Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 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

The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica

I am honoured to join a fantastic group of Jamaicans on the IDB’s Civil Society Consulting Group (ConSOC) in Jamaica. As a communications person, I am looking forward to helping facilitate an energetic and productive dialogue in support of the Bank’s key initiatives as we seek to place critical issues on the agenda for civil society and … More The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting… at King’s House, Jamaica

“Reflecting” is a Weekly Photo Challenge with many possibilities. At first, I thought of introspection. I love taking photos of people deep in thought – listening perhaps. But then I remembered a visit to King’s House (the Governor General’s residence) with Dr. Marcia Forbes and a group of videography interns, who had been doing a free summer … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting… at King’s House, Jamaica

Jamaican Women Are Working… And It’s All Good

While the Tambourine Army has been making the headlines, Jamaican women have, as usual, been writing, meeting, advocating and speaking at various events around the country. Here are just a few of the things they have been doing – this is a bit of a “catch up” post… It’s a busy month for women. 51% … More Jamaican Women Are Working… And It’s All Good

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

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

51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Here’s a statement from the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Empowerment and Development, following general elections. Women certainly showed a higher profile during the election campaign, both as candidates and as commentators in the traditional and social media. I look forward to their energetic participation in the new administration.  The 51% Coalition would like … More 51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

#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

The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)

As I noted in my last blog post, Jamaica’s two oldest and most powerful media houses, RJR and the Gleaner, announced their merger last week – subject to the approval of their stakeholders and the Jamaica Stock Exchange, where both are currently traded. I expressed concern at the prospect of the newly merged entity’s dominance of … More The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)