Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

It was an awful August, truly. Ten days in, the month had already got the thumbs down from me on many counts. The predictable but still shocking report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was one thing. Then there are the relentlessly soaring COVID-19 numbers, reflected in the tired faces of Minister Christopher … More Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

For those who are trying to keep up with the fluctuating situation (or should I say “fluid” – to use a word someone used today) regarding vaccines, here is the latest from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Now, apparently, political figures over 60 years old are going to be “joining” health care workers and … More Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

DK Duncan: A Passionate Politician For Over Fifty Years

If there is one thing many Jamaicans are passionate about, it’s politics. And Dr. DK Duncan was a practitioner of the business (by the way, a dentist by profession) who was nothing if not passionate. The news broke this morning that “DK” (Donald Keith), as he was simply known, had passed away from COVID-19, at … More DK Duncan: A Passionate Politician For Over Fifty Years

The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Remember the “formidable team” appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chaired by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding to assess Jamaica’s position with regard to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)? As I noted at the launch of the CARICOM Review Commission in July 2016, the eighteen-member group consisted mostly of business people with five sixths of … More The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15

I am extremely pleased to share this information from the New York-based Caribbean International Network (CIN) television station, which sponsors an annual lecture at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture. This year, environmental advocate (and activist) Diana McCaulay will give the lecture on November 15. I cannot think of a better person; she … More Environmental Activist and Writer Diana McCaulay to Speak at the Schomburg Center, New York on November 15

Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center

Three days ago, the Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), of which I am a proud member, spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library as part of the CIN 12th Caribbean Lecture Series. While his audience may have been largely members of the substantial Jamaican diaspora in that … More Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center

#GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

September has been a hectic month for me – but today, being Sunday, I am slowing down a little to admire our garden. It is flourishing for the first time in the entire year, after a series of afternoon thunderstorms this week brought heavenly rain! Give thanks. It’s been a “mixed bag” week but I … More #GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Have Your Say! CARICOM/CARIFORUM Review Commission Invites Public To Submit Comments

Here’s your opportunity to offer your thoughts on items for consideration by the CARICOM Review Commission, which I wrote about recently. Here is a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade dated July 19. DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31, 2016 – plenty of time to gather your thoughts and submit your recommendations. … More Have Your Say! CARICOM/CARIFORUM Review Commission Invites Public To Submit Comments

“A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

Since the “Brexit” referendum, there have been mutterings in social media about whether Jamaica should leave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – especially in light of the recent concerns over the treatment of Jamaican travelers at some Caribbean airports. How about a “CARICOMexit,” they ask? Well, be that as it may, plans for a Commission to … More “A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting