“The virus is spread when persons move”: Jamaica’s Curfew and other measures extended to March 1


The previous Order under the Disaster Risk Management Act expires today. With just a few hours’ notice, the Office of the Prime Minister has sent out the following press release. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams gave a post-Cabinet press briefing today. Update on COVID-19 Measures under the Disaster Risk Management ActFebruary 24, … More “The virus is spread when persons move”: Jamaica’s Curfew and other measures extended to March 1

ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition


I would like us to go back to quiet, low key life on our island, where nothing much happens. The past week has not been in the least quiet or low-key. Crime and COVID-19 are running along hand in hand and picking up speed; and the Prime Minister seems to be busy with something else. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition


The last two weeks have been busy (I skipped last week) and the weather is bright and breezy. However, as COVID-19 numbers have begun to really take off this month (an extended “spike”) the mood of cautious optimism in January seems to have evaporated – although we have had some lighter moments in the past … More ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition

Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours


This is grim news. We are waiting to hear what Prime Minister Andrew Holness says when he speaks to Parliament at 2:00 p.m. Jamaica time today. This will be broadcast live on the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) YouTube page, cable TV channel, and Facebook page. Health officials and aides will be doing a … More Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases


Our numbers have been high for the past week, but yesterday (February 4) stands alone with our highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the virus arrived in our island in March, 2020. Over the past seven days we have had 1,051 new cases (including yesterday’s). This is probably just the proverbial “tip of the … More Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases

ICYMI in Jamaica, February 2, 2021: The Degenerate Behavior Edition


Happy World Wetlands Day! There have been several events on the day, although mostly virtual – including an Instagram chat organised by the #WetlandWarriors – yes, the #Youth4PuertoBueno strike again! Crime and violence continues to hit the headlines, COVID-19 churning away in the background, and social media is wringing its collective hands over it all. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 2, 2021: The Degenerate Behavior Edition

African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month


We are aware of the legacy of the oral tradition that Jamaica inherited from West Africa. Unfortunately, the storytelling tradition is often only wheeled out on special occasions and for cultural events, with only a handful of practitioners keeping the tradition alive. I recently heard renowned actor Oliver Samuels talking about his childhood in St. … More African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month

Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index


National Integrity Action (NIA) held a virtual press briefing this morning, to announce Jamaica’s latest rating on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The island is ranked at 69th out of 179, alongside Tunisia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Hungary, and Romania. Six CARICOM countries are ranked higher than us: that is, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the … More Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition


This year is going to be warming up, according to my friends who do weather. It seems to be warming up in more ways than one. Our yard is turning into a dust bowl. We have had no rain since Christmas in Kingston. Other things are warming up too – the gently rising COVID-19 cases … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition