Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017


Phew! It’s been quite a week, again. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening! I highlighted the “big” stories in purple… By big I mean those we should keep an eye on, in my view. Click on the links for more details. CHEC land deal:  The Office of the Contractor General is continuing his probe. Former … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

Medical Association of Jamaica Concerned About Health Impacts of Ganja on our Youth


The topic of ganja is never far from the news in Jamaica. Ganja is our word for marijuana. It is now a minor ticketable offence to possess two ounces of ganja under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015. Cultivation of five or fewer plants in any one household is also allowed; and Rastafarians may use … More Medical Association of Jamaica Concerned About Health Impacts of Ganja on our Youth

On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica


On Friday, April 7 Kingston’s Emancipation Park was lively and bouncing with lots of Jamaicans working out, running, enjoying themselves. It’s World Health Day, and the Jamaica Moves campaign of the Ministry of Health had kicked off. Minister Chris Tufton himself was seen looking very energetic on stage, while a pretty large crowd worked out happily in … More On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica

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

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

#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

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