Friday, 5 March 2021

ONE YEAR LATER: A father’s desperate search continues – Is Jasmine Deen still alive?

WHERE IS MY DAUGHTER? Deen's father, Lloyd, says he's living every parent's worst nightmare.

JASMINE Deen would have celebrated another birthday on November 28, 2020. The party went on without her. Her father, Lloyd, her siblings and other relatives gathered at the family home to mark the occasion, holding on to the hope that she was alive out there somewhere. 

As the public is now well aware, Jasmine, a visually impaired 23-year-old UWI Mona student, vanished without a trace. According to reports, she was last seen alive on February 26 at the university’s Irvine Hall gate waiting on transportation. 

Last April, two men were arrested in connection with her disappearance after being found in possession of her ID, bank cards and other personal items. The men were subsequently charged with illegal possession of identity information, simple larceny and unauthorized access to computer data. 

By December, as the investigation wore on, the police said more evidence would be needed for additional charges – such as murder – to be laid against the men. Now, a full year since his daughter’s disappearance, Lloyd Deen remains determined to find out what happened to the promising young woman who was like his “best friend.” 

In the absence of hard evidence that his daughter is dead, he is holding on to the glimmer of hope that they will be reunited; that one day she will return home. “As long as mi live and mi nuh see her, mi ah guh look fi her every day, and mi will keep anything [mi have] fi her same way,” he told the Observer. It’s been the most stressful year of his life, he admits. “One year after, [it’s] like mi shoulda find her already… Mi cyaan rest… It just ah stress me out more and more. The longer it takes, it gets worse for me. But mi cyaah stop… Even if ah 100 years later, mi nah give up.” 

Since last year, more than 50 search operations have been carried out islandwide. Last weekend saw the premiere of the documentary Missing Without a Trace. In the television feature, senior policewoman SSP Stephanie Lindsay reiterated that at this stage of the investigation only a presumption of homicide is possible. Without the irrefutable evidence, no murder charges can be laid.












Monday, 1 March 2021

2020 IN REVIEW: Jamaica’s 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year


In a year that will forever be remembered for many things (the advent of the coronavirus, the death of Butch Stewart), these ten Jamaicans staunchly epitomized the idea of the intriguing newsmaker. 

Skip Marley 
The Billboard coup and double Grammy nod (in the reggae and R&B categories) not only solidified Skip Marley’s triumphant year; it confirmed his status as one of the most important ascending artistes of this generation, following in the footsteps of Junior Gong, Stephen Marley and Ziggy Marley with music that’s both tuneful and timeless. 

Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie 
To call her a “woman of substance” or a “powerhouse” in her field would be a mammoth understatement, as the Chief Medical Officer’s extraordinary efforts to meet and overcome the challenges of her job, especially given the alarming COVID-19 stats, continuously highlights her capacity for leadership we can trust in a time of crisis. 

Lila Iké 
By the time Lila Iké dropped her hit-laden EP The Experience, she had already cemented her place as reggae’s new it girl. Since then, she has not disappointed, releasing sublime singles (and accompanying videos) that showcase her astonishing artistry and fearlessness as a young, very competent singer-songwriter with something meaningful to say. 

Dr. Christopher Tufton 
Without a doubt, Chris Tufton concurs with PM Andrew Holness that 2020 was the toughest year of his political career. The health ministry’s handling of the COVID crisis has certainly tested the mettle of the veteran government minister who has had countless sleepless nights since March. Then there was the Market Me controversy that brought even more drama, ahead of the intense General Elections in September. In the end, Tufton proved he’s tough enough. 

Shenseea 
Even in the face of tragedy (she lost her mother), Shenseea put in work that outperformed most of her male peers by a furlong, making her a shoo-in for Entertainer of the Year, an honour well-supported by the endorsement deals (Boom Energy Drink, Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty line), the solo business ventures and the hit singles that dominated the airwaves, music video playlists and the charts. 

Mark Golding 
New party president Mark Golding ended the year with a bold promise that he’ll be constantly reminded of: the People’s National Party will be back in full force within three years. The man who fended off a stern challenge from Lisa Hanna to replace Dr. Peter Phillips as PNP leader has his cut out for him, but with the competent Opposition team he’s assembled, we’re anticipating a display of first-rate sportsmanship that does justice to the party’s storied history and legacy. 

Delroy Chuck 
If there’s one thing Delroy Chuck learned this year it’s that one should never take a light approach to serious issues like sexual harassment. Though he quickly apologized for his blooper, the Justice Minister’s insensitive utterance cut deep for many, especially women in power, who took him to task. When the dust settled, Chuck managed to hold on to his seat in the House, following the September General Elections, ample proof that we the people still believe in him. 

Leon Bailey 
As his goal-scoring exploits for Bayern L continued to garner attention and win him new fans, Leon Bailey entered a new chapter in his life, becoming a father for the first time, at age 24. The JFF controversy aside, the Reggae Boy maintains close ties on the island, even popping in to attend Usain Bolt’s 34th birthday party in August. And like a loyal son, he leaped to Craig Butler’s defence in early December, publicly voicing support for his manager-adopted father in the face of domestic abuse allegations. 

Chris Gayle 
Will Chris Gayle ever make a return to the Jamaica Tallawahs squad? By all accounts, that’s water under the bridge for the superstar batsman whose row with the CPL team’s top brass over his shocking omission from the 2020 lineup made headlines, which only gained more public attention when a series of videos uploaded to his YouTube page, in response to the development, landed him in hot water. 

Buju Banton 
Releasing the kind of captivating and stirring reggae music that made him a household name back in the day, Buju Banton recaptured his fanbase in a year that climaxed with him picking up another Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album and snagging Best Reggae Act at the MOBO Awards, for Upside Down 2020 – a blend of roots-rockin’ reggae and hard-hitting social commentary. As if the music wasn’t enough, Banton found time to branch off into fashion retail with shop.bujubanton.com, offering his fans a mix of street staples and cool urbanwear.












Saturday, 27 February 2021

ON THE RADAR: Jamaica closing its embassy in Brazil... Sandals launches Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart scholarship…. Sagicor Sigma Run nets $42M

>> In honour of their late founder and Chairman, Sandals Resorts International has announced the establishment of the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship, to be awarded to team members interested in embarking on tertiary studies in the field of hospitality and tourism for up to four years. According to CEO Adam Stewart, “This scholarship’s core mission is to ensure a strong future for the Caribbean hotel industry by fuelling the talent pipeline with opportunity – a true reflection of my father’s passion for the region and its potential.” Applications are now accessible through sandalsfoundation.org

>> Effective March 1, Jamaica is closing its embassy in Brazil. “The decision to close the mission was reached after careful consideration of factors, including its exponential operational costs, which are difficult to justify, particularly at this time, in light of the minimal consular services required of it,” says foreign affairs and foreign trade minister Kamina Johnson-Smith. “Our assurance has been given to the [Gov’t of Brazil] of [our] continued support and engagement at the bilateral and multilateral levels.” 

>> As Round 2 action makes way for Round 3 and the hotly anticipated Quarter Finals in the 52nd season of TV-J’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz, viewers are being treated to enthralling first-rate entertainment. As expected, there have been casualties, upsets, nail-biting encounters and episodes where the favourites have prevailed. Among the notables: the Wolmer’s Boys 61-30 win over Denbigh High; Munro College’s 48-13 victory over their sisters and neighbours Hampton School and Campion College’s 43-22 triumph over York Castle. Among the other top favourites going for gold this season: Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Girls and Ardenne High. Visit televisionjamaica.com for the complete schedule of matches and to watch highlights. 

>> The 2021 Sagicor Sigma Run has raised $42 million for beneficiaries Annotto Bay Hospital, Port Antonio Hospital and Get Back on Track Education programme. “We know that the past year has been a real challenge for many as we continue to live with COVID-19, and we are truly grateful for the outpouring of support and the kind donations we received for our beneficiaries,” says Sagicor Foundation executive director Alysia White. Persons can still make donations via direct deposit to Sagicor Bank account number 5502907486 or at sagicorsigmarun.com.












Friday, 26 February 2021

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: New and noteworthy books by Jamaican authors

>> Editor’s Pick! 
THIS FAR BY FAITH: Locals fans of spiritual-based literature were pleasantly surprised when first-time author Mary White debuted her devotional Glass Houses to a warm reception. Three years on, she’s back with a second helping, offering Glass Houses Volume II: The Proverbs Edition. It delivers more captivating and inspiring stories, golden nuggets of scripture and food for thought to lift you up in trying times. “I’ve also included a section for affirmations and more space for journaling because it’s about going on a spiritual journey being able to record your thoughts and feelings, express your gratitude, so you can go back and read it. We need to remember our blessings,” White tells Book Club. “That’s what separates Glass Houses from other devotionals.”

