Jamaica’s “Gully Queens”

Jamaica’s “Gully Queens”

Jamaica’s “Gully Queens”
Could some progress be occurring? A recent story in the Jamaica Observer profiled the Colour Pink Group, a non-profit organization that is training a group of young, gay, homeless men was respectful, fair and balanced. Please check it out here. The story focuses on Mr. Jermaine Burton, a tireless, talented young man who is dedicated to helping these marginalized men. It…

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Jamaica falls in United Nations’ Human Development Index ranking

Jamaica falls in United Nations’ Human Development Index ranking

The United Nations Human Development Index has just reported that Jamaica fell in its rankings for 2013. I think this Gleaner story is slightly skewed to the negative, but the country has indeed fallen by 11 rankings. It is still on the list of “high” development, however.

The Human Development Index, as described by the United Nations,

highlights the need for both promoting people’s choices…

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Running before the sun

In the two-plus years I have been here, it seems like running has become more popular. I see way more people on the road now, early in the mornings and at dusk, after it has cooled down.

Running before the sun

In the two-plus years I have been here, it seems like running has become more popular. I see way more people on the road now, early in the mornings and at dusk, after it has cooled down.

Chronixx on Jimmy Fallon

Chronixx on Jimmy Fallon

Up and coming artist roots/reggae performer was on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night. Check it out here. Congratulations!

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The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 20, 2014

The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 20, 2014

Kate Chappell:

A reblog today from fellow writer Emma, who seems to know just about everything that is going on in Kingston and elsewhere. Rain update: it sprinkled for about 10 minutes today. It is not enough. The dust is still upon us.

Originally posted on Petchary’s Blog:

I have been thinking about children this week. The innocent victims of a wave of violence and madness that has swept…

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Evil dust

It still has not rained. It is still dry and hot and brown. Clouds have been collecting over the Blue Mountains most days, but the water never falls. And the haze of dust does not leave the city, ever. The dust is now infiltrating my apartment. It covers everything, even though I wipe everything down every day. And it is just a little harder to breathe some days. These are just minor…

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Fake Clarks manufacturing operation busted!

Fake Clarks manufacturing operation busted!

Oh dear. It seems that some enterprising Jamaicans are trying to capitalize on the ongoing obsession with Clarks shoes. Yesterday, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons, Intellectual Property division of the police busted a counterfeit manufacturing operation that is apparently producing fake Clarks.

According to the police’s Corporate…

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"Serious and violent" crimes down: Minister Bunting

“Serious and violent” crimes down: Minister Bunting

As I write this, a helicopter is buzzing above me. I assume it is a police helicopter, as those are the most frequently seen in the sky. They fly around every night, monitoring all sorts of criminal activity.

Apparently, something is working to combat this activity. Yesterday, National Security Minister Peter Bunting reportedin Parliament “double digit” drops in most forms of “serious and…

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The Cost of the Jamaican Dream in 2014 - $500,000 per mth.

The Cost of the Jamaican Dream in 2014 – $500,000 per mth.

I am reblogging today from a new blog called Daily Veritas. This is a fascinating look at the cost the theoretical “Jamaican Dream.” Enjoy your day.

The Cost of the Jamaican Dream in 2014 – $500,000 per mth..

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"SomeNoWhere" @ManifestoJA @randymclarenRM @paula_gaye

“SomeNoWhere” @ManifestoJA @randymclarenRM @paula_gaye

Photo courtesy of Manifesto Jamaica

Photo courtesy of Manifesto Jamaica

The other day I attended a debut performance of a play called “SomeNoWhere” by a group of youth from Manifesto Jamaica. The 30-minute play, which was fast-paced, thought-provoking and entertaining, was created for an upcoming event in Edinburgh, Scotland called the Tin Forest Theatre Festival.

Directed by Shaun Drysdale and Randy McLaren, the play centres…

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Double duty

Over the weekend, I was at a downtown institution. This security guard was doing double duty, like much of the rest of the city.

Double duty

Over the weekend, I was at a downtown institution. This security guard was doing double duty, like much of the rest of the city.

Poor album sales for Tessanne Chin

Poor album sales for Tessanne Chin

After winning the last season of the Voice, Tessanne Chin has been relatively quiet. She was the subject of a huge homecoming concert earlier this year, but other than that, there has not been much of a media presence, both in Jamaica and abroad. There is much speculation as to why, with the main theory being that her record label was negligent on marketing.

In fact, Tessanne’s album was released…

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The drought continues, with the situation apparently reaching “crisis level” in some parishes. Many people I have talked to say this happens every year and it is nothing new. It does seem worse than usual, though.

It is hazy but rain does not seem imminent. These pictures of beautiful Jamaica are from a wetter time, when things were more green. Enjoy your day.

No green, no water The drought continues, with the situation apparently reaching “crisis level” in some parishes. Many people I have talked to say this happens every year and it is nothing new.

Canada proposes CARICOM deal, negotiations concluded

Canada proposes CARICOM deal, negotiations concluded

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Mr. Robert Ready has been in negotiations with CARICOM for months now. It appears the negotiations are not going well. This article basically states that they are on hold for now, with parties considering the deal that is on the table. Check it out here.

Apparently, Canada’s negotiating resources are scarce. It seems, as usual, though, that there is more to…

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Crowdfunding can save Jamaica?

Crowdfunding can save Jamaica?

I don’t know what this Foreign Policy journalist was thinking.Maybe he was having a rough day, or maybe he was up against deadline and just desperate for a lead. Because he led a story with the fact that the “good news” that the Jamaican bobsled team received funding to go to the Olympics via an Internet campaign is somehow a balm for the fact that ONE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED people were murdered…

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