ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition


The last two weeks have been busy (I skipped last week) and the weather is bright and breezy. However, as COVID-19 numbers have begun to really take off this month (an extended “spike”) the mood of cautious optimism in January seems to have evaporated – although we have had some lighter moments in the past … More ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition


Well, Hurricane Delta went away (taking most of Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland away with it) and we are left to reflect, once more, on our own human fragility in the face of climate change and COVID-19. Some of us would rather pretend, however, and sip on Bacardi or whatever their favorite drink is, without a … More ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition

The Christmas Card List


“People don’t still send Christmas cards, do they?” A friend said half-jokingly on Twitter. Well, yes I do, I explained. I buy charity cards. Nowadays I buy from the School for Therapy, Education and Parenting of Children with Multiple Disabilities (STEP Centre) in Kingston, which was built by the Digicel Foundation. They have a range of … More The Christmas Card List

Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run


The Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs was the first “Night Run” in downtown Kingston, where the company’s headquarters is located. The Eighth Annual Run will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The deadline for registration is coming up fast!  Meanwhile, Digicel would like to hear from non-profit organizations serving Jamaicans with special needs, to pitch … More Special Needs Organizations Can Apply for Funding from the 2019 Digicel 5K Run

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done


Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018


This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change


It’s not often that I can be found sipping coffee in the company of a large group of young volunteers and their partners and sponsors on a Sunday morning. But so it was today, in a cool tent at the lovely Terra Nova Hotel in the heart of steamy, warm Kingston. The Positive Organisation (Youths … More Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

Seven Jamaican Men Share Their Thoughts on 2017: What Do They Want to See?


A week or so ago I shared the thoughts of eight Jamaican women on their priorities, hopes and plans for Jamaica in 2017. Now it’s the men’s turn! I hope you find the comments interesting, and I think you will find they share similar preoccupations. Hubert Chin, Administrative Director, PRO Communications Limited: As we begin … More Seven Jamaican Men Share Their Thoughts on 2017: What Do They Want to See?

Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)


Somehow I am not feeling what people call “the Christmas Spirit,” apart from some Christmas lights and talk of sorrel, pudding and the like. I need to tap into it some more. In fact, it may be my imagination, but people seem a little stressed out this year, for various reasons. Crime (and I am … More Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)