We couldn’t see the mountains very well this afternoon, from Kingston. They faded into a creeping mist – the thick, concentrated dust from the West African coastline, which is expected to get thicker and deeper tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Our Meteorological Service explained that the “plume” of dust from the Saharan Air Layer is not … More Under the Saharan Dust
There is a lot of talk about the “Jamaican Diaspora.” Politicians talk about the diaspora as if it is a large, homogenous bloc of Jamaicans. Quite a few of our relatives are “Jamaican Diaspora,” in New York, London and elsewhere. Our relatives don’t sound very Jamaican any more when they speak, and the younger ones … More The Generosity of Jamaican Diaspora Organizations
The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever continues to create anxiety and concern among the general public, especially in relation to young children and other vulnerable Jamaicans. But panicking won’t help. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their health and the health of others. And it’s amazing how irresponsible some citizens are – almost deliberately so. In … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)
The world of Twitter is one in which we jump to conclusions, misinterpret each other’s comments (deliberately or otherwise) and indulge in regular fits of outrage. We make mistakes and we irritate each other from time to time. Sometimes we are kind and caring. However, we tend to be judgmental. Well, today I was a … More On Being Judgmental…With the SEP
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?
An interesting item dropped into my inbox recently, and I am sharing it with you here. Nacia Davis is a Community Peer Educator with the South East Regional Health Authority in Jamaica and a member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV. We would welcome your comments and feedback, and Ms. Davis’ contact … More A Community Peer Educator Writes About the Impact of Climate Change on Women’s Health and the HIV Response
Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet, fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight
The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire
Yes, it’s true. The Riverton City Dump is on fire again, apparently started deliberately. It is hot, windy and dry. This morning, New Kingston was shrouded in haze. Here is an urgent release from the Ministry of Health. In addition to children, I would also add that you should check on the health of your … More Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire
When are we ever going to get our act together regarding air pollution? Yesterday, a friend who lives in the hills above Montego Bay shared her photos of the thick clouds of smoke over the city, emanating from the Retirement dump. This is the second day of the fire. This is an ongoing public health … More Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?