Health Minister Calls for Review of Blood Bank Operations


As I mentioned in my latest news update, disconcerting news came in a few days ago of alleged irregularities at the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank). Here is the latest release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the matter. One hopes that they will quickly get to the bottom of this, and … More Health Minister Calls for Review of Blood Bank Operations

ICYMI in Jamaica: November 21, 2020, The Bad Dog Edition


It has been quite a week. The debate over the threatened mining operation in Puerto Bueno Mountain (Dry Harbour Mountain) dominated much of the local media (including social media), with many radio interviews, discussions, letters to the editor and columns, such as this piece by environmentalist Peter Espeut (who does not mince his words). Besides … More ICYMI in Jamaica: November 21, 2020, The Bad Dog Edition

IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just released its latest Quarterly Bulletin, which you can download at this link. The analysis for Jamaica can be found at pages 58 – 63. The IDB notes: “The shock to Jamaica’s economic output in 2020 is likely to be the largest on record,” but adds: “The Government of … More IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability


Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims


I have not mentioned the recent case of a woman who, after suffering violence at the hands of her spouse, went to a police station and was turned away because she was violating the COVID-19 curfew. She was refused help. Domestic violence is insidious. It eats into your very soul. It is not only the … More Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims

National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area


National Integrity Action (NIA) has added its voice to the call to withdraw approval for the mining project in Puerto Bueno Mountain (the area is also called Dry Harbour). Here are more cogent arguments for this to happen. Look no further than Jamaica’s Constitution! Environmental rights are clearly outlined there. Please see their press release … More National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area

Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition


As concerns rise over the proposed limestone quarrying in Puerto Bueno Mountain (which now, it transpires, will also involve a commercial development and “eco-tourism”?) here is a petition on change.org opposing the ministerial decision to approve a permit. Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed off on this, and stoutly defended his decision in a speech in … More Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition


Well, the past week has been, to say the least, pretty intense. The ever-evolving Eta, as expected, turned around after wreaking havoc in Central America, and passed along to the west of us this time. Our already battered and bruised island had suffered enough. So now, roads have split in two, there is a major … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition


We could also call this the “U.S. Election Edition,” since many Jamaicans have been nervously following that particular emotional rollercoaster. Why are Jamaicans so engaged? Well, as people say, “When the U.S. sneezes, we catch cold.” We are geographically so close and many of us have family there. South Florida is nicknamed “Kingston 21” – … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston


This is not very encouraging news, breaking on this rainy Sunday night. 74 positive cases from 125 samples seems a very high positivity rate. Meanwhile, I have not heard any more news about the situation at Mustard Seed Communities, another faith-based organization serving extremely vulnerable Jamaicans – where there has also been an outbreak. UPDATE: … More COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston