Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Here’s an important bit of news from the Ministry of Health and Wellness… November 6, 2021 Following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immunocompromised individuals by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health & Wellness has advised that it will effective immediately implement the recommendation and administer an additional dose … More Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme “Resilient.” I thought of the resilience of humans. In the past year, there have been many stories of resilience, in Jamaica and around the world: Aleppo, Yemen, the plight of migrants and refugees. Resilience is not just about strength and toughness. It’s also about overcoming obstacles and … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

Debating Human Rights in Jamaica

Jamaicans do love a debate. And the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus keeps up the tradition every year. For 2014, UWI is partnering with J-FLAG to consider: “The Role of Leadership in Responding to Vulnerable Populations.” Tertiary level students from the University of Technology, UWI’s Western Campus and The Mico University (Jamaica’s oldest … More Debating Human Rights in Jamaica

“Nuh Guh Deh!” Sex with young girls fuelling HIV infections in Jamaica

Readers, friends, journalists, fellow-bloggers, supporters and anyone working in this field or who is interested in learning more and getting involved, PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW (Tuesday, November 26, 2013) at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of Eve for Life, 1A Richmond Park Avenue, Kingston 10 (near the Transport Authority offices). Eve for Life will launch … More “Nuh Guh Deh!” Sex with young girls fuelling HIV infections in Jamaica

A Conspiracy of Silence: Why are Jamaicans just not bothered by injustice? An op-ed by Jaevion Nelson

Rather belatedly, I am printing below the other opinion column that really grabbed my attention, last week. Youth and HIV activist Jae Nelson will be 27 years old next week. He is one of the smartest young Jamaicans I know. And he has just got a regular column in the “Gleaner,”  for which I congratulate … More A Conspiracy of Silence: Why are Jamaicans just not bothered by injustice? An op-ed by Jaevion Nelson

Everyday Courage: Please vote for this post in UNICEF Jamaica’s #HashCon Blogger Advocacy Challenge!

I wrote this article on November 29, 2012. It is an entry in UNICEF Jamaica’s #HashCon Blogger Advocacy Challenge.  PLEASE VOTE for my entry at http://jamaicablogawards.org/jm/everyday-courage-by-petcharys-blog/, This is the same website where you can also vote for my blog in its entirety in four categories: Best Lifestyle Blog, Best News/Current Affairs Blog, Best Jamaica -Focused Blog, … More Everyday Courage: Please vote for this post in UNICEF Jamaica’s #HashCon Blogger Advocacy Challenge!

Everyday Courage

Last month, around the time of National Heroes Day in Jamaica, I was turning the concept of “heroes” around in my head. I had some conversations with a few young Jamaicans in the social media. Two things occurred to me: firstly, that Jamaica seems to be badly in need of heroes. And secondly, that a hero is … More Everyday Courage