IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Social inclusion is more than a buzzword. It is, and has to be, an action-oriented concept. The expression refers to embracing, in an proactive way, citizens who are regularly excluded from the everyday activities of life. It has to be deliberate, and ongoing. Last week, the Inter-American Development Bank came out in support of inclusion, … More IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

Elections are over! Many of us (except perhaps the outgoing administration) are breathing a sigh of relief. Today we are having healing rain. Let’s look forward now to a week of enjoyment, delight, refreshment, relaxation – all in support of the written word! Here comes the Kingston Book Festival, with so many things happening it … More The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

It’s been a difficult week. You know how sad news sometimes really hurts, while some indulge in the petty and the trivial? At least the gentle rains and persistent showers this week may have washed some of the pain away. Political pettiness: The debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) remained in the doldrums last … More The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delicious rain fell in the wake of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium. The discordant ring of the vuvuzelas (a once-popular invention  Jamaicans apparently still cling to) has receded, the busloads of students have careered off into the distance. It is cool and it is relatively calm. But local journalists are still … More The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SMH! The Panty Tree, Half-Senators and Saying Goodbye: Monday, February 16, 2015

The past few days have been “smh” days. As you probably know, dear readers, “smh” means “shake my head” in social media parlance. The accompanying emoticons might vary from that baffled one with mouth open to the one with tears flowing copiously. This would apply to both local and overseas news. #SpeakUpUWI: There has been growing … More SMH! The Panty Tree, Half-Senators and Saying Goodbye: Monday, February 16, 2015

“Runnin’ a Joke”…But Rape Is No Laughing Matter

There must have been a malicious Halloween duppy flitting around the Upper House in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday, October 31, 2014. A senior politician, former Minister of Justice and current Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (and also leader of Government Business in the Senate) Senator A.J. Nicholson made a remark that shocked and … More “Runnin’ a Joke”…But Rape Is No Laughing Matter

Coping with Climate Change Part 2: Jamaicans with Disabilities

“When everyone is on board, we can see that it works.” So said one presenter at an important media training workshop hosted by Panos Caribbean in Kingston. She was referring to an early warning system for people with disabilities in three communities in and around Portmore, St. Catherine. The Panos workshop was funded by the … More Coping with Climate Change Part 2: Jamaicans with Disabilities