The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

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The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

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Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016

Last week (March 5 – 12) was a delight. It was the Kingston Book Festival 2016. Spirited discussions took place. There were insightful information sessions, entrancing readings of poetry and prose…and the Kingston Book Fair, bright, noisy and fun. Throughout the week and at every event, there was busy networking, quiet sharing of ideas, mutual … More Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016

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Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books

The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year. The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved … More Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books

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Join BirdsCaribbean’s Cuban Birding Tour in 2016!

Would you like to spend some time exploring, enjoying and learning about Cuba’s wealth of birdlife, beautiful environment and exciting culture? BirdsCaribbean and the Caribbean Birding Trail are offering two exciting trips to the island of Cuba in January and in March next year, with acclaimed Cuban bird guide, Ernesto Reyes Mouriño. The trip is open to … More Join BirdsCaribbean’s Cuban Birding Tour in 2016!

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#theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

My heart was warmed when the champion of online creativity (who first introduced me to my great love, Social Media) Dr. Marcia Forbes greeted our small group of online writers at the beginning of her speech. “Bloggers are special,” she said. And so we are. Dr. Forbes’ company Phase Three Productions is a major sponsor … More #theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

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Book Industry Association of Jamaica elects Board of Directors for 2015/2016

The Book Industry Association of Jamaica is forging ahead with renewed vigor. With Latoya West-Blackwood as Chair, I am sure it will make an impact on our national life in many positive ways – especially in the area of literacy. Here is their press release dated August, 2015. Kingston, Jamaica — The Book Industry Association … More Book Industry Association of Jamaica elects Board of Directors for 2015/2016

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