COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston

This is not very encouraging news, breaking on this rainy Sunday night. 74 positive cases from 125 samples seems a very high positivity rate. Meanwhile, I have not heard any more news about the situation at Mustard Seed Communities, another faith-based organization serving extremely vulnerable Jamaicans – where there has also been an outbreak. UPDATE: … More COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston

Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour

“The wound is still fresh,” said the woman. She had offered a prayer at the start of a mid-year briefing by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) today. She was the mother of a young man – her only son, a “wonderful son” – who was killed in a motor vehicle crash on the North-South … More Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour

World Cerebral Palsy Day: Christine Staple-Ebanks Says Quality of Life is Key

Jamaican Christine Staple-Ebanks has much to say for World Cerebral Palsy Day. Christine advocates for greater awareness of the issues affecting those living with CP and their families. Christine founded the Nathan Ebanks Foundation in 2007; it is named in honour of her own son, who has CP. We need to build more support for children … More World Cerebral Palsy Day: Christine Staple-Ebanks Says Quality of Life is Key

Empowering the Disabled Community: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

I really missed out on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 3. I simply did not get a chance to write on the topic. So I am glad fellow blogger Wayne Campbell addressed the issue of disability rights in this article, which gives much food for thought on the way forward. Wayne … More Empowering the Disabled Community: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

Christmas is Coming… Buy Some Cards for a Good Cause

Yes, it’s November, the days are just a little shorter and the weather a little sweeter. Christmas is not far away, and this year (for once) we have been proactive and have already bought Christmas cards. This year, do support one of our charities or “good causes” by buying their cards. This year we have … More Christmas is Coming… Buy Some Cards for a Good Cause

Jamaica’s Human Rights Record to be Reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Here is some information from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Please note the meeting will be live streamed… GENEVA (11 May 2015) – Jamaica’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Wednesday 13 May 2015 in a meeting … More Jamaica’s Human Rights Record to be Reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

The Sexual Offences Act 2009 is under review by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, and there is much to be considered and discussed. J-FLAG partnered with Mary Seacole Hall at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to host its second Tertiary Debate to highlight issues related to the legislation and to air and … More Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

It’s Beijing Plus Twenty, and Caribbean Women Feel Betrayed

Beijing, China, September 1995. At the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, the theme was: “Action for Equality, Development and Peace.” Twenty years later, is the Caribbean any nearer to embracing these principles? Words are one thing; what about actions? In the powerful and no-holds-barred statement below, Caribbean women’s and civil society organizations express … More It’s Beijing Plus Twenty, and Caribbean Women Feel Betrayed

Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1

Yesterday, by a strange but happy coincidence, I heard two versions of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” The first version was at a special Jamaica Day celebration on Friday, February 27 at the Abilities Foundation in Kingston. I was invited to be guest speaker; I read some Jamaican poetry. They especially enjoyed “Eve” by Mervyn Morris, … More Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1