U.S. Embassy invites proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

This is a great opportunity for institutions and groups – museums, non-governmental organisations, culture ministries, and more – to apply for a competitive grant that has made quite an impact in the past – for example, at Liberty Hall (Institute of Jamaica), the National Library of Jamaica, and other recipients. You can find full details … More U.S. Embassy invites proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

Remember the slogan “1.5 to stay alive” at the Paris Agreement signing in 2015? Well, it was always much more than a slogan for the Caribbean. “Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent … More Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

“Sickle Cell, Jamaica and Beyond” book presented to National Library of Jamaica

Professor Emeritus Graham Serjeant is one of those people from overseas who came to Jamaica “for a year or two” and ended up remaining for decades. I know a few of those! Now, in recognition of World Sickle Cell Day (June 19) the Professor presented two copies of his book of memoirs and thoughts to … More “Sickle Cell, Jamaica and Beyond” book presented to National Library of Jamaica

IDB Mobilizes $1 billion for COVID-19 financing in Latin America and the Caribbean

The COVID-19 vaccine – who will be first in line, when will it arrive, how much, and whether it is safe – in all its permutations has become a continuous topic of conversation on social media, ever since news broke this week of the first vaccine administered in the United States, to a Jamaican-born nurse … More IDB Mobilizes $1 billion for COVID-19 financing in Latin America and the Caribbean

St. Catherine Health Department Managing a Cluster at Police Academy

This is not good news. The parish of St. Catherine has consistently had high numbers of COVID-19 cases – earlier this year there was the large cluster at a call centre. Here is the press release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness dated Thursday, December 10. The St. Catherine Health Department is currently managing … More St. Catherine Health Department Managing a Cluster at Police Academy

Tomorrow: JFJ Hosts Virtual Training in Working With Victims of Gender-based Violence

I am quickly sharing this information, as this opportunity is actually tomorrow. Please contact Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) if you are interested in participating. Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Equal Rightsand Justice for All Project – with support from the European Union – will stage a free virtualtraining … More Tomorrow: JFJ Hosts Virtual Training in Working With Victims of Gender-based Violence

Black Lives Matter: BirdsCaribbean Stands in Solidarity

Dear Members of the BirdsCaribbean Community, Recent, tragic events serve as a stark reminder that racism and racial injustices continue to tear apart and divide communities around the world. Direct and indirect violence, discrimination, and oppression against black people cannot be tolerated. Our hearts go out to those that have been—and continue to be—hurt and … More Black Lives Matter: BirdsCaribbean Stands in Solidarity

COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework

I have been writing some rather serious pieces lately about COVID-19 – including an ongoing series on my small blog, which is tucked away on the Jamaica Gleaner website. I have written about COVID and environmental pollution, COVID and water issues, COVID and vulnerable Jamaicans (starting with those living with HIV/AIDS). There is more to come. This … More COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework

Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme

“Plastic bans” are clearly not a quick or simple fix for our island’s overwhelming garbage problem. It only sounds simple (to the know-alls on social media, for example). There are obstacles to overcome. We know that plastic bottles are the most ubiquitous item, but we are not ready yet, it seems, to take them on. … More Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme