Western Tertiary Debates launched

On Tuesday, February 12, The Western Tertiary Debates Competition was launched at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St James. “It is an intellectual contest where students enrolled in tertiary institutions in...

The Portrait of an Icon

Book: Earl Lovelace Author: Funso Aiyejina Critic: Glenville Ashby, PhD Earl Lovelace needs no introduction. Masterfully original and versatile, his literary work has captivated ­generations. Honoured with ­numerous awards, including Trinidad and Tobago’s...

Soaring above the skies

Recorded history has shown that humans have had a long-standing fascination with flying, so much so that Greeks immortalised it in the myth of a man named Icarus, who flew too close to the...

Saint Internat’l models featured in Balenciaga’s new coffee table book

Saint International models made history as they were showcased in the coffee table book Balenciaga: Winter 18 that chronicles backstage, rehearsals, and runway action of Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2018 show held last year March...

Montpelier Railway Station, St James

As unlikely as it seems, the building in this photograph was once the bustling train station of Montpelier in St James. It was the hub for connecting parts of Hanover and Westmoreland with towns...

This week’s Edu Quote

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright. - Bob Marley Story originally published at JamaicaGleaner.com

Teaching in the age of globalisation

Classrooms in many parts of the world are increasingly diverse. International migration patterns have significantly changed the cultural make-up of many industrialised societies and, by extension, their school-aged populations. Such changes are particularly seen in...

Commemorations impacting creativity and national identity

It has become almost standard that during the month of February, Reggae Month, and particularly on February 1, the birthday of Dennis Emmanuel Brown, radio disc jockeys will invite their listeners to call in...

Bobby Sullivan’s take on doing what’s right

The last lines in the foreword of Bobby Sullivan’s Revolutionary Threads read, “With cooperative economics, together we can build an inclusive future truly worth living.” In the same afterword, he admits that he has...

Hard work reaps rewards

“Sometimes,” said Nicole Collado, “you just need to listen.” It is a simple, yet profound statement. Often times a lot of us hear but not listen. Collado, a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) at...

The importance of Machine Learning

Machine learning is a subcategory of artificial intelligence where one builds models, programmes and applications, which become more accurate over time at predicting outcomes without explicitly being scripted or programmed to do so. With...

Japanese language gets a boost at UWI

Recently, at the Conference on Caribbean Literature in San José, Costa Rica, I was approached by a Japanese woman who informed me that she had taught in the Faculty of Humanities and Education,...

Book: Voices in the Twilight – Literary art at its finest

Book: Voices in the Twilight Author: Louis Alexander Hemans Critic: Glenville Ashby, PhD It is easy to get ­bedazzled by an author’s fine ­writing and miss the wisdom that his words convey. One...

New Local Space secures €122,000 funding

Kingston-based New Local Space (NLS) has been granted a three-year partnership with the Prince Claus Fund in the Netherlands. “From the beginning, we had a belief that if we did what we could with...

Disrupting the ordinary – creating the extraordinary

Each year, theatre enthusiasts anticipate a treat of varied productions in Jamaica. Many of these often tackle issues that confront the society daily but might be difficult to talk about. Theatre tends to make...

History of Peruvian artefacts

Peru is a South American country that is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the...

University of Toronto medicine programme opens opportunities to black students

Growing up, Chantal Phillips was not sure whether medical school was for her. It wasn’t because she wasn’t interested, but ­because she couldn’t see anyone like herself practising medicine. Now in her first year of...

India romances space

India has a new dream, a deep conviction to launch an Indian into space from Indian soil on an Indian rocket, by 2022 which is before the 75th birthday of India’s independence. Work has...

Erica Brown Marriott

Against All Odds (A Poem for Jodian) She was high. He took her there; But without warning He dropped her. And just like that, Her heart hit the pavement. It didn't shatter though, It only broke. Guess he didn't take her high enough. Thank...

Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

Today's college students - dubbed Generation Z - are beginning to make their mark on the workplace with a distinctly unconventional and often irreverent approach to problem solving. In my day-to-day interactions with our...

Fusion of creativity and styles

Recently, the lounge of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation's (JBDC) Incubator and Resource Centre at Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew was transformed into a fusion of art, fashion, style, vibrant colours, and creativity...

Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by

FERNDALE, Michigan (AP): Richard Phillips said he didn't mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolours in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases...

Methodists commemorate 230th anniversary of ministry in Jamaica

Beginning today (Sunday January 20, 2019) with an open-air worship service at the Coke Methodist Church in Kingston, the Methodist Church in Jamaica will launch year-long activities to mark the 230th anniversary of the...

A must-read memoir

'The Wyomia Tyus Story' is a timely work that reflects the hybrid dynamics of poverty, race, and gender. Thankfully, we are spared the moral pruning of liberalism and are allowed to make our own...

– Hi five!: – Calculation Time continues to change the face of teaching mathematics

An animated set of students started playing rhythms on their desks while others clapped and swayed. Now comes the trick question: What were they doing? The obvious answers could be"They are in a music...

Words weaved with stars, mythology and history

Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong's debut poetry collection goes for the big. A number of weighty themes, from 'taboo' love, whether between individuals of warring countries or the same sex; loss that...

Intersecting gender in the arts

In 2018, the United Nations partnered with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) to mount a visual art competition on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal...

In defiance of oppression and death

We continue our conversations with Lasana M. Sekou, poet from St Martin, with Ann-Margaret Lim, as he delves into his latest poetry collection, The Book of the Dead. AML: For 'Murder Shot', did you see...

Prim Lewis: the journey of an extraordinary educator

Prim Lewis, principal of deCarteret College, believes in empowering the students and instilling critical thinking as an integral part of the progress, and she is committed to high-quality education. An educator for over 26 years,...

Murals of despair and of hope

Street murals are expressions of post-modern art phenomenonalised in 1970s America by inner-city youth. Expectedly, Jamaican Street Art bears similarities in its existential origins but remains far more thematically homogeneous. On to a sacred and...

Lasana M. Sekou – In defiance of oppression and death

We continue our conversations with Lasana M. Sekou, poet from St Martin, with Ann-Margaret Lim, as he delves into his latest poetry collection, The Book of the Dead. AML: For 'Murder Shot', did you...

An ageing workforce is not a burden

Our world is changing constantly and at an increasingly rapid pace. We're at a unique time in our history when increased longevity is converging with unprecedented technological innovation to disrupt ageing in ways...

If this is Globalisation 4.0, what were the other three?

“Globalisation 4.0 has only just begun, but we are already vastly underprepared for it,” wrote Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, last month when announcing the theme of...

Lasana M. Sekou – Paths of Love, Labour, Liberation

Lasana M. Sekou, who, in 2018 celebrated 40 years as an author, is revered in St Martin as the national poet. In his long and illustrious career, he has published 20 books, across genres,...

On a quest to change the face of art education

Mortimer McPherson of Studio Mortimer is an artist who wears many hats there might be far too many to fit in a sentence, but they fit him quite well. From teaching art, bookbinding, and book...

A tribute to Hazel Campbell

Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Ltd is paying tribute to and honouring the life of Hazel Campbell. Campbell was a member of the Carlong family since 2001 when she was appointed editor of Carlong's Sand Pebbles Pleasure...

Disabled Venezuelans reach new heights through dance

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP): A stray bullet crushed Iraly Yanez's aspirations of becoming a professional dancer eight years ago as it ruptured two of her vertebrae and left her a paraplegic. But now, the young Venezuelan dancer...

Mortimer McPherson – On a quest to change the face of art education

Mortimer McPherson of Studio Mortimer is an artist who wears many hats there might be far too many to fit in a sentence, but they fit him quite well. From teaching art, bookbinding, and book...

UWI hosts exhibition on 1968 student protests

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum's newest exhibition highlights the timeline of significant instances of UWI student protest over the life of the university and a specific focus on events following...

Deadline for Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2019 Prizes extended

The deadline for Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2019 Poetry Prizes has been extended to January 4, 2019. With over US$4,000 in prizes to be won, this year marks the second cycle of the...

'Bowl go, packy come!'

"Bowl go, packy come!" is an old Jamaican proverb which when translated means that one good turn deserves another. This saying came about as it was a very common occurrence in traditional Jamaican...

Simon Primary embraces NCEL's leadership development programmes

Principal of the Simon Primary and Infant, Nova-Dean Samuels-Lee has lauded the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for the fundamental role it has played in building and promoting leadership in the island's...

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

HAVANA (AP): Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression. The partial rollbacks announced last...

The anatomy of bestsellers

The average American reads 12 or 13 books a year, but with over 3 million books in print, the choices they face are staggering. Despite the introduction of 100,000 new titles each year,...

Art inspired from depths of the seas

Anna-K Cuffe told Arts and Education that she is a 'mermaid' - a young woman who goes into the depths to embrace the beauty of marine creatures and returns to land to create...

Rastafari: a universal philosophy

In bold and sometimes cryptic language, Tekla Mekfet presents a montage of epistemological arguments that challenge social orthodoxy. Rastafari is hoisted on a heterodox tapestry not only as a socio-political movement, but in Hegelian...

Harnessing the spirit of volunteerism

"How one shapes their life is always very interesting to me," says Paul Sully, country director of Peace Corps Jamaica. It is a simple yet deep-rooted statement because every one of us has...

Jamaica 4-H club credits volunteerism for success

One of Jamaica's largest and oldest voluntary organisations, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, has credited its success and effectiveness to provision of support and measurable feedback from its volunteers. Dr Ronald Blake, executive director...

The art of reparatory justice

Imagine having something precious stolen from you and its return is conditional on your having the correct environment to repossess it. That exactly describes the case of Nigeria. The collection of over 700...

The vibrancy of multilingualism

In 2000, I left my hometown, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to begin my journey at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Later, I enjoyed the tranquility of the...

More than 5,000 students graduate from Centre of Occupational Studies

Just over 5,000 students from across the island graduated recently from the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), with another 399 obtaining their occupational associate degrees from the Centre of Occupational Studies. Over 70 per...

NCU to host int'l research conference

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will host an international research conference at its main campus in Mandeville from March 27 to 30, 2019, under the theme 'Research: Meeting Human Needs'. NCU President Dr Lincoln...

Japanese students experience Jamaican warmth

"I met so many Jamaican people, and I felt their kindness during my stay in Jamaica," said Yukino Tsubokura, a 17-year-old student from Yonago High School in Tottori prefecture in Japan. She and...

Passing of an era – Remembering K. Patrick Byles

There are seldom occasions and there are rarely people to describe that put one at a loss for words - where similes and attributes seem to lose their sheen. Perhaps, in essence it...

Book Review | From Ruins to Wholeness

Book: This Is For You Author: Angel Castillo Critic: Dr Glenville Ashby In her first published work, Angel Castillo proves her salt as a writer of enviable range. At the outset, Castillo paints...

Poem | Tru Ting

Tru Ting Wish I coulda sey how I tun Bruce Lee sista, An' karate di bwoy dem, Mek dem run an' bawl fi dem modda, But ah me run from dem blow wow ...

Fine arts to be focal point for 70th anniversary Human Rights celebration

Students of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) will create murals, photos, sculptures, paintings, and other visual art communicating the power of its human-rights provisions on the occasion...

Why is it (almost) impossible to teach creativity

Industry and educators are agreed: the world needs creativity. There is interest in the field, lots of urging, but remarkably little action. Everyone is a bit scared of what to do next. On...

ArtBeats #Live celebrates the arts

It was a heady mix of fine arts, music, poetry, dance and vibrant energy. On Sunday, November 25, the fourth staging of the annual Osmosis Caribbean ArtBeats showcase at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel...

Importance of culture in community development

For many years, the month of November has been observed as Youth and Community Development Month in Jamaica. Within the education sector, November is observed as Parenting Month. The activities are intended to...

Ode to the landline

In 2015, one of Jamaica's telecommunications companies announced that the number of subscribers to its service who use smartphones surpassed one million. Three years later this number has grown exponentially and is still...

Run Free evokes myriad of emotions

Despite the drizzle on the evening of Friday, November 23, viewers poured into The Serengeti, Hope Zoo for the premiere of Manifesto Jamaica's Run Free: The Documentary. The event, which was packed to...

Errol Moo Young solo exhibition opens December 1

After a 13-year-hiatus, fine artist Errol Moo Young will showcase his works at a solo exhibition, which will open on Saturday, December 1, at Grosvenor Gallery in Manor Park. The exhibition will be...

Planting seeds of food security | Cooper's Hill Primary students learn innovative agriculture techniques

"Farming can be very creative," said Aika Nakakomi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, as she scooped up a handful of compost and sifted it in a plastic barrel cut vertically in half. ...

France asks: Should ex-colonisers give back African art?

From Senegal to Ethiopia, artists, governments, and museums are eagerly awaiting a report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron on how former colonisers can return African art to Africa. The study by French art historian...

Book Review | A story of resilience

Author Barbara Ellis chronicles a transitional period in the black experience. It is the postslavery era, but freedom brings a new set of challenges. An African Journey is a captivating sequel that details slavery's...

Diwali – dispelling the darkness of negativity

Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali or Dipavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November every year. This festival is usually associated with Hinduism, but it is...

Mona Prep student performs at HRMAJ conference

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How are millennials succeeding?

To maximise your chances of building a successful start-up, you should wait until your 42nd birthday to become an entrepreneur, advises a recent MIT study. Unsurprisingly, younger founders are often less experienced and...

Bellywoman Omen: Navigating a world of challenges

Sistren Theatre Collective's Bellywoman Bangarang, directed by Camille Quamina, is the most recent production of the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the second...

A Grass-roots Jamaican Cultural Model

Consumption of ganja is embedded in Jamaica, but there is a dearth of research documenting the evolved cultural experience and understanding surrounding this plant. This dearth, and the intrinsic value of the humanities...

Crabbing in Heroes Circle

Who remembers crabbing in old time Jamaica? I grew up in Westmoreland and as I recall in the 70s, crabs would swarm the parish during heavy rains. As a little boy, the first...

Preserving the sounds

In the not-so-distant past, images in the form of photographs and recorded sound and film were considered to be luxuries that could only be accessed by the minority, but as time progressed, and...

Students impress with photography skills

With several of the outstanding entries on display, James 'Jimmy' Moss-Solomon, chairman of the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, praised the work of the young photographers at the foundation's LICK and SPARK...

The Great War and sacrifices of Jamaicans

As a child, every November, the little red poppies were sold to aid the veterans of the two world wars, the men at the Jamaica Legion's Curphey Home. I had always heard that...

Art of managing work as marriage

An employer's relationship with its employee shares similar characteristics to a marriage between a husband and a wife. The underlying expectations for both relationships are based on mutual understanding and an agreement to commit...

The psychodynamics of oppression

Maureen Warner-Lewis projects Archibald Monteath on to a multiplex tapestry of history. Archibald, like slaves before and after him, is swept up by the sociological and psychological curents of a painful era. Throughout,...

Mandeville Art Fair – 27 years of showcasing finest Jamaican art

The 27th annual Mandeville Art Fair and Craft Fair will begin on Thursday, November 8. The fair opens at 6 p.m., and there is a contribution of $2,000. The Art Fair continues on...

Movements, forms and expressions – Jamaica as a dancing destination

Few people would contest Jamaica's reputation as a world-class dance destination. We know not only how to 'dance ah yaad' but also how to 'dance abroad'. This is evidenced in the plethora of...

Yoruba stories told in metal

Alao Luqmanis is a cultural diplomat with the Nigerian High Commission in Jamaica, sent by the Nigerian government, on request by the Jamaican Government, to teach a variety of art. He is now...

Preserving memories – Significance of archives and records management

Every day, in our daily living, business transactions, and social interactions, we create memories. In so doing, we try to document aspects of our lives that we consider valuable. The work email, lunch...

Jamaican novelist releases second fantasy-fiction book

Novelist Adam Webb has released his second full-length book - Black Eyes Book 2: The Ancients. This is the sequel to Black Eyes Book 1: The Seventh Spirit, The Ancients which tells the...

New book for women seeks '40' Agreements on Becoming 40

The new inspirational e-book 40 Agreements on Becoming 40 has been released by author and publisher Shelly-Ann Harris. The first instalment in her Self-talk Series, the new e-book sees Harris reflecting on her...

Honouring African scholars

“A community is everything.” So says Professor Njoki Wane, chair of the department of social justice education at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Wane is one of...

Leading with courage

Author: Juleus Ghunta Illustrator: Ann-Cathrine Loo Juleus Ghunta delivers an axiomatic lesson in courage and redemption. Prima facie, it is no more than a child's tale, but behind its unassuming veneer are timeless...

Countryman – celebration of the man and the movie – VIP screening of the...

The screening of Countryman - one of Jamaica's first feature films - will be hosted by RenÈe Robinson, JAMPRO film Commissioner, and Dr Paul Rhodes, founder of Cinema Paradise, on the rooftop The...

JPS Foundation announces CSEC Industrial Technology (Electrical) Examination bursary

The JPS Foundation is inviting qualifying schools to apply for the third year of exam fee bursary for the CSEC Industrial Technology (Electrical) Examination. Applications are now open and close on November 2,...

Salt or pepper … it's all Spice

Just when I thought that football in France was the only way reggae's girls were going to get some new critical attention on the island, the reigning queen of dancehall, Grace 'Spice' Hamilton,...

NCU to host religion and crime-prevention conference

Researchers and experts in the fields of criminology, security, justice, and religion will gather at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) on November 20 for a conference under the theme "Religion and Crime Prevention: A...

Remembering the heroes

When we think about heroes we tend to think about persons with super human strength and abilities, all of whom would have somehow attained their powers through radiation, extraterrestrial contact or even from...

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