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

Dr. Marcia Forbes: There Are Too Few Women in Decision-Making Positions in Jamaica

Here is Dr. Marcia Forbes’ presentation at Jamaica House on International Women’s Day, when the Prime Minister hosted a large group of women for lunch. It is direct and to the point. Marcia tells it like it is!  March 8, 2017 Written by Dr. Marcia Forbes Greetings – Prime Minister, Ministers, Colleagues: Thanks for inviting … More Dr. Marcia Forbes: There Are Too Few Women in Decision-Making Positions in Jamaica

The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

Every day is hot, dry and windy. I am waiting to hear news of bush fires in the hills, again – like last year, and the year before. The drought is hurting badly; today must have been the hottest day of the year for us – according to the Jamaica Weather website it was 37.5° … More The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

GraceKennedy Announces 2016 Household Workers of the Year

This is great news about private sector support for an often overlooked and ignored, but very important section of our workforce. However, our domestic workers have a champion. Ms. Shirley Pryce is an amazing woman, who has fought for decades on behalf of domestic workers in Jamaica and the Caribbean. A founding member of the Jamaica … More GraceKennedy Announces 2016 Household Workers of the Year

A Regional Voice on #WorldWaterDay: Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

We are looking forward to a warm and rainless Easter weekend, here in Kingston. Dry conditions persist.  Water is such a critical and complex issue – globally, regionally and nationally – that I think we should have a World Water Week. One day is not enough. I thought I would share a couple more important … More A Regional Voice on #WorldWaterDay: Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

Sexual Harassment Devalues and Undermines Women, Says WROC

The controversy over Jamaican cricketer Christopher Gayle’s remarks (and ongoing concerns in Jamaica) have reminded us of the Sexual Harassment Bill, which was tabled in Parliament last month. This press release from the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), a member of the 51% Coalition, offers some deeper issues related to sexual harassment for us … More Sexual Harassment Devalues and Undermines Women, Says WROC

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

Frustrated Youth, Managing Women and Digital Soldiers: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It’s been a quiet(ish) week so far – but that could change at any time, because in Jamaica that’s how it goes. Although the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) ‘s recent ruling on the electricity rate may come as quite a relief to consumers, looking at it from other perspectives there are concerns. The Jamaica … More Frustrated Youth, Managing Women and Digital Soldiers: Wednesday, January 14, 2015