Cleaning up the coast…for the birds

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has registered 200 locations for 193 groups around the island for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2022, which will return on Saturday, September 17 to Jamaica. The annual event is hosted and coordinated nationally by JET, with support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Ocean Conservancy, TeamSeas, and Nestle Jamaica … More Cleaning up the coast…for the birds

Kingston Creative launches the Caribbean Creative Network

There is always this tremendous forward movement from Kingston Creative. Forging ahead! Sustainability, accessibility, and visibility are critical for creative people. Here is the latest piece of the picture. Cheers to IDB Lab, the DBJ and American Friends of Jamaica for their support! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kingston Creative Launches Database of 370 Caribbean Creatives Kingston Creative has … More Kingston Creative launches the Caribbean Creative Network

Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

If you would like to hear Barbara talk about her book and more, tune in to Radio Jamaica tomorrow (Sunday, September 11) at 1:30 p.m. on Gerry McDaniel’s show “Palav,” where she will be special guest. A young, middle-class Jamaican woman, tired of the limitations of island life, arrives in London, England, to seek her … More Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

Justice matters in Jamaica

One of our favourite American political podcasters, who focuses largely on the ex-President’s interminable legal manouevrings, intones at the end of each podcast: “Because Justice. Matters.” Emphasis on the final word. Well, so it does in Jamaica, too. Our Police Commissioner is looking increasingly haggard at each quarterly press conference, and our Prime Minister seemed … More Justice matters in Jamaica

Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

My husband has regularly complained at our local cook shop about the high levels of salt in their otherwise quite good dishes. The chef maintains that all that salt is necessary – and that is what his customers want. So, he has lost one customer. And what of the children? Perhaps this will come later … More Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

The number of murders in Jamaica passed the 1,000 mark for the year recently (can you imagine). It is always a grim milestone. We measure our “crime problem” by the number of lives lost – men, women and children – every year. They are not numbers. They are grandmothers. They are schoolchildren. They are abused … More Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

Richard and Tyrone are two young Jamaicans who inspire me. Sail on!

These are complicated and indeed challenging times for young people. All kinds of clichés are trotted out about the youth being “our future.” But as former President Barack Obama – who used to talk a great deal about the future in his campaigning – pointed out, simply put: The future belongs to young people with … More Richard and Tyrone are two young Jamaicans who inspire me. Sail on!

We all have rights, says Stand Up for Jamaica. Who are you to tell us otherwise?

Is there something that we humans don’t understand about “human rights for all?” I wonder sometimes. Here is commentary from Stand Up for Jamaica, which makes perfect sense to me. J-FLAG, which used to represent the LGBTQ community, apparently had nothing to say on the matter. I also had concerns about the recent public opinion … More We all have rights, says Stand Up for Jamaica. Who are you to tell us otherwise?

Failing ambitions in New York: Is it too late for a strong Global Ocean Treaty? Part Two

“Ambition” is a lofty word. “High Ambition” is even more inspiring. However, ambitions, once set, must be achievable and, if possible, achieved. Ambition is not a “well, it would be nice if it happened” word; it is a “let’s get it done” word. A High Ambition Coalition sounds like “let’s do it, together.” Yesterday, I … More Failing ambitions in New York: Is it too late for a strong Global Ocean Treaty? Part Two