“Daggering” controversy

Oh dear, yet another “daggering” controversy. Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson at an partisan rally and engaged in this sexually suggestive type of dance in front of a crowd.

“Daggering” controversy

Oh dear, yet another “daggering” controversy. Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson at an partisan rally and engaged in this sexually suggestive type of dance in front of a crowd.

“The program helped me, taught me discipline…”

Cuso International recently released its annual report and one of the youth who has participated in Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s programming is featured in it.

“The program helped me, taught me discipline…”

Cuso International recently released its annual report and one of the youth who has participated in Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s programming is featured in it.

“THERES NO PEACE INNA WAR”

I was in a route taxi yesterday when it pulled up beside a battered police truck. There were three police officers in it, wearing their navy blue uniforms and caps.

“THERES NO PEACE INNA WAR”

I was in a route taxi yesterday when it pulled up beside a battered police truck. There were three police officers in it, wearing their navy blue uniforms and caps.

"Best Canadian Genetics"

“Best Canadian Genetics”

Who knew Canadian pork is prized here in Jamaica. I spotted this ad the other day in the Jamaica Gleaner and became curious as to how much pork Jamaica imports from Canada. (According to this web site, Canada is one of the only countries with which Jamaica maintains a trade surplus, which includes pork, although this site appears dated). It is difficult to find numbers, but it appears to be a…

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MahGood!

MahGood! http://wp.me/s2JSBS-mahgood

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Gleaner

The scope and power of the entrepreneurial spirit in Jamaica is something that has always inspired me. Especially amongst young people. Starting a business is daunting at any age, given the obstacles and rate of failure, but imagine having little experience and education. Or perhaps this is what fuels young entrepreneurs, the optimism of youth? In any case, this young woman’s storystruck me this…

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Throwback Friday

It is Friday and I thought I would post something different today. I have been organizing myself lately and have been searching my archives of all the stories I have written. (By my estimates, I have written well over one million words in my career, including academic, journalling and blogging. Or that works out to close to the 10,000 hours of practice Malcolm Gladwell says it takes to master a…

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Rate of police killings slows in 2014

Rate of police killings slows in 2014

This graphic below is courtesy of Jamaicans for Justice, a human rights advocacy group. Think about it for a second.

While it is positive that the rate of killings by those charged with protecting the citizenry is slowing, in theory, this phenomenon should not occur at all.

And this issue is beginning to attract international attention (at least related to extrajudicial killings).

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Precious cargo

(Photo courtesy of Jamaica Observer) You see just about everything travelling on the roads here. People use whatever they can to move around and transport things here and there.

Precious cargo

(Photo courtesy of Jamaica Observer) You see just about everything travelling on the roads here. People use whatever they can to move around and transport things here and there.

From black to navy blue

From black to navy blue

There are too many homeless people in Kingston, the majority of which are older males. They perch along walls, under trees, within cardboard boxes. I see then on my early morning runs. They are usually there for a few months and then all of a sudden they have moved on, never to be seen again. They often carry a bag and have matted dreadlocks, dirty clothes and mismatched shoes. They are listless…

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Chikungunya

Several people I know now have Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that causes severe flu-like symptoms. This is apparently not Dengue, but similar to this other virus that causes the same symptoms. According to those suffering, they experience fatigue, severe joint pain and a rash. They have been knocked out for about a week, or even longer. It is, however, not fatal, nor is it treatable though.…

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“Top Gallis”

Need a haircut? I took this on Jacques Road in Mountain View. Enjoy your Friday.

“Top Gallis”

Need a haircut? I took this on Jacques Road in Mountain View. Enjoy your Friday.

Crime and violence in Jamaica impact global competitiveness

Crime and violence in Jamaica impact global competitiveness

Jamaica fares as one of the worst nations in the world when it comes to how much the crime and violence affect the ability to do business. This is the alarming finding of a report released this week.

In addition to this finding, some fascinating numbers were revealedyesterday by the World Economic Forum regarding Jamaica’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. The Global Competitiveness…

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"Social Impact with Emma Lewis" @petchary

“Social Impact with Emma Lewis” @petchary

Good Wednesday morning! Today I direct you to my friend and fellow blogger Emma Lewis’ new blog for the Gleaner newspaper. She is providing some good insight on social justice happenings. Emma is providing precious analysis and context and perspective on the many social issues affecting Jamaica. I particularly like this week’s post as it discusses environmental issues. Check it out and keep up…

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At a bridge

This picture was taken on a hike by a river where Bob Marley apparently used to wash his locks. Enjoy your day.

At a bridge

This picture was taken on a hike by a river where Bob Marley apparently used to wash his locks. Enjoy your day.

SWPBIS for Beginners

It is Labour Day in North America today, of course, but in Jamaica, thousands of children are back at school. And they will be the subject this year of a new “behaviour modification” program aimed at fostering better social skills.

Educators recently underwent this training courtesy of an American expert in “SWPBIS“- School-wide Positive Behaviour Support, in non-jargon terms.

Developed by…

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