A Jamaican People post

At the moment, I am celebrating Jamaicans. Not “celebrities” – I am not fond of celebrities in general. They serve no purpose, except for filling endless Instagram posts and providing employment for photographers and videographers. They are in a world of their own, one that I am not interested in and not impressed by. When … More A Jamaican People post

Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

For those who are trying to keep up with the fluctuating situation (or should I say “fluid” – to use a word someone used today) regarding vaccines, here is the latest from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Now, apparently, political figures over 60 years old are going to be “joining” health care workers and … More Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15

I am extremely pleased to share this information from the New York-based Caribbean International Network (CIN) television station, which sponsors an annual lecture at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture. This year, environmental advocate (and activist) Diana McCaulay will give the lecture on November 15. I cannot think of a better person; she … More Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15

Cautionary Note On Going (Again) After Deportees: By Professor Bernard Headley

I recently re-connected with an old acquaintance, Professor Emeritus of Criminology & Justice Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Bernard Headley. Some time ago, Professor Headley co-founded and now chairs a group named the National Organisation of Deported Migrants. I am pleased to share with you his perspective on deportees – a … More Cautionary Note On Going (Again) After Deportees: By Professor Bernard Headley

The Diaspora Matters. But Should We Engage in a Different Way?

There is much ado about the Jamaican diaspora this week, with the launch of the biennial Diaspora Conference tomorrow (April 4th) at the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House. However, the Canadian Delegation (the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation) has decided not to attend the Conference, because of the short notice and a change of date. … More The Diaspora Matters. But Should We Engage in a Different Way?

Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

A part of this review appears in today’s Sunday Gleaner – incomplete and wrongly attributed to the author! The newspaper also does not mention the excellent local publishers, Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). Here is my review (yes, I wrote this!) in full.  In the context of today’s strife within the People’s National Party, the timing of this … More Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

Corrupt Practices in Jamaica’s Education System: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

Here is a guest post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. I touched on this issue in my last news update. It struck me then that the remarks by the English professor was almost the first time I had heard anyone speak openly on this issue – at least to my knowledge. I love … More Corrupt Practices in Jamaica’s Education System: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

If there is one thing reading this book made me realize, it is that leadership is not a one-way street. It is not a question of driving full speed ahead, with the dazzling light of your vision in your eyes. Rather, it is about taking a steady drive, checking the rear view mirror; remembering that … More The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016

I’ve never seen a Prime Minister singing along to a reggae song at his own swearing-in ceremony, as he did at the just-concluded event at King’s House this afternoon. But there’s a first time for everything… Here’s our new Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ speech as prepared for delivery, which you can read on the Jamaica … More Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015