Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

Well, Bloganuary has got off to an interesting start with its first prompt, and the blog posts are rolling in, inspired by this question: I have not looked at my Bloganuary colleagues’ posts yet, but we are all planning to comment/like/share of course, in the tradition of social media, and we won’t forget the hashtags … More Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba

Wildlife trafficking breaks my heart. Now, BirdsCaribbean has discovered that a huge online trade in wild birds has escalated in Cuba. Here is their press release: December 21, 2021—BirdsCaribbean is extremely concerned at the drastic increase in the capture and trafficking of wild birds in Cuba over the past two years, and is urging the … More BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba

COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

We got our booster shots this week. Our regular vaccination centre was bursting at the seams, so we drove down the road apiece to St. Joseph’s Hospital. As far as getting a needle stuck in your arm can be a pleasant experience – it really was! We sat under a big, airy tent on the … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

Jamaica Red Cross partners with TVJ for telethon to support vulnerable communities

It must be good news week, or perhaps the spirit of Christmas in the air. Anyway, our friends at Jamaica Red Cross are gearing up for a fund-raising telethon on Television Jamaica (TVJ). Many communities and families have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and are still struggling – and it’s time to give back. … More Jamaica Red Cross partners with TVJ for telethon to support vulnerable communities

JET says there is no confusion over Cockpit Country

I sometimes wonder whether media commentators are a little tired of topics like the Cockpit Country, because they are not going away. I can almost see them doing the “eye roll” emoji as they sit down to pen a careless piece for the Sunday Gleaner, such as the article by Mr. Mark Wignall on November … More JET says there is no confusion over Cockpit Country

United States Embassy Partners with Junior Achievement Jamaica on Youth Empowerment Programs

More cheerful news. Junior Achievement Jamaica has been quietly doing the work, getting schoolchildren ready for the world of work and entrepreneurship… United States Embassy Partners with Junior Achievement JA on Youth Empowerment Programs The U.S. Embassy has partnered with Junior Achievement Jamaica (JA Jamaica), to provide tablets for students in need at the primary … More United States Embassy Partners with Junior Achievement Jamaica on Youth Empowerment Programs

The Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the history of Holywell and the story of the breadfruit

Sometimes things connect in the most fortuitous way. Yesterday, Holywell launched its new logo, up in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I should have attended in person, but at least I did via their livestream on Instagram. The occasion was not only a logo … More The Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the history of Holywell and the story of the breadfruit