A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew

The Mayor has a vision for the City – as all good mayors should. I manage to secure a half hour with His Worship the Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Delroy Williams, on a busy afternoon. He is in between important visitors departing, and pressing matters brought to his desk by Town Clerk … More A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Easy Being Green

We live in the tropics, where green actually does come easy, unless we are in a drought. We have had so much rain recently though that the hills surrounding Kingston yesterday were the colour of emeralds, in the evening sunlight. As suggested, I will share several aspects of green in Jamaica. Hope you enjoy the … More Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Easy Being Green

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Bookish Things (And a New Poet Laureate)

I know there are a few of us on this blog who love books. Myself included, of course. Kingston has hosted several literature events recently, and a couple more are coming up on Sunday, March 26. There’s some very positive news about poets, too! Firstly, Latoya West-Blackwood of iPublish Consultancy (a Branson Entrepreneur and Young … More Bookish Things (And a New Poet Laureate)

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International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

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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

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Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK Responds to Media Reports on Deportations

The Jamaican public often gets confused over the deportation process. It’s an emotive topic in many ways, and sometimes sensationalised – but there IS a process and it is often complex. The deportation of a group of Jamaicans from the UK recently has sparked some questions: How many were deported? Were they all actually Jamaicans? etc. … More Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK Responds to Media Reports on Deportations

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Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

Who is the Kumina Queen, and where is she going? Is she heading back to her African home? The vibrant, colourful cover of this poetry collection very much reminds me of the work of a Jamaican artist friend, Rudi Patterson, who died some years ago – in particular, his painting of the swaying, swinging I Threes. I … More Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

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