One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent
Today (November 19) is International Men’s Day, and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell just shared the following piece that he and colleague Kurt Hickling put together. Wayne is an educator with a particular interest in gender issues. The theme for this year is male suicide, and I have just read a short but poignant news story … More International Men’s Day: Some Thoughts
The Olympics are coming up fast. Excitement is building for the track events, especially among Jamaicans. We have a formidable team heading down south to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. As with all travels, you need to be prepared. If you are going to Rio, please take note of the following guidelines and information … More Heading for Rio? Here’s Important Advice for Jamaicans
Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights
Nothing is quite what it seems. Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, I have been wading through online articles about the Zika Virus. I am baffled, confused, alarmed and apprehensive, all at the same time. I suspect many Jamaicans are. In fact, I was even … More The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?
I have been focusing quite a bit on the bauxite mining industry in recent posts, and will continue to do so. Now here is a release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on a study undertaken in three communities (the first of its kind) in collaboration with the University of Technology (UTech). One question I … More New Study Shows Air Quality Standards for Communities Near Mining/Quarrying Operations are Inadequate
I have been sick for a large part of the summer; in particular since the drought over the capital city of Kingston has set in. A few weeks ago, for the first time in my life, I had to go to the hospital and go on a nebulizer – something I thought was for asthmatics … More Climate Change and our Health: Guest Post