Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region


In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage


Thursday, April 18, 2019 is UNESCO World Heritage Day. This year, appropriately, it will focus on heritage rural sites. I will share a few photos that I have taken in a gallery tomorrow – including photos I took of one of UNESCO’s Top Five World Heritage Sites – in Sri Lanka, which is deep in … More World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind


September 8, 2018, is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day – since 1967. This year’s International Conference on Literacy and Skills Development in Paris on September 7 will explore ways to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems, and governance. This seems a pretty relevant topic for Jamaica, as we seek to upgrade the … More International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind

World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration


World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

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

JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area


Here is a very important perspective on managing projected areas from the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) – manager of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking forward also, we have hopes that the Cockpit Country, which the Prime Minister declared a Protected Area earlier this week, … More JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area