On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together

Fatherhood is complicated. For Father’s Day, I wrote about the many challenges, including those that face the family in general, on my Jamaica Gleaner blog post here. We know that often families struggle to stay together and to maintain some sense of cohesion. Poverty, crime, violence, separation, and ill health (including mental illness) can tear families apart … More On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together

My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

Just eleven days ago, I posted the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s article about family and migration – written against the background of the “Windrush scandal” in the UK. He was very happy to see both pieces published; we had been communicating via email over the last few weeks about it. Then, on Friday … More My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

Soon Come!

My apologies, dear readers, for neglecting this space in the last week or two. Events have overtaken me! However, I have been busy writing elsewhere. You can find me on the Gleaner’s blog pages here under Social Impact – where recently I have been writing about environmental issues in the Caribbean, and whether we are … More Soon Come!

Winnie

Winnie Mandela has been on my mind, all week. I campaigned against apartheid in my student days at Oxford. It was my cause, my Number One Cause (although there were others – it was, after all, during the Cold War Years. Those were difficult times). I suppose that in some ways, at that time, I … More Winnie

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This week is all about “lerv” – as it’s Valentine’s Day (and the Ash Wednesday holiday) this week. I actually don’t celebrate either of these days, so am just enjoying the lovely weather and relatively quiet day in the city. There is not a lot of love floating around, however, as the legal profession (fraternity? … More A Bobsledder’s Tears, A Canadian’s Rant, and Mr. Jackson’s Blood Pressure: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018

Whatever happened to January? Meanwhile, the issues pile up in Jamaica, with politics high on the agenda and all sorts of complexities in between. Phew! Agriculture: Juliet Holness, M.P., is forging ahead with her AgriHope programme, launched in July 2016, and inviting farmers who are interested to visit the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office at 197 … More An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018

WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

As I mentioned in my blog a few days ago, I am glad that Health Minister Christopher Tufton has decided to address, in a thoughtful and holistic way, the issue of abortion – one that, for various reasons has been repeatedly swept under the carpet in this country. I am thankful too that the issue … More WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention