In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up. It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region
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I think many Jamaicans will say “About damn time!” (excuse my language) at the announcement (yet another one) that the PM and government will take measures to deal with what has become a national ill. I speak of the mayhem and havoc on our roads on a daily basis,…
Today we have been remembering those whose lives were suddenly taken from them. They leave a void in the lives of many. According to the Ministry of Transport’s weekly report, 370 people have died on our roads this year – whether pedestrians, drivers, cyclists or motorcyclists. Most alarmingly, child fatalities and motorcyclist fatalities are expected … More Message from the Prime Minister on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever continues to create anxiety and concern among the general public, especially in relation to young children and other vulnerable Jamaicans. But panicking won’t help. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their health and the health of others. And it’s amazing how irresponsible some citizens are – almost deliberately so. In … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)
Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?
It is very hard to write this, but I have learned, as of today in fact, that cock fighting is thriving in some rural areas of Jamaica. It’s hard to write, because I always hope and trust (naïvely, I suppose) that we humans must, at least, treat our domesticated animals with some decency. That’s when … More Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport
As we climbed out of the car – next to Auntie’s Hot Spot and an azure blue beauty salon – shots popped not far away. It is the bird shooting season in Jamaica. Ironically, perhaps, it was also time for the Global Shorebird Count, and BirdLife Jamaica was not going to let the opportunity to … More White Birds and Gunfire on the Old Harbour Mudflats