At the moment, I am celebrating Jamaicans. Not “celebrities” – I am not fond of celebrities in general. They serve no purpose, except for filling endless Instagram posts and providing employment for photographers and videographers. They are in a world of their own, one that I am not interested in and not impressed by. When … More A Jamaican People post
Last week was an anxious week. The pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives now, both at a personal, local and national level. And there’s more than a dash of politics, to give it some spice. Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Laura gave us a rough time as it passed by. And we are now … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura
As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition
Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Awards are now open. Chevening is the UK Government’s global awards programme aimed at developing future leaders and influencers by offering fully-funded scholarships and fellowships to study in the UK. Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are open between 6 August and 6 November 2018, with applications to … More Apply for the Chevening Scholarship 2019/2020
I don’t know how or why, but I forgot to share this information on our newest group of wonderful Chevening Scholars! How could I? Especially since I met one of them recently for the first time – and “impressed” is not a strong enough word. He should have a thousand hugs (Craig Dixon will be doing … More Somewhat Belated Congratulations to the 2017-18 Jamaican Chevening Scholars!
What’s happening in Jamaica (and the world)? Far too much to cover it all. August has been pretty intense – which is why I am rather late in posting this. It started with our hottest day in Kingston for 24 years – on August 3 it was just about 37º C. Even the nights have … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: August 19/20, 2017
The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019. Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open between 7 August and 7 November 2017, with applications to be submitted via http://www.chevening.org/apply. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship … More Applications for Chevening Scholarships 2018/19 Now Open!
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!
Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016
We had rain and yes – plenty of it, in Kingston. Nights are deliciously cool. Our adolescent dog, perhaps invigorated, is busy destroying everything (she does not want to grow up, it appears). She has a particular love of plastic – we should employ her at one of our growing number of recycling centers. The … More Jamaica, Saturday April 9, 2016: Anti-Nepotism, Our CARICOM Grievances and Deaf Can! Coffee is Delicious!