ChikV = opportunity to be ‘national hero’ - PM Simpson Miller

ChikV = opportunity to be ‘national hero’ – PM Simpson Miller

It is National Heroes Day today, a national holiday. (Here is Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s address, if you are so inclined to read it).

I took a quick scan and it seems that the Prime Minister’s Office managed to bring in the ChikV outbreak. Indeed, the speech calls on Jamaicans to be heroes in the far of this illness.…

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Pastoral beauty

This is a scene in beautiful, rural St. Thomas. Enjoy your Friday.

Pastoral beauty

This is a scene in beautiful, rural St. Thomas. Enjoy your Friday.

“Romance” http://wp.me/s2JSBS-romance

One of my favourite songs lately. NoMaddz is a local band most famous for one song.

Taking a rest

I saw this man the other day near HalfWay Tree. I think he was taking a rest and it appears he was carrying callaloo or some other herb or vegetable.

Taking a rest

I saw this man the other day near HalfWay Tree. I think he was taking a rest and it appears he was carrying callaloo or some other herb or vegetable.

On Saturday night, over 10,000 people clad in spandex and running shoes gathered on Kingston’s beautiful waterfront. This is a rarity, given the area’s reputation as an unsafe destination, however, thanks to Digicel and Running Events Jamaica, a 5K race for charity is now held annually. In addition to raising funds for special needs children, the race promotes the downtown as somewhere to hang out and enjoy the remarkable views. Although much of the area is still underdeveloped and neglected, Digicel recently issued a vote of confidence by building its headquarters right on the water and other cafes and businesses are popping up.

Cuso International’s Jamaican contingent decided to participate, with some of us walking, running and observing. I decided to walk with a colleague as I’m still creaky from ChikV. I had a good walk, but it felt mournful to be walking rather than sprinting all out, my usual practice during many 5K races here. However, thanks to good company and the charm of the warm night, the other participants, spectators and the downtown area itself, I enjoyed it, despite a nagging leg at the end of the race. Congratulations to all participants!

Digicel Foundation 5K for special needs On Saturday night, over 10,000 people clad in spandex and running shoes gathered on Kingston’s beautiful waterfront.

Colour Pink Group’s first training session

Colour Pink Group’s first training session

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It was a bright Saturday morning at the ManPower office in Crossroads that a group of 11 young men showed up to begin a program that is ultimately intended to secure them employment. Behind this innovative training program for this group of young men (who identify as gay, bisexual, sex workers, transexual or men who have sex with men) are Jermaine Burton and Astley Grey, founders of theCol…

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Dominoes http://wp.me/s2JSBS-dominoes

Serious ting! Dominoes competition.

Dominoes http://wp.me/s2JSBS-dominoes

Serious ting! Dominoes competition.

Chik V chronicles, continued

Chik V chronicles, continued

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Gleaner

I have not written about Chik V in almost a week so I thought it was time for an update. I am mostly recovered, but still very fatigued. Yesterday was the first morning in two weeks that I attempted to run. I went for half an hour at a slow pace, a reduction from my usual brisk 10 K. This virus is no joke. My joints are creaky and stiff and it feels as though I have an injury on my left side. My…

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August Town shooting

Yesterday I was on my way down to August Town for a meeting when my contact called me. I was a few minutes away from my destination when he came on the phone and said “Don’t come down now, someone has just been shot.” I told the taxi to turn around and the driver got on the radio and told the dispatch to be careful as “something a gwan in August Town. A man got shot.” Then several police cars…

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June Plum season

It is June Plum season. Here is a June Plum tree, behind a fence, in front of an abandoned shed. Enjoy your day.

June Plum season

It is June Plum season. Here is a June Plum tree, behind a fence, in front of an abandoned shed. Enjoy your day.

“Running belly can kill”

I was at a health clinic in rural Jamaica the other day. I have no doubt that the health care professionals are providing good service, but the conditions they work in are less than favourable.

“Running belly can kill”

I was at a health clinic in rural Jamaica the other day. I have no doubt that the health care professionals are providing good service, but the conditions they work in are less than favourable.

White Horses

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This is beautiful White Horses, St. Thomas. Happy Friday!

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Fresh fruit

Banana. Papaya. Ginger. Naseberry.

Fresh fruit

Banana. Papaya. Ginger. Naseberry.

"With faith, all things are possible."

“With faith, all things are possible.”

The rain was a nice companion the last few days as I recovered. And a woman gave this to me the other day, a handmade reminder that with faith, all things are possible. A lovely thought.

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ChikV Song

This blog seems to be all ChikV all the time lately. Check out this song that appeared in the past few weeks. Enjoy your day.