Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Today is World Rivers Day. It is observed on the fourth Sunday in September every year, I have learned. It was founded by a Canadian, Mark Angelo, a long-time river advocate who spoke at the United Nations in 2005 as part of its Water for Life campaign. Jamaican rivers are very different, of course, from … More Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Jamaica Environment Trust has a new CEO

Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, the new CEO for the 30-year-old Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). It is a challenging but very important role, as the environmental concerns on our island are seemingly boundless, but the possibilities and the opportunities are also there. I wish her the best of luck. Dr. Rodriguez-Moodie has just commented on … More Jamaica Environment Trust has a new CEO

Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

As an “older person,” I always believe we should listen to our young people. Whatever they are talking about, whether it’s the environment, LBGT rights, governance issues, and more, it is important to listen to their voices. Not in a patronizing way… Really listen! We can learn so much from each other, across generations. Moreover, … More Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

A tale of two Akeems

A tale of two Akeems is the name of my latest release for Sounds of life. It is an audio documentary about the joint police-military operation in Bedward Gardens August Town on March 10. It tells the story of Akeem Thomas and Akeem Mclean during that police military operation. Listen to a tale of two…

JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

A wave of anger surged on social media recently, after Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made a casual (and at the same time pointed) remark regarding the #MeToo movement at a parliamentary committee meeting examining proposed Sexual Harassment legislation. Minister Chuck’s observations, captured on a television news report, were: “We don’t want the situation that now happens … More JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework

I have been writing some rather serious pieces lately about COVID-19 – including an ongoing series on my small blog, which is tucked away on the Jamaica Gleaner website. I have written about COVID and environmental pollution, COVID and water issues, COVID and vulnerable Jamaicans (starting with those living with HIV/AIDS). There is more to come. This … More COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework

UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity

This evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness shared that we have three new cases today. Details are below. KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, April 2, 2020: The National Influenza Centre has advised that of the five pending test results from yesterday (April 1), two samples have tested negative while three are positive for the Coronavirus Disease … More COVID-19 Update: 47 Cases, Curfew Shenanigans, the Homeless in Jamaica and Generosity

Ministry of Health and Wellness Says No Doctor, Nurse or Frontline Staff Member Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Our neighborhood is so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. Everyone is staying home, and no one is making a sound. There is very little traffic. The birds seem to be singing much more loudly; they are almost muted sometimes by the human noise. Now the volume is up on nature sounds in general. … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Says No Doctor, Nurse or Frontline Staff Member Has Tested Positive for COVID-19