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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An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

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#mentalhealthmatters: Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network to Launch Referral Network, Awareness Campaign

How many times recently have we said to ourselves and each other that mental health is an issue that truly must be taken seriously in Jamaica? It’s something that is always in the news, usually in connection with a sad incident of some kind – the kind that makes you wince in pain for the … More #mentalhealthmatters: Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network to Launch Referral Network, Awareness Campaign

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Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016

With a new month, almost on cue everything feels different. The intensity of the summer is gone, but rain clouds constantly gather. For some reason, however, the storms deliberately bypass our little dry garden. It’s most upsetting. And so is this week’s news… I am sad about the People’s National Party (PNP). Some very unpleasant stuff … More Simpson Miller’s Week From Hell, The Minister Demands Another Report and Fighting for Peace: Saturday, September 3, 2016

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The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

After an unpleasantly dry and hot month, the rain arrived in Kingston yesterday, and there’s the promise of more rain, perhaps. The past few days have been quite dramatic , although not always the kind of drama you really welcome. But, there it is. Innocent baby: I apologize, but I have to start on this tragic … More The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

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