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

JALGO To Launch Pensioners Association, Collaborates with CCRP

Next Tuesday morning, a new collaboration will be launched, which will greatly benefit local government employees on their retirement. Our trade unions have been much in the news recently, but let us not forget our retirees, whom the unions also do their best to support. I am quite sure that this partnership between JALGO and … More JALGO To Launch Pensioners Association, Collaborates with CCRP

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

51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)

Somehow I am not feeling what people call “the Christmas Spirit,” apart from some Christmas lights and talk of sorrel, pudding and the like. I need to tap into it some more. In fact, it may be my imagination, but people seem a little stressed out this year, for various reasons. Crime (and I am … More Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)

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

Digicel honors life of former employee with new Centre of Excellence in Portland

The beautiful parish of Portland, about which I have written so often, and surrounding areas, benefited recently from the opening of a wonderful new facility for children with special needs in the quiet seaside village of Orange Bay. The Centre of Excellence for Special Needs is provided by the Digicel Foundation – which has already … More Digicel honors life of former employee with new Centre of Excellence in Portland

WE-Change Celebrated International Women’s Day in a Very Special Way

Due to the pressure of other things, I was unable to attend most of the International Women’s Day events last week. There was a plethora of them, especially at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, including a lecture at Mary Seacole Hall and the UNDP’s launch of a new publication “Where Are The … More WE-Change Celebrated International Women’s Day in a Very Special Way

Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

We move now into that lovely “in between” period where it is neither Christmas nor New Year. I rather like this feeling of “limbo” – a time to daydream, make vague plans and generally laze around. The weather is calm, blue and utterly perfect. So far, though our post-Christmas mood can be summed up in … More Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015