The Fortunes is the kind of book that raises far more questions than it resolves. Not only does it present a vast swathe of often-ignored history, in deftly fictionalized form, it’s an empathetic book, not just to its protagonists but to its secondary and tertiary characters and even, often, to its villains. It questions motivations, feelings, intentions, rarely certain despite the author’s fictional imperative. Sometimes I found myself wondering”—Huffington Post



Gender Dynamics and Approaches to Sexuality as a Key to Well-Being

by Dr. Annecka Marshall, Ms. Sajoya Alcott and Ms. Lorna Eaton

This article is based on a survey that was completed by undergraduates at UWI Mona. Students explained their perceptions about sexuality and self-esteem. Issues include sex education, sexual initiation and self-love. Lack of sex education has impacted negatively, ranging from self-worth and confidence issues to lifestyle challenges. Many still had difficulty in the key area of communicating their sexual needs to their partners. This article offers recommendations that strengthen positive attitudes towards the sexuality of Caribbean people, promoting individual sexual healing and community well-being.

Pages: 1-19

Key words: sexuality, well-being, self-esteem and risk taking behavior.

The Emergence of a Montserratian Disaster Literature: An Introduction

by Sir Howard Fergus

In the wake of Hurricane Hugo and volcanic eruptions in the 1990s, Montserrat poet Archie Markham (now deceased) employed the term ‘disaster literature’. It struck one as having special resonance for Montserrat whose spate of disasters had generated a body of creative writing. It is argued that the works are of sufficient scope, depth, insight and literary merit to justify Montserrat’s claim to a genre of disaster literature. It is made evident also that the disaster literature emerges out of a significant literary tradition rooted in figures such as M. P. Shiel, Edgar White, David Edgecombe, E. A. Markham and even Alphonsus Cassell (Arrow), calypsonian of international fame.

Pages: 20-37

Key words: disaster, literature, creative, imagination, quality, Montserrat.

Solid Waste Management in the Caribbean

by Dr. Thomas Kinnaman

Increases in population, urbanisation, and per capita incomes in the Caribbean over the past century have magnified the traditional challenge of managing household refuse. This article will discuss the historical evolution of solid waste management practices, summarise the current state of waste management in the Caribbean, consider the future growth of waste production, highlight options for future waste management, and finally consider policies available to change current household waste disposal practices. Solid waste planners might find this information useful to prepare long-term strategies for waste management in the Caribbean.

Pages: 38-60

Key words: solid waste management, refuse, solid waste policy, economic costs of waste management, recycling.

Public Policy Lecture

Caribbean Migration: Challenges to Leadership

by Dr. Rosina Wiltshire

This article is based on a Public Policy Lecture on Caribbean Migration delivered at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, on Friday, February 19, 2010. This forum was sponsored by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) and the Nation Publishing Company Limited.

Pages: 61-79


Stepping Out of the Shadows, There was Carice, Haiti: It was (and will be) Co-governance to Support Public Actions

by Mr. Emmanuel Asomba

In this note, the case of Carice sheds significant light on how accountability and government reforms can be matched to augment institutional transformations from within and balance devolution to strengthen local governance.

Pages: 80-9



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Editorial Review

"Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book."  (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author). He is constantly in fights and sometimes he wins through some skill or by luck, but you never seem to know when it is one or the other. Definitely not worth $9.99, and will not buy the others until the price is reduced.