On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World


State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World

Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]


I have read two books recently that reflect on the complex relationship between the Caribbean and what we like to call our “big, powerful neighbor to the North.” They are both written by Americans, but that is where the similarities end. This book is published by Ian Randle Publishers and is written by Debbie Jacob, … More Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]

The 5K Experience


It was an unusual morning in the Lewis household. Just as the birds were stirring, we were blundering around the house, eyes blurry, trying to sip tea and put on socks. The dogs seemed to be raising their eyebrows at us, in a doggie kind of way, as we threw ourselves into the car. “What on … More The 5K Experience

The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth


The street is lined with the razor-wired walls of factories and warehouses, downtown. Not far away, two long-necked cranes on the wharf lean into the sun. Trucks rumble down the road. I arrive at a heavily secured gate. The setting is a little forbidding. But the gate is shaded by a mango tree, and the … More The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth

Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards


I have always enjoyed the Broadcasting Commission’s ads. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is the regulatory body with responsibility for radio, television and cable services in Jamaica. In their ads (online and television) serious messages about the way we use media are very much out there – but always with a delightful twist of  humour. … More Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards

Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town


Do you know Trench Town? Do you know Boys’ Town? If so, you know Collie Smith Drive. But do you know who Collie Smith was? This is an interesting (although rather sad) story. Next week, however, there will be an unveiling ceremony celebrating Mr. Smith, with a very famous Caribbean cricketer doing the honours. (N.B. … More Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018