COLOUR MY WORLD: Visual artist, musician and provocateur Richard Nattoo has published his first children’s book, Ian Takes Flight (Bookman Express), which is about a boy who goes to spend the holidays at his godmother’s house, learns new things and how to appreciate the beauty in all he sees. “The story is expected to spark magic within the reader,” says the 27-year-old PM Youth Award recipient, who also served as illustrator for the project. “Sometimes as adults we forget our inner child, and this book is able to take you to a place of magical discovery." 

FAMILY TIES: In a Sip of Cerasee Tea: Taking the Boldest Steps (Sweet Wally Productions) by emerging author S.E. Williams, a now-teenaged daughter uncovers some surprising truths about her late father, who went missing at the height of the social upheaval that preceded Jamaica’s unforgettable 1980 General Elections. How these discoveries eventually alter and shape Sanaa’s future gives Cerasee Tea its juice, amidst an exploration of family, Jamaica’s evolving political culture and the resilience of human spirit. 

OLD STORY TIME: “As deep and thought-provoking as it is humorous.” That’s what critics are saying about Pastor Mann/Sister Precious in the Valley of Despair (LMH Publishing), a two-part novella by Deroll Barrett. Set in the 60s in rural Jamaica, it’s about Ezekiel Mann and the hardships he endures with the support of family and friends – and Sister Precious, a meddlesome woman who folks try to avoid. In other words, a pair of colourful Jamaican characters with challenging circumstances you’ll recognize immediately. 

LEARNING CURVE: Dr. Pauline Watson has done teachers a major solid with the publication of Sealing the Cracks: Managing Behavioural Problems in The Classroom (Urban Books & Publishers), a guide for educators on how to effectively respond to students’ behavior. But at its core the book also tackles such weighty issues as building children’s self-esteem, treating them with respect and teaching them appropriate skills for living.











Tuesday, 23 February 2021

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: Press play on these hot tracks from Serani, Romain Virgo, Chris Gayle and the A-Team

Usain Bolt and NJ – “Living the Dream” 
They say you can achieve anything you want in life if you set your mind to it and believe. This breezy jam from the A-Team leaders drives this point home. Lyrically, it’s a bit short on substance but the empowering message is palpable.

Serani feat. Duke – “Somewhere in Jamaica” 
We need more contemporary reggae and dancehall tunes celebrating the island paradise that is ‘Sweet Jamdung’. Serani got the memo. Teaming up with Duke, he’s produced, recorded and released this winning and catchy, reggaeton-inflected number reminding us that when all is said and done nowhere is better than ‘yaad’. A- 

Chris Gayle – “Blessings” 
The self-proclaimed Universe Boss has a lot to be thankful for. On the cusp of retirement from international cricket, the multi-hyphenate superstar (now owner of Triple Century Records) continues his exploits as a recording artiste and respectable lyricist/vocalist with this reflective mid-tempo track centred on gratitude, perseverance, loyalty and keeping it real. B+ 

Romain Virgo feat. Busy Signal – Pray 
Is this the first time Virgo is joining forces with his favourite deejay? It seems so. Fresh off his smash collabo with Kevin Downswell (“Carry Me”), the prolific reggae crooner reconnects with listeners on this groovy, radio-ready track that’s all about emotional uplift and divine guidance. B+


















Tuesday, 16 February 2021

MADE IN JAMAICA: 3 Cool Things You Should Know About

ST. MARY’S OWN: Highgate in St. Mary is the home of Glenleigh Ltd, manufacturers of a range of sweet-smelling and body-nurturing products ideal for that moment when you want to reach for something home-made to pamper your skin. The noni soap, nutmeg soap and aloe vera soap are lovingly made from a batch of familiar and trusted ingredients, including olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil. Also available: bottled noni juice. Visit jamaicannoni.com. Contact glenleigh2@hotmail.com. 

AU NATUREL: Rich in antioxidants to soothe the entire body, the Aryton’s line of products promise self-seduction with palpable results. Their body butter moisturizers (Tropical Bliss, Juici Fruit, Dark Temptation, Midnight Fantasy and Amazin’ Grace) are formulated with 100% pure cocoa butter and Vitamin A. And why not add to your shopping cart a couple of their cute-as-a-button mini tubs of all-natural mango butter and shea butter. Visit arytonsdistributors.com. Contact: 929-1497. 

BODY BEAUTIFUL: Two Kingston-based companies bringing top-quality offerings to the beauty market: Island Skin Line (with their Groovy Body and Bath Oil; Coconut Virgin Oil; Jamaica Browning Coffee Tanning Oil, among others) and Keera Organics (offering neatly packaged Goat Milk Face and Body Soap; Liver Spot Soap; Castile Face and Body Soap and a Turmeric Face and Body Soap).


















Thursday, 11 February 2021

ON THE SCENE: Highlights from Journalism Awards; Dexta Daps in concert; Jimmy Cliff’s latest honour, and more

REASON TO SMILE: Jan. 30, Kingston. For an excellent piece on the plight of the Cockpit Country, RJR’s Dionne Jackson-Miller (pictured with PAJ president George Davis) copped the Environment Reporting award – and the President’s Award for Investigative Journalism – at the recent PAJ/National Journalism Awards ceremony. (Photo: PAJ) 

PEN PAL: Jan. 30, Kingston. Known for his incisive commentary on everything from religion to family life to politics, columnist Dr. Michael Abrahams took home the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism at the Jamaica Pegasus-hosted ceremony. (Photo: PAJ) 

THY WILL BE DONE: Jan. 31, Kingston. Reggae Month 2021 got a rousing kick-off at the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, where Kevin Downswell ministered in song and later offered up a prayer with a member of the Rev. Al Miller-led congregation. (Photo: Ministry of Culture) 

TRAVELLING MAN: Jan. 20, St. Andrew. Still a reggae ambassador at-large, Grammy-winning reggae icon Jimmy Cliff met with Culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and State Minister Alando Terrelonge at the ministry's Trafalgar Road offices to be presented with his Official Passport. (Photo: Ministry of Culture) 

STAGE PRESENCE: Jan. 17, Kingston. Songstress Ikaya was a vision in hot pink at Dexta Daps’ well-attended concert, where she joined the headliner for a rendition of their provocative new single “Nosey Neighbours.” (Photo: Skkan Media)


















Thursday, 4 February 2021

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Yohan Blake opens wellness centre in Kingston / Imega Breese McNab appointed PSOJ Executive Director / TV-J’s Kirk Wright cops Journalist of the Year

IN TREATMENT: Monday, January 25 saw the official opening of the Yohan Blake Rehab and Wellness Centre. Located at 47D Old Hope Road in St. Andrew, the state-of-the-art facility aims to provide world-class treatments (in electrotherapy, dry laser treatment and ultrasound) among other services to injured athletes (et al) who would normally have to travel overseas for such treatment. Above all, Blake says, it’s about “getting athletes to recover faster, so they can get back to competition… this is the start of what’s to come.”

POWER PLAYER: Imega Breese McNab, former Executive Director of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has moved on to an exciting new gig. She now holds the post of Executive Director of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), her appointment taking effect on January 18. “[She] has just the right skills and experience,” says PSOJ President Keith Duncan. “I believe that she will engage stakeholders in a positive way, creating value and optimizing resources to achieve our organizational objectives.” For her part, Breese McNab says she welcomes the fresh challenge. “I look forward to this new journey,” she says, “and embrace the confidence placed in me to lead.” 

LEAD STORY: A dedicated workhorse for the Television Jamaica (TV-J) news team, Kirk Wright has won the 2020 Press Association of Jamaica Award for Journalist of the Year. The ceremony took place on the weekend at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, as the curtains came down on National Journalism Awards. In addition to the grand prix, Wright took home the trophy for Best Breaking News (for his excellent coverage of the Jodian Fearon saga) and for Health & Wellness Reporting (for a piece titled “Patients Plight”). Other big winners: Jamaica Observer’s Sharlene Hendricks (Young Journalist of the Year); RJR’s Dionne Jackson-Miller (Investigative Journalism); The Gleaner’s Jovan Johnson (News – Print); The Gleaner’s Gladstone Taylor (Sports Photography) and JIS’ Twila Wheelan (Best Radio Feature/Documentary).


















Monday, 1 February 2021

LIFE + STYLE: Try the fruity, delicious new Guinness Smooth / Tessanne talks mommy joys and new music / Get that dewy glow with a Vitamin C serum

WINNING BLEND: Introducing Guinness Smooth, the newest addition to the Stout family. Officially launched in December, the beverage boasts an essence of coffee and chocolate, with the additional flavours of butterscotch and caramel marrying fruitier hints of green apple and banana. The result is “a delicious, flavourful liquid,” shares Nathan Nelms, Guinness brand manager, who adds that customers will also dig the balance of bitter and sweet. “We wanted to give our customers something new and exciting,” he says, “adding more variety for the discerning palate.” 

MOMMY DIARIES: Tessanne Chin’s baby girl, Zaia, is growing up so fast! “She’s crawling, eating big people food,” she says of the almost one-year-old, chatting recently with The Gleaner. “And I look back at the pictures of when she was just a little bunch in amazement. In a way, the pandemic has allowed her dad and I to be here experiencing the growth together.” Lucky for her diehard fans, Tessanne’s creative juices are flowing once again, and it won’t be long before she gives birth to another musical project. “Presently, I am working on different singles that I would like to use for a compilation, [an] EP or album,” she reveals. “I am just trying to find my balance and getting into the rhythm of things to concentrate on doing [the project].” 

GOOD LOOKING OUT: One thing dermatologists agree on: Vitamin C is great for your skin. The vitamin is study-proven to encourage cell turnover, brighten skin and promote collagen production, so your complexion looks youthful, renewed and radiant. According to First for Women magazine, Vitamin C-infused serums are highly recommended, thanks to their skin-brightening benefits, especially when used twice daily. Pat the serum onto damp skin, the mag advises, because “when the skin is moist, it’s more permeable, [allowing] the nourishing ingredients to get deep down into the skin’s layers fast.”

















Thursday, 21 January 2021

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: NERHA’s Tyrone Robinson hailed as ‘visionary leader’ / Chris Williams on the ball for new-look Premiere League/ Adrian Allen prepping for Jazz & Blues reboot

MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has paid tribute to the late Chairman of the North-East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), Tyrone Robinson, who passed away recently in Florida at age 58. “[He] was a visionary leader who brought his expertise to public health, especially to the north-eastern side of the island,” Tufton said. “We have benefitted tremendously from his leadership and his passion for service.” Robinson, NERHA Chair since 2016, was in charge of the region encompassing St. Mary, Portland and St. Ann – a zone including four general hospitals and 70 health centres. Robinson also divided his time among pursuits in farming, business and aviation. 

GAME PLAN: As Chairman of the newly formed Professional Football Jamaica Limited, Chris Williams has hit the ground running, meeting with sponsors of the new-look league set to commence in the coming months. Among the sponsors on board so far: WATA/Wisynco, Yummy Bakery,Digicel, SportsMax, Mount Pleasant Football Academy and Jamaica Producers. Says Williams, “[These] companies recognize the value that a successful Jamaica Premiere League season will bring in securing income for a vulnerable grouping and much-needed entertainment for Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora.” 

BRING BACK THE MUSIC: Last staged in 2015, the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival looks set to make a memorable comeback, as long as all goes according to plan. That’s theword from Adrian Allen, the man behind Steady Image Media Group, having secured the license to reboot the festival with a virtual staging from January 28 to 30. “The festival has always been waiting on the right time to come back,” he said in a November interview. “We are getting quite a bit of support from brands who have bought into the value of the digital reach, which enables them to capture three times as much as actual events. And we are continuing to look for more support.”


















Monday, 18 January 2021

2020 IN REVIEW: Shenseea is our pick for Entertainer of the Year

SHE DID THAT: From hit records to business ventures, Shenseea was 2020's girl on fire

THE story of Chinsea Lee (more popularly known as Shenseea) continued to take fascinating twists and turns in 2020, proving that when an artiste chooses to define her brand by the hallmarks of versatility, consistency and commitment to craft, the results can be transcendent. And this year, Shenseea’s profile, and indeed her reach and creative influence, expanded by leaps and bounds. 

Not only did she put out a diverse bunch of hit singles (“Sure Sure”, “Bad Alone” and “Good Comfort”, among them), signalling a new boldness to her musical output, the 24-year-old dancehall-pop star showed that she’s also been smartly plotting major business moves.

Hence her endorsement deal with Boom Energy Drink; becoming the first Caribbean ambassador for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie line; gracing magazine covers; and recently tapping into the beauty game to launch a line of faux lashes. 

Sadly, there is a gloomy note to this chapter of her rapidly evolving success story, as earlier in the year, as her monster track “The Sidechick Song” flew to the top of the charts, Shenseea lost her mother, Castilyn, an untimely departure that sent her daughter reeling. “Since the passing of my mom, I just find myself showing appreciation more. It’s like God taught me a lesson in the loss,” she shared, sitting down with Yendi Phillips for a reflective interview.

But with the support of loyal fans, her son and close family circle, not to mention a solid working relationship with manager Romeich Major (the main man guiding her career and pushing her into uncharted territory), Shenseea quickly found her stride again. “I don’t take anything for granted,” she noted during her Yendi’s Odyssey interview. “Being at peace is one of the most important things to me right now.”




















‘BUTCH’ STEWART’S LEGACY: Late hospitality mogul hailed as innovator, trailblazer and family man

THE BUILDER: Stewart won legions of admirers for his work in tourism and commitment to nation-building.

SANDALS Resorts, for the umpteenth time, copped the coveted prize for Leading All-Inclusive Resort, at the 2020 World Travel Awards in December. For many, their continued dominance in the category speaks vociferously of the visionary leadership of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the hotel chain’s Founder and Chairman, who died at his home in Miami, Florida, on Monday, January 4 after ailing for some time. Mr. Stewart was79. 

His exact cause of death remains unrevealed but his son and heir Adam Stewart issued a statement, in which he noted that his father “chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private, and we respected that wish.” 

The bereaved family, Adam further stated, has found it difficult to come to terms with Mr. Stewart’s untimely passing, but they’ve chosen to remember what made him such a larger-than-life public figure and, at the same time, a devoted family man. “My dad lived a big life,” Adam Stewart said. “[He was] a singular personality and an unstoppable force who reveled in defying the odds, exceeding expectations for his family and whose passion for his family was matched only by the people and personality of the Caribbean for whom he was a fierce champion… There will never be another quite like him, and we will miss him forever.” 

In addition to the mega-successful Sandals chain, Stewart also founded the ATL automotive group and the Jamaica Observer daily newspaper. “[His] legacy is monumental,” says former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, “and will undergird our efforts at nation-building for many years to come.” 

For long-serving tourism minister Edmund Bartlett, Stewart blazed a trail and paved the way for countless others in the hospitality sector. “[He] was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and, perhaps, the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen,” Bartlett offers. PM Andrew Holness, meantime, has expressed similar sentiments. “Butch was a man way ahead of his time,” he noted. “He was an extraordinary human being with an unwavering commitment to the social good.”




















Tuesday, 5 January 2021

GOOD MEDICINE: Is your house making you sick? / The healing aroma of nutmeg / The 5-minute breathing exercise that works

HOUSE PROUD: Experts recommend cleaning your mats and rugs at least once per week.

* If you find that you're prone to post nasal drip or a dry scratchy throat your house could be the culprit. According to Woman's World, at least 52 million people are sensitive to common household irritants like dander and dust And since we've been spending more time indoors (thanks, Covid) the symptoms can get worse. Here's how to breathe easier... 

1. Wash your bath mats and towels every week using hot water and, if possible, toss them in a hot dryer for 30 minutes. You'll kill 94 percent of the dust mites and allergy-triggering mold hiding in their nooks and crannies. 
2. Opening a few windows for two minutes can whisk away up to 45 percent of the allergens making you miserable. According to Canadian researchers, most of the allergens causing sinus trouble are airborne and a gentle breeze can quickly clear them out of your home. 
3. Spritzing your sinuses with a saline nasal drip is great for speed healing from colds and viral infections. Saline rinses flush out dust, dander and other irritants. And gently blowing your nose after each rinse can reduce your indoor allergy symptoms by as much as 35 percent. 

* According to research published in The Journal of Medicinal Food, breathing in the familiar aroma of nutmeg (the spice or the essential oil) can help you feel much happier in two minutes. Myristicin, the active ingredient in nutmeg, energizes the nerve cells that produce serotonin, while stimulating the focus-enhancing frontal lobes in your brain. 

* Try this... for deeper breaths and better airflow 
While sitting, put one hand on your chest and the other below your ribcage. Inhale through your nose so your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain still. Tighten your stomach muscles as you exhale through pursed lips. Do this for 5 minutes up to 3 times a day.