A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You


In the past few weeks, we have had thunderstorms almost every day, and violent ones, too. After the long drought and record high temperatures, rains have lashed us. Extreme weather is what we can expect, increasingly. But I am always nervous about lightning. Our dogs are always unnerved by the slightest roll of thunder. So, … More A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You

Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport


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

Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run


The Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs was the first “Night Run” in downtown Kingston, where the company’s headquarters is located. The Eighth Annual Run will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The deadline for registration is coming up fast!  Meanwhile, Digicel would like to hear from non-profit organizations serving Jamaicans with special needs, to pitch … More Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run

The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer


It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex


I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun


I hear the 2018 Guardsman Games was a great success this year, despite the oppressive heat. It’s all rather tough guy/gal stuff, and I think I am too old and unfit myself (my days of climbing ropes are over. Actually, I never could climb a rope…) There is a pretty daunting Obstacle Race and a … More The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun