Deep sea mining: an undercover video, the French say “Non!” and an upcoming event you cannot miss

Quite a lot has been happening regarding the ongoing campaign against deep sea mining. Here goes… First, a quick reminder of an exciting event at the University of the West Indies Mona campus (Undercroft) on Thursday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will include a Panel Discussion (starting at 12:00 noon), booth … More Deep sea mining: an undercover video, the French say “Non!” and an upcoming event you cannot miss

The Fraud Against Usain Bolt, and the Case for National Service: a Blog Post by Professor Anne C. Bailey

In my last post, I promised to share this blog post. Again, it is a plea for unity, and for going back to basic principles of humanity. Jamaican-born Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a writer, historian, and professor of History at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York).  She is also the founding Director of the … More The Fraud Against Usain Bolt, and the Case for National Service: a Blog Post by Professor Anne C. Bailey

National unity needed more than ever, say Advocates Network… How to achieve it, is the question

What’s gone wrong? A few days ago, I watched footage of the laughable, but sad spectacle of German police officers, weighed down with their riot gear – stuck in the mud while trying to defend a coal mine from angry, jeering protesters. The struggle has been going on for weeks against the demolition of a … More National unity needed more than ever, say Advocates Network… How to achieve it, is the question

Jamaica Securities Dealers Association responds to major fraud investigation

What’s the date today? Why, it’s only January 17 – just a little over two weeks into 2023. And yet… The joyful, optimistic cries of “Happy New Year!” have frozen on our lips – and not only because of the recent cold front over the island. We have been stunned by two pieces of news: … More Jamaica Securities Dealers Association responds to major fraud investigation

Don’t stifle our voices, says citizens’ group to parliamentary committee

Is our democracy being watered down? I am beginning to wonder. On Thursday, January 19, 2023, the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure and Physical Development will meet at Gordon House in Kingston. The committee (which last met in November 2022 after a hiatus of one whole year) will consider the 2017 Provisional Development Order for Kingston … More Don’t stifle our voices, says citizens’ group to parliamentary committee

“Deep Sea Matters!” – Come view, learn, think, discuss, create, exchange views, at UWI Undercroft, January 26

Deep Sea Matters! Stop Deep Sea Mining! A special event to take place at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Kingston on Thursday, January 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn, discuss, participate! … More “Deep Sea Matters!” – Come view, learn, think, discuss, create, exchange views, at UWI Undercroft, January 26

How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.

This was our recent Bloganuary post… How far back can you go in your family history? My father did a lot of delving into genealogy. He worked on it, painstakingly and diligently, without the benefit of a computer or the Internet. He dug up records and family documents and made phone calls and took copious … More How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.

Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice

There has long been a public perception that Jamaica’s most vulnerable children are not being given the care and protection they need. In particular, we seem to be tolerating – or pretending we don’t know – about the predatory habits of older men towards our young girls. It is depressing, and it has been going … More Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice

Blakka’s Rainy Day: a short story from Jamaica

This is an adaptation of a half-finished (and very short) story. I hope it works. This is in response to the Bloganuary challenge: “Write a short story or poem about rain.” Yes, we are getting creative (and it actually rained today, so the tree frogs are singing outside my window). Blakka’s rainy day George “Blakka” … More Blakka’s Rainy Day: a short story from Jamaica