COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”


Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman


I am not particularly enchanted by Caribbean politicians on the whole, but I do like the new Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley. She has a deep, rather soothing voice and a straight-forward manner. She is refreshingly lacking in pomposity. I also like the scarves she drapes … More A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman

Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge


Co-founder of Solar Head of State James Ellsmoor is forging ahead, encouraging and empowering young people across the Caribbean to think seriously about renewable energy and the impact it can have on their countries. Last year Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented prizes to the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge at Jamaica House (which has now … More Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge

A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana


As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower  youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana.  … More A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)


Jamaica’s relationship with Venezuela (generally a warm one during the Chavez era and for decades prior to that) has become increasingly difficult and complex since the political crisis there, which is as yet unresolved. There has been much controversy (and internal disagreement) among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, and Jamaica’s Opposition has spoken loudly about … More Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)

Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland


This month has been tremendously busy  – at home and abroad – with all kinds of weighty matters under discussion and debate. For a start, the Jamaican delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-24) wrapped up warm and travelled to Katowice, Poland, where they worked very hard. Here are a few of my comments … More Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland

Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean


News on climate change and a range of environmental issues – both local and overseas – is coming in thick and fast at the moment. I am writing an environmental news overview at the moment, but events are overtaking me! Meanwhile, this press release from the UN Environmental Programme was one piece of encouraging news … More Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean

Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex


I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

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

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018