On May 2, before the ink dried on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, Peter Phillips delivered a stirring speech obviously intended to fan our most patriotic flames. He insisted the successful completion of Jamaica's IMF obligations was a national undertaking, which required "all hands on deck".
The leadership of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) must resist the temptation to reflexively resist the "call to action" made this past week by Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites to shake up the messy entitlements system. Anything less would be an unforgivable dereliction of leadership.
Two angry single mothers confront their teenage daughters. The first mother: "Siyah, gyal, a ooman yu waan tun pan mi een yah. Whey mek yuh a look fi tek man?" Her own first pregnancy was around the same age.
On April 29, Jason Collins, of NBA team Washington Wizards and soon-to-be free agent, became the first active male professional athlete in a major North American team sport to publicly come out as gay. He got positive endorsements from a number of prominent persons, including a congratulatory telephone call from President Barack Obama and a positive tweet from Michelle Obama.
In Parliament two weeks ago, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, a man who knows about lactating animals, crossed the species line and tabled a paper on breastfeeding rights of working women. In all fairness, I haven't read the document, and though it was not a case of his holding it close to his chest, it needs to be more accessible to public scrutiny.
Former president of the Senate, the Rev Stanley Redwood, served his last sitting in the Senate a few Fridays after confirming that he would relocate to Canada with his family. The senator, who hails from the South West St Elizabeth constituency, argued personal family reasons for his decision, a position most Jamaicans can relate to and accept.