UNICEF’s U-Report: Helping Youth with Mental Health Challenges


Our Ministry of Health and Wellness has been focusing on mental health recently. Young Jamaicans are by no means immune to such challenges, and often do not know where to turn when the world seems to be falling apart around them. A partnership with UNICEF, U-Report Jamaica, has been effective, however – kudos to the … More UNICEF’s U-Report: Helping Youth with Mental Health Challenges

Columbus Day, Citations and the Black Female Experience


Jamaican-American historian and academic Dr. Anne C. Bailey has written a response to the online controversy over the omission of a citation for her book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History in an article in the Washington Post. In this work, Dr. Bailey sought out the voices of those who were enslaved, … More Columbus Day, Citations and the Black Female Experience

Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny


This book is about to be officially launched! Long Island, New York on October 21 will be the first celebration. I am looking forward to a 2020 launch with Ross Kenneth Urken present! Meanwhile, here is an invitation, in the author’s words: I have many events in the works — from Toronto, to London, to … More Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny

What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?


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?

A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana


As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower  youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana.  … More A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

An Important Correction to the News Regarding the Escazú Agreement


Two days ago I wrote about Jamaica’s signing (and, as we thought, ratification) of the Escazú agreement at the United Nations – such a welcome development. Both the World Resources Institute and Jamaica Environment Trust issued statements welcoming the news. Unfortunately there was a technical error. In fact, the agreement was signed, but not ratified. … More An Important Correction to the News Regarding the Escazú Agreement