Alpha Institute Partners with Lonely Whale and Ghetto Youths Foundation in a New Scholarship Initiative


Music, education, youth, environment…This partnership has so much going for it! I am excited at this news and wish Andrew Taylor every success. Here is the press release from the Alpha Institute – an institution with a tremendous history. I hope they will keep us updated on this lovely initiative. (By the way, if you … More Alpha Institute Partners with Lonely Whale and Ghetto Youths Foundation in a New Scholarship Initiative

Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite


On Friday, September 20, I was at the studios of Radio Jamaica, talking about this, that and the other – and at the same time, thinking about the vastness of what was happening beyond our island, during the Global Climate Strike. I was thinking about the Save Cockpit Country gathering in Stewart Town, Trelawny. I … More Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite

Apple (New York) to Host Jamaican Broadcaster, Patrick Lafayette’s Podcasting Presentation


I have always wanted to do podcasts. That’s one thing – I would love to learn the technique. Much more importantly, though, this release below on radio broadcaster Patrick Lafayette’s involvement (and use of) Apple products shows how technology can be used for incredible good, for people with disabilities such as himself. Patrick lost his … More Apple (New York) to Host Jamaican Broadcaster, Patrick Lafayette’s Podcasting Presentation

Mother Beats Daughter: But Can We Go To the Root of the Problem Please, Asks WROC?


Social media is a strange and rather frightening creature at times. Quite regularly, it throws up something that terrifies and shocks Jamaicans, with no context or background of course. Just out of the blue. So again recently, a video of a woman in rural Jamaica beating her thirteen year-old daughter in rural Jamaica suddenly popped … More Mother Beats Daughter: But Can We Go To the Root of the Problem Please, Asks WROC?

“This Dangerous Tendency”: National Integrity Action Airs Concerns Over Proposed Civil Society Legislation


Well. One can always count on Jamaican civil society to express itself with vigor and conviction, and this morning was no exception at Gordon House – the unimpressive and cramped building where our Parliament sits in downtown Kingston. Executive Director Professor Trevor Munroe and members of the anti-corruption body National Integrity Action (NIA) – including … More “This Dangerous Tendency”: National Integrity Action Airs Concerns Over Proposed Civil Society Legislation

The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Part Two – A Wider Context


Here is the second part of communications specialist Dr. Marcia Forbes’ take on the recently announced merger between Jamaica’s two oldest media houses. And yes – there will have to be job cuts.  Local/Global Trends As promised, here is another look at the proposed RJR/Gleaner merger. This announcement comes against the backdrop of a media … More The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Part Two – A Wider Context

Statement from Alpha Boys School Addressing Rumors of Home Shutting Down in June


PRESS RELEASE from ProComm Contact Information: Dominic Bell  dominic.bell@procomm.com.jm Tel: (876) 478-5624 Statement from Alpha Boys School Addressing Rumors of Home Shutting Down in June The Alpha Boys School has advised that the school is not closing in June and that the students continue to attend classes and trade training in a safe and supervised environment. There … More Statement from Alpha Boys School Addressing Rumors of Home Shutting Down in June

A Feline Encounter


She plants her elbows firmly on the desk in front of her, rests her chin on her hands, and gives you the benefit of her direct gaze. Miss Kitty is ready for you, now. Oh, you don’t know Miss Kitty? Let me introduce you. Her Facebook page notes that she is a “Radio & TV … More A Feline Encounter

Ugly


My favorite radio talk show host gave a deep sigh.  It was a warm lunchtime in Jamaica, and the irritable blasts of taxi horns rose faintly to my office window.  Uncertain clouds, bringing no rain, gathered over the bronzing hills (dry season setting in). The talk show host had just listened to a dour tale … More Ugly