Update in Jamaican Parliament on Vaccines and COVID-19: Tuesday, February 2, 2021


Things seem to be happening rather rapidly this year, and it’s hard to keep up. In case any of us are confused or don’t have the current full picture on COVID-19 and the availability of vaccines, etc., I am sharing the text of Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton’s presentation in the House of … More Update in Jamaican Parliament on Vaccines and COVID-19: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister


Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton updated the Lower House this afternoon on the situation regarding COVID-19 and the possibilities regarding a vaccine. It’s really a mixed picture of some successes, some concerns – and otherwise hanging in there and continuing to believe that “this too shall pass.” I have highlighted a few … More An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative


I have been writing so much (too much?) about what is now called COVID-19 in the past few weeks, including a Caribbean update yesterday for Global Voices. I just want to keep people informed. Today it’s good news for Jamaica, as three patients who were in isolation have tested negative for COVID-19. The other good … More More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative

A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton is waging a battle on two fronts at the moment. Today he informed Parliament about the near-outbreak of influenza (something not to be joked with, by the way) and the latest situation on dengue fever. Please take precautions, and if you do have the flu – don’t spread it around. … More A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert

Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project


Water remains a critical issue for the Caribbean, and one aspect of the Investment Plan of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) focuses on this issue. What do we do in long periods of drought? What happens when we fail to store water properly? Water is much more complex than … More Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project


I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

#JaVotes2016 and Other Hashtags, SSP McGregor’s Broad Shoulders and ZikV Update Needed: Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Since I last posted one of my commentaries, the election date has been announced (February 25). Today was Nomination Day, with the accompanying rowdiness. I am not at all impressed with some aspects of the campaign, now in full swing. It seems the usual indiscipline rules, despite all the pronouncements of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and … More #JaVotes2016 and Other Hashtags, SSP McGregor’s Broad Shoulders and ZikV Update Needed: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?


Nothing is quite what it seems. Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, I have been wading through online articles about the Zika Virus. I am baffled, confused, alarmed and apprehensive, all at the same time. I suspect many Jamaicans are. In fact, I was even … More The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?