Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica

Yesterday in Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn filed a Private Member’s Motion for the repeal of two sections of the Offences Against the Persons Act. She would like the House of Representatives to consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group – in 2007, eleven years ago – established to provide guidance on the matter. Here … More Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica

Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

In my commentary on the past week’s events in Jamaica, I noted: “Thumbs down to Everald Warmington, M.P., who made some very undemocratic remarks on the political hustings.” When are Jamaican politicians going to eschew political tribalism? When are they going to stop encouraging this mindset among their supporters?  Here is what National Integrity Action (NIA) … More Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

JET Invites Nation’s Leaders to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup This Weekend

Well, the “Jetters” and thousands of volunteers across the island are gearing up and getting ready for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 – this coming Saturday. There is a full list of all the cleanup sites on the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) website. Take a look and see where your nearest cleanup is taking place, … More JET Invites Nation’s Leaders to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup This Weekend

Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary Visits Jamaica and Presents Canada’s Feminist International Policy

On Monday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Development, Grenada-born Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes will introduce us to Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. This is a partnership with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). It should be very interesting!  Here is the … More Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary Visits Jamaica and Presents Canada’s Feminist International Policy

BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

A gentleman (well, maybe rather a rough man actually) named Matthew has taken over our lives. Someone commented that Matthew is an “uptown name,” so we might have expected him to be better behaved. But alas. He has been very difficult so far: slow to make up his mind, at times hesitant and even stopping … More My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016