Hunger, Obesity and Rural Poverty: All Part of the Same Picture

February 28th, 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is holding the 35th Session of its Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay next week from March 5 – 8. Among its three top priorities for the meeting are hunger – and, paradoxically, obesity. Both are on the rise in the region. The other […]


Hurricanes and the Media: Yes, We Have a Choice

September 10th, 2017

Hurricane Irma (and her boyfriend, following along behind, José) both decided not to bother with Jamaica, for which we are thankful. While the north coast had blue skies and sunshine however, down in Kingston we have had heavy showers, stopping and starting, and thunder grumbling away. A storm on Friday has sent our dogs into […]


Too Many Humans, Not Enough Fish in the Sea

May 25th, 2017

Something is slightly rotten in the state of our fisheries. Or so I suspect. Is this real, or a perception? I would love someone to tell me. I am basing this conjecture on a series of reports. A very recent experience seemed to reinforce it, too. On eating at a well-known fish restaurant, the waitress […]


Twitter Thoughts, Part 2: Dancehall vs Soca vs Noise

April 24th, 2017

Oh no, not again, I hear you cry! It rolls around every year. Carnival has just come and gone – and by all accounts, including mine, it was the best in years – but not without the chorus of protests from people who don’t appreciate the “imported” phenomenon. Of course this has not only been a […]


“Endo What?” Documentary Film Highlights A Misunderstood Disease

April 12th, 2017

I recently attended the Caribbean premiere of a new documentary film – the first ever – on the often misunderstood and ignored disease of endometriosis. The screening of Endo What? was shown by the B.A.S.E. Foundation. Last month (Endometriosis Awareness Month) was an intensely busy one for B.A.S.E. founder and CEO Shauna Fuller Clarke, herself an “endo” […]


No Man, Woman or Child Is an Island

March 12th, 2017

I was inspired to write this little piece by a Mark Twain quote that I posted on my Facebook page: Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Someone commented that people are still remarkably insular, despite being one big […]