by Brithney Black, UWI Student While there are several negative issues blasted in the media in Jamaica, I have come to know that all is not lost. Jamaica still has the blessings of a loving God - One who is working through the Ministry of National Security. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) is a functioning violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of … [Read more...] about Jamaica Citizen Security and Justice Programme: Making A Difference
University of the West Indies
“Wah guan Jamaica!!” President Barack Obama exclaimed as he greeted a select group of youth leaders at the University of the West Indies on April 9th. The first sitting US President to visit Jamaica since 1982 is as usual a master in charming the masses. His address at a youth forum was a part of an official working visit to the island. Nevertheless, contrary to the … [Read more...] about Obama visits Jamaica – Obamania
by Guest blogger, Mariana Leytón Developing the Caribbean, or DevCA, is a regional Open Data Conference and 24 hour code sprint that aims “to highlight the current and potential impact of open data and software innovation on addressing social challenges globally and particularly in the Caribbean”. It is held simultaneously across multiple islands and combines conference … [Read more...] about DevCa 2015: Open Data Conference and Code Sprint
Ironically, while thoroughly entertaining myself elbow-deep in Guyanese pepper-pot, I received a work request over the weekend to address the issue of Caribbean identity. I also became aware of a heated on-going debate on our blog as to how we should define and boundary the concept of “the Caribbean” – past colonial affiliations; imaginary lines in the deep blue sea; economic … [Read more...] about What do you mean by “Caribbean” anyway?
I sat frozen, shell-shocked at the news she had just given me. She was only in her twenties and had her whole life ahead of her. Her words replayed in my mind like a scratched record. She was HIV positive. Admittedly, I was not sure how to react. My own selfish needs made it difficult to immediately see that she needed my support. My mind raced with so many thoughts! How could … [Read more...] about HIV Positives in the Caribbean