I’ve never seen a Prime Minister singing along to a reggae song at his own swearing-in ceremony, as he did at the just-concluded event at King’s House this afternoon. But there’s a first time for everything… Here’s our new Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ speech as prepared for delivery, which you can read on the Jamaica … More Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016
Last week I was asked to share some thoughts on volunteering, from my personal experience, at Respect Jamaica’s “This is Respect” Ambassador Awards Breakfast. It was a happy and exciting morning with a large group of extremely bright and focused young volunteers. I am sharing my comments here. I was joined by UNICEF Jamaica’s Allison … More Respect Jamaica: My Thoughts on Service, Activism and the Beloved Community of the 21st Century
It started just two years ago in Curaçao. Thirty-five women from 14 countries gathered to learn, share and build advocacy skills, under the inspiring theme: “Strengthening the invisible woman and empowering her to leadership.” In 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname, the focus remained on leadership. Now, a delegation of eight Jamaican women from the advocacy group … More Empowering Caribbean Women: Jamaicans to Attend Sexual Diversity Conference
I am slipping a little in my posts. As Christmas looms ever nearer, there is a frenzy of activity in Kingston. All I want to do is slow down and laze around… But not yet! The weather is exquisite – calm and reflective as the year draws to an end, with little showers and warm … More A Mercenary By-Election, The Instagram Minister and Farewell to Luke: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Dear readers, as you may know – I am a volunteer. So tomorrow is World International Volunteer Day and I will be celebrating, all day tomorrow, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, with a flurry of tweets and Instagram photos from Jamaica’s National Volunteer Symposium. Look out for them! (I am @petchary). I will blog about … More Tomorrow, December 5: Focus on Volunteerism
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Today was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Fifty years ago, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize. Peace was on the minds of many today, as the United States (like many countries in this hemisphere, including Jamaica) struggles with the problem … More What Are You Doing For Others?
I am still catching up and after an absence of a week, I have missed quite a lot in the news. But here are some items that have caught my attention… Four years ago today… Haiti was shaken by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Here in Kingston, Jamaica, we felt the jolt of it. More than … More Late Again! Sunday, January 12, 2014