and emails. One can even reply to messages usin...
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Give Reggae Boyz a shot at Qatar 2022!

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Following Jamaica’s recent dismal display in the exhibition friendly against the United States, there is a plea from fans at home and abroad for the squad to be significantly strengthened ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifiers.With the team’s familiar faces refusing to don the Reggae Boyz’ golden jersey until their contracts are sorted with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), head coach Theodore Whitmore has his hands tied in terms of selection and progress.He had little choice in selecting the squad that was woefully outwitted 4-1 in Austria by the youthful exuberance of their misfiring old foes, USA. The JFF were always going to be penny-pinching for the match in terms of air travel, accommodation and appearance fees. The JFF cle...
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Diplomatic Dispatch

By Ricardo Allicock A number of years ago, I returned from work one day to find our home in a bit of a tumult. It turned out that my son, then 9, was having a disagreement with his mom, and the world at large, over aspects of their research into Jamaica's history. Ricardo Allicock The project, which was for the establishment of a timeline of world events and eras, led to a deeper examination of the late 19th century - the Victorian period - during which the British Empire was at its apex. In acknowledgement of this fact and the trope, "the sun never sets on the British Empire", my wife assigned our children the task of taking a blank map of the world and shading, in red, countries which were under British rule in the late 1800s. As is customary, I was invited to look over the...
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Sabina Park could be a hit for proposed England tour

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jamaica’s Sabina Park could be back hosting the West Indies next year, after Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the scheduled match dates for England’s next tour of the Caribbean. The West Indies restarted the international cricket schedule, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with last July’s three Test series that were played in a bio-secure bubble at Hampshire CCC’s Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Lancashire’s Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. A provisional tour is scheduled for five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in January and February, which will form the preparations to the October’s T20 World Cup in Australia, plus a trio of Test matches for when the England contingent return ...
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Sean Paul in seventh heaven to promote compatriots

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Sean Paul, who has been controversially outspoken since the recent Grammy Awards, has ended a seven-year hiatus by releasing his latest studio album - and has another planned for May.‘Live N Livin’ was out on his own record label of Dutty Rock on 12 March, and will be followed by the album ‘Scorcha’ in two months. His previous album was ‘Full Frequency’ in 2014, which blended dancehall, hip hop and pop.The Kingston-born superstar dancehall singer has been busy since ‘Full Frequency’ making videos for his array of singles and turning his attention to being both a deejay and producer. On his latest release he is hammering home the unity in dancehall, which features over twenty artistes. Live N Livin new album by Sean Paul ‘Live N Livin’ o...
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Jamaica names shaken up squad amid rift with JFF

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore, the Jamaica head coach, has been handed a tough ask for the exhibition match against the USA in Austria on 25 March with a heavily defensive and depleted squad. The ongoing issue between the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and regular players over contracts and money, which came to light just ahead of November’s Saudi Arabia double-header, is seemingly the cause for so many regular faces being absent. A 19-man squad was announced today (17 March), although shortly after relative newcomer Ravel Morrison withdrew. It is rumoured that the midfielder, who has no club, is in full support of his compatriots so is taking a stand. Theodore Whitmore Although Whitmore is notoriously defensive even he surely must be scratching his hea...
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West Indies maintain unbeaten run to finish ODI hat-trick heroes

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Darren Bravo’s magnificent century helped guide the West Indies to a five wicket success over Sri Lanka in the 3rd One Day International (ODI) at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on 14 March.The left-handed Trinidad & Tobago batsman, who missed the recent tour to Bangladesh, celebrated his call-up for the 1st Test against Sri Lanka with a match-winning 102 off 132 balls in the thriller.Victory in the trio of ODIs secured the first points for the Caribbean side, who failed miserably in the format in New Zealand late last year and recently in Bangladesh. These matches form part of the ICC Super League and give the Windies a fighting chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals.The hosts continued their promising form, fresh from having ree...
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Remember Mr. Piggy?

By Maria Hill By all indications, the piggy bank is alive and well, although it may no longer be in the form of a pig. During last Christmas season, I observed my 46- year-old husband creating a “bank” from a cookie tin. He had the tin soldered shut with a slot wide enough to admit cash. He is saving, he said, towards shopping during the upcoming summer vacation. My sister, who is a year older, saves fifty dollar bills in a peanut butter jar, and has accumulated thousands of dollars so far. Garfield, 37, who lives in Montego Bay, has kept the tradition alive both for himself and his two children – he has a coin jar and a wooden safe. Mellissa, a 32-year-old mom of North Brookfield, Massachusetts says her six- year-old son has a piggy bank and is saving to buy a farm....
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Diplomatic Dispatch

By Ricardo Allicock What is Diplomacy? Generally, when one is introduced as an architect, dentist, lawyer or accountant, it's pretty clear in the minds of those present that the person’s profession deals, respectively, with building design, teeth and gums, an aspect of the law or financial account analysis. However, when one is introduced as a diplomat, a certain degree of vagueness tends to hover in the air. Diplomacy -what is that, really?   Ricardo Allicock Further increasing the opacity surrounding the field of diplomacy is the reality that some persons harbour negative impressions of the profession. Consider how many times you have heard some person lauded as "a diplomat" after bestowing flattery or a compliment upon some undeserving soul. In these instances, ...
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Windies bite back from brink to claim Test series success

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner will be one of the many Caribbean cricketers that will return from the West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh as a hero, after they registered a remarkable 17-run success in the 2nd Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday (14 February). This was the first Test series win for West Indies in Asia since winning against the same opposition in 2012, and the entire contingent are brimming with confidence following this tour. nkrumah_bonner The manner of their victory was admittingly a topsy-turvy affair, with the tourists initially taking control to cruise to 409 all out only to fail miserably in their next innings and be whittled out for a pitiful 117. Yet they held their nerve after setting a target of just 23...