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Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMAmitabh Sharma

“It has been 10 years since I left my home, but my mother still puts out Hina dolls every year and sends us a picture of the dolls,” said Haruna Higa, cultural officer at the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica. Dolls, in Japan and many other countries,...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Students and faculty might be curious about the series of four-legged visitors of all shapes and sizes who come through University College. There’s the one-eyed Frenchie, Eddie; Ryder, the fluffy Samoyed; and Bacon, the miniature Schnauzer. They...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:17 AMAldrin Sweeney - Contributor

Many arguments have been made over the past several years emphasising the importance of science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) research and STEM education in Jamaica’s social and economic progress. There are several definitions of STEM...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:15 AMAnthea McGibbon - Contributor

Visual artist Bryan McFarlane opened his latest exhibition, ‘New Beginnings’, last month, which is being hosted by hotelier Evan Williams as he launched the Gene Pearson Gallery located at R-Hotel and named in honour of master sculptor, ceramist,...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:14 AMDave Rodney - Contributor

We didn’t consider it even vaguely gross, and certainly not remotely criminal, many years ago. But try to imagine nowadays the ghastly horror of returning from church on Sunday after worship to behead a red rooster for dinner. Killing and cooking...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:14 AM
Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:18 AM

“I used to view myself as a failure, but now, I’m part of a skills training programme that is giving me the opportunity to earn and learn,” says 20-year-old Housing Opportunity Production and Employment (HOPE) programme intern Shameka Taylor. The...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:15 AMOwen Blakka Ellis - Contributor

Psychologist Leahcim Semaj once described laughter as “the second-best way to relieve stress.” This triggered resounding laughter, with giggles of embarrassment, from the audience attending the launch of a comedy event. Some might have pondered...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:15 AM

I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me – after 20 years of a scientific career – that what we call the “scientific method” really only refers to the second half of any scientific story. It describes how we test and refine the...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:14 AMAnn-Margaret Lim - Contributor - -

Co-written by mother and daughter team, Maureen and Leora O’Carroll, Maureen O’Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood, is a delightful and satisfying read. It details the modest, yet exciting childhood of an acclaimed cellist,...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Kayla is frozen in the tub. I have to do something about the spider her eyes, tongue and rigid body tell me. I tell her if it bites, she’ll be super spider woman! – My hand punches air to illustrate the privilege. It doesn’t work. I squeeze a...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:08 AM

C.J. Farley’s Around Harvard Square is a witty and artful narrative of a society on the crossroads of change. In one of the most prestigious universities, values collide, and those on the fringes of society go mainstream. As Harvard University goes...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 9:33 PMAmitabh Sharma

India – the mere mention of the name exudes a myriad of emotions – a riot of sights, sounds, aroma and humanity, there is not a single sensory perception that will not go on an overdrive. This is a country albeit where paradoxes co-exist side by...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Peace Corps has welcomed Group 90 to Jamaica 35 volunteers (15 males, 20 females). They will be working in the areas of education and environment. There are 16 education and 19 environment trainees. At the end of their training (May 2019), they...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:18 AMTimothy Simmonds - Contributor

Recently, I was at the National Art Gallery for a Spanish course dubbed focuses on Art and Society: Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. I had gone to the historical galleries, particularly because I was also studying African Diaspora in the...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:08 AMKarl Salmon - Contributor

During a student’s first year of university or college, he or she will be encouraged to take the course Introduction to Psychology as a core general education requirement. This study of the science of behaviour and mind teaches a theory called the...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 8:07 PMArmitabh Sharma

Mao Hosaka has perhaps done it all – from delving into the uber megapixels of animation in Tokyo, finding eternal bliss meditating in a temple in Thailand, to kicking up a storm as she brushed up her Muay Thai (Thai boxing) skills, learning Bahasa...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Thoughtful people who seek answers to the mysteries of living life fully often turn to books of sacred wisdom and advice. Sages have explored the inner self to find wisdom with which to confront life’s many challenges, and in modern times, the need...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:09 AM
Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:09 AMWendy-Ann Brissett - Contributor

A curious situation arose for me once in a teaching practical when a child in the class uttered the word “mango”. To the dismay of the practical supervisors, the teacher corrected the child’s pronunciation of “mango” to “mongo”. This episode,...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Saint International’s Avant Garde Designer of the Year competition, which gives a chance to Jamaican designers to unveil their out-of-the-box show pieces, is calling on aspiring designers to showcase their talents. For first-time entrant David...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:31 AMAaron Hertzmann - Contributor

Over the past few years, many artists have started to use what is called “neural network software” to create works of art. Users input existing images into the software, which has been programmed to analyse them, learn a specific aesthetic and...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:30 AMAnn-Margaret Lim - Contributor

A Jamaican male-perspective answer to Emily Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Dwight Thompson’s first novel, Death Register, is a Bildung Romans (coming of age) story set in modern-day St James, Jamaica. The writing is good, but at the same time, you know there...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:08 AM

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