The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

In a recent article on the Gleaner blogs page, I wrote about the need to listen to, and include our young people. We also need to encourage them and nurture their ideas – not in a patronizing way, but to really give them space. I always think that Winsome Minott and her small, but dedicated Katalyxt … More Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

Digicel Foundation’s Mobile Science Labs Are Inspiring Students

It’s been a very long time since I last saw a Bunsen burner. However, I had a little frisson of recognition on November 17, at the Digicel Foundation’s official handover of a Mobile Science Laboratory to José Martí Technical High School. There was the lovely little burner I remember so well, being skillfully lit by a student … More Digicel Foundation’s Mobile Science Labs Are Inspiring Students

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s Inaugural Address, January 5, 2012.

I am reproducing below our Prime Minister’s speech after winning the 2011 general elections. No comment, but I have highlighted one or two phrases in bold. Please take a read, dear Jamaicans, just to remind yourselves. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller‘s Inaugural Address, January 5, 2012. My fellow Jamaicans, I am thankful to God for … More Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s Inaugural Address, January 5, 2012.

Star Man

Scientists fascinate me. Even though at school, I sat through physics classes with a blank expression on my face; created potentially disastrous and life-threatening situations in the chemistry lab; and wreaked havoc in biology classes with dismembered frogs and other little creatures (thankfully for them, already dead). But real-life scientists…I admire them intensely. A few … More Star Man