The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls


A couple of days ago, a friend tweeted the following: MISSING TEEN: Ariell Lawrence has been missing since late last night. Last seen in this birthday outfit. After 1 am she took taxi from Portsmouth Portmore to Spanish Town. She texted re feeling unsafe in the taxi & did not arrive. Help to find her. Plz … More The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls

Jamaica’s Garbage Issue


As I write, people are frantically cleaning up Montego Bay after devastating floods on Wednesday afternoon destroyed businesses, washed away houses, carried vendors’ wares floating downstream and turned cars upside down, flipped over by the torrent. Gullies and a river overflowed. The whole of the low-lying downtown area was flooded. Apart from the extreme weather … More Jamaica’s Garbage Issue

Jamaica’s Tourism Dilemma: A BBC interview with Minister Bartlett


Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
The BBC did an interview with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett this weekend. Minister Bartlett is defending the nation’s tourism industry, citing a retention rate of 42 per cent. He is denying that tourists are in danger. This is probably true, as most tourists leave Jamaica unscathed. However, I find the…

INDECOM Reports 8 Police Fatal Shootings in the Past Week: Any Body-Worn Camera Footage?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In two press releases this week, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) reported on eight people having been killed in the past seven days by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). In one of those incidents, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were also involved.…

“Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017


It’s been a rainswept, slightly upside-down week or two, since I last wrote. Christmas seems a stone’s throw away, and in the short intervals between rain showers it has been rather pleasant. But oh, the dramas on our dramatic little island continue… Agriculture: I wish our Agriculture Minister wasn’t so full of bluster. Now he has … More “Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017


It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

Layers Upon Layers


This week’s photo challenge is “Layered.” There are so many layers… some unseen and unknown. Here I have collected a few, in the natural world mostly. Sometimes there are layers in a landscape. Sometimes they are created by people – like the traditional dress Jamaicans wear. I hope you find these photos interesting. The cover … More Layers Upon Layers