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?

St. John Jamaica’s C.N. Powell: Sixty Years of Service, Teaching – and Saving Lives

” I was always afraid of blood.” Mr. C.N. Powell leans back in his seat a little, and chuckles. I am sitting at a table with him in the headquarters of St. John Jamaica on Camp Road, while CEO Alison Christie Binger works quietly at her desk on the other side of the room. The … More St. John Jamaica’s C.N. Powell: Sixty Years of Service, Teaching – and Saving Lives

The Non-Debate Election Campaign: UWI Blocks Town Hall Meeting on Campus, RJR Cancels Forum

My dear, patient readers: Please ignore my last blog post regarding a planned Town Hall Meeting with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, Senator Mark Golding and representatives of the two smaller political parties. This was organized by two dynamic youth-led organizations, UWILeads and Integrity Action Movement (the student arm of National Integrity Action). The University of … More The Non-Debate Election Campaign: UWI Blocks Town Hall Meeting on Campus, RJR Cancels Forum

Music from the Long Bench

The amiable, laid-back host of Radio Jamaica’s Sunday afternoon show Palav, Gerry McDaniel, recently invited me as a guest on his program. I felt honored and happily accepted. I sat down on the “long bench” alongside Patria-Kay Aarons, the vivacious television personality, weather forecaster and entrepreneur (I would be remiss if I did not mention her … More Music from the Long Bench

A Bad Case of Gas, More Gun-Toters and Jamaicans Are Still Hungry: Thursday, December 31, 2015

This will be my very last news post of 2015! As you can see, I have posted hundreds of articles this year – although not all were written by me, because I also like to share interesting stuff that you might otherwise have missed. In the next week or two, I plan to do a … More A Bad Case of Gas, More Gun-Toters and Jamaicans Are Still Hungry: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

We move now into that lovely “in between” period where it is neither Christmas nor New Year. I rather like this feeling of “limbo” – a time to daydream, make vague plans and generally laze around. The weather is calm, blue and utterly perfect. So far, though our post-Christmas mood can be summed up in … More Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

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

The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)

As I noted in my last blog post, Jamaica’s two oldest and most powerful media houses, RJR and the Gleaner, announced their merger last week – subject to the approval of their stakeholders and the Jamaica Stock Exchange, where both are currently traded. I expressed concern at the prospect of the newly merged entity’s dominance of … More The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)

“Game Changers” Galore, An Attack on the Press, and Tweeting with “Uncle INDECOM”: Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s the weekend after Independence Day. I have had an unproductive and somewhat miserable week, struggling with allergies – brought on, I suspect, by the endless drought. Only the lignum vitae trees in our yard seem to be thriving. I am not, and the yard is now undergoing a desertification process. Even Arsenal Football Club … More “Game Changers” Galore, An Attack on the Press, and Tweeting with “Uncle INDECOM”: Sunday, August 9, 2015