“Born Ya” by Judy Ann MacMillan: A Jamaican Painter’s Restless Life


But I man on ya, I man born ya/I nah leave ya fi go America/No way say, pot a boil ya, a belly full ya/Sweet Jamaica This song was recorded in the turbulent mid-1970s by a rather jolly and amusing reggae singer named Pluto Shervington. It is a somewhat patriotic song, almost defiant in a … More “Born Ya” by Judy Ann MacMillan: A Jamaican Painter’s Restless Life

Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards


Ernie Smith’s voice always brings back good memories for me. When he was a solo artist, he used to do stints at the Devon House Grog Shoppe (itself a place of good memories) on Friday evenings. Under that huge mango tree in the courtyard we sat (once a barn owl sat, looking down on us) … More Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards

Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater


The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) was, in a word, “thrilled” to receive a letter from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) – the National Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund informing the Chamber that in June “the Cabinet approved a recommendation for the termination of Component 1 of the GOJ/AF Programme and all related … More Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

Oh Happy Day


If I went out on the streets of Kingston today and asked random people, “Are you happy, at this moment?” I am sure I would get a variety of responses. Some would scratch their heads, others give a wry laugh. While a few might say, with some degree of certainty, that they were in fact happy at … More Oh Happy Day

The Power of Philanthropy: The UWI Development and Endowment Fund


Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 was a devastating event. I have vivid memories of the bleak post-hurricane cityscape of Kingston, with almost every structure broken or destroyed. I recall lining up at the ice factory for a lump of ice; living on bully beef and rice. The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies … More The Power of Philanthropy: The UWI Development and Endowment Fund