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Going Green In Jamaica
Environment

Going Green In Jamaica

Organic Food, Safe and Healthy Jamaica is going green.  This however, has nothing to do with the September 3 landslide secured by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) which is identified by the colour green. There is a buzz around organic farming which has resulted in a virtual green revolution, particularly in the parish of St. Thomas, where farmers have bought into the idea of finding a more sustainable approach to food production. Traditional farming methods where the ultimate goal was higher yields, have had a negative impact on the environment – creating climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollution of important natural resources. No one understands the need for organic food more than Nicola Shirley-Philips, Director of the St. Thomas-based S...
Name Your Favourite Female Politicians
Archives

Name Your Favourite Female Politicians

Question: Name your Favourite Female Politicians If beauty were on the ballot, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) would have won the 2020 General Elections hands down. After all, it’s the party that has a real Miss World within its ranks. Lisa Hanna, the precocious teenager who captured the Miss World crown in 1993 at age 18, is still in fine form and many argue that if she dared, she would be a strong contender for the title, even today. But in the world of politics beauty may not count as much. As it turned out the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won 48 of 63 seats and Miss Hanna managed to eke out a 31-vote victory to educator Delroy Granston, a last minute stand-in and political unknown. We took to the streets to ask Jamaicans about their favourite fe...
Pastoring in a pandemic
Religion

Pastoring in a pandemic

Bereaved families usually have their pick of persons wanting to be pall bearers at funeral services. A funeral is a community event and neighbours, friends and co-workers usually feel honored to perform this task. However, with covid-restricted numbers in force at funerals, old ways are being eliminated and the situation can get a tad awkward, as Rev. Dr. Devon Dick found out recently. The mandatory 15 attending a funeral were mostly women and when it came time for the coffin to be moved it became a challenge for the women, mainly due to physical inability. As anyone who has ever shouldered a casket knows, it’s not easy. Pastor Dick who has been shepherd of the Boulevard Baptist flock for 30 years, talked about how he has been responding to covid-induced challenges. ...
Breadfruit Bounces Back
News

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 ...