ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

Jamaicans are election-weary and COVID-weary. With the first one out of the way (what a relief, really), we still have the second to contend with. September is generally considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and this year we have already had two brushes with Laura and Nana, but expect more rumblings from west … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Science Learning Through Dancehall: Revolutionary and Quite Possibly Swaggerific

In July 2016, the JN Foundation produced an exciting School Leadership Summit. It was one of the most lively two days one could imagine, with the tagline Join the Education Revolution! One of the revolutionaries who spoke at the conference was Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University, a science advocate and founder of the #HipHopEd social media movement. Now, … More Science Learning Through Dancehall: Revolutionary and Quite Possibly Swaggerific

Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Heat and Boulders: The End of Stones at International Coastal Cleanup Day

The surface of Kingston Harbour was like highly polished, dark blue glass early this morning. Here and there, a motionless figure perched on a tiny canoe, bent over a fishing line. Pelicans pretended to be statues, on posts near the shore. International Beach Cleanup Day rolled around again (it seems to come round so fast) … More Heat and Boulders: The End of Stones at International Coastal Cleanup Day

A Revolution is Coming… An Education Revolution, That Is!

The JN Foundation is recruiting revolutionaries… education revolutionaries, that is. These fierce-looking rebels in camouflage are in fact school principals, who are campaigning in support of the Foundation’s iLead Project (read more at www.jnfoundation.com/ilead). It has been said many times that strong direction and focus are needed as a firm foundation for the education of our children … More A Revolution is Coming… An Education Revolution, That Is!