2014 Ja Back to School List: Books, Bag, Bucket o’ Water…

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A couple of years ago when folks were especially gung-ho about introducing tech (e.g., tablets) into Jamaican schools as the way to improve the education system, I pointed out that too many schools still had pit latrines, and suggested that perhaps the focus should be on upgrading those basic facilities before pushing ahead with integrating … Continue reading

Jamaica, Jamaica: For Sale, No Offer Too Low

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This week the Mount Rosser toll road bypass from Kingston to the North Coast opened to much fanfare.  So serious was it that, allegedly, a member of government who showed up to the road opening in a tropical country in August in polo shirt and jeans was asked by the Prime Minister of Jamaica to … Continue reading

Prime Minster Portia Simpson-Miller at European Development Days 2013

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As has become the norm, there are lots of questions about Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s travel itinerary.  The questioning and criticism have been growing for months as Prime Minister Simpson-Miller seems increasingly absent from national life, appearing only intermittently in Parliament or on TV or at Jamaica House press briefings; many feel that as … Continue reading

Beauty Queen Politics

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Beauty pageants and a former beauty queen have been atop Jamaican news recently. Dr. Dayton Campbell (again) found himself on the wrong side of the Twitterverse when he shared his opinion (a now deleted tweet) about a contestant in the Miss Jamaica World 2013 pageant: “bout best shape, she shape like the Jamaican economy.” Setting … Continue reading

Last Week’s News: A Statement from Jamaica’s Director of Public Prosecutions

Last month there was a glimmer of justice in Jamaica: the men responsible for the attempted murder of 7-month pregnant Jody-Ann Gray were sentenced to prison. Thankfully Ms. Gray and her child are alive and will hopefully have full lives. But amid the celebration for some justice for Ms. Gray (I qualify with “some” because … Continue reading

A Brief Note About A Public Smoking Ban in Jamaica

Clear messaging is important.

When I first outlined this post, soon after Minister Fenton Ferguson made his announcement in Parliament, I noted 5 areas in which the he and the Government of Jamaica of which he is a member failed. Now one week after the implementation of the smoking ban I see snippets about how the smoking ban is … Continue reading

3 Tips For Jamaican Government Officials On Twitter

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Let me just get right to it, as politely as I can (Part 2 will focus on Jamaican government agencies and ministries): Be Engaging.  You don’t have to respond to everything but acknowledge feedback and respond appropriately.  Do not be like Andrew Holness or Lisa Hanna who tweet only links to photo ops or Facebook … Continue reading

Reblog: “I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t.” by Brandon Allwood

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The first dose of the “medicine” (I hate this term in this context) has been administered and it is indeed bitter.  I’ve already seen it called poison. Below I am republishing a post from Brandon Allwood (@brandonallwood) that he published today.  I share his frustration with the current lack of leadership in Jamaica.  Plus, frankly, … Continue reading

From Spider Venom to Improving Farming in Jamaica

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Today I came across an article about spider venom and improving farming techniques. Eh? Not as weird as the headline suggested. The venom stuff was actually pretty cool though the principle is not altogether new. Humans have long known that certain plants and animals are helpful in keeping pests away from crops. For example, organic … Continue reading

Of Preachers on Buses and Censorship

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For some reason I have agonized for over two weeks about whether to publish this.  Yet, here goes… Same knife weh juk sheep juk goat. I am extremely uncomfortable with the recent JUTC ban of preachers on buses.  Sometimes it verges on dislike.  My discomfort is nothing to do with Jamaica (supposedly) being a “Christian … Continue reading

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