It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear


We went for a stroll around the neighborhood this morning – but not a leisurely stroll as thunder was rumbling all around. The streets were very quiet, as today is National Heroes’ Day, a public holiday. This week is Heritage Week, when we reflect on the legacy of our National Heroes, and on our history … More It’s Heritage Week in Jamaica, But Some of our Heritage is Looking the Worse for Wear

Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence


If Jamaica was a human being, then she (or he) would be middle-aged. But of course, in the scheme of things s/he is relatively young. 56? Just a “spring chicken.” Well, although rather mature chickens ourselves, we made our way last night to the National Stadium to get a feel for the Grand Gala, the … More Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too


It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town


Do you know Trench Town? Do you know Boys’ Town? If so, you know Collie Smith Drive. But do you know who Collie Smith was? This is an interesting (although rather sad) story. Next week, however, there will be an unveiling ceremony celebrating Mr. Smith, with a very famous Caribbean cricketer doing the honours. (N.B. … More Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town

Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy


Since the year began, the issue has rocked the Jamaican media and public. There are some secrets, in a small society like ours, that everyone knows about but refuses to talk about. However, the time for denial is over, as the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) comments in this powerful statement. The time for … More Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy

Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017


This is my first news update of the year, and the weather is bright and breezy. After a rather long, lazy Christmas and New Year break (for most) it is time for our island to confront some pressing matters. Right at the top of the list is, inevitably it seems, crime – which did not … More Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017

#mentalhealthmatters: Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network to Launch Referral Network, Awareness Campaign


How many times recently have we said to ourselves and each other that mental health is an issue that truly must be taken seriously in Jamaica? It’s something that is always in the news, usually in connection with a sad incident of some kind – the kind that makes you wince in pain for the … More #mentalhealthmatters: Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network to Launch Referral Network, Awareness Campaign