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
We are all worried about the rising numbers of active cases of COVID-19. This evening’s report (Sunday, August 16) show an increase in the number of active cases to 269. We have nine moderately ill and two critically ill patients. A large number of people are in home quarantine (28,209) and 170 in home isolation, … More More Tourists Visiting Jamaica Will Have to Pre-Test for COVID-19
It is the eve of Earth Day 2020 (Wednesday, April 22) and its fiftieth anniversary. Last year, I collected a bunch of inspirational quotes and did some philosophizing. 2020 is a historic occasion, which we will celebrate online while something else – something almost beyond our imagination – is unfolding in our lives. Like most periods … More Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning
STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information
This could turn into a long post, because there is “so much things to say,” as Bob Marley sang. Where to start? I have been browsing, reading, and writing, for most of the day. There were of course several events for International Women’s Day in Jamaica, including a tribute to Mary Seacole at the Institute … More Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean
Cases of dengue fever persist, and challenges remain. As Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton stresses repeatedly, the best way to deal with it is to destroy breeding sites (80 percent of them are around the home). As he also pointed out – dengue fever is here to stay. There used to be a … More Children up to 12 Years Can Access Free Medical Care at University Hospital
Measles is NO joke. I had it as a child in England, and remember being ill in bed (with the curtains shut tight, for some reason) for what seemed like a very long time. Parents are urged to get their children FULLY vaccinated (two doses). It is highly contagious and is more dangerous when you … More Health Ministry Monitoring Island for Measles
Another International Day passed without much comment from anybody on the island. I should have posted this last Friday, March 15, which was the actual date of International Day Against Police Brutality. It raises awareness of an issue that persists (and in many places is actually worsening) in developing and developed countries. According to the Independent … More Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!
Four years ago, I wrote a tongue in cheek post about World Cup 2014. The tournament was full of mishaps, humour and witty comments from my Twitter friends, and this year is shaping up to be much the same… As an avid football fan, I am going to find it very hard to tear myself … More My Apologies: A World Cup Football Break Has Begun!