Big Thank You to NCU Journalism Students!


Last week we popped up the road to Mandeville (it’s quite an easy trip from Kingston these days, apart from one painfully narrow and potholed stretch of road) – at the invitation of the Communication Studies students of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU). Now, NCU is a private, faith-based institution run by the Seventh Day Adventists … More Big Thank You to NCU Journalism Students!

Young Jamaican Entrepreneur “In Wood” Seeks Funding to Expand Her Business


Do you know Bartley’s All In Wood? Lacey-Ann Bartley is a highly focused, determined, hands-on young Jamaican entrepreneur with a clear vision for her company – and for her country. She’s innovative and ambitious, and is now seeking funding to expand her business and employ more young men in the rural community where she works. I … More Young Jamaican Entrepreneur “In Wood” Seeks Funding to Expand Her Business

Bright Ideas and Business Plans: Katalyxt ‘s Young Innovators


It was break time at José Marti Technical High School. Students were heading in all directions around the central covered courtyard. I watched a girl walking straight-backed and slow in her long-skirted deep blue uniform past the school assembly hall. A student was shouting persistently, trying to catch the attention of another across the courtyard – … More Bright Ideas and Business Plans: Katalyxt ‘s Young Innovators

End Further Delay in Campaign Finance Regulation: Enact the ECJ’s Recommendations! Joint Statement


With elections very much in the air, the Campaign Finance Bill has not yet been passed. The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has done its work. Now it’s time for our political leaders to step up and do theirs. We will need to hold their feet to the fire on this one. Campaign Finance Reform is … More End Further Delay in Campaign Finance Regulation: Enact the ECJ’s Recommendations! Joint Statement

Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection


I touched on this issue in a recent post, and am happy to say that I now have the complete text of a speech by Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams to the Rotary Club on Mandeville on August 11, 2015. I am sharing this with you, because I feel Mr. … More Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection

Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day


I wish I could have stayed longer, but this week I did drop by the University College of the Caribbean’s first “Boot Camp” – a noisy, energetic exercise, designed to offer study and career options to high school students. No, not a physical boot camp – rather, an inspirational and informative Open Day highlighting UCC’s … More Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day

Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015


It’s been an interesting week. Rain has fallen. There was a holiday in the middle of it (Ash Wednesday) when we took a little pause. The weather remains “cool” by Jamaican standards, and we can’t complain. Parliament officially reopened yesterday. The annual colonial-era parade of the two parties striding down Duke Street, while their little groups … More Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012


Good morning, all. This week’s news was a little lighter, apart from the usual killings (see my “In Memoriam” section). Some things even made me laugh (hollow laughter sometimes, admittedly…) Firstly, the political representatives who made fools of themselves in the Lower House recently were told to apologize, like naughty boys. The word “sorry” got stuck … More Sunday Selection: July 15, 2012

Opening the Envelope


“And the election date is…” After repeated breaks for on-stage dancing and bursts of music, the Jamaican Prime Minister finally revealed tonight, first the Nomination Day (December 12) and then (pause for more dancing/music) Election Day (December 29).  After weeks of speculation in the media, this brought almost as much relief as when the doctor … More Opening the Envelope