Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016


Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Politics, Crime, Politics, Crime, Politics, Politics, Politics: December 7, 2016 in Jamaica


Where did the time go? You may be wondering if you would ever see one of my weekly reviews again. The fact is, I have been horrendously busy, running around, writing and reporting – here, there and everywhere, as the Beatles song goes. What a sweet song that was (click on the link!) Also, I’ve … More Politics, Crime, Politics, Crime, Politics, Politics, Politics: December 7, 2016 in Jamaica

In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell


Local Government elections will take place in Jamaica on Monday, November 28. And by the way, the first of two televised debates will take place this evening. Last week, I attended two excellent workshops for media conducted by the Electoral Office of Jamaica, in which I learned a great deal of background on our electoral … More In Pursuit of Good Local Governance: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights


We must remind ourselves: Violence against women and girls is a persistent problem, and not only for small developing countries like Jamaica. Below is a message from the Executive Director of UN Women (who was in Jamaica very recently) encouraging the global news media in particular to recognize and highlight International Day to End Violence Against … More End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights

Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility


It is so tiring, so baffling. Why is there such a problem with solid waste in this country? Is it selfish, careless members of the public who think someone else is there to clean up after them? Or is it incompetent national and local authorities who are not doing their job properly? Perhaps a combination … More Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility

Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016


Yes, it’s been a while… But you know how it is. I have been very busy with one or two projects, while trying to fit them in with the Olympics. To be honest, I have been missing out on the news quite a bit. Oh, and did I mention the heat? I know. Excuses, excuses… … More Rolling Jamaica’s Economic Cricket Pitch, Hit and Run Sadness, and Awesome Vets: Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016


What a week. The weather is hot – day and night. The White-Crowned Pigeon (“Baldpate”) is coming to our bird bath in the middle of the day, just to drink. When I refill the baths (making sure all the old water is gone, so as not to breed mosquitoes) the birds are just sitting in … More A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Know Your Right, Know Your Vote, Know Your Responsibility


Unless you have been living under a rock (as they say) you would know that general elections are in the air. Three-quarters of last night’s television news broadcasts consisted of political party rallies (we need to watch these; are relevant issues, important to the Jamaican people, addressed at these rallies, or is it just “ray, … More Know Your Right, Know Your Vote, Know Your Responsibility