An Onion a Day Takes the Joy Away

first_imgYou’re happily slicing onions for your dinner when suddenly your eyes are burning and tears are streaming down your cheeks. You even have to step away! Why are onions such jerks sometimes? Well, turns out that onions are particularly good at absorbing sulphur which they use in a number of amino acids. When you cut an onion, you break open the cells. The enzymes meet the sulphur-rich amino acids and form unstable sulfenic acids, which then rearrange into a sneaky, volatile chemical causing a burning sensation when it comes in contact with your eyes. In order to keep your precious eyes from being damaged, your brain quickly triggers a response to rinse the offending irritant away. You are left with red eyes and tear-stained cheeks in the middle of preparing dinner.Too much chemistry for you? Well, let’s keep it simple. Onions are tear-jerkers nowadays for reasons other than the compounds present in them. With onion prices hitting historic highs, the government’s slow response in playing the leading role and the opposition having a field day in criticizing the government, it seems like the show will go on for quite a while, making it the latest blockbuster.Looks like emotions are at a high and everyone has an opinion about it. There are those who feel blessed as they have nothing to do with onions and garlic while there are others who can’t resist taking a dig, advising the former to eat avocado instead.In the meantime, the common man is silently watching the drama and is left wondering as to when exactly the humble onion will make a re-entry into his plate.Even though no knives are out, onions are still their natural, tear-inducing selves. Obviously, it is to do with their current inflated prices in the wholesale and retail market. The skyrocketing prices have cut into the budget of consumers, many having forsaken the beloved bulb for now.last_img read more

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Diaspora owned technology companies assisting Jamaican students

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE JAMAICA DIASPORA TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE The Jamaica Diaspora Technology Task Force based in the United States is offering practical job experience to 12 Jamaican engineering students.The project is being facilitated under the Calico Open Source Software Development Project. The project is the responsibility of the Diaspora Technology Task Force in partnership with Jamaica’s Palisadoes Foundation.The initiative was first introduced in 2016. It matches the Jamaican students with a Diaspora mentor. Seven students benefitted last year.The task force works with the University of the West Indies Computing Society to select students each summer. The students are provided with a stipend to work on an open source software development project.The students are permitted stay in Jamaica while they work on the projects.The project was inspired by a member of the Diaspora who studied computing at the University and recognized the need for Jamaican students to gain practical experience to be relevant for the global environment.The most successful students are offered internships and jobs from Diaspora-owned companies. The jobs sometimes require the awardees to stay in Jamaica or in some cases to migrate.Applications for the project usually opens in March each year and selection takes place in May and June.last_img read more

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