Funny ways Jamaicans ask for money

Begging. Unfortunately for some it has become the national pass time. Requesting money is just a nice way of saying that you are begging and while some people legitimately have fallen on hard times or may need financial assistance, it has become the norm and a part of our culture to want something for doing absolutely nothing. Remittance has long been the main medium through which money flows into this island and with the corona virus causing an even more severe economic hardship on a lot more people, remittances has increased significantly in recent months.


‘Barrel Pickney’ – Jamaica’s forgotten statistic

Most people will agree that the family is the foundation on which any thriving society is built but what happens, as in Jamaica’s case, when that foundation is de-stabled for reasons that seem near insurmountable? Poverty, crime and corruption are all presenting factors that everybody talks about but what about the underlying issues that few seem eager to address? One such issue is migration and its resulting challenge of the ‘barrel pickney’ syndrome. While remittance may contribute greatly to our gross domestic production, the factors surrounding the fall out from migration are often ignored to our detriment.