National Youth Conference To Tackle Youth Rights in Schools

This is Youth Month, and there is an important conference taking place next week. This is happening in the context of ongoing violence against children, social media “outrage” over graphic viral videos showing child abuse, and an endless debate about what is called “corporal punishment.” (Why do we always think of children in terms of … More National Youth Conference To Tackle Youth Rights in Schools

UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

“He hit me first!” A memory turns itself over. We were driving in heavy traffic somewhere in town, when we observed a scene being played out by the side of the road. A group of adults and one child – a small boy, maybe four or five years old, was being loudly reprimanded by an … More UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Easter weekend has been breathtakingly quiet in Kingston. Our neighbors have all flitted off to the country, leaving us to wander around the yard in peace and quiet, listening to the birds, enjoying light rain showers, and admiring the few orchids we possess, which seem to be indulging our wishes and actually blossoming, for … More Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Simmer

There are lots of stories simmering on the stove this week.  They haven’t quite come to the boil.  Here goes… Tax reform is not a particularly sexy subject, but this has been on the back burner (occasionally moved to the front) for quite some time.  There has been much media focus on one aspect of … More Sunday Simmer