'Brownings, please'

A hundred and seventy-seven years after slavery was abolished in the British West Indies, Jamaica's national training agency - HEART Trust - still has to deal with colour-prejudiced employers who are requesting that trainees be brown or light-skinned as a prerequisite for employment in their firms.

Debt at med school - UWI student doctors fear dropout because they cannot afford fees

Samantha Smith will be the first homegrown medical doctor in Madras, St Ann, and Andrea Salmon hopes to rewrite history in the inner-city community of Rockfort if she finds money to buy books, lab tools and diabetic medication.

Protect the Palisadoes project from PNP thugs - Mike Henry

Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Mike Henry late yesterday accused People's National Party thugs of creating mayhem on the US$65 million Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Programme.

Henry calls for help ...

Senior Government officials and representatives of local contractor YP Seaton have reportedly set aside time on the weekend to devise strategies aimed at staving off emerging complications that could cast into disarray the problem-plagued airport project.

Spreading Islam most appropriate tribute - Tijani

On September 11, 2001, Sheikh Musa Tijani was at the Camp Road headquarters of the Islamic Council of Jamaica when two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

A living image of mom

THE MISSING faces of loved ones lost on September 11 are being remembered in the smiles and special expressions of those who survived them. At 10 years old, going on 11, Kayla Richards is the living image of her mother, Venesha Richards, a Jamaican who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Sorry, no diplomas - Canadian practical nursing programme in shambles after overseas college pulls the plug

Four months after the Jamaican Government issued a stop order on new recruits because of problems plaguing the Canadian nursing programme, the Pre-University batch of students were given another dose of bitter medicine.

Jamaica-Venezuela relations on shaky ground

THERE ARE indications that the relationship between the governments of Jamaica and Venezuela is on rocky ground as a result of Jamaica's inability to complete a housing project for Hurricane Ivan victims in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.

A child's worth ...

Prompted by the mediocre conditions with which children in the care of the State are forced to grapple, the Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) is calling on the Government to increase the amount of money it spends on each child being housed in a home or place of safety.

Guards to secure representation soon

Labour Minister Pearnel Charles has expressed a willingness to meet as early as this week with trade-union leaders to revive talks on the proposal to establish a joint industrial council (JIC) for security guards.

Patients, workers must be screened!

A FORMER health minister has weighed in on the debate on how health authorities can circumnavigate the array of problems facing the sector, such as the episode that led to an HIV-positive woman coming in contact with a baby unrelated to her at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

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