ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is


I wish I could say that it has been an easy-going, free-flowing week. But far from it. There have been challenges, and there are challenges ahead. Everything has been revolving around politics, the debates, while COVID-19 has kept us all in a state of confusion. Yes, I think confusion is the word; every evening, when … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017


Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls


Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies


Jamaica has several lobby groups advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. It has “watchdogs” that keep an eye on what the Government of the day is doing (or not doing) in relation to specific issues of concern to these communities. But could the watchdogs sharpen their skills some more? Tomorrow will see the opening of … More Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies

A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It’s Christmas Eve, and the streets of Kingston have turned into a turgid struggle of humans and cars for the past two weeks. I don’t know whether everyone is simply running around in ever-decreasing circles or whether this frenzied traffic has meaning and purpose; are people actually spending money this year? As for me, I … More A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sports Euphoria, a Non-Hackathon, Gangsterish Non-Gangs and Crazy Motorbike Riders: Saturday, August 29, 2015


As summer begins to wane and we enter the hurricane season, I am pausing to send solidarity and good wishes to our friends in Dominica, who have been overwhelmed by Tropical Storm Erika this week. As I write this there have been at least 20 deaths recorded and more are missing. The video footage and … More Sports Euphoria, a Non-Hackathon, Gangsterish Non-Gangs and Crazy Motorbike Riders: Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014


The Christmas traffic in Kingston has now officially reached insanity level. I am not sure what all the frenzied activity is about; downtown at least business is reportedly very slow, worse than last year. But some people still have money in their pockets uptown, and the cost of gasoline has finally dropped (albeit far too … More I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014

Empty Barrels, A Shortlist and the Mike Brown Connection: Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I am sorry. The flu got me. I have just emerged from it with a somewhat painful cough. Hence the hiatus on my blog. Bus fare problems: Last Friday, we heard (briefly) that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) fare hikes had been “put on hold” after discussions among the Government and trades unions. This was … More Empty Barrels, A Shortlist and the Mike Brown Connection: Wednesday, August 27, 2014