The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth


The street is lined with the razor-wired walls of factories and warehouses, downtown. Not far away, two long-necked cranes on the wharf lean into the sun. Trucks rumble down the road. I arrive at a heavily secured gate. The setting is a little forbidding. But the gate is shaded by a mango tree, and the … More The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth

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?

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop


Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People


The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

#RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road


The 51% Coalition has been busy. With funding from UN Women and with the partnership of Fi Wi Jamaica, the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and others, the Coalition has traveled to several corners of the island for discussions with women on their issues, their concerns – and solutions. Each session also included presentations on human rights and … More #RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road

The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support


The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) needs our support through a difficult time. Economic conditions in Jamaica are harsh, we know; but can we allow a non-governmental organization serving needy communities, with a rich history of activism and achievement “go under”? I don’t think so. All the more reason, I would say, to support them in … More The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support

Katalyxt Business Development Conference 2014: Keeping Youth in Focus


Katalyxt, a division of Mint Management & Financial Services Limited that supports the growth and development of small and medium enterprises in Jamaica, will hold its 2014 Business Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on May 14 – 15. The broad theme is “Business Growth Through Increased Innovation and Efficiency,” and there is a … More Katalyxt Business Development Conference 2014: Keeping Youth in Focus