About Kate Chappell

"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..." Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1890-1848 I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I will be a voluteer with CUSO-VSO. I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO-VSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.

Goodyear factory -> Town Centre


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Who knew my post on the old Goodyear factory would generate so much interest. It did, so I thought I would provide an update, although a bit late. It seems the government is going to turn it into a town centre. It also seems, according to pictures in yesterday’s Observer, that work has started.

Here is a link to the Observer story on the matter. The town centre will also be built in conjunction with an expanded highway.

Reviewing Sexual Offenses Act


Jamaica’s Parliament is currently reviewing its Sexual Offenses Act. Included among the items up for review is the definition of rape. Here are executives from Jamaicans for Justice, ready to testify. An important day.