COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

In my last news update, I wrote: It was disturbing to learn recently that only 10 per cent of the prison population has been vaccinated (was a truly concerted effort to get them vaccinated ever undertaken?) Now even more worryingly, we learn that 58 prisoners and 38 staff members have tested positive.  In his State of … More COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

Jamaica Update, July 19, 2021: An abandoned bicycle, a lifeboat, and a bulk resignation letter

It has been two weeks since I wrote my last update. However, I will try to ensure there is no “stale” news here. I have been what millennials would call “super busy” – with a bumper crop of mangoes, and the Caribbean Tree Planting Week (read more here!) We are also living in some kind … More Jamaica Update, July 19, 2021: An abandoned bicycle, a lifeboat, and a bulk resignation letter

Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children

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

Dahlia Harris Will Challenge the ROCK on Sunday!

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!

A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

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

On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World

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

British Council Supports Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation

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