Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform


On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, a Government Member of Parliament, tabled the following motion in the House of Representatives: MOTION TABLED IN PARLIAMENT BY Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, MP, West Rural St. Andrew (JLP) “BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group, which was established to … More Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform

Minister Kamina Johnson Smith’s Comments at Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum on January 22


This week, the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and China took place in Santiago, Chile. Here is the Statement from our Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith. From this, one notes that Jamaica is an enthusiastic supporter of the One … More Minister Kamina Johnson Smith’s Comments at Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum on January 22

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017


I have completely dropped the ball on this regular post (it used to be regular!) and so am trying to redeem myself by making it a “weekend special” again. There is so much very important news in this area that you may have missed… Here goes. Please click on the coloured links for more information. Jamaica … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017

Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape


The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016


Apart from bouts of insomnia (is it the heavy, humid weather?) all is well. Our old dog has been taking refuge in our back verandah on a daily basis as thunder rumbles around (bringing little rain). It’s been an interesting week in journalism, actually – and lawyers have been very busy! I very much enjoyed … More The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016

Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015


A small and rather weak tropical storm named Danny is trundling its way into the Caribbean. We might get some rain, and we do need more – much more, to ease the drought. But Kingstonians generally seem less miserable than they did last week (or perhaps it’s just me, as I am feeling better physically … More Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Musical Sunshine


The Petchary found another source of inspiration on New Year’s Eve.  A very different character, background and musical genre than the angry, searching soul of Joe Strummer described in yesterday’s post. Lang Lang.  No, I am not repeating myself.  This is the name of a 28 year-old, wide-eyed, spiky-haired concert pianist, whose live performance at … More Musical Sunshine