The Christmas season has arrived in Jamaica, and the weather is mild and calm. Nights are a little cooler, and poinsettias are blooming. ‘Tis the season of goodwill. But the busy bees of Kingston haven’t had time to appreciate all of this yet. They are rushing up and down like crazy on what might be … More Gran’ Market: The 2019 Edition
Health issues seem to be seizing the headlines, in one way or the other, at the moment. Our health sector is under pressure, and a violent incident involving a local politician, who had brought her sick baby to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for treatment, highlights those stresses. The politician concerned has since (partially) apologized. The … More Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children
I woke up this morning to a heartfelt Twitter thread from UNICEF Jamaica – which, more often than not, is the voice of our conscience about how we treat our children. It follows the horrific story this week of a murder-suicide. It happened in public, on a Kingston street, at seven in the morning last … More Women Suffer, Children Suffer, The Nation Suffers
What are you doing on Sunday morning? Well, here’s a very good way to spend it. Lunch and a stimulating talk with the people at ROCK! What a great acronym, standing for the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston – a dedicated group of young Jamaicans, who have been quietly doing some really good work. I wrote … More Dahlia Harris Will Challenge the ROCK on Sunday!
The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World
The British Council in Jamaica is doing some very interesting work at the moment in the field of education. It’s all about gender equity and it is part of the British Council’s focus on inclusiveness, here in Jamaica, which I welcome. This week they are holding workshops in Kingston, in a continuance of May’s Child … More British Council Supports Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation