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Courtney Cole: Charting new pathways

“We’ve only just begun” Forahealthyme is a Canadian company which develops telehealth and tele-rehab solutions for healthcare professionals enabling them to diagnose, treat and manage patients without having to be in the same room, not even the same country. Nearly ten years ago when Forahealthyme was launched, its principals could not have imagined a global pandemic that would dramatically reduce face-to-face treatment and increase demand for remote options. Understandably, Forahealthyme has been regularly celebrated for its foresight and innovation in using digital technology to develop applications that lower costs and provide better outcomes and patient satisfaction. The company works across multiple treatment areas. These include musculoskeletal, neurology, spinal cord in...
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DIPLOMATIC DISPATCH

Soft Power: Why it matters By Ricardo Allicock May 11, 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of reggae legend, Robert Nesta Marley, OM.  Superlatives describing his musical compositions and performances, his lyrics and philosophical theories, have filled content in print, film and electronic media these past four decades and he continues to rank as the 3rd highest earning, deceased musician behind Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. Ricardo Allicock allicockricardo@gmail.com As a brand ambassador for his country, Bob Marley likely outshines all the aforementioned artistes. The name, image and music of Bob Marley immediately bring to mind, for those who encounter any of them, the word "Jamaica".    And yet, Marley is but one of many performers, ...
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Nikolas: The brain scientist who just loves dub

While preparing for the most exciting phase of his career as a neuro-scientist, Nikolas Francis unwinds by listening to dub, a derivative of Jamaica’s reggae music. Francis, 40, is a member of the University of Maryland Global Campus’ (UMGC) Brain and Behavior Institute. As an assistant professor, he will be conducting extensive research on how the brain engages with sound, this fall. It’s a challenge Francis looks forward to, but he will always find time to delve into his collection of dub records. A jazz drummer himself, Francis’ musical influences also include hip hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def and The Roots. He remembers the first time he heard dub in Iowa about 20 years ago. “King Tubby, Randy’s All Stars, Yabby You…I like all kinds of dub. I like that era w...
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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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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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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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Whither Negro River?

By John Myers Jr. Negro River in Jamaica? You better believe it. There are in fact two Negro Rivers in the network of about 100 rivers that flow across the Jamaican landscape. There is a Negro River in St. Ann and another in St. Thomas. Not much is known about the latter except that it is located in Danvers Pen and is part of the Yallahs River system.   McIntosh photo The Negro River sign is prominently displayed along the North Coast Highway near the entrance to the parish capital of St. Ann’s Bay. Many people wonder: how did this come about? Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Sydney Stewart, explains that the river was named in “honour” of slaves who once worked on the Richmond and Llandovery sugar plantations and who would gather by the river to rest.  “I have...
Animals have rights too
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Animals have rights too

A $1,000 could get you a mosquito zapper in today’s Jamaica. It is also what an individual can expect to pay if a Court finds him guilty of cruelty to an animal. And on the flip side of that is the Dogs (Liability for Injuries By) Act of 1877 which says the owner of a dog may be held liable if his dog causes damage or injury to any person, cattle or sheep. This law refers to civil liability and not criminal prosecution. The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) and the local animal rights lobby want change. They are agitating for laws to be updated so that animals are humanely cared for and better protected and for members of the public to be guarded against vicious animals.   Dr. Simone Johnally, Public Relations Chairman of the JVMA bemoans the fact that the Cr...
Covid at Christmas
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Covid at Christmas

If Jamaicans continue to adhere to the protocols enacted under the Disaster Risk Management Act to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island, restrictions could be relaxed over the Christmas period. This assurance was given by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a digital press conference from Jamaica House earlier this week. The prime minister pointed to a noticeable trend over recent days where fewer persons were being infected with COVID-19 while the number of persons who have recovered from the disease was now higher than the number of active cases. “After the spike in August and September, our growth in new cases has been slowing down and our recoveries increasing, which has resulted in the number of active cases showing moderate and modest dec...
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 ...