Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies


I have always had the deepest respect for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the human rights lobby group founded in 1999 by the “likkle but tallawah” Dr Carolyn Gomes. The group has, over the years, faced many challenges – including the perception by Jamaicans (and all too often, human beings in general) that human rights are … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

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

International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind


September 8, 2018, is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day – since 1967. This year’s International Conference on Literacy and Skills Development in Paris on September 7 will explore ways to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems, and governance. This seems a pretty relevant topic for Jamaica, as we seek to upgrade the … More International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind

Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years


I was reminded today that there are a few anniversaries in Jamaica this year. One of them is Tyrone Wilson’s tenth. He has reached double digits. I wrote about him a few years ago, after visiting him at the University of Technology Entrepreneurial Centre, an incubator. At age 22, Tyrone was just about to “change … More Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years

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

Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year


Last year I visited the Port Royal Marine Laboratory (PRML) and met some of the budding marine scientists, who were enjoying the Marine Maniacs summer camp. This summer I, unfortunately, didn’t make it to that special place where Kingston Harbour meets the Caribbean Sea. However, they shared their account of this year’s activities, as well as some great … More Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons


Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